Every other Thursday or so the boys and I celebrate “Thirsty Thursday”. It is nothing more than an excuse to bust open some fine craft beers midweek and forget that it’s not the weekend yet. A few weeks back G-lo was sans family so instead of drinking at home the two of us decided to hit our favorite Beer Bar (The Pour House) for some brew on draft. We had some great brews but I was particularly impressed by Terrapin’s Rye Squared.
Now I love rye beers (check out our review of this Rye Porter) and rye beers are back in vogue (check out Joe Sixpack’s article) but the Terrapin Rye Squared takes rye beer to a new level. Terrapin has taken all the rye goodness of their year round Rye Pale Ale and doubled it exponentially.
Here how they describe it:
“Double the malt, double the hops, and double the flavor of the original Rye Pale Ale recipe. (Hence the name Rye Squared.) With its mammoth hop aroma, bitterness and flavor, this beer is not for the faint at heart. The Rye Squared clocks in at a hefty 9.5% ABV so double your pleasure and double your fun because Terrapin went a little crazy with this one!“
The review specs:
- Appearance: Hazy deep amber with 3/4 inch of off white head
- Aroma: Sweet, Piney, Spicy, Earthy, Floral … total sensory overload
- Taste: The overload continues …. Hops and Peppery Rye flavors upfront mellowing into sweet malty, floral, citrus goodness with an astringent bite on the back-end from the hops and high alcohol content.
- ABV: 8.5 to 9.5% (listed differently at the bar but there is no doubt this is a high ABV brew)
This a serious rye beer for rye beer and IPA lovers and not for those who like a mellow beer. The beer is the bully on the rye beer playground. It will slap you in the face and say “You like that? Good! Here’s some more”.
If you love big beers this is the one for you. Look for it seasonally released by Terrapin around February. Hopefully there are still a few bottles left on the shelf of your local brew purveyor.