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Ruud Awakening IPA - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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Ruud Awakening IPARuud Awakening IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-12-2009

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 47
Photo of D_McClain
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber with a small head. Silky feel. Strong citrus and banana in the nose. Herbal flavor with a touch of the medicinal on the tongue. Bright and well balanced. The hops are prominent but not overpowering. Smooth finish, not too bitter or harsh. Notes of grapefruit dovetail nicely into the slightly smoky malt. A very enjoyable IPA that doesn't elbow its way around.

Photo of Ballington_Brewer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I can't say enough about this beer
A beautiful golden haze color
strong hoppy bitterness with a hefty malty backbone to finish it out
Nose holds up to the taste; this one's a keeper, would recommend.
Looking forward to visiting this brewery soon.

Photo of Hoppy-Brewer
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus. The alcohol is initially disguised by the aromatic hops and perfectly blended malts. For this reason, I like to call this brew "deceptive". The initial flavors of blended hops and malt are so awesome, you never notice that it is a 7% ABV. Sneaky.
Their web site has posted the ingredients, so I'm going to attempt to make this beer.
http://www.oldschoolhousebrewery.com/ruudawakening.html

Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a touch of orange, slightly hazed in the Einbecker flute. Attractive foam and quite spritzy on the tongue. Aroma is inviting, with flowery notes and papaya.

On the malty side with some distinct sweetness. Hops are dank and herbal with a grapefruit finish. Bitter aftertaste. Some bready flavors with fruity melon and long aromatic tang. This is quite bitter but should be appreciated by the hop enthusiast.

The malt and sweetness would suggest an imperial IPA. It even tastes stronger than 7 percent. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of baddestwarlock
4.96/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is what a Pacific ipa is supposed to tast like, one of my favorites. We drive 3 hours away to get it. Wish it was more available at more stores !!! Cant we get it out in stores more ! Love this beer !!! More please we always make special trips just to get it !!!

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade from Bobsliquors.

Quick review. Solid IPA. Glad to have tried it, but nothing overwhelming about it. Fresh hop, mild citrus aroma and taste. Very nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Solid effort from old,schoolhouse.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bottleworks over the weekend... Shared with reinheitsgematt tonight...

The nice fella at Bottleworks suggested this and his bigger brother as the cool hopcentric beers they had in stock at the time.

Pours a dark golden... great head and lacing.

The nose is fantastic... tropical fruity hoppiness and a very light pale malt backbone... The aromas are great.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a surprisingly mild bitter bite that is only balanced by the onslaught of hop flavors... again, this is pretty special.

Body and carbonation are very nice.

This brew is a damn near perfect example of a balanced PNW IPA... loving it.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of harrymel
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Pours a golden raisin ale with a solid quilt of cream foam. Smells of malt, biscuit, some faint hops, some caramel - unimpressive. Flavor is just malt, sweet and roasted malt. A touch of bitterness. Poor flavor as well. Medium bodied with low carb and a semidry finish. I wish I knew the bottling date of this beer, I've many good things, but I'm uncertain of the date, which gives me every reason to believe this beer could have come from the Huck's cellar easily a year old.

Photo of Ego
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
1 white finger of head, lacing is sticky and even, golden orange hue with organized columns of bubbly filtering to the surface, standard looking with good highlights

nose...
nice toasted malt mixed with just slightly citric hop, the malt feels like it is holding this up, nothing spectacular but a really fine and consistent balance (and there is something to be said for that my friends)

taste etc...
as expected the malt is really there, and it has a nice toasty tinge to it (not roasted), the initial hop blast is a bit... hmmm... kind of acerbic (slightly) and in the front of the mouth which then fades into the malt and then bitterness in the back of the mouth, this is not your over alpha hopped IPA (some of which I love but it can be the most over done thing since that bread slicing thing), there is almost a medicinal/spearmint thing going on with the hops that is keeping me from enjoying this more (as the malt profile is just superb)

survey says?
a little off for my personal taste... but man the malt flavor here is great and worth a try, it may be your thing. I enjoyed it but I won't go searching out another (although I would not kick her out of bed, or as brian says "I wouldn't mind if she ate crackers"... whatever the hell that means...)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: Citrusy and minty hops with some caramel underneath

Taste: Just a hint of caramel, up front, and the citrusy/minty hops take over; some sweetness from the malt builds, after the swallow, though the malt just serves to offset the bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Folks in the Pacific NW are just spoiled - they have so many IPAs like this one they just don't know what a good thing they have

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

Photo of lordofstarside
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at beermongers, should be fresh. Bomber to a pint glass

Pours a nice rich golden with a tinge of orange to it. Half a finger of head has kept it's shape. Little carbonation or retention.

Smell is kind of weak, even when it's sort of warm. Hops, come citrus, grapefruit, malts, and some pine. Really muted for some reason

Taste is pretty unique, strong hops kind of cloud the palate with a zesty base malt. Citrus and some caramel and a noticeable alcohol finish. All the flavor really doesn't meld all that well

I'm really mixed about the feel. The initial sip is fizzy and a little bland, not crisp at all. But the finish is incredibly dry, reminds me of Ruination. At the very least it's pretty drinkable and bitter

Overall this stuff is interesting. It's got some strong points but also a lot of weak ones, could be improved in a lot of ways. I can understand why people say this reminds them of Ruination, but really the differences are much more noticeable

Photo of Braz
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Albertson's. Appearance is pure gold with some chill haze. Creamy white head that sustains beautifully. Gorgeous head. Can't say enough. Aromas are hoppy with some crisp dry fruit. Very inviting. Very very good. Smooth draw. Balanced as close to perfectly as I've had to this date. Mild bitter aftertaste. Taste and feel of a double IPA in my opinion. Body is velvety and soft. Extremely smooth with a nice weight if that makes sense. This is a real treat.

Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, Chucks

Mason pint - hazy orange body, light filmy white head. Old Schoolhouse has a pretty pronounced hop profile - bitter and fierce. Even at only 7.2%, the alcohol radiates in the background. Bitter orange peel, notes of tropical fruit, sugary malt. This is on the heavier side, which is consistent with other IPA's from these guys. A nice range of flavors, but its flaws are pretty rough.

Photo of sea206
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a nice head as well. Pine, floral aroma, sweet, spicy hoppy middle and a bitter back. Pretty good, I will definitely pick up this bottle again. I picked up this 22 oz @ Whole Foods Seattle (Interbay) for $5.49. I drank half of this 22 oz, corked it, then drank the second half about 12 hours later, the carbonation and taste held up very well.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.28.12

A - Pours a hazy, darker orange with a 1/4 inch off-white head with a mix of large and small bubbles, but is gone quickly.

S - Sweet citrus candy.

T - Dark grass and orange peel. Bitter and heavy.

D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Smells great. Taste is dark and grassy.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange colour, with a tan two finger of head, nice lace. Aroma was earthy hops, light tropical fruits, and a nice floral and fruity hop nose. Taste had a nice medium bitterness, wonderful tropical fruit notes and floral hoppyness. Light crisp feel, good carbonation, slick, little creaminess. Smooth and easy drinking.

Old Schoolhouse can do some nice Pac NW IPAs!

Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a tangerine hue with a healthy , 1.5 finger head.

S - Deeply malty. Caramel. Wheat.

T - Starts off with a punch of bitter hops and backs off into citrus notes with hints of orange and grapefruit and slight lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with a slightly watery finish.

D - Overall a superb beer. Absolutely wonderful example of the style.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottled dating but was purchased recently. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel, mango, herbal, floral, and citrus rind. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, biscuit, mango, toast, herbal, floral, citrus rind, and piney spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, caramel, floral, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice balance of flavors with a decent bitterness/sweetness balance. Moderately cloying pine bitterness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice hop profile with decent balance; quite smooth to drink. Would have liked to see it a bit drier with less cloying bitterness; but this was still quite enjoyable.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets better the more I try it. Poured at a good temperature, with a nice, thick, cream-colored head and good lacing. Color is a slightly hazy amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is mainly fresh hop with some slight roast malt richness that nicely balances and complements the hops and adds to the completeness of the brew as a whole. Flavor's like nose, dryish, nutty grain, grapefruit with pine and excellent carbonic tang/ hop bitter balance in a nice way along with just enough sweet to level. Body is chewy, no high points, mouth filling, great carbonation - excellent! Finish is very long, good for slow drinking, a little boozy, but very satisfying.

Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Deep copper color with golden hues. Crystal clear. Aggressive pour leads to a rocky white head about 2 fingers high that ever so slowly lurks back down the side of the glass. Lacing is thick and prevalent.

S: Monster citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt backend. I pick up a flowery aroma as well as some piney resin that makes itself known as well. This is the closest I've come to smelling Flower Power that wasn't Flower Power.

T: Boom...follows the knows to a tee with an even more pronounced hop bitter finish to the taste. Lots of grapefruit, grassy hops and again, beautiful malts mixed in with a wonderfully hoppy beer.

M: Thick hop oils coat the mouth making me reaching for another sip top priority. Perfect carbonation, sharp, biting finish.

O: Totally delicious and totally surprised. This one was top notch in my book and one I will not likely stop raving about for some time.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished copper body, slight haze, billowing four finger snow white head which decayed rapidly. Good sticky lacing left behind by they rapidly decaying head.

Big, fresh, and aggressive grapefruit, orange, and pine aroma. Very inviting.

Solid caramel beginning, following by a fresh biscuit. Juicy citrus spreads some marmalade on that bscuit. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Warming alcohol in the belly. Nice mix of all the above in the aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel, nothing messy or wimpy here.

A pleasing Pacific Northwest IPA. The alcohol awareness may seem more like an Imperial though. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes, but very recently purchased) into a tulip. Pours a honey amber w/ a thick creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is pine, citrus, floral, hoppy.

Taste is nice bitter hops, pale malt, clean water, crisp finish.

Overall a solid Northwest IPA, one I'd probably buy in 6-packs if it were avaialable.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from my notes
- picked this up on sale and gave it a try, was not dissapointed.
A - fairly clear orangish color with a hefty foamy head.
S - some serious citrusy hops with a pine cone thrown in for good measure.
T - clean and intense. Hops abound in every sip.
M - moderate body with nice carbonation.
D - easily drinkable.
I regret only having bought one while on sale.

Photo of evlu1441
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad brought me this from a trip through Washington and Idaho. Served in an official "Old Schoolhouse" glass :)

The beer pours a slightly hazy deep amber/copper colour. There is not too much visible carbonation, and the head settles out at about a centimeter and looks very frothy.

The aroma is slightly subdued. Some nice malt with a bit of hop aroma. Nothing overpowering.

This is quite a hoppy beer! Some bitterness to start, and then we get some sweet maltyness as hop aroma fills the mouth. The finish is biter and on the dry side for an IPA. The body is lighter than I expected, which makes this a bit easier to drink than a lot of other IPAs.

Overall, I liked this beer. It's certainly better than your average IPA, though notexactly exceptional. I'd probably buy it if i could find it in the neighbourhood. It's a fairly easy drink.

Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange-amber with some thick frothy white head. Strong, fresh aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced flavor with plenty of grapefruit up front, some fairly sweet caramel malt, and a fairly bitter pine finish that builds in intensity with each sip.

Had this around six months ago and wasn't too impressed, but this time around I really enjoyed it -- very tasty and balanced with some fairly intense bitterness while managing to stay light and drinkable.

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Ruud Awakening IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.