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Ruud Awakening IPA - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Not Rated.
Ruud Awakening IPARuud Awakening IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 126
Reviews by Aleforme:
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

The hoppiness helps dress the glass thick with lacing; hazed bronze glow in the light. Slight pungent tone in the hoppy nose, with suggestions of grapefruit and hemp oil. Smoothness runs deep in the medium-bodied ale. Hop bitterness shows that it is an IPA without being so brash that the other elements are pushed aside. Kiss of warmth from the alcohol. Malt holds strong with a dry-ish biscuit flavor. Citric and minty flavors from the hops cradle a subtle fruitiness and nutty yeast. Complex and balanced, drinkable and true to style.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from State line Beverage in Md. No freshness info to be had.

Pours hazed medium tangarine, minor off white head, tiny bubble and then fine scattered lace.

Minor hop nose.

Grapefruit hop notes all over this one.

Grapefruit rind, pith, peel the whole bit. Nice AIPA. Light tea notes late. Enjoyable brew, nicely brewed

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK. This is a WA state IPA. I want to like it. It pours fine and has the amber color I'm looking for. Nice head. Nice carbonation.

It smells malty sweet. I pick up none of the citrus or pine that I would expect in a West Coast IPA.

It tastes hoppy and sweet, but where's the bitter? It's good as far as beer goes. I do enjoy a hoppy beer over a malty beer. This beats some of the PNW big boys in drawing out the hops over the malt but it's still too sweet for me.

Because there are too many hop forward West Coast IPAs available to me, I don't think I'll purchase this again. Not that drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rosey coppper, with 2+ fingers of tight foamy off-white head. This retains with a frothy 1/2 finger, throwing up a hugely creamy cascade of lacing, which absolutley drenches the sides of the glass. Great IPA look here. The aroma is more dank, earthy, and citric than anything. I'm not getting much in the way of pine and only maybe a gentle spiciness from the hops. Bready caramel notes spread out across the edges of the bouquet, adding some toasted grainy sweetness to the profile.

The hops open up much more in the taste, being fairly bitter on the palate with citrus rind, grapefruit, and peppery spice. Those herbal textures from the aroma are also present and add a layer of mellow smootheness to this. There is a certain amount of balancing sweetness from the malts but I'm also getting some definite softer tropical fruit action as well, even though they aren't anywhere near the dominant hop characteristic that is present. Deep spicy finish on this, which is full of dryness and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the some sharpness present up front of the sip but then gets more smooth and creamy towards the swallow. Overall, this is pretty easy and slick in the mouth, keeping the alcohol flavor to a minimum and helping keep this very drinkable.

Overly bitter and earthy upon first sip, this opened up very nicely as it warmed with a lot citrus flavor and biting spice. I think that I was expecting something a little more floral, tropical, and piney (coming from WA State) at first but this ended up being a welcome change of pace from most of the PNW IPAs out there. This is definitley worth a look.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright copper color with a small head, into a tulip glass.

Smell was a caramel candy hop smell , not a huge nose. Some grass, light fruit notes also.

Taste had a nice play on the light malt notes with some spiciness from the hops , old pear flavor and the big bitterness in the after taste. Pretty smooth wouldn't have thought it was over 7% abv. Mouthfeel was smooth.

This was an interesting ipa, reminded me a little of Stone ruination, but not as fruity. I dont know how fresh this bottle was, because no date was on bottle. With a hefty pricetag this was a one time thing to try. Not bad. I would look for it fresh if you were to try it.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanboley for bringing this to the Brass Rail last night.

A: The ale is an amber-range hue, bright enough see through yet restrained enough not to glow. A thin band of white head sits complacently atop the beer, leaving patches of lace.

S: The nose is a combination of citrus and caramel, bready but loaded down with hops. They aren't the typical in-your-face NW hop aspects, instead the citrus (with a shot or two of pine) take their time and build to a crescendo.

T: Very interesting. The maltiness drives the start of each sip with caramel and bread in spades. As the ale progresses, the hops emerge like a 17-year cicada, plentiful and with a vengeance. The hops retain their citrusy composition but they are quite strong, adding a leafy consistency that is hard to ignore. Over time, they become quite bitter, like a Phil Spector wall-of-hops (queue the Ronettes here) that drowns out the malts. The finish is quite nice, if not overwhelming, sharp and bitter as the day is long.

M: Deceptive at first, the ale is quick to reveal its devilishly hoppy intentions. That bitterness is rare, I can't recall something so strong bubbling up so quickly.

D: Very drinkable, no indication of the alcohol. This isn't the cleanest IPA but it delivers a swift kick to the tastebuds that I liked.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Commodore69
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.


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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baddestwarlock
4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
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 !!!

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Ruud Awakening IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.