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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
Reviews by jdavin:
Photo of jdavin
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted at Seattle International Beer festival.
A - clear golden amber color, mild carb.
S - good hop aroma, more piney than citrusy.
T - hop forward, lots of bitterness. Caramel character in the malt.
M - resiny, somewhat sticky. Medium in body.
D - fairly drinkable, but the mouthfeel turns me off. Too sticky, not light enough in body. Lighten it up a bit with some sugar or a more attenuative yeast, and increase late hop additions to balance more towards hop flavor than bitterness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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 BuckeyeOne
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel, orange, grass, and a hint of pine is mild on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grass, orange, soft pine, green grape sweetness, and a moderate bitterness make up an decent flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. A touch dry late too. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: a very easy to quaff IPA that one could have all day.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Josephkeene
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, pours unfiltered orange with solid white lacing head. Head doesn't dissipate and stays throughout tasting.

Smell isn't too unfamiliar with the style. Citrus and pine.

Excellent taste, reminds me of Bigfoot 2009. Large Hop taste Cascade maybe . Upfront the taste is simply Hops. You get the malt with a solid taste of hops in the background. This makes me give it a five on the mouthfeel.

This is a good beer excellent for the style and packs a punch which makes me think this is a DIPA.

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 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

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