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Ruud Awakening IPA - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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105 Ratings

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-12-2009)
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
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.

draheim, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +0.3%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

twelveinches, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

evlu1441, Jul 17, 2011
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.

grittybrews, May 04, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter orange. Lots of haze. Thick white head with great head retention.

S - Very powerful citrus & pine hop aroma with a little skunk in it. Reminds me a bit of running the weedwacker through the dandelions, but not in a bad way.

T - A bit of that enamel peeling hoppiness to this one. Balanced isn't a word I'd use to describe it but that's ok because it has a beautiful citrusy character and a great bright hop character.

M - High carbonation and a little astringency make this one less pleasant in the finish category. However, that does make you want to drink more.

D - A great hop forward IPA. I'm a fan.

leedorham, Mar 01, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy orange color with 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was primarily piney hops upfront with a bit of citrus in the background. On the tongue the pine was a bit more subdued and there was a stronger grapefruit taste.

The body was a touch fuller than average, as was drinkability. Overall, a fairly average IPA. Worth a shot if you see it. Worth several if you're sitting on the brewery's deck watching the river flow by.

beertunes, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Billolick, Dec 31, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a clear copper tone with a thin head and minimal head. Smell of big piney grapefruit and malt in the back. Taste has the same big piney grapefruit bitterness that lingers with sweet malt in the back. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A lot of pine in this one, not bad, but just a different style of IPA.

Bookseeb, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of malloyca
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a moderately dense off-white head. Orange-citrus aromas wafted up as soon as I poured this into a class, and then grapefruit aromas followed. Bone-dry grapefruit hop flavors, and pleasantly bitter with a long finish. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This was very enjoyable and I would seek it out again.

malloyca, Oct 19, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears medium bodied orange in color with a thin white head.

It smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange. There is also a bit of a grassy hop smell the beer as well. The smell both highlights hops and malts.

It tastes mildly like caramel in the beginning the caramel flavor soon goes away. A robust and very strong hop bitterness takes over the taste. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus in the bitter hop flavor. The bitterness lingers in my mouth for a while. A little bit of the caramel flavor comes back in the finish. The bitterness is very strong but there is a nice but mild malt backbone that helps the beer goes down smooth.

The carbonation is low and feels natural.

The drinkability is very good. It is a big and bold beer but the flavor is very smooth. I remember the first time I had this beer was about two and a half years ago. It was at a Canadian beer fest. On the second day of the fest I almost drank nothing but this beer. I must have had four pints of this.

Overall I love this IPA it is one of the best I have had and is underrated especially when very fresh. The brewer and the owner who is the brewer's dad are really nice people too.

chumba526, Sep 22, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Schoolhouse Brewery --Ruud Awakening IPA Draft Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 75+IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white head. Clear rich pretty dark amber color .Dense tight pellicle. Earthy mildly floral herbal pine hop front. Cloying earthy bitter rich caramel pine biscuit malty dry sweet mild fruit body. Crusty bitter but tasty rich hop spice end. Oddly balanced. Sampled 8/7/2010. 2 @ $5.99 Each.

philbertk, Aug 08, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Ruud Awakening at a beer store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich orange/copper color, and is mostly clear. Modest frothy white head, has a bit of staying power, even though it is small. The frothy ring the head breaks down to does leave a little lace on the glass.

Smell is faint, a bit of a caramel scent, and some grain or leaves aroma, along with a pine and citrus tingle on the nose.

Taste is a rich caramel malt backbone, followed by some light citrus and turpentine flavors. From the malt up front I'd make it more of an English style IPA, but itr does go a bit heavier on the hops making more of the American brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly cloying character. There is a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Overall a drinkable IPA. More body than you might care for on a hot day, but good. Overpriced at $7 a bottle, but I wouldn't mind trying it on tap or cask some time.

RJLarse, Aug 02, 2010
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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.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

jdavin, Jul 03, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Josephkeene, Jun 24, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of creamy and rocky head, tarnished gold in color, faintest signs of haze - 3.50, S: Mellow hop aromas, noticeable pine and mildly floral, slightly toasted with a strong bready nose - 3.50, T: Nicely balanced IPA, hop bite is evident but not overwhelming, a little pine and grapefruit, somewhat caramelly - 3.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: Overall a nice IPA, very drinkable, quite modest IPA by Northwest standards - 4.00

deereless, Jun 18, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours light copper with sparkling clarity and a quarter inch head of off-white.
A partial skim coat for the duration of the glass as well as a few errant dots of lacing.

Spice-dusted pine and light grapefruit start the nose. Crisp, chaulky malt follows through. Very mild for an IPA.

Medium bodied with a slighty tacky mouthfeel. Crisp and drying.

Biscuity malt, piney hops, and a hefty bitterness lead off the palate. The bitterness sustains with good duration and grapefruit pith rises through as it fades.

Finishes with a prickly bitterness and pine-rubbed grapefruit.

Pretty lackluster for an IPA. The nose is way lacking and theres more bitterness that hop bite. Ramp up the aromatics, tone down the bitterness, and up the hop flavor and this beer would greatly improve.

brewandbbq, Jun 10, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a hazy golden color, with 2 inches of white head and ligh carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops. Also has a soapy smell.

t - Tastes very bitter, of piney hops and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent IPA. Nice balance of malt and hops and some nice bitterness to the taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer really wants to be Victory's Hop Devil. But it isn't.

Pours frothy amber with a think big bubbly head. Aroma is straightforward and flowery. Flavor is malty and carmelly, with strong flowery hops with a piny, resiny bitterness that clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel dry and clingy.

Seanibus, May 16, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Kegatron, May 13, 2010
Ruud Awakening IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.