Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maltmaiden:
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Light brown with notes of amber. Small head but leaves a little film throughout.Only a touch of cloudiness.
Hops on the nose. A touch of alcohol. Banana bread? Honey or maple.
Definitely taste the hops upfront and then secondly the alcohol, though it’s not offensive. Kind of has a whiskey taste. I don’t taste the banana bread so much…maybe b/c of the whiskey/hops flavor, but I do detect the touch of sweetness which Im leaning towards it being honey rather than maple syrup.
Very smooth mouthfeel. I was expecting it to be a tiny bit astringent but it’s not at all.
Overall: man this is a beer to take your time with. A very deep and complex character that really shows that it is a truly unique style. A rainy day beer. Would love to have it once in a while, but not often…even though it’s absolutely delicious. And I’ll add that it’s pretty high gravity…
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 14:46:29 | More by Maltmaiden
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3.08/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clearish copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white color and excellent texturing. Its creaminess retains acceptably.
S: This is interesting. I suppose it's better than me saying "LOLMALTY", but the oak aging gives it subtle touches of vanilla and oak - enough to pique my aforementioned interest. The primary malt backbone is actually fairly nutty (almost resembling a brown ale). Hops? Well, there's a twinge of pine floating around. This is oak-aged and not a fresh bottle, so this didn't stand a chance of showing off significant hoppiness.
T: Hops are here. They aren't vivid, they aren't defined, they just exist as a general finishing bitterness - there's even an acidic bite to it. The malt backbone is solid, bringing good caramel and nutty flavors. After half the glass, I pick up more of its oak aging. Its finish soon becomes quite vanilla-heavy. Works better as a strong ale, I think.
M: Full and creamy for an IPA, yet the tannic presence gives it some semblance of drinkability. Still, the long and caramel-laden finish makes this one a sipper. Carbonation is decent.
O: At first I didn't like it too much. But once that vanilla presence hits my tongue, I grow to respect it, if not love it. The caramel flavors get in the way just as I expected, and that's ultimately my main gripe with this beer (and a reminder that oak-aged IPAs are more of a novel experiment than a great style). GD almost turned an apocryphal design into a minor miracle, which at least earns them a couple brownie points.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 21:24:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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