Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pyrosixer9:
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
A: Clear, darker orange. White head that dissipates quickly. Nothing special.
S: IPA citrus gone wrong. It smells muddled, like old unappealing fruit that's been sitting out for a while. Old oranges and slight woodiness.
T: The oak muddles the citrus that you would expect in an IPA. Instead of improving on the IPA, the oak seems to have made it worse. Oak up front, with orange peel the rest of the way. Aftertaste brings back the oak. Not appealing.
M: Moderate carbonation, but sits on the tongue after each sip.
O: I really wanted to like this beer. I had never had an oaked IPA, but I was so blown away by their oaked Yeti's that I had high hopes. Unfortunately, the oak ruined what I enjoyed about IPA's. This is one of my biggest dissapointments from Great Divide. Won't be picking this up again.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2013 03:22:48 | More by Pyrosixer9
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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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