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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Rumble IPARumble IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 1080
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010)
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SamN

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rumble pours an interestingly red/amber hued beer; interesting for an IPA. Great thick pillowy head erupts from an aggressive pour. Creamy and inviting and of a yellowish white color, the head is the best of this beers looks. The color is frankly odd for an IPA, even an oak aged one. Leaves some lacing behind, nothing complex or intricate. Smell is exactly what you'd expect from an oak aged, hoppy beer. Sticky, resinous hop buds come out, with a faint woodsy background aroma. Surprisingly weak aromas, I need to do a lot of swirling to really pick up distinct aromas here. Otherwise, fairly straight-forward aroma; hoppier, with a touch of sugary sweetness. The taste is an intriguing burst of initial hoppiness, with flavors staying mostly in the pine range, but that quickly fades into a not-quite mellow oakiness. The aging-imparted tastes are a bit too aggressive for my taste. There is a stable malt foundation here, but the hops turn too bitter for me, and the oak aging seems to increase the hops assertiveness to almost unpleasant levels. It's not awful or undrinkable, but it is a new sensation for me and makes it a bit of a chore to drink. The mouthfeel is is decent, I feel it could use some more body to it, but I fear that would increase the power of the bitter hops and overly-oaked nature to undrinkable levels.

Overall, the hops become too sticky and bitter for me and the oak aging is overdone, in my view. This beer is a bit too aggressive and needs to be toned down, mellowed, made to be more subtle and given more balance. I like the idea and was glad to try it, but it wasn't quite what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:48:33 | More by SamN
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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.