Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is at least my third six-pack of this beer. I keep drinking it before I review it, so it must not be that bad. Let's give this a review with a fresh palate as this is my first beer of the day.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of off white creamy bubbles. There were a few bubbles lazily making their way to the top, but the head faded to a solid ring within about a minute. There is some lace left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: I initially got a good bit of fresh hops, and in the cold beer the oak is already noticeable adding vanilla notes and there is a clearly defined dry wood character that I think is from American Oak rather than French. There is some mild caramel sweetness in here along with some toasty notes that seem like CaraMunich malt. This beer has a nicely blended aroma.
Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There are some woody notes apparent early on and some hops are bold initially, but the whole ensemble fades to let the malt win by an edge in the finish. There are some sweet and toasty notes from the malt that linger for a while after the sip. The alcohol is masked well. Overall the mouthfeel is solid. The carbonation is a bit low, but the hops are playing well with the water, so that the beer goes down easily and doesn't have a chalky edge to it.
Opinion: Overall this is a pretty darn good IPA. It has a nice balance and overall presentation so that it never lets the palate get bored, yet still remains drinkable the whole time. I guess that was why I kept drinking them before reviewing them.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 00:40:43 | More by SkeeterHawk
More User Reviews:
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
86 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.