Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by fourstringer:
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottled on Apr 16 2014.
A: Classic amber/golden yellow-orange body with pretty good clarity. 1/2 finger of white head with ok retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Fruit-forward hops (malt?) with peach, mango, white grape, and orange notes. Bready, sweet malt. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Fainter bourbon, oak arise as it warms.
T: Interesting opening - I had to take a few sips to pin it down: Malty, but also floral, with a flash of sweetness. Develops to a medium bitterness that seems lighter than average for the style. Semi-dry finish. Lingering hops and bitterness in the aftertaste. Light on the alcohol for 7.1% ABV.
M: Sudsy, moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Smooth feel after the initial effervescence.
O: I like this beer, but I wouldn't say it really tastes like an IPA. Or a barrel-aged brew, for that matter. Kinda rides the fence and ends up in no-mans-land, but a good quaff nonetheless.
Addendum: A second sampling the following day presented a much stronger barrel-aged presence with a bourbon-esque, vanilla sweetness. Even less IPA quality than the first go. Scores are the same.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 02:10:13 | More by fourstringer
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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
86 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.