Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by gfreed:
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Anything from GD is worth trying once. Rumble is not something that you MUST HAVE RIGHT NOW, but is certainly something that is worth a single-bottle purchase. Maybe it's because the beer needs to age for a while, but if the word "oak" wasn't on the label I wouldn't have guessed that oak had anything to do with this beer. As an IPA, it isn't bad: it has all the requisite hoppiness and resin, and it's all within reasonable bounds-- that's a plus. The color is gorgeous. If you're bent on an oaky experience, however, go saw a floorboard in half and inhale the dust while drinking the beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2012 21:24:27 | More by gfreed
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
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