Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature.
What really turned me onto this beer was the oak-aged aspect of it. I really enjoyed DFH's Burton Baton, and have been looking for more. Luckily I was able to snag one of the few bottles left of this on my latest beer run.
A - Poured into one of the glasses I got this Christmas, the DFH signature glass. Pours a light orange with lots of carbonation activity. Only builds about a finger's worth of head with moderate retention. Pretty nice lacing, however. A quick swirl reinvigorates the head and gives a nice smattering of lace.
S - The smell is very interesting. It is more subdued than Burton Baton, but does have noticeable contributions from the wood in some oak and vanilla notes. They aren't as pronounced, but they do cover a lot of the hops. Underneath, there is a slight hop characteristic ripe with citrus. There is something that is a bit 'stale' smelling, however.
T - In the taste, the hops certainly come through more than in the nose. The wood adds a bit of a tannic note, but its pleasant. The vanilla adds another layer which is sweet yet not conflicting and plays well into the citrus mid-flavor. As it warms and is swirled, it loses a bit of carbonation that I feel actually helps it as the contrast between the oak barrels and typical IPA flavors mellows. Slight alcohol bite at the end that vanishes as it warms.
M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Bitterness is noticeable while drinking but blends with the other flavors great in the finish. Finish is a bit short-lived.
D - Drinkability is medium. When first drinking, the bitterness is a bit much, but it improves as it approaches room temperature. It's tough to rate this as I feel it tries to do a bit too much without excelling at either the oak or IPA by itself.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2010 06:45:57 | More by nhindian
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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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