Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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Ratings: 1,516
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 33
Gots: 144 | FT: 2
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010

RUMBLE IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. 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. Very inspiring.
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Melon! Wonderful mouthfeel and cantaloupe dominates the taste.

Nose is bolder than the taste when cold. As it warms, some wood from the oak is secondary to the rich melon flavors. Some mango. Little lacing, half inch head disappears after five minutes.

Review from notes taken on national IPA day at Black Sparrow, Lafayette, IN.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in NYC. Fair head of off white foam. Nice amber red in color, a touch darker than your standard IPA. Picked up a nice touch of vanilla in the aroma, also, some maltiness, not a lot of hop presence. Taste picks up with more Vanilla, caramel, piney hops, and malts. Oak aging is a nice touch on this one. Not the most Hop heavy IPA I've had, but refreshing nonetheless.

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on August 4th 2010.Poured a bottle into a nonic,a clear rich bronze with craterous one finger white head that left btoken rings of lace as it settled slowly atop.Aromas are actually quite light with some toasty oak,and light liafy hop intertwined.A real nice full mouthfeel to this beer,its quite smooth.Flavors are pretty good but kinda left me wanting more,light vanilla tinged toasty oak to me overshadows the leafy "green" hop.Not a bad brew, but to me the hops need to be amped up a little.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 9/10/10.

A: Pours fairly dark for an IPA - more amber than gold. The head is just off-white and a fingernail shy of one finger with an aggressive decanting into a snifter. Head retention is good. The carbonation is quite exciting and the lacing is phenomenal, forming a thick parabolic foam with all varieties of splashiness underneath with each sip.

S: Subdued grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine aromas with a pretty heavy dose of oak fill my nose. This collision of scents produces a creamy vanilla-like byproduct smell, in addition to an interesting peppery aroma. This smells sort of like a forest after a heavy rain.

T: The hop taste is a little less citrusy than the aroma would suggest. Pine, orange zest, and grass are the flavors that that hops leave on my palate. That taste pairs with a nice caramel malt sweetness, then leads to a creamy vanilla contribution from the oak barrel. The finish is a blend of oaky bite and lasting, yet mellow hop bitterness.

M: There is a lot happening here. The feel is crisp and biting on the sides of my mouth at first, followed by a creamy, medium feel on my tongue. This is wrapped with a semi-dry oak and hop bite on the back and sides of my mouth.

D: Viewed from the perspective of a straight up American IPA, I dock this a few points. It's certainly interesting, but I feel that the oak aging restricts the boldness of the hops from unfolding. It was quite good and I'm glad that I tried, it, but I am not sure that I will seek it out for further consumption.

Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 8/25/10. Pours copper orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grassy hops with a little fruit and resin. Some oak and vanilla comes out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts and vanilla followed by a good sized resiny slightly tarry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. The oak definitely changes it and mutes the hops.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on "Aug 17, 2010" = 5 weeks ago, great to enjoy beer that you know is fresh!

Pours a nice looking shade of honey amber, with a dull orangey glow, lite tan head, tiny bubbles , stays, thick collar and respectable fine sticky lace.

Leafy hop nose, with a hint smoked up wood and a malty sweet undertone.

Tasty and appealing IPA, on the sweet side, with more then ample malt being a recurring theme. Wood also joins the flavor party. Thoroughly enjoyable, bold and flavorful brew, a wee bit lacking in the hops dept

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern—served into a pint glass

Appearance: orange-brown in color, hazy, 1.25 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, oak, and fruity hops

Taste: toffee, vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, oak--maybe a bit of whiskey with a strong citrus hop end

Mouthfeel: very sweet for an IPA with sharp bitterness at the end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Wow. I really enjoyed the complexity of this one. A sipper but I want several glasses of this. Not really sure how much of an IPA this reminds me of because I really only get bitterness at the end. It drinks a bit more like a strong ale with complex caramel and vanilla from the oaking. I will definitely get this again if I see it on tap.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 18, 2010. The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get some oak and vanilla notes as expected, but I also get some nuttyness and a lot of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is just as good. The dominant flavor is orange citrus, but I also get some pine, caramel malt and oak. While there is a ton of hop flavor, the oak aging seems to have mellowed the bitterness quite a bit, leaving the beer very drinkable but full of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I loved the 15th/16th Anniversary beer from Great Divide and this one is just as good. A great, oak-aged IPA.

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with nice off-white head and some lacing.

Smell: Orange, caramel and vanilla. Fairly sweet. Strong at first, but then dissipates.

Taste: Upfront is orange, caramel & toasted malts, and a trace of vanilla. Finishes with pine grapefruit, oak and a decent level of bitterness. The oak leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: While I prefer my IPAs without oak aging, there are nice flavors going on here, and it is nicely balanced. Docking it slightly for the aftertaste.

Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumble opens with a heavily malty nose that makes immediately apparent the beer’s oak aging: thick rising bread dough, yeasty baguette and floury French bread mix with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Hefty doses of fruit esters (fig, orange, apricot, touches of raisin and cherry) are joined by molasses and brown sugar. Strangely light here are the hops, which only add shades of pine resin and grapefruit, apparently largely subsumed beneath massive malts and oak finishing. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the oak aging adding brilliant layers of complexity to what was very likely already an excellent beer, producing a beverage that smells delicious and begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of oak aged malt, with yeasty dough, brown bread, toast crust, and floury baguette mixing perfectly with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Toasted nut and coffee cream add further complexity, joined by healthy doses of brown sugar, as well as fig, raisin, and cherry. A good alcoholic vapor does run throughout, the beer’s 7.1% ABV showing slightly, but blends well with the fruits and oak. Hops again take a backseat here, mainly offering countering notes of pine and grapefruit in the main mouthful, but do come out more strongly in the aftertaste, which is otherwise a continuation of the bread and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is fantastic fare, the oak aging doing wonders in terms of adding nuance and complexity to the beer, providing thick overtones of vanilla, cream, and wood that blend nicely with the fruits, sugars, and breads. It does seem somewhat strange that the hop notes aren’t more forward (this is an IPA, after all), but perhaps this is for the best, as they could possibly overwhelm the oak aging if present in greater strength. Highly recommended.

Photo of ehammond1
2.37/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear, but dark amber and copper in color with a gorgeous, very persistent, inch-high khaki colored head. I even remarked how pretty this beer was in the glass when it was delivered to me. Leaves messy, irregular spiderwebs and lines of lace down the glass. A gorgeous, sticky IPA.

The aroma is intensely oak-forward along with sweet, sharp caramel notes, and some pine needles/sap. It doesn't resemble an IPA, as the combination of the oak and malt bill is dominant. It's simple, powerful, and not particularly pleasant, especially given the known style.

Unfortunately, the flavor is just as bad as the aroma, if not worse. This is by far the oakiest beer I've ever tasted, and the pine needle flavors and big combination of sweet malt character doesn't help. Moderate hop bitterness doesn't make this any more drinkable.

Medium bodied with crisp, high carbonation.

I couldn't drink this one. Had maybe 4 ounces before pushing it away and ordering a Sculpin.

Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Bottled on June 12, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and lively amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An interesting and fairly subdued aroma. Earthy and grassy hops along with a little pine resin. Some hints of citrus orange and grapefruit. Light hints of oak and vanilla. Good hints of bready malts with lots of caramel and biscuit. A very balanced aroma.

Taste: Some grassy, earthy hops up front along with some citrus orange and grapefruit. A little hint of pine. Hops are fairly subdued for an American IPA, this seems more like the English style. The oak is a lot more noticeable in the taste as it comes in at the middle along with a little vanilla. Solid presence of bready caramel malts and biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slightly sticky, and very smooth.

Overall: An interesting and decent take on a IPA. Could of used a little more citrus hops, but the oak taste is pretty solid.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up a while back from Great Grog in Edinburgh. I've not had an oaked IPA before - it sounds interesting.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and a ton of chunky floating sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Nice lacing lingers on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of oak/wood, piny hops, toffee, dry yeast, faint vanilla and stewed hops. Complex but quite restrained.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of oak, toffee, pine, vanilla, mild earthy yeast and stewed hops. A mild twinge of alcohol in the background. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality, followed by a distinct bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of oaky malt and an aromatic, piney bitterness.

A tasty brew with a twist. The oak add something extra to this IPA, yet it doesn't clash or compete with the hop notes. The subtle tannins and hints of vanilla introduce an extra layer of complexity. The hop notes are obvious but quite subdued - I'm not sure if they've faded a bit or if this is a natural characteristic of Rumble. The only real flaw is the appearance; it looked like a ton of coagulated protein floating in the beer. Still, a fairly minor complaint - this is well crafted. If you like IPAs and/or wood in your beer, then go for the best of both worlds and grab one of these when you can.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty coppery orange, good 1" head to it, lacing is better than average. Aroma is heavily bitter, alcohol and slightly oaky.

Taste, doesn't really give you the ipa hops, maybe the aging in the oak causes you to lose some of that. Compared to the DFH oak aged ipa, this one falls to second place. Still a decent beer, just would seem to fit into any other category just as well as ipa because the hops are behind the scenes and not all that forceful here. They do leave behind a decent sized amount of bitterness, which is somewhat enjoyable in the mouthfeel with the oak and very present alcohol.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date 8/18/2010

Poured into a pint glass burnt orange with a one finger froathy foamy head. Good retention and great lacing. The scent has hop floral notes and strong amounts of oak. I got to say, the taste is the best part. There is a large front of Vanilla, oak, and sugars that mellows in a dry bitter ending. The amount of Vanilla is greatness. The mouthfeel is very solid for the style and the drinkabilty is "I wish this was made year round" awesome.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep amber caramel hue with an off white head, nice retention and thickness, fine scattered lacing wraps around my chalice. I need something really hoppy after an oak aged IPA that kind of masks the hops. Smell is of dark caramel roasted malt with hints of oak and vanilla, a very muted hop profile if there is one existing I can't smell it. What's the point I'm getting caramel, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak but nothing reminiscient of an IPA. This is much like the oak aged Anniversary beers just toned down abit with the booze. Flavor isn't as bad as a boozier version is but still there's not much citrus/pine hops going on it's more like butterscotch/caramel alcohol and oak barrel aging all in one. Mouthfeel not cloying cleans off the palate relatively easy comparing the 15th Anniversary DIPA I had last year, I won't touch the 16th Anniversary with a stick, but I really liked this label. A touch of alcohol and oak dryness with this malty IPA compared to what the average hoppy ale is complemented with. Drinkability overall isn't as bad as I was forecasting I'm glad I gave it a try but it's pretty different than the 15th and 16th Anniversary brews. Small quantities I can handle this hoppy oak aged IPA, who invented that one.

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a brewed on date of 19 June 2012; served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a frothy off-white head that has moderate durability.

Momentarily forgetting that this was an oak aged beer, I was surprised by the woody and dank aspects of the nose -- so the wood definitely contributes to the aroma, as well as to the taste.

T: I found this a bit too woody (oak) for my taste, both because this is not my favorite flavor component and because the oak aging seem to mask some of the malt and hop character. Eventually, however, I found a nice long-lasting aftertaste that is woody, somewhat y savory and fruity, and only moderately bitter. The flavor, and especially the oak portion, fared better with a little warming (or adjustment?), but then went the other direction.

M: medium body and near medium carbonation that closer to too high than to too low.

O: an interesting, woodsy IPA variant that is worth a try, particularly if you like oak aging.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque deep copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bready caramel and pale malts with good amounts of leafy and citrus hops. Also present are slight amounts of oak tannins.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the influence from the oak is less. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with good amounts of breadiness kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus influence fades, turning more toward leafy and slightly earthy notes. The deeper hop flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was surprised at the high level of oak influence in the aroma compared to the tap version. A substantial enough difference to warrant another try even if you've already had it in the bottle or on-tap.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich red copper color. Little head that poured out. There is a musky Oaky smell to the beer. Cannot smell too much hoppiness. You can definitely taste the Oaky flavor on this beer. Leaves an interesting flavor on your tongue. Quite a boozy fun beer...

Photo of Auraan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a thin off-white layer of foam and moderate bubbles. It looks nice, though standard for an IPA. Scents of caramel and toasted malt and some dark bread with a low level of hop aromas in the background, mostly herbal and floral-like, but with some faint citrus notes. Very faint hints of oak in the background. A good aroma, more malty than hop-forward, but nice nonetheless. Flavor begins with a mix of caramel malt sweetness and pine resin, with faint hints of citrus peel. This moves into pine resin bitterness and some herbal and floral flavors, balanced by a present, though less intense, caramel sweetness. The finish is dry, with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops, with faint hints of vanilla and oak. Aftertaste is pine resin, slight vanilla and hints of oak. Overall a good flavor profile that goes more towards the malty sweet at the beginning and moves into the pine resin and herbal hop flavors before finishing with just enough oak-aging flavors to let you know that the beer was indeed aged. Nicely balanced and pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and easy to drink. Overall this is a good IPA that has a nicely subdued, malty aroma and a balanced flavor profile, aided by a nice, drinkable mouthfeel. Quite good.

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium off white biscuity head slowly recedes into a pretty strong lacing above a clear copper honey colored IPA.

Slightly sour and slightly bitter citrus hops aroma with some smokiness coming through also.

The taste is more smokey than the aroma which I liked and which adds to the bitterness and slight sour notes of the hops used to make this beer. The citrus taste is more muted than the aroma would have you think but its still a pretty good beer, I could see having this on a regular basis if I could find it.

This medium bodied beer finishes with a light to moderate smokey dry aftertaste.

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep coppery hue with red highlights. The true beauty of this beer is in a nice cascading effect and continuously lively action contributing to the formation of two fingers of dense, rocky tan head that's plenty sticky and leaves thick, patchy lacing down the glass.
Hops are by no means hidden in the aroma, though a hardcore hophead might find them light. Otherwise the oak is evident in an apparent woodiness with some earthy notes under a nice caramel malt backbone. There's a touch of sweetness lingering as well.
Hops are right up front in this one, with plenty of pine and floral notes, balanced by the caramel malts and possibly another type of malt in here as well. Sweetness is still underneath but present, and it's not difficult to love the nuances of the oak mixed in here. There's even a hint of spiciness contributing as well. The finish lingers for a long time, quite dry and almost entirely consisting of resiny hops flavor and oak. Very nice.
The body is medium-full with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it's also quite dry.
I wouldn't even have known the ABV was in the higher range. This is tasty and quite drinkable. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mbatley
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such an interesting IPA. Aged in oak gives it a really different--nice--toasty balanced flavor with a really nice long finish. You can definitely taste the oak but it is in no way prominent. Just there in the background offering a long nice finish.

Great hoppy backbone as you would expect in a Great Divide IPA but does not have the usual citrus notes. In fact I'd be interested to know if they used a slightly different hop lay up for this from their normal IPA or of the oak had that much of an influence. Either way it works.

A real drinker. Plus a value at $8.99 a six.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Oak Aged India Pale Ale"... I had to buy this.

the smell of the bottle, chestnut and cherries along with the expected hops, very different, i guess that's the oak barrells. easy pour, the head is afraid of heights though, it's quick to coil away but decides to pose halfway down. the beer is a nice reddish brown color, quite unique, kind of like a brazil nut. HUGE smell. again, it has a nutty aroma, the oak is present, big breads. Something else familiar I can't quite put my hands on.

Taste... this is one of the most unique IPA's i've ever had. It's nutty with the oak barrel sting, its strong in hops and alcohol, it sticks to the lips. It also has a little cherry quality, it's really nice.

Try this beer if you are in the mood for an IPA but want something really unique. It delivers with the oak barrel aging and the hops.

Photo of lnashsig
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love oak aged IPA's and I'm looking forward to this one. Poured into my brooklyn snifter, pours a dark amber/orange color, with nice head that fills the glass with tight big bubbles, leaves lacing all over the glass, and then recedes very slowly. Smell- oak oak oak oak oak. Coconut, other tropical fruits. The woodiness of this beer just comes out and smacks you in the face immediately. Taste- caramel, coconut, bitter hopiness at the end. This blends the oak flavors and the bitterness from the hops perfectly. Mouthfeel- nice syrupy texture. In fact, its hard to tell that this is only a single IPA. Drinkability- the mouthfeel makes this a sipper, but its enjoyable for sure. Well done, another good rendition of one of my favorite styles.

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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