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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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

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.
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Ratings: 1,410 | Reviews: 413
Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber body, nice beading stays off to the side of the glass... thin sticky off-white head has pretty good retention.

I'd imagine that this is a pretty picky style to brew. How do you accomplish a fresh hop character while maintaining a noticeable wood quality. It seems like they've found a pretty good balance. Smooth.

Nice easy-going wood character... plenty of hops with the support of some quality caramel malt. A bit of vanilla from the wood.

I think the wood character actually adds to the drinkability, which isn't what I was expecting at all.

Tasty beer.

Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice to see Great Divide so much more out on the West Coast. Tried this at the Main Tap in El Cajon, CA.

A - Fairly clear copper, good head, nice lace.

S - Very floral right off the bat, malty and sweet.

T - Bitter hops first, then the malt follows.

M - Fair balance, good carb being on a keg :)

D - A nice offering.

Photo of WKyle
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a quite nice dark amber with a large beaded head that sticks around and leaves some decent lacing. Smells aof tobacco and leather to start, then turns thin and watery. The taste is much better. Quite a bit heavier, and with pronounced hop and wood barrel notes. Hints of tobacco here as well, especially in the mid palate. Piney and earthy hops, and overall pretty intense flavors. The mouthfeel is chewy and slightly woody. Big beer, but in a different direction than most. Not exactly austere, but big, dry flavors. I found this very interesting.

Photo of Bfarr
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy amber with orange highlights, tan frothy head with good retention. Oak and musty earthy citrus. Vanilla and earthy pine and citrus with light sweetness and a moderate hop ending. A dry woody finish and light hop linger. A relatively light feel and a little rough.

Good aroma and robust flavor. The wood is not overdone but adds a nice element to a pretty earthy profile. It’s a little more of a balanced IPA and the hop linger you get is occasionally unpleasant but overall a good combination of taste.

Photo of UnionMade
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours pretty dark for a Colorado IPA. Slightly hazed cedar brown, with just a wispy coating of foam. I could do with more head retention, but the color is very pretty.
Smells very earthy, wooden and forest-like. Very different from the IPAs I've been drinking lately, which are much more citrus-driven. Reminds me very much of an older style east coast IPA. A pleasant toffee maltiness comes through easily, not just a hop-bomb. A gentle smoothness, which i'm guessing comes from the wood.
The flavor opens up pretty sweet, more so than I'm used to, with a very graceful, creamy smoothness to the malt. The body is certainly there, rich and full, with velvety carbonation. Wood is well represented all the way through, adding a strong, earthy, leathery overtone. Just a light touch of wild, acidic sourness in the back end, like some bacteria is still present in the deep crevices of the woodgrain. I'm not terribly familiar with the nuances of wood in drink, but the flavors comes across less like oak than some variety of pine. Wood has a very distinct scent when its sawn, and the flavors here seem to be more like what I smell when cutting pine, poplar or aspen. I guess with barrel aged beers, I'd just always attributed those flavors to the lingering whisky, rather than the wood itself. Other than the wood, the bitterness is surprisingly mild for an american IPA. Leaves off with a lingering, caramelized sweetness and of course, wood. Strikes me as a beer sea captains would drink whilst hunting white whales. I like it, but I think I like the idea of it more than the actual beer.

Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a cream colored head and nice lacing. Aroma is citric and piney hops paired with some oak and vanilla. Flavor is a nice marriage of hops and oak chis, piney and fruity, oak and vanilla, and some caramel and toffee from the malt. A crisp mouthfeel. Overall, one of the better Great Divide beers for me. Not a huge fan of this brewery, but this is a solid beer for sure.

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh bottle (5 weeks old) into a .5l glass named Spaten.

A: Long lasting off white head sits on top of a clear coppery, amber brew without much visible carbonation and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Very bready, malt forward, a bit of oak, hops, grass. Very pleasant. Not leaping out.

T: Very good. Like the smell, bread and oak with a hop finish majoring in grass, hay, herbs more than fruit, more pine than citrus. I loved it with intense sea scallop and sausage over garden veggie sauce with fresh tomatoes, provolone and truffle oil, also with the after dinner cheese course.

I am huge fan of Great Divide & Stone. In this category, Stone Arrogant Bastard wins! But this was a nice beer that I will look forward to coming back to and tasting head to head with Stone. I let it warm, and I sipped it slowly and it got more oaky, stinky, arrogant, shall we say? as it warmed. But it was just ok.

M: creamy, yet dry, but still a bit busy finish.

O - This is a nice example of oak aged IPA. It was mild and well done, but not GD's best.

Photo of anchordrinker
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours orange-amber with a thin white head.

S- Wonderful, big oak presence in the nose, vanilla and coconut as well as some faint floral undertones.

T- Initially there's a brief, mild caramel sweetness that gives way to a flash of piney, resiny, and slightly citric hoppyness, that gives way to a cascade of oak-y vanilla and coconut flavors that linger long after each sip.

M- Medium bodied for the style and the carbo is spot on.

Overall, this beer integrates a nice big oaky character and restrained hoppyness very well. I would buy this one again.

Photo of JDizzle
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: really clear copper looking IPA. Hardly any head at all. Bummer, was hoping for more on the appeareance. Sticky lacing.

S:Oaky, Vanilla, hops, peppery, and malt. Not life changing, or even mood changing. Not bad, I like the oak.

T:sweet, peppery, slight oakiness, bitter hops, good malt presence. The vanilla taste shows up in a big way and makes for a nice ipa. Hop Crisis from 21rst Amendment is better.

M: Medium feel with normal carbonation. Oily with a slight dry finish.

Paid $12.99 for a sixer. Great price!

Photo of Qbdoo
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first impression was pretty negative. I felt the oakiness got in the way of the hops. But as I drank a couple this grew on me. The smell is its most appealing quality - intense citrus and pine. But this doesn't come out in the taste, and this threw me off. Expect a typical IPA and you won't like this. But once I set aside expectations I came to really appreciate this. The hops are subdued and the oak really brings out the malt. It's a slightly odd flavor and in a blind taste test I might not identify it as an IPA, but it's unique and flavorful and I'll drink it again.

Photo of IronLover
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a strong foamy head that slowly reduced to a thick, wispy cap that leaves lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus and pine hop aromas up front with a sweet maltiness beneath. There’s an earthiness to the aroma as well that assume is a product of the oak aging. Medium bodied with a light resinous and somewhat tangy feel. Citrus and pine hop flavors up front with an earthy/ flavor (again the oak aging?) that quickly follows. Cutrus and pine hop character stays pretty consistent from beginning to end as the earthy/oak flavors tend to intensify. Carries a strong malty sweet backbone throughout. Finishes dry with a light pine hop bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. A study in oak more than IPA, and maybe because of the bottling since August. Mid yelow body with a generous white head. Woody aroma, and taste. Creamy finish, some citrus orange throughout. Decent drinkability. Well balanced between the wood, the IPA. Something to have from a sinking ship, and then...forget.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumble is copper in color. Backlighting just reinforces its strong copper tint. There’s no haze clouding the scene at all. A slightly off-white head caps it. It stands about a finger tall. Retention was good. Lacing was definitely sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is lacking a bit in strength. It smells pretty good, but would benefit from more strength. There are some sweet caramel notes up front. A few focused whiffs reveal some light oak and vanilla. Hops are quite faint. There might be a light citrus note or two. Tough to tell. Alcohol is blended well. I’m not getting much. Not bad.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. It does start out with sweet caramel malt. It’s a sturdy enough base I suppose. Hops emerge and add a citrus grapefruit flavor. It’s dry and bitter. I anticipated more balance, but it remains hoppy and bitter. I like that. Some earthy and floral hop notes seem to emerge later. Oak and a little vanilla are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol isn’t all that noticeable. This is pretty good stuff. Finishes a little sweet, oaky, dry, and bitter.

Rumble has a medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It feels pretty nice and smooth overall. For what it’s worth, it goes down relatively easy. I could probably tackle a couple of bottles with ease.

To date, Great Divide’s experience with oak-aging IPAs has been very mediocre. In fact, I was shocked to see this, in addition to the Anniversary releases. Frankly, Rumble is superior to any of the Anniversary releases. I’m actually enjoying this one. I believe that’s because Rumble has a stronger hop presence, less caramel malt, and less of the sweet vanilla flavor. My advice – keep Rumble, scrap the oak-aged Anniversary DIPAs, and find something better for the Anniversary series. No reason to make the same mistake every single year. This is pretty good stuff. Worth checking out.

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedoubler55
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear dark orange color that has a nice finger of off white head at the top, leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: A good amount of booze on the nose, with hints of caramel and oak and slight bread notes as well.

T: Up front is a stong taste of oak, hints of nuts and caramel, good mixture of bitterness and warming from malts and hops.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, nice warming sensation from the hops.

O: A very well balanced IPA, I like the oak and caramel on this one, nice warming going on as well.

Photo of KalH
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer upon pour is a bright and clear copper-orange with a huge three finger soapy head. Aromas are mostly oak, orange/citrus, and piney hops.

The flavors in this beer are strong but balanced together very well. Up front you receive an intense sweet blood orange taste with vanilla and caramel maltiness following. Was not expecting this really but as soon as I had tasted it I wanted more. This is a good sweet for an IPA. In the back you get more of the hops with the oak aftertaste in tow. The texture was creamy and the body light.

The mouthfeel and the drinkability combined make this a brew one that I could easily drink all day. Very uncharacteristic of an IPA but very enjoyable. Wish the hoppiness had been a bit more but other that that I can't really complain. Overall, a stellar brew by Great Divide and I will definitely be picking up more of this soon.

Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.99. No obvious freshness date.

Poured a dark-gold/amber color, with some moderate chill-haze. Off-white head of about an inch’s height; it dropped after a couple of minutes to a foam collar, leaving spotty lace.

Piney, sappy nose, with a modest biscuity malt scent.

Hoppy yet mellow would be how I would describe the taste of this beer. The oak-aging has really smoothed off any potential jagged edges. In fact, “smooth” would be a very apt one-word description of this beer.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick, oily mouthfeel.

If you want to be assaulted by hops, this beer is not for you. The hop flavor is more of a slow, steady burn, instead of a slashing attack to the tastebuds. I could see having several of these, which might be a bit of a problem at 7% abv. If transportation doesn’t happen to be a problem, though, you could do a lot worse than knock off a few pints of this at your local, as it goes down super-easy.

Photo of intensify
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, honey colored body. Small lacing with fast retention.

S- Passion fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, resin smell lingering in their with a small hint of alcohol coming through the end.

T- Close to the smell.Has that nice candy like taste that I like in IPA's. Not as hoppy as I would have expected from Great Divide. Has a honey presence somewhere in their, ending with a sweet, and somewhat bitter presence of oranges and apricot.

M- Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dry finish.

This could be a nice session beer. Nothing to get excited about, but still a nice American IPA.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 2, 2012 (picked it up for $10.99 for a six-pack at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2012). About a finger of head that dissipated very quickly. Auburn color. Minimal lacing on the sides and the top. No retention.

Nice mix on the nose. Smelled caramel malts (almost Werther’s candy), citrus hops (light pine?) and bitter (not that appealing initially) vanilla.

Tasted a bit better than the nose. Sweet caramel, woody, oaky, vanilla, light citrus hops. Very bitter. Warming feeling.

Medium body. Oily texture. Below average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A bit disappointed with this beer. Was hoping for a bit more, but that’s to Great Divide’s credit. I guess I have five more beers to edit my ratings.

Photo of da_beers
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a nice clear dark orange with two fingers of white head. Low visible carbonation coming up.

S - earthy, woodsy, sweet malts come in next. Nice hop character as well of course. Some faint grapefruit maybe at the end?

T - wow, much more exploding than the nose. Starts with this nice bitter, earthyness. Oak chips ate present here. Such a nice combination with the hops. Sweetness from malts are tucked in the middle, but appropriately.

M - medium body. High drinkablility. Goes down very nice and is quite refreshing.

O - I dig it. Not just a traditional IPA.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/orange in color, with a nice, sturdy head of foam
Aroma-Citrussy hops, spice notes
Taste-Oakey tangyness, citrus hop bite, pine and vanilla notes. A "busy" flavor that cries out for a food pairing such as pepper steak or Szechuan Chinese.

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with some clarity, sediment, and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: citrus and grapefruit aromas, followed by bready and caramel notes. There was buttery and fruity notes.

Taste: Hop flavors are more noticeable, caramel malts are nice and sweet, lingering bitterness, some bready notes, oak, vanilla, and spicy hop deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, oakey, and delicious.

Overall: At first, I didn't know what to think of this beer. It actually turned out better than I thought and can't wait to try it out on draft someday.

Photo of McNealc31
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color from the wood aging shows through and the nose is full of hops. A hint of sweet malt followed by very pungent hops and some lingering vanilla and caramel. This is no timid beer. The hops are more prevalent than the oak for sure, but this is great for hop heads looking for a bit of a change. Quite bitter, and a nice 7.1% ABV.

Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 
Bottled on July 6 2011

A- Pours a orangish amber color with an off-white head.

S-  The aroma is sweet malt and a good dose of citrusy hops. The oak is there, but it is very subtle. Not as powerful of an aroma as I was hoping for.

T- The taste is sweet malt up front with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. The hops are not tongue scorching bitter, but they do provide a nice lingering flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad oak aged IPA. Definitely worth a try, wish I would have had a fresher bottle.

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