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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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438 Reviews
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Reviews: 438
Hads: 1,580
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 175 | 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

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: 438 | Hads: 1,580
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear dark orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to an oily film. Random thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus zest, and an earthy wood aroma. Taste is of malt and citrus zest/pine hops with a woody quality on the finish. Mild hop bitterness on the palate lingers after each sip. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid IPA with some nice wood aged characteristics. I would definitely get this one again if it were available in CA.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: tons of lace. clear golden with crimson hues.

S: oatmeal raisin and earthy.

T: raisin, vanilla and caramel. Light on the hops but enough to balance the oak and vanilla flavor. Some wood notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: this one is different. Not what I expected from an IPA. The hops were not quite as flavorful as I expected for a 7.1% ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has small particles floating in suspension along with a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has moderately strong aromas of oak along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of oak really stand out in the taste and contribute hints of vanilla. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and citrusy flavors from the hops. Hints of caramel malts are also noticeable in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The oak aging seems to lend some dryness to the finish.
O: The beer is very well balanced and doesn’t come across as being overly bitter compared to many other beers in the style. The oak aging also helps in balancing off the hops.

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

not quite imperial, this oaked ipa forces a front of tongue sweetness and heaviness that endeavors to refresh and pacify the drinker. pours a resin-like sludgey indian summer red with a nose of HERE I AM! hops. alcohol is present but behind the scenes, better as it warms. pleasantly buzzworthy after just a few, one I will keep going back to. $ well spent

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rustico - Alexandria.

Served in a pint glass. Pours a moderate to semi-dark brown color with a tan head. A good amount of lacing to start off with, but it doesn't have the type of staying power that I expect for a cask IPA. The nose brings forward the oak a bit more than the hops, which are certainly restrained. There's nothing from the hops that really jumps out; I could say maybe a little bit of earthy and floral hops, but the oak really takes over.

The same thing can be said about the taste, as while I get a decent amount of bitterness, the oak characteristics really carry through and I believe there's some earthy hops underneath, as I can certainly say I'm not getting citrus or tropical, but that's about it. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a good amount of bitterness and some slight oak tannin. Drinks fairly well but is somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on May 31 2012... nothing like getting a a pre-aged seasonal, this just showed up here recently at the local shop.

Dark copper orange body, slight haze to it.
Strong caramel aromas, vague oak, rather sweet and vaguely fruity.

Heavy caramel malt flavors, light oak, slick and sweet. Tastes like an old IPA unfortunately, with some woody traces. Malt dominates... where are the hops? IPA fail. Glad this was only a single, wouldn't drink it again with so many better local options.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with orange highlights with a one-finger white head of foam. The head didn't last long and left some good foamy lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and oak notes. It had a nice caramel nose, too.

T - It tasted of pine, citrus and sweet caramel. The woody flavor is very mild.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice oak aged IPA. It was mild and well done.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a hint of gold/yellow. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and a bit malty. Reminds me of mild malt syrup. There is a vanilla and caramel note along with some very mild hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet up front with the vanilla and malt syrup notes. I can definitely pick up the wood from the barrel. The finish has a citrus peel bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is another solid offering from Great Divide. The wood and the hops combine and are quite nice. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Light oak notes with some pine hops. A little bit of toasted malt and coconut.

T - Toasted malt and light caramel up front with some vanilla and coconut notes of oak. Creamy malt sweetness in the middle with more oak flavor and some pine hop flavor. The hop character intensifies in the finish with more pine notes and a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, caramel malt is balanced by moderate hop bitterness as notes of vanilla and pine hops linger.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A really nice combination of oak and hop character. The oak is sweet and lively without the harsh toasted character that sometimes comes through in oaked IPAs. The pine hop character compliments the creamy vanilla of the oak quite well and there is just enough malt character to balance things out. This is a really nice beer and well worth buying even by the six pack.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Copper-hued body, clear and with a half inch layering of white foam producing layers of lacing film as it goes.

Smell: Lightly toasted grains, bread with some resins, tropical fruit, and low, gotta-look-for-it oak hints.

Taste: Bready malts, lightly toasted grains and a hint of sweet caramel. Fruity hop hints of grapefruit, lemon, papaya -- then, some resins, tannic mild oakiness, and the anticipated bitterness. Near the end delivers a black tea flavor. Bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, a tad sticky.

Overall: I wouldn't say I had high hopes for this one, just a hope for something decent. It was barely oaky and barely okay.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this is going to be like their anniversary beers, the wood aged IPAs.

A nice fluffy 1 finger head rises up and fades semi slowly with a little lacing. The beer is crystal clear toasty amber orange golden red color.

The nose brings really weird flavors, lots of fruit to start, apricot, some other light colored round fruit. There's some woody esthers as well, it's a strange wood aroma. Some very light spicy and earthy hops in there, with a little fruity, grassy, and citrus aromas . Also some creamy malt aromas, and a weird like aroma that reminds me of rice...

The taste comes just as weird. It has some weird woody esther flavors, like chewing on sawdust. Then more malty flavors, a little bit of some sweet and creamy malts. ALso more hops, some spicy, chewy, piny, and light juicy citrus hops, somewhat earthy too. Lots of caramel and a little vanilla too. I also get some cognac oak chip flavors too, which rings a bell as I just brewed an homebrew, IPA with cognac oak chips in it. As it finishes it brings out more of the bitterness and a very slight astringency. Also more of the cognac, vanilla, caramel, and tons of the wood esthers.

The mouth is medium body with decent carbonation.

It has a strange drinkability, not much for alcohol feel, and finishes pretty dry without the sticky feel that I really expected, but that bitterness really starts to get astringent, and with the wood just comes across on the opposite side as the hops. They don't seem to merge well in this beer. The Anniversary beers they make are delicious, but this one is a little too contrast and the wood is just weird.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Had to grab another pint before departing from the minor Paulaner festivities at the Firk. It pours a clear light russet-amber topped by a nice finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises flowers, grapefruit, orange zest, and vanilla. The taste is very similar, with a solid background loaded with oak. It creates a very nice foundation for the hoppy aspects, but any real malt backbone is kinda lost in the shuffle. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice IPA, one that seems to generally benefit from the oak aging.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide "Rumble"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON:MAR 19 2015"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

When I spotted "RUMBLE" on the shelf and took a closer look I saw that it was an "Oak Aged India Pale Ale" and decided to buy it based on that. What I found is that although it is clearly oak-aged, it's not overly done. The oak isn't even particularly noticeable at the outset, but as you progress through the glass you find a note of vanilla within the malt, and then the dryness of the wood that leads you to a long-lingering finish. Also not over-done were the hops. They're present (tropical fruit, gently piney), and you won't miss them if you're looking, but it's not a beer that hits you over the head in any way. So with that said, if you're looking for something more bombastic, this is not for you, it's more of a study in shades of subtlety. I like to think of it as a relaxing sipping beer before dinner (or after), not something that I'd have out at the bar with my friends. The only thing that could make this beer better for me would be if they added a bit of Brettanomyces to it. Worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich and pleasant hoppy ale. Deep spicy nose and a great flowery aroma when you inhale. Bitterness is kept in check with these big aromatic hops. Full but not syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation in the mouth full, attractive golden amber topped with a nice beery head. Deep, long flavors of resiny hops. Sharp and acidic but malty enough. Oak is so restrained that you forget about it. After checking the label I've convinced myself that it has a vanilla scent.

I'm hoping for a Belgian funk version, let's call it Collette on a Rumble Hoss.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given the brewery, which I'm fond of. I'm not huge on the style, though.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Lacing is decent. Colour is a transparent translucent textbook copper. Vibrant and appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. There are very few carbonation bubbles, if any.

Sm: Clean malts, caramel, moderate pine, citrus, tinges of oak, and cream. A pleasant and delightful aroma for an IPA. Very balanced and subtle. I can't wait to try it. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean malts with some heavy toasted character and pleasant subtle caramelization. Quite sweet, with some nice graham cracker character and blatant vanilla. The oak comes through marvelously; the subtlety here is impressive. Hop character is primarily pine, though some floral character does enter in the third act. I don't know where the citrus went, but it isn't here. It's nicely balanced, though the sweetness is over the top. Built well for the style, but suffers from simplicity. I do like it.

Mf: Too smooth. It comes off artificial, even a touch syrupy. Nicely wet. Overall, it just doesn't suit the flavours; coarseness is severely needed. This is by far the worst aspect of this brew.

Dr: Drinkable but held back by its unfavorable mouthfeel. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV well. Great Divide brews far better beers.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of vanilla, caramel and citrus in a prominent display of oak-aging. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time if you’re not looking for a hop-bomb.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Gullifty's, Bryn Mawr, PA

Poured into a nondescript stem glass a clear, amber-orange with just a ringlet of white bubbles on top. Noticeable chunks of sediment in the glass. Bready aroma, earthy hops, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor matches the aroma: bready caramel malts, earthy hops, oak and vanilla, with notes of citric bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, but not quite as good as say, Ithaca Flower Power, which I had just before switching to this.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for picking this one up for me at Goebbel's in Wichita..

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Caramel &pineyness

T: Follows the nose, plus toffee & oaky undertones up front, dryness coming with that. Oaky vanilla notes blend to a near praline flavor as this warms, plus a bit of grapefruit merges with piney resin. Piney hops hoppyness & toffee dominate the finish along with some dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, semi-sticky, fairly creamy carbonation, great balance, which means many hopheads will be disappointed with this one...

Drinks easy, I like this better than I did a few weeks ago when I first tried it. Good, not great offering from GD

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a robust ipa with meaty character and tones. The hops don't really give a real elaborate presentation; more of a thick delivery. I like this one, though I'd appreciate a fresh sample to be able to give a purists opinion. That aside, still diggin' it regardless.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date(oddly). Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with 2 fingers of a fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel sweetness, pine, orange, pineapple, mango, oak, and some spices. Decent aromas with decent strength. Taste of pine, caramel, oak, spices, and a bit of citrus. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish that linger with pine, oak, and spices. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming on the finish. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth drinkability. Overall, a nice oak aged IPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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