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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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1,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 27
Gots: 72 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010)
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Photo of BeerImmediately


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12oz into pint glass.

Pours with a short gray-white head over a still amber body. Touch of lacing.

Aromas carry much of the oak quality. Medicinal to astringent hops. Some sweet, bready malt in the back.

Fairly rich and flavorful. Very woodsy, and slightly smokey, with hops taking the lead. Surprising touch of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Plenty of alchohol - i.e. not well hidden. Mouthfeel is too thick for the style / borderline DIPA, I suppose.

Not a bad beer - but it doesn't have any of the fresh, crisp hop profile you might expect. Surely due to the oak barrel aging, which I give them credit for trying on this non-traditional style for barrel aging.

09-17-2011 19:44:24 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt, slight citrus, slight hops, and slight nut. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, dry hop, slight citrus, slight hop, slight grass, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great appearance, but the aroma and body were dominated by the earthy malt, (I don't particularly like that flavor).

09-14-2011 15:53:32 | More by Tone
Photo of LittleDon


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

A pint at the Great Divide taproom on 9/12/11.

Yellow with an amber tint. Fine head retention but little lacing. Aroma is understated C-hops with a dose of caramel. Well balanced taste, some tropical fruit, but a nice amount of malt and a hearty bitter finish with noticeable oak. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body.

09-13-2011 21:37:57 | More by LittleDon
Photo of LAMAGS

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Surprisingly clear pour with a red tint, dense off-white head that sticks around, when it does get around to dissipating it leaves some great lacing. Smells of caramel, fruity citrus and spice. The flavor has caramel fruit spice and some oak to back it up, bitter on the finish with a little booze. Medium body smooth and creamy a very pleasant drink but nothing exceptional, it does however have an unusual flavor for an IPA making it well worth a try.

09-13-2011 01:54:44 | More by LAMAGS
Photo of KarlHungus


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and a faint hint of wood. The taste is similar tot he aroma, but with a slightly more pronounced wood character. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I can think of dozens of other IPAs I would rather drink.

09-13-2011 00:29:46 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of philerman


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

From a growler filled at the Cranbury (NJ) BuyRite into British-style pint glass.

Pours a pleasing copper color with about a finger's worth of head. Slight pine smell. Initial taste is crisp, mostly the carbonation. Very hoppy mouthfeel that also contributes to betraying it's somewhat hefty ABV. A bit of a sour aftertaste.

09-12-2011 23:47:47 | More by philerman
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-12-2011 03:41:45 | More by superspak
Photo of DCon


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $6. Tapped from the Blue/Wooden Great Divide Tap handle into a 25cl Boulevard SmokeStack Series Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Has strong hops (citrus and American) from the beginning and then a good floral smell at the finish. Can definitely smell Wood Chips in here! Very cool.

Appearance- Received with a 3 finger head that has good retention time. Has a golden body that has good clarity. Great lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has this wood chip aroma in the taste as well. Very light but can still make these out. Very strong hops, floral and citra and has a bitterness that lingers for good time. Medium-High if on a scale.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation (strange), Smooth, and has a nice strong hop taste that remains the mouth after each drink.

Overall Impression- A very good A-IPA that has this interesting Wood Chip taste/aroma. You have to see for yourself! Haven't seen this in bottle yet or else I would have been interested in. For those hop heads, this is perfect for you. Not one I would suggest for many of those people who aren't fully introduced to hops and the IPA scene.

09-08-2011 22:30:49 | More by DCon
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Great Divide Brewing Rumble Oak Aged IPA: As you pour this beer in a glass you will notice a burnished copper color, a luxurious off-white head that laces and lasts to the end, and a subtle but complex aroma. From an appearance standpoint, this is a top notch craft brew. The flavor follows suit. The Rumble is smooth all the way through with malt and hop essence coming and going, but never and bitter bite. It’s a craft IPA for those who may not like IPAs, and for those who do!

09-08-2011 22:24:57 | More by iSip
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Nice golden amber with tones of peach and orange. Head leaves a good lace with some nice clumping yeasts and a good residual head.

S - Metallic pineapple, grass, herbal tones, citrus, subtle vanilla, ashy burnt hints, vegetables, like green beans or brussels sprouts, resinous malt, oak

T - Meaty front with mild essence of vanilla that is followed by a wallop of alcohol flavors. The bitter only really enters strongly in the finish, which is dominated by citrus, malt, and a hint of herb. There's almost a subtle licorice quality, similar to a Jagermeister, and quite a bit of new oak with gives the beer a woody, nutty quality with some hints of vanilla and caramel, so maybe an undercurrent of creme brulee. The oak really comes to the front as the beer warms, and gives it a pleasing, rich, and mellow tone, and backs up the bitter at the finish.

M - Good carbonation and an even mouthfeel. Very smooth and coating.

O - A very solid brew. The oak gives the beer a nice subtle undercurrent that doesn't overpower the style like alot of oaked ales but adds just enough to mellow the beer and give it a certain level of class and richness.

09-07-2011 01:46:17 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of AllHatDavidson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

This sounds like a great idea; a hoppy IPA tempered by oak age. Beautiful pours, red copper orange with nice frothy off white head, nice bubbles and lacing. Looks fantastic. Aroma of resiny hops, sweet wood, vanilla, black cherry, plum, pine. Flavor reveals black cherry, piny, resiny hops, vanilla. Very, very nice. Smooth, creamy, silky mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. 7% completely masked.

09-06-2011 19:56:44 | More by AllHatDavidson
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-05-2011 03:27:41 | More by UnionMade
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-04-2011 13:39:19 | More by Bfarr
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle from the IGA in Potsdam. Bottled June 15, 2011.

A - Pours bright with a dark copper colour and moderate carbonation. One finger of white soapy head that fades to a film fairly fast. Some spotty lacing and a small film left over.

S - Woody, light wood, oaky notes, juicy citrus hops and a little toffee notes. Peppery hops.

T - Nice combo of wood and strong oak with good hops coming through and a little toffee body. The oak is very present and adds a nice little element to the IPA character. A little peppery note comes throug when the oak and hops meld.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body with a good bitterness.

O/D - The oak adds an interesting element to the IPA. While it's not spectacular, it puts a new spin on it. I'd prefer a more juicy/citrusy hop profile though. The oak is the most dominant element, and takes over alot of what could be a great IPA. Good stuff nonetheless.

09-04-2011 02:05:58 | More by tbeckett
Photo of sjverla


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Nose: Fragrant. Immediately sweet and citrus hops followed closely by wood. Minor alcohol and charred oak. The burntess really takes over.

Appearance: Thin head over polished copper. Seems to have good clarity, but it's tough to gauge because of condensation.

Taste: Huge, consuming, complex. Takes over the entire palate with oak. It plays well with the earthy hops at first, then obliterates them. The malt notes are even shorter lived, just a hint a sweetness at the beginning. The feel is smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Great job, but the beer just doesn't really stand up to the intense oaking.

09-03-2011 01:09:29 | More by sjverla
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3.83/5  rDev 0%

A-bubbly transparent amber with a thin cream colored head that is barely noticeable.

S-grass, citrus, hops. just a hint of oakness. very faint scent.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of grass and hops. the bitterness overrides the flavors, something i'm okay with. the after-taste has a subtle hint of vanilla and oak. i was disappointed by the the sight and smells, but the taste sure made up for it....this is pretty well put together.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish. real bitter and smooth.

O-i didn't have high hopes, but i was pleasantly surprised by this. I'm not sure if I've ever had an oak aged IPA with a low abv either. its a good concept, and it works for this one. the more i drink this, the more i like this...its almost quaffable, something i don't expect from IPAs. i wouldn't mind getting more of this!

08-30-2011 05:25:17 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Nerudamann


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - coppery in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the hops are present at the start, but not overbearing. And then there's a sweetness. I don't really think it's the vanilla that's mentioned on the bottle. It might be the pine/oak barrel influence.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little bit of a muskiness and very much a bitterness in the beginning, the latter of which is stronger in the middle and finish. Almost more malty in the finish. Texture is fine, but leans more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, and pretty interesting to think about while tasting, but I just don't love the taste itself.

08-30-2011 03:24:47 | More by Nerudamann
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Coppery color with a thin cream colored head that recedes pretty quickly.

S: Lots of oak with some nice citrus and pine hop aroma. Mango as well.

T: The oak hits big upfront with some caramel malts following. Pine and hop resin on the finish. Not a bad IPA, but it's a little heavy on the oak for me.

08-30-2011 01:42:35 | More by notchucknorris
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear, crisp copper, topped by a frothy off-white head. Spotty lacing.

Pungent hops dominate the nose, fresh and leafy and citrusy. There's a little bit of caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of vanilla, but no big oak character. Smells like a good, solid IPA.

Slightly sweet on the front end of the palate, quickly turning toward hoppy bitterness. Subtly woody, but lacks the oaky sweetness I'd expect. Finishes dry, perhaps tannic.

Another good beer from Great Divide--I don't know if they make anything that isn't--but disappointing. I was expecting bigger, bolder oak, but subtle woodiness is all I could detect.

08-28-2011 21:02:57 | More by wnh
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

120oz bottle, poured into a pint; bottled on 7/5/11

Pours a bright orange with two fingers of foam. Chunks of lace and thick patches settle on top of the beer. Very active carbonation.

Vanilla, caramel and clean, toasted oak come to the front while pine and grapefruit lay low.

The toasted oak is amazingly clean. Caramel and vanilla add a dose of sweetness while pine and citrus hops do their best to counterbalance. The oak is the real winner here, and truly makes
this unique.

A bit of a chewy presence from all this caramel malt. The finish is rather earthy with a moderate bitterness. A sticky pine resin flavor lingers.

This is a unique IPA, and for that, it definitely has its redeeming qualities.

08-28-2011 19:36:09 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of adam42381


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-caramel color with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, oak, caramel and a touch of sweaty hair.

Taste: Citrus and cotton candy up front followed by sweet caramel and oak in the middle before ending with bitter citrus. Aftertaste is fairly sweet with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You and a friend could finish off a 750ml bottle without much trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I like the subtle funky notes that come out in this one. If you see it, it's worth a try.

08-28-2011 16:03:54 | More by adam42381
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New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-27-2011 21:37:05 | More by LXIXME
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

I've finished off a few of these over the last few days and I have to say that the taste of these wears thin on me. This won't work as a session beer.

At first blush, this is a tastey, robust ale, true to the style. After a while, though, it gets to you. Surprisingly, the oak taste is not overpoweering, but I think it contributes to the long term dislike I have for this beer. I had a bit too much of this one's grand daddy, Hercules, a few days ago. Hercules has an much more over the top taste, but is more palatable. This one is dark and slightly funky tasting (it was purchased from the most reputable of shops, so it wasn't a bad bottle).

08-27-2011 17:59:17 | More by schoolboy
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Thanks are due to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle.

Poured from a bottle into the wide-mouthed tulip. There’s little to no head on this bad boy. It’s a hazy burnt amber/straw color, not at all what I was anticipating a beer aged in oak to appear. Let’s hear it for pleasant surprises. Oaky aroma (not to be confused with Okie aromas, ja!), oak on the palate, oak on the finish. But in an enjoyable, subdued sort-of-way. The oak dominates but it’s a team player, well-balanced.

I had this one following the Mikkeller Amarillo Single-hop and with my newfound hop knowledge I… can’t tell a thing. Clearly this merits further investigation! This is like the kid brother to the Great Divide 17th Anniversary DIPA that was also wood-aged (oak?).

08-25-2011 22:46:15 | More by elNopalero
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

I went into this beer thinking I probably wouldn't like it. I thought it would have too much hops and too much wood. But it didn't! Great Divide balanced this beer out real good. My wife had a hard time guessing it was wooded, which I think is a good thing, because I'm tired of beers that taste like whiskey due to overdone wood aging.

I think they hit this one right on the money. It's got enough complexity to make you think and savor, but it's balanced enough for you to have another, and another.

It'll be interesting to compare this to their 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA in my fridge. That one's in a bomber, so I expect it'll be less muted than Rumble, which I had as a 6-pack, which seemed appropriate.

08-25-2011 05:19:53 | More by HighCarbDiet
Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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