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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 28
Gots: 77 | 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:
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 schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

schoolboy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?).

elNopalero, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HighCarbDiet, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Last of the 6 pack. Kind of sad to see this one leave.

A--Poured a deep orange color with lots of light shining through. There was a vibrant white head that was incredibly fluffy. Dissipated rather slowly, leaving a small head. Little bit of lacing throughout the beer.

S--Lot of oak on the nose. That was to be expected. Then comes some vanilla notes. Grapefruit and orange peel follow, and it finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

T--Wooden hops. The bitterness of the hops comes through, but it is masked by the heavy amount of wood on the tongue. The beer is a balanced flavor. Sweet flavors of citrus and vanilla complement the hops nicely.

M--Medium bodied. It is a thick mouthfeel, but not completely viscus. There is no carbonation to speak of. The aftertaste is a very pleasant hop flavor.

O--This is a really good IPA. I cannot detect the 7.10% at all. I could see myself drinking several of these before the alcohol actually caught up to me. There is, however, a bit too much wood flavor for me. It overpowers the hops, which I never enjoy.

Mosley1212, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of jcreegan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from bottle.

A- great head that quickly disappeared. Did leave strong lacing down the glass as I drank
S- pine, hops, and vanilla. All very balanced. Very appealing. No hint of the 7% alcohol.
T- very smooth with gentle flavors. Pune and citrus are the main characters with a subtle Hint of oak and vanilla.
M- medium carbonation, smooth. The flavor is there, hangs out a little, and then slowly disappears. Very drinkable a refreshing.
O- solid beer. Very drinkable and I would buy it again.

jcreegan, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled two months ago...

Poured into Great Divide Tulip

Appearance-Hazy orange body with a 2 finger frothy off white head. Dissipates slowly and leaves some nice bubbles clinging to the body and glass. Very nice looking.

Smell-Sweet caramel malts, light oak aroma. Took awhile but started picking out some citrus, light grapefruit and flowers.

Taste-Upfront the malt is very dominant. Caramel and bready malts with some light oak. Slowly start picking up on some light citrus. Finish was bland, like water

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, pretty well carbonated, a little thin on the backend.

Overall-I know it's Oak aged but it's not very IPAish. A decent beer but you may be a little dissapointed if your expecting a Hercules or Titan

SWMeyer4141, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the darker side for IPA, a deep copper, almost burnt orange color. Slim head but it holds well with some spotty lacing. Smells a bit underfermented. I get a vegetal/cornlike characteristic along with the hoppiness, which is quite earthy/grassy. Is it just me, because the nose is kind of unappealing.

The grassy hops are dominant in the flavor also, with the vegetal notes not as strong thankfully. There are some citrus undertones as well, and a light caramel sweetness to the malts. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied, the carbonation is adequate. It feels a bit watery in the finish but generally holds up well.

Not sure if it is the oak aging or something else, but overall this IPA was a bit funky and left me longing for something fresh. Not even sure if I would say this is worth a try...

bennetj17, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - A clear copper orange body with a one finger white head on it and some nice retention.

S - A woody oaky aroma to the beer with only a slight citrus tropical fruit aroma on the back end. Lacking in the IPA nature in the front and hinting more towards the Oak.

T & M & D - Not much IPA characteristics here with only some slight citrus throughout and bitterness on the back end. More so is the oak, wood, vanilla, and pine that come through throughout. The beer is very smooth because of the low bitterness and the smoothing nature of the oak and vanilla.

O - More Oak than IPA but still a solid drinkable beer with character. I would recommend trying one for sure.


CuttDeez, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of June 15th 2011 stamped on the side of the label.

Pours reddish-orange in color with a decent clarity (there is a slight haze to it though). White head stood about a forth of an inch tall following my medium pour. Little to almost no head after only a couple of minutes. Moderate amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very earthy aroma which is the case with a good portion of the Great Divide line up. A bit of wood/oak in there as well, but it blends in with the earthy tones making it less noticeable.

Taste like an oak aged Titan all the way. Earthy and wood flavors make themselves known quickly. Not overpowering, but pretty dominant never the less. Big malt backbone helps to mellow this one out making for a surprisingly smooth and drinkable oak aged Ipa.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and lingering earthy/woody flavors on the back end.

An enjoyable beer, but nothing I'd go out of my way for overall. I grabbed a single bottle, and I'm not wishing I would have grabbed more. That being said, I'd probably throw one in a mixed six again.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've never been a huge fan of Titan personally. And this taste like an Oak-aged version of it (maybe it is)? It's tasty, but I've sampled better examples of the style.

Morey, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color w/ a decent one finger cocoa head. Ok carbonation, and pretty weak lacing that disappears really quickly. The nose on this was fairly disappointing. Like the taste, oak is the main thing that pops out. Some hops, floral, earthy notes as well, but they're way in the background. This beer actually tasted kind of flat to me, and very one dimensional. Very dry mouthfeel. I probably wouldn't try this one again.

jayhawk73, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with some friends at work. Color was golden brown and clear. Thin amount of lacing on top but not much for head. The oak is definitely present in the nose but it is balanced with some toasted bread, vanilla sweetness and some fresh earthy hops. Fresh oak blankets the entire flavor. There is something different about this malt character. I get a lot of caramel sweetness but also an almost rye taste. It isn't quite rye but a grain toasted to achieve that flavor. It is interesting and tasty. Over all that malt comes some vanilla and the beginning of the hops. Fruitier than expected from the nose with some orange wrapped with earthy hops. Finishes crisp with a dryness that is only mouthwatering. I'm always impressed by this brewery.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bells snifter. Deep murky orange pour, maybe half a finger of white head. Retains ok.

Aroma, heavier citrus than pine, plenty of vanilla. Some oakiness, less malt, caramel.

Plenty of resiney pine. Lesser citrus. Caramely malt, vanilla and some earthy grass. Not much woodiness or oakiness. Finishes pretty bitter with some pine, quite dry.

Heavier side of light bodied, a nice carbonation keeps it lively enough. Drinks just fine.

One of the more suble barrel aged IPAs I've had. Very little barrel presence. To me, if you're going to bother, there needs to be more.

Bung, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of jtingue
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottle dated June 15th 2011.

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber. 2 fingers of head dissipate to a substantial layer on top.

Smell. Substantially sweeter in smell than a non barel aged IPA. There is, however, some of the hop notes you would expect in a regular IPA. There are some floral undertones and some earthy and musty aromas in there also.

Taste. Starts out quite bitter but quickly turns sweeter and roasty. The bitterness continues throughout but mixes with carmel and earthy notes. The finish continues the roasted, earthy character that is present throughout, but with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with low carbonation.

A very interesting IPA to drink, something off of the beaten path.

jtingue, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Vanlingleipa
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If I could hang this beer on a wall or use it in the boudoir as an air freshner, then I would have give Rumble an A. Unfortunately, at some point in time after pouring this beer into a pint glass, I had to drink it and it was just too bitter for my taste. I enjoy bitterness but dislike over-hopped beers and that's exactly where I slot Rumble.

When poured, a rich amber flows into the glass. Beautiful. Much carbonation, those bubbles heading to the surface faster than spawning Chinook Salmon. Head disappears quickly, with a white rim forming an 'O' where the beer touches glass. Wonderful aroma, malt, caramel, maybe vanilla.

First sensation upon tasting was a deep bitterness than deepened as the flavor unfolded. No sense of malt on first quaff. Second drink I picked up woodiness, malt and a bit of sweetness. The more I drank, the better it got, but the bitterness was still the overriding characteristic. Like the man said, they can't all be winners.

Vanlingleipa, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - pours deep copper and translucent. gave me a pinky of off white head that calmed to a thin cap. some leggy lacing present.

s - citrus, berry, vanilla, toasted bread, slightly astringent.

t - bready, sweet malt first followed by vanilla. hop character comes across as earthy and piney with notes of grapefruit. finishes dry and the bitterness hangs.

m - medium body, slightly sticky, adequate carbonation.

o - an enjoyable take on the style and recommended. sadly, i haven't seen this one distributed in michigan, but if i do i will certainly be buying more.

divineaudio, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of aficionado
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparance is flawless for the style. Two finger off white head and lots of sticky lacing; in fact, 75% of my half pint glass has still had lacing on it when the glass was empty. Transparant glowing orange body with no sediment. Slow, but steady carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smells of vanilla bean, new oak, citrus, and forest pine.

Both bitter and sweet; bittersweet! Caramel and sweet wood followed by a touch of vanilla, mild citrus, and restrained pine on the palate. Tastes best right out of the refrigerator. Gets too woody as it warms.

Body is moderate, yet creamy and lowly carbonated. A sweet & rich IPA with DIPA flavor.

Not sure if I'm totally sold on the wood and vanilla. I prefer Great Divide Titan more than Rumble. Titan is more refreshing, vibrant, clean, and punchy whereas Rumble is more subdued, Wintery, and sweet. You will probably have a better experience drinking this beer by the fireplace during a snowstorm.

aficionado, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mjmbeer
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great D always makes good solid beers. This ipa pours a nice rich amber color with a decent and lasting head that has good lacing. It also leaves rice rings on the glass. The smell is hoppy but not overly heavy. The taste kinds hurts the points. It tastes great but not very hoppy for an ipa. Over all though it's a decent enough beer

mjmbeer, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper with a small white head that fades to a very thin layer.

Smells mostly of citrus fruits with a little vanilla oakiness creeping in.

A little unbalanced in taste. The oak dominates a bit too much. A little bit of piney resinous lingers with a good dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty average for the style with solid carbonation levels.

A little disappointed in this beer. I usually like oak aged stuff, but the oak dominates too much in this and it's a little bit of an unbalanced mess.

jmarsh123, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

salvo, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, nice white collar of foam. Smooth oakiness, not the aggressive wood Great Divide usually brings. Vanilla, cocoa and warm toasted wood, hopping is restrained with only an overtone of pine needles. Overly malted and underhopped like most of Great Divide's IPAs and DIPAs, but it actually works well with the wood. Balanced. Caramel is smooth and softening. Dry enough at the end to keep this flowing down my gullet at a constant rate.

bump8628, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with 1 finger of frothy off-white head, nice lacing.

S - Toasted caramel, strong bready aroma, pine hops, savory oak.

T - Robust toasted caramel, hints of oak, a kiss of sweet but smoky fruit, leafy hops, the malt and oak marry together very well. Pine resin starts creeping in to meld with the oak and lock in the dry bitter finish

M - Medium body, lush feel.

Well done. Very balanced. The oak accents the malt very well, the hops have enough bitterness to round out the density of the malt.

StaveHooks, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange-hued amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a film, leaving patchy lacing behind.

N- Very earthy aroma to this beer. Grass and wood come to mind, like a (clean) barn in the middle of a field. Nice walnut character, faint caramel from the malt, and a whisper of vanilla from the oak. Hops are herbal, earthy, and lightly pungent.

T- Fleeting caramel sweetness that dries out almost immediately, giving way to a complex mix of vanilla-tinged oak, toasted grain husk, pine resin, and grass. Floral and citrus accents take over for the sweetness to balance the firm bitterness. The finish is long and dry, with the bitterness turning slightly powdery while fumes of flowers and leafy hops arise to transition into the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with a dry finish.

O- Complex and rustic, crisp and dry, this beer is the perfect marriage of wood and hops. Definitely recommend this to anyone who considers themself a beer lover. Be careful though because it goes down quick, and 7% can sneak up on you with anything this quaffable.

KevinBrewer, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Aug 4 2010. consumed 11/19/10.

Pours a sticky, cloudy amber color with almost no foam. Very viscous. Aroma is very sweet, toffee, caramel.

First sip - overwhelmingly oaky. Vanilla. Toasted coconut. Very slick, oily mouthfeel.

There is a bit of lingering bitterness, but this beer is all about the oak. I was interested to see how an IPA would stand up to oaking... the oak dominates. Sadly, any hop flavor is lost in the shuffle. Drinkability suffers a bit because the oak flavor becomes a bit too much to handle.

Interesting, to say the least. I love to try experimental beers such as this. Would score better if it wasn't listed as an IPA.

EDIT - had again on 8/9/2011, bottled 6/15/2011. This one I enjoyed significantly more. More like an IPA. Tastes much hoppier, nice lingering bitterness, and oak is greatly subdued. Not sure if recipe or time on oak changed, but I'm upping my score a little bit based on this second bottle.

FickleBeast, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a style-traditional light orange color. About one finger of fairly frothy offwhite head. Not much to say about this beer's appearance. It's one of the most average IPAs I've seen. There's no flaw here, but it looks entirely inconsequential.

Rumble smells like a pretty solid IPA. Nothing flashy, nothing mindblowing. Just solid citrus, solid pine, solid leafiness. There are, of course, the oak chips. The give off a sort of woody astringency, but are otherwise not that present on the nose. My favorite aspect of Rumble's smell is the small note of passionfruit that opens up as the beer warms a bit.

That passionfruit does not follow onto the palate, unfortunately, but Rumble remains a solid beer in spite of that. It's an above-average IPA: above-average hoppiness, above-average grapefruit character, slightly above-average pine. The oak chips, though, show through on the palate far stronger than they affected the aroma. If you asked me before drinking this beer what I would guess the oak chips bring to the beer's flavor profile, I would have answered "Oh, probably some astringency and some vanilla." I would have been dead-on. The oak chips here cause a biting astringency that softens up as the beer warms. They also lend a small amount of vanilla that meshes well with the neutral-sweet malt profile.

Rumble is medium-bodied, which is not my preference, but it doesn't really detract from the beer. The mouthfeel is quite dry at first because of the oak, but it finishes with a nice juiciness that comes on as something of a relief. Overall, this is a solid, above-average India Pale Ale. I'm not convinced that we need to be oaking our IPAs, but Great Divide has shown though multiple beers that it is a idea that can work.

Reaper16, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of some light oak notes and a bit of leafy hops.

Tastes of a big wave of oak and a layering of hops and malts. Oak woodiness and vanilla lead off. A bit of herbal and leafy hops add in and compliment the oak fairly well. A bit of sweetness comes on the end with caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to have a bit too much oak, but the in the end it is still quite good.

ocelot2500, Aug 09, 2011
Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.