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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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87
very good

1,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 27
Gots: 86 | 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 RedBrewer83
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a light amber hue with hints of orange and ruby in the light, nice frothy two finger head, very creamy.

S: Can smell it from a distance, powerful aroma of caramel malt, crisp pine resin hop, faint aromas of vanilla and wood, light fruitiness as well...

T: Big crisp hop presence up front followed quickly by the caramel malt mixed with the vanilla and wood. For being 7.1 and wood aged this came off crisper and with more hop presence than I anticipated. As it warms the vanilla and wood really come through along with the malt. Really nice, especially for fall and the bit of chill in the air.

M: Medium light body, crisp carbonation, slightly creamy and a lingering bitter finish along with wood. Really nice depth of flavor and pretty well balanced.

D: Pretty drinkable, but not a session beer, one to be savored and enjoyed. I give this beer high marks for complexity and uniqueness.

Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. Bottled on Aug 25 2010 marked clearly on the label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.25.

A: Slightly hazy amber with solid 1-finger, soft and frothy off-white head with good retention and random lace formations all down the glass.

S: Mostly caramel maltiness, accentuated by the woody, resiny aromas from the oak. Not much is any vanilla in this one, the hoppiness though is citrus and lightly piney with a floral edge. It doesn't really smell like an IPA though -- more like an American strong ale.

T: The flavors are interesting and distinct but don't fit together than well. The tannin character is higher than expected and the dryness is surprising. The maltiness, like all Great Divide beers, is robust and is the base of this beer even though it calls itself an IPA. The oak barrel character doesn't really work that well and lends a harsh dry, tannin character rather than the softer vanilla tones they describe on the label. The hoppiness is pronounced and mostly floral citrus, pine, and resin, with big amounts of all three.

M: The big malt backbone provides a smooth, slick feel which is quickly snapped around by the dry, tannin finish. Aftertaste is caramelly and bitter.

D: An interesting stab at a barrel aged IPA, but frankly, it just doesn't total to the sum of its parts. The harshness of the dry, tannin qualities are a little too prominent and don't really combine with the floral, citrus and resin qualities of the hops. I love Great Divide beers, but this one is pretty far down the list.

Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazed amber with a thick, dense white head that has good retention, and gobs of lacing down the glass.

S - Leafy, pine hops with a solid caramel malt backbone, and some touches of the oak at the back.

T - Oaking is more present in the taste than smell. Great balance of sweet, caramel malts and earthy pine hops rounded out with the oak finish. Minimal grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. So creamy across the palate makes it seem a bit lighter than it is. Oaky dryness in the finish, with a touch of hop oil remaining behind.

D - So tasty, well balanced, nice work with the oaking process. I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of MrOH
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks exactly like 95% of the IPAs on the market.

Grapefruit, pine, and hints of oak and funk in the nose.

Taste is pretty much the nose with bits and pieces of vanilla and caramel.

Goes down really pretty easy for being as all over the place as it is.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Genuine
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one my local beer supplier suggested I try out.

a- medium caramel in color with a slight head and that didn't retain well to the glass wall.

s- the nose on this beer is absolutely amazing, lot so of citrus, pine, grapefruit, i can pick up some malts and a slight hint of vanilla.

t- love the way this one tastes. The taste follows very closely to the nose of this one, finishs dry, which isn't bad here.

m - medium, nothing too sticky, very nice.

drinkability - i could definitely have a few of these without any problems.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, bright medium copper in color, light head with low retention

s: pale malts with caramel and husky biscuit lending some grainy sugars, hop aroma mostly earthy pine and grapefruit peel - strong but on near equal footing with the malt sugars, oak adds some vanilla and a touch of mild woody spice, light alcohol, nice

m: carbonation on the low end, with the body somewhere under medium, smooth

t: moderately caramelized grain adds some sweetness to the biscuity malt structure, very sugary middle, pine sap hop flavors bring a moderate bitterness, the pungency of the hop flavor pretty tempered with age, mild oak and vanilla and some light booze, a little flourish of oak spice in the finish

d: a nice ipa - I like it, but the oak aging isn't clearly beneficial to whatever this beer was before, while definitely offering a change of pace within the style

single from Bruisin'

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep dark golden with good clarity, sticky dense white head with some retention. Sticky lacing

S: deep herbal hops up front paired with caramel and bready malts and oak character. The aromatic hops seem to be held back by the wood and malts

T: the front is very bitter with notes of pine, tea, and licorice, this is followed by some spicy malts and some oak character on the finish. This beer is quite earthy and spicy overall and leans towards the bitter end of the IPA spectrum.

MF: high carbonation, slighty sharp mouthfeel, medium to thick body

D: not a bad brew, although I think the oak does more to hurt the beer than improve it. I prefer my IPAs to have a brighter hop profile, this one is very earthy and bitter.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of Aug 18 2010. Pour is a crystal clear, light copper color with a nice cap of buoyant tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is very nice and sticky.

Oak comes through big time in the nose along with a musty peanut butter smell and dried grass. Hops seem to be very earthy. Very unique smelling IPA here.

Very smooth with the hop flavor running thick and earthy. The oak and aging process has mellowed this beer out like crazy. Bitterness is different, like it is not biting, but still there. Malts are light but have a caramely, burnt biscuit bottom flavor that works well. Weird, but in a very good way. This is a pretty incredible beer actually, very much makes you crave another sip almost as soon as you put it down. ABV is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable. Great brew and a nice value at only 2 bucks a bottle. Well done, GD...I am loving this one.

Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear copper body capped by a finger and a half of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and piney hops and a little bit of oak over a solid caramel body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of mild hops with moderate bitterness and the same notes of citrus and pine found in the nose. As the hops give way, the usual flavors of oak and vanilla in aged beers come out. Underneath it all, a solid biscuity caramel malt backbone keeps everything grounded. Just a bare hint of spice coming from the booze from time to time. It's all balanced well, but perhaps just a little muddled. Oak, citrusy hops and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish. A hint of warmth from the alcohol from time to time.

Drinkability: Drinks much faster that the moderately-high alcohol content would suggest, so keep it in mind.

Verdict: Rumble is just what I expected it to be, an IPA subdued a little by time with subtle notes of oak and vanilla. In a world of a million IPAs, this one stands out nicely.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour reveals a copper/amber beer with a dimpled white head that slowly deflates.

Smell is a mixture of caramel malt and citrus hop. There's also a touch of vanilla and breadiness that hits the back of the nose/throat.

Creamy/buttery texture, with plenty of resin and tobacco, there's a woodiness to this beer. Slight hop bitterness brushes the back of the tongue, before descending to the belly with alcohol warmth. There's also a grassy taste that hits mid-tongue.

Mouthfeel is buttery as mentioned above, otherwise, a medium mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, my only knock on this is that for an "oak-aged" beer, it is a little harsh in its finish. Too much tobacco taste, not enough hop. Still, though, a decent IPA that I would have again.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 7.1% abv. Bottled on Aug 25, 2010. Pours a clear copper color. Great rocky, off white head. Retention is pretty good, with some great patches of lace.

Nose is a bit subdued. Some caramel malt, citrusy notes, as well as some wood. Some fruity notes as well, as it warms a bit.

Caramel malt up front. Woody and earthy flavors, with an almost spicy edge. Balanced well.

Medium body, softer carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Not quite what I expected, but interesting.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into shaker. from notes.

A - Crystal clear medium to dark copper. Fluffy white head dissipating quickly and leaves nice lacing.

S - Distinct caramel sweetness, woody and citrus hops.

T - Muted bitter hops, strong caramel malt, vanilla and distinct oak.

M - Medium body. Kind of sticky. It tastes a little off balance with the oak and alcohol.

D - Medium drinkability. The alcohol and oak heat could be evened out to help balance this one out. Overall, not bad though.

Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden clear amber, good thick head and lots of carbonation.

The nose is citrus and sweet fruits foremost. The hops reveal a perfumey presence.

On the palette: bright exposure to the smell, the bitterness of the hops is very unfront. Some earthy oak lingers. Tastes somewhat unbalanced in that it's overpowering. Long finish ends dry.
Kind of a heavy body to this beer, sort of chewy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a different approach to the classic American IPA. It doesn't taste overly alcoholy; the oak aged adds a great spin I haven'y experienced. Having said that, to me, it doesn't stand out amoung the top of its style.
Love the labels from Great Divide, especially the suggested food pairings.

Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding white head. Slightly sweet aroma of caramel malt and grapefruit/pine hops.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Pine and citrus up front followed by bready caramel and a touch of vanilla on the finish, which strikes a nice balance between dryness and more hop bitterness.

Refreshing, flavorful, and the oak adds a nice dimension without distracting too much from the base flavors (alcohol is almost completely hidden).

Photo of farrago
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two plus finger head of mixed bubble sizes, much larger in the middle, fairly airy but resists swift dissolution, light tan to eggshell white, the little lacing it has it thin but sticks well. Very clear amber orange color, gentle yellowing at the rims and glass bottom, very few bubbles to be seen. Serene, relaxed nose, the orange, grapefruit citrus was already juicy and soft before being joined by cream oak notes, finds amble room for traditional pine, flower and then caramel and vanilla, minor biscuit to granola notes but not very bready. Medium-bodied, smooth with the right amount of hop-driven sourness, scores nicely in the balance department. Vanilla, butterscotch, caramel signal the oak's presence, more so than it being that malty, Sweet pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus never gets too dulcet. Apricot, peach, mango, pineapple fruit approachable, some bite too. Some pepper and straw/hay at the end. No one element is exemplary or captivating but, in total, just a pleasing quaff.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear copper with a thick white head and intense lacing.

S: Piney resinous nose with no fruity esters or malts detected.

T: Very bitter with some of the oakey notes coming through.

M: Medium.

Notes: I really can't punish this brew for being too bitter because that is what it is supposed to be.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip

A. 2 finger head. Nice retention. Nice lacing. Color is a rich dark orange.

S. Smell is somewhat hoppy. Pretty nice mix of citrus and piney hop aromas. Has a woody aroma that comes out underneath the hop aromas, a little vanilla. I like the mix of hops and barrel aroma. Just a faint hit of caramel malt.

T. Nice flavor. Nice hop flavor and bitterness. Can pick out the woody earthy almost hint of vanilla from the barrel aging. Pretty well balanced and very smooth. Has a quality that sets it apart from regular IPAs.

M. Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

D. Definitely drinkable. Trying to remember if I have had any barrel aged IPAs before. I think this is a style I am going to have to delve deeper into. As for Rumble this is a pretty delicous beer. I liked this a lot.

Photo of ectomorph
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of August 18th poured into a DFH glass.

A - Amber and dark orange body, brilliant clarity, lively carbonation from the bottom with a small fast fading head with little lace.

S - You get hints of oak, vanilla sweetness, and piney hops. Complex and inviting, very pleasant.

T - Much smoother than anticipated. Moderate initial bitterness with a supporting malt sweetness. Piney hops and oak mingle together perfectly in the finish. Some alcohol warmth in the belly on the way down. The hops are more subdued here than most examples allowing the oak to shine a bit more.

M - Medium body and remarkably smooth feel. Crisp finisher with a faint/pleasant pine resin aftertaste.

D - Medium. The ABV is a tad limiting, but the mellow profile makes this one more tempting.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected amber colored body with ruby red hues. a rather large bright white head forms op top and takes its time falling. large globs of lacing are left behind.

S- a strong odor of caramel malts is the first thing that i can smell. the oak from the barrel comes through softly in the form of a slight vanilla scent. at the end i get a blast of piny hops and a little bit of grapefruit.

T- the caramel malts are the first thing that i can taste which gives the beer a little bit of a sweetness. the vanilla from the oak comes through a with a little more authority than i was expecting. the blast of piny hops i could smell finishes this one off.

M- medium bodied. the alcohol is pretty well hidden. there is a high level of carbonation.

D- easy to drink and i find this one more enjoyable than the non oak barreled titan. ill check this out again.

Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle, as pictured, with a bottled on August 25 2010, date.

A: Medium copper with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Mainly caramel and ripe citrus. Oranges or tangerines. Very sweet smelling.

T&M: Mostly citrus hops with a small bit of piney hop bitterness. Earthy and fairly well-balanced with the caramel malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Some roughness from the oily hops, but mainly smooth in the middle that fades to a dry hop finish.

Very nice taste. Original and very drinkable IPA.

Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on August 21st, 2010.

Poured into a mug and comes up a nice white head that quickly dissipates to a ring of carbonation with some nice lacing.

Smells of caramel and tangerines. There's also a deeper pure vanilla or brown sugary-ness there.

Tastes strongly of citrus hops, but with most of the bitterness in the finish. Tangerines mix with some underlying oak flavors (vanilla, as well as an earthiness). Finishes with more wood and a white grapefruit bitterness. The flavors are bold and a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, but a little oily and finishing on the sweeter side.

This beer is delicious, but it becomes difficult to drink after a while. It's not very quaffable, and is definitely something that you're going to need to take your time with. I was expecting a refreshing IPA with a little oak, but the flavors are more reminiscent of a IIPA with a strong wood presence. While it tastes great, it was more of a dedication than I expected.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours an extremely clear amber body with visible carbonation. Sitting on top is a 2 finger rocky head, white color, that dissipates slowly leaving behind a great about of lace.

S: A strong aroma of sweet citrus/grapefruit hops balanced with piney hops. Hints of oak and vanilla are subtle, but evident.

T: A sweet grapefruit hoppy flavor that turns into a bitter piney hops flavor. The oak and vanilla soften this IPA to a more mild version of this style, but is still balanced with the light bready malts.

M: A lean, oily texture with a medium body and mild carbonation. Would have liked it to be a little more full on the palate.

D: Loved this beer. Extremely easy to drink and a fair price ($2.30) makes this a repeater.

Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.