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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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1,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 28
Gots: 76 | 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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Aroma is dominated by hops, but also has a touch of citrus and the oakiness.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Hops and lemon up front, with the oak in the finish. an interesting flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable IPA.

avalon07, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled on Date of Aug 18, 2010. Pours a hazy light brown with very little head. Smells of hops and some delicious oakiness, A bit of citrus. Taste is a great mix of the hops and wood flavors. Bitter aftertaste with more Oak. Pretty smooth. I hope that this beer is here to stay and not a 1-time brew because it belongs in my beer rotation.

PicoPapa, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of bfields4
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head. A nice amber haze. Opaque, but filtered looking at the same time.

Very nice aroma on this one. A resiny hop blast comes off with soft oak after-tones. There's also a slight note of citrus.

While the smells held more of the hoppy IPA notes, the taste hits first with a oak earthiness and is followed by a herbal bitter bite. The flavors are not as pronounced as I would like, but are well done.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, for its style I would have liked something a little creamier. Very lightly carbonated.

If this was a one-off special release I'd be slightly let down, but for a seasonal this one is a bargain.

bfields4, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ontap. A copperish/brown looking ale with an off white head and some lace. Grapefruit hops in the aroma. Flavor is more of a light citrusy burst followed by some oak/woodsy notes. The oak has done a bit to mellow this beer out, the malt profile is sweetish, paired with the bitterness to bring out more character. I found this brew to be very drinkable and I would like to purchase this in bottled form.

Stinkypuss, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of nas5755
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer was clear copper in color with a small head and some lacing. The nose had a slight citrus hint that was matched by a little oak. Holy Tannins! The beer tasted overly oaked, it was very creamy, only a slight hop presence that was overtaken by the oak, a little vanilla was blended into decent malt profile. Nice carbonation levels that were on the medium side. The smoothness from oak was very nice and gave the beer a very nice creamy texture. Overall, I was not impressed. Oak aged or barrel aged ipa/dipa's are just unappealing. I will admit that this beer had some interesting complexities in a few areas, but it had a very small hop profile.

nas5755, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 4th, 2010.

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at Bruisin Ales in Asheville. Emerges crystal clear and is the color of a beagle's fur. White head tops the beer and is about one finger in size. Plenty of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is mostly hop filled. Actually, its ALL hops. I get no oakiness or woodiness or anything. The hop aroma is great. Loads of citrus with a strong pine aroma as well. A bit of fruitiness as even a touch of earthiness (maybe there is some oakiness).

Great flavor. Strongly bitter up front with a strong hop bite in the back. Again, not much if any oak aging characteristics.

Basically, this is just a really solid IPA. If I were to taste this blindly, I dont think I would say this was oak aged. However, this is a really nice IPA. Bitterness, maltiness, its got everything. With some actual oak, this may be a 4.7 overall. As it is, its a solid 4.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked both the Titan and Hercules, oak aged? Don't mind if I do.

A: Has a good deep copper, but with a dancing reddish glimmer. The head is marginal and fades quickly.

S: It smells somewhat of a mild barleywine, but with a citrus hop profile. Decent amount of sweetness, vanilla and caramel.

T: I get a combonation of pine/citrus hops, balanced with the sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Also has a mild oaky finish, somewhat bitter.

M/D: It has a goody body and texture. It reminds me of a "hoppy barleywine," which I'm not sure if I like it. There is a lot of flavor and textures going on. I would like to try it again, since I only had one 12oz.

kylehayworth, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Rumble is an earthy orange with a small off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell isn't too robust at first but opens up a good bit. Some herbal hops, a little fruitiness as well, over ripe oranges, kind of musty. Definitely better as it warmed, gaining appeal and complexity.

Taste is fairly strong on the vanilla and coconut flavors from the barrel aging, which totally muted the hops. There is some citrus and resin that peak past the wood, and really no malt to speak of, but really, not to satisfying from a hop heads perspective. A little orange creamsicle comes out on the finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very dry, fairly tannic, some slickness to it though.

Drinkability isn't too bad. Wasn't impressed at first, but it developed some extra depth as it warmed, and was more favorable. I still don't like the idea of barrel aged IPAs, as I like hops as pungent as possible, but this one was a pretty decent beer, even it it was clearly more of a wood aged strong then IPA in character at this point.

ccrida, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 8/25/10. Pours copper orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grassy hops with a little fruit and resin. Some oak and vanilla comes out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts and vanilla followed by a good sized resiny slightly tarry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. The oak definitely changes it and mutes the hops.

Beaver13, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumble pours golden amber with a nice creamy white head leaving lots of sticky (and oily) lacing.

I pick up caramel malts and a mellow hoppiness along with what might be a slight woody odor.

Mellow describes the flavor but it is not mild. Strong malts, nicely caramel and toasty, back up a strong resinous hop presence. There is a nice spiciness in the finish as well and all the flavors are nicely blended and well rounded. The wood aging is noticeable with a touch of oak and perhaps a touch of vanilla. I also perceive what seems like a touch of cocoa (perhaps a saltiness) but which is probably my tastebuds playing a trick on me. Just gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium, smooth and creamy with carbonation perfectly dialed in.

What a nice IPA and a welcomed change from the usuals. I was a bit on the fence about trying this beer but I shouldn't have worried as Great Divide has yet to let me down.

BlackBearForge, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange, amber edges, thinnish creamy head, thin sheet of lace left behind. Smell: big contribution from the oak (maybe too much, it's a little green), vanilla, orange citrus, earthy. Taste: caramel, woodsy, grapefruit, orange, pine. Creamy, light-medium bodied, nice bitterness in the finish. Something about the oak in the nose was a little off for me, but overall was nice. Bottled Aug 25, 2010.

babaracas, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, balanced AIPA, not a hop bomb but plenty of flavor. Pours an amber/orange clear color with a medium sized frothy white head. Thick lacing and good head retention.

Smell is a bit light duty for an AIPA but there is some caramel malts and a whiff of the oak.

Tastes good. Caramel malt is featured but there is some hops bitterness and a good oak presence (reminded me of oak aged Widdershins).

Mouthfeel is crisp, rich and nicely balanced. The oak is not overdone. Drinkability is good. This is a smooth rich brew with a variety of flavors, bitterness, caramel malts and oak and no hint of the 7% alcohol. Very nice!!!!

JayQue, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber and clear. Big oatmeal colored head. Leaves a lumpy lace that hardens very quickly on the side of the glass as the head diminishes. The french/english oak is noticable right away. Doesn't overpower the other characteristics. Almost highlights the other flavors in a weird way. Blends very well the the maltiness and citrus hops.

blivingston1985, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper with some golden hues on the outside. Provides a small foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some spotty lacing.

S: A decent amount of pine hops, some oak and some small hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: This is a really well balanced IPA. The pine and citrus hops hit the palate first but is quickly balanced out in the middle with caramel, vanilla, bready and oak malt. The back end comes back with more pine hops.

M: Leaves a slighty bitter yet creamy feel on the palate.

D: The 7& alcohol is hidden nicely. This beer has a well balanced taste that is easy to drink.

IronCitySteve, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Aug. 18 2010 just over a month in the bottle.
I anticipate something like a single oaked unearthly ipa.

a- fluffy cream colored head, over a clear as can be dark amber. nice carbonation. solid head retention.

s- smells of bittering hops, vanilla and oakiness. A nice spicy aromatic quality also. And a healthy yeast smell as well.

m- skipped right to the mouthfeel on this one. pleasant creamy head, and full body. smooth sip, really nicely done.

t- tastes of citrusy hops, well balanced bitterness. So smooth feeling, I assume they use flaked oats or something. alcohol is really well hidden.

d- awesomely balanced beer. I like it.

mlazzaro, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn tinted brown body with good head and lace patches. Great balance between piney hops and a large malt aroma of caramel and oak. Hops are subdued but still offer a powerful piney-resin taste and a crisp, semi-sour dry finish. The oak makes it real smooth and a bready caramel malt presence makes it a little thick and sticky and not only balances the hops but gives off a moderate sweetness. Just a really good IPA to sip on.

clayrock81, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled August 17, 2010.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving, like the beer, a swatch or two of lacing. Pours a cloudy amber.

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit, some herbal notes. Lovely balance of hops. There's nothing aggressive here, it just smells fresh and inviting.

Taste: Piny, resinous hops along with mellower, subdued and creamy flavors of apricot and other fruits as in the nose. Really nice, somewhat aggressive bitterness in the finish; enough bitterness such that you're not going to forget that there's an IPA in your glass. The malt backbone is toasty, and present along with the hops from start to finish--there aren't really "transitions" in the flavor besides for the bitterness picking up near the end. There's a small oak influence in the middle and, moreso, in the aftertaste, but I'm not sure I'd even pick it up if I were tasting this blind.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied, lively but not overcarbonated, with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Great. I could have several of these easily.

Rumble IPA is a nice addition to Great Divide's already impressive stable of beers. It's also the total opposite of their 16th Anniversary Wood Aged DIPA, which was all wood (I suspect if you secretly filled half the bottle of 16th with Rumble and gave it to me to rereview, the 16th taste score would go up to about 4.5, because hop flavors like these go great with big oak influence).

While it's aged on oak, Rumble is good because it's a solid IPA.

Pahn, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from bottle into a "satan" beer glass. Transparent amber color with 1/2 inch of head.

S - Slight banana, vanilla, floral hops and oak. Very pleasant.

T - Like a normal IPA, except mellower. Moderate bitterness.

M - Crisp and ends dry.

D - Very good. IPA drinkers will enjoy this mellower version. You can probably enjoy more without your taste buds getting burned out like they do with normal IPAs. Those who usually avoid IPAs because of the bitterness should try this version out.

Fatehunter, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 18, 2010. The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get some oak and vanilla notes as expected, but I also get some nuttyness and a lot of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is just as good. The dominant flavor is orange citrus, but I also get some pine, caramel malt and oak. While there is a ton of hop flavor, the oak aging seems to have mellowed the bitterness quite a bit, leaving the beer very drinkable but full of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I loved the 15th/16th Anniversary beer from Great Divide and this one is just as good. A great, oak-aged IPA.

Mora2000, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of KalH
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

KalH, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

jlindros, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, flowery hops and nice oak hints. In the taste, a mixture of hops, but grapefruity citrus stands out the most, but mellowed by oak. A small bite and medium bdied mouthfeel, with a semi dry oak like aftertaste. Oak mellows big hops.

OWSLEY069, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drew for providing this one!

Appearance: Copper orange.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops with a background of oak wood.

Taste: There are some nice notes of citrusy hops and malt in here but more apparent is the taste of freshly hewn oak which also lends a vanilla characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy, medium body.

Drinkability: Hops become more apparent as beer warms. A good beer all in all but I'm not tremendously impressed by the oaking process in this instance.

JackieTH, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored body and served with a tall off white head and generous lacing 'til the end.

Piney hops balanced with caramel and vanilla in the nose.

The taste is balanced, which is not my style when it comes to ipas, but decent flavor. The pine hops are offset by heavy vanilla and caramel.

Mouthfeel is sticky with low carbonation.

A decent IPA that I found enjoyable on a nice sunny day in a local beer garden. I prefer the in your face "west coast" style of IPA, but this was good nonetheless.

Vonerichs, Sep 12, 2010
Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.