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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 91 | 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:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010

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.
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Ratings: 1,408 | Reviews: 413
Photo of BierFan
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Bottled on August 18th 2010.

Appearance: Thin off-white head. Slightly hazed coppery amber. Head settles to small patches. Strong rings of lacing despite a small head.

Smell: Hoppy, vanilla, caramel concoction. It smells okay, but I'd rather it wasn't oak-aged. The more you put into IPA's the more it takes away from them, in my opinion.

Taste: Appropriate bitterness and a rather full mouthfeel. Little bit of oak and vanilla.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep golden color, maybe almost amber with blood orange hi lights. Almost no foam cap,
more of just a ring around the edge. Nicely carbo'd but a tad hazy. Chill haze?
Aroma is that of piney citrus hops.
Sweet tasting toffee or caramel malts with sutle hints of oak, bourbon and vanilla.
Citrusy hops compliments nicely and finishs with a dry aftertaste.
A medium bodied beer thats smooth and flavorful.
I do notice a bit of an off flavor deep in the background that is maybe a result of all the different flavors present.
Not that big of a deal.
Drink well my friends

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque deep copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bready caramel and pale malts with good amounts of leafy and citrus hops. Also present are slight amounts of oak tannins.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the influence from the oak is less. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with good amounts of breadiness kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus influence fades, turning more toward leafy and slightly earthy notes. The deeper hop flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was surprised at the high level of oak influence in the aroma compared to the tap version. A substantial enough difference to warrant another try even if you've already had it in the bottle or on-tap.

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

A-Pours a semi hazy copper color with a one finger slightly off white head that has fair retention but leaves admirable amounts of sticky lacing.

S-Somewhat understated, but pleasant. A nice mixture of pine and citrus hops, caramel malt, a bit of oakiness and a touch of vanilla. I wish it was more pronounced, though.

T-Really follows the nose with the pine and citrus leading and a bit of sweet malt coming in the middle and back along with hints of oak and vanilla in the finish.

M-A bit juicy leading off, medium body, slightly creamy, with a crisp, biting dry finish.

D-One is enough. A pleasant enough beer, but doesn't make me want another.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Fiery orange color...hazy

S-Great combination of fresh citrus hops and the vanilla/oak notes..really a nice blend.

T-Big juicy citrus hop load up front. Ripe Mandarin oranges, sugared grapefruit, and tangelos. Then the oaky vanilla dimension kicks in and never overwhelms the citrus but adds a perfect compliment. Awesome flavor.

M-Medium bodied...smooth feel...a little tartness on the long finish

D-This is flat-out outstanding. Different but right up there with O'Dell IPA as my favorite easily attainable IPA. I love the big juicy citrus and also the vanilla/oak combination. I will be buying much more of this.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown color with a creamy, cream colored head. Retention and lacing are solid in the bar pint. Mostly clear. Nose smells strongly of caramel sweetness along with a piney, herbal note of hops. Pretty strong.

The flavor is similar to the nose, with added complexity from a slight vanillin note of oak. Still sweet, but fairly dry. Toffee and caramel are quite sticky and dominant, with lots of herbal hops singing the chorus. Notes here of menthol, tobacco, pine resin, and grapefruit. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is super sticky and full. Carbonation is great, definitely not getting in the way. Great beer, fun to drink. Well done.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Aug 18, 2010. My last of the 6-pack, started enjoying right at 2 weeks old, never got around to reviewing.

Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger off white head that holds a nice foamy cap and leaves good lacing.

Aroma is predominantly vanilla and oak with a good dose of pine, some citrus and grass, notes of caramel and bready malt, good strength.

Flavor features citrus, pine, and resinous hops, smooth vanilla and caramel malt, only lightly sweet, solid bitterness on the finish, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Pretty damned good and unique IPA.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into the Great Divide Brussels glass. Nice copper color with a good fingers worth of white head. Some yellow highlights.

S: Aroma is of some citrusy hops with a little wood. Definitely has a nice oak aroma. Grapefruit is prominent. Good amount of bitter hops here too, a bit of must. Some caramel sweetness and some vanilla sugar.

T: Very nice caramel sweetness here, picking up very nice notes from the wood. Bitter hops lie in the background, opposed to what was going on with the nose. The malts and wood are upfront here and are very nice. As a matter of fact, each sip seems to switch what comes first. Both aspects of the beer pair very well with each other.

M: Crisp, finishes with a bit of stickiness. Body is right on point for an AIPA.

D: The sweetness that lingers on the end tends to make me drink this one sip by sip. ABV is low enough to enjoy some of these. Nice beer.

Photo of Zundo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy deep copper with a one-finger off-white head that lasts a while and laces well.

Smell: Sweet biscuty/caramel malt with piney, lemon hops. Touch of oak.

Taste: Citrusy hops, a good bit of pine surrounded by the oak. Oak is stronger in the taste than the smell. Caramel malt that is behind the hops in taste intensity.

Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated medium body. Smooth then bitter and dry on the finish with some oil at the finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable the oak dryness is all that could slow you down.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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