Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,543
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 161 | 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

RUMBLE IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. 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. Very inspiring.
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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

underated... had at kickbacks on draft.

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, sublte vanilla

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and I loved the oak flavor from the aging. it was a very noticable difference

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more (362 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy beautiful chestnut brown color with a fair eggshell colored head and similar lacing. The aroma is of citrus hop and rye malt with a tasteful hint of yeast. Yum. The flavor is a wonderfully balanced earthy malt and evergreen hops, creamy feeling with very proper carbonation, medium bodied and plenty drinkable for the style. A very yummy brew with a decent hop profile. (378 characters)

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass: from notes
A: An amber body, with a cream colored head holds good lace.
S: An oak in the back of the aroma, with pine and a touch of bourbon.
T/M: Slight spice on the front, with a dry and silky mouthfeel. A nice hop and malt balance. Great oak on the finish.
D: This is a great oaked IPA, one that oak is present but does not slow the drinking down. (379 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi rigerous pour produces less then an inch of white head. Settling quick and leaving a thin collar. Good lace presentation, sticky drapery. A pale amber, transparent.
Aroma is Barleywinesque, Sweet with large amounts of breadyness, buttred rolls, grains and very mild floral hops. Taste contains a bit of oak upfront mixing with sweetness and more malt/ bready flavors. Oak making an appearance on the swallow as well. Hops are distant and for an AIPA dont reflect the style well at all in either flavor or aroma.
Good beer, mellow and good flavor, as well as a masked alcohol for the abv.
However, to grade it fairly on the style the hops are MIA. (653 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Light oak notes with some pine hops. A little bit of toasted malt and coconut.

T - Toasted malt and light caramel up front with some vanilla and coconut notes of oak. Creamy malt sweetness in the middle with more oak flavor and some pine hop flavor. The hop character intensifies in the finish with more pine notes and a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, caramel malt is balanced by moderate hop bitterness as notes of vanilla and pine hops linger.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A really nice combination of oak and hop character. The oak is sweet and lively without the harsh toasted character that sometimes comes through in oaked IPAs. The pine hop character compliments the creamy vanilla of the oak quite well and there is just enough malt character to balance things out. This is a really nice beer and well worth buying even by the six pack. (1,016 characters)

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 9/10/10.

A: Pours fairly dark for an IPA - more amber than gold. The head is just off-white and a fingernail shy of one finger with an aggressive decanting into a snifter. Head retention is good. The carbonation is quite exciting and the lacing is phenomenal, forming a thick parabolic foam with all varieties of splashiness underneath with each sip.

S: Subdued grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine aromas with a pretty heavy dose of oak fill my nose. This collision of scents produces a creamy vanilla-like byproduct smell, in addition to an interesting peppery aroma. This smells sort of like a forest after a heavy rain.

T: The hop taste is a little less citrusy than the aroma would suggest. Pine, orange zest, and grass are the flavors that that hops leave on my palate. That taste pairs with a nice caramel malt sweetness, then leads to a creamy vanilla contribution from the oak barrel. The finish is a blend of oaky bite and lasting, yet mellow hop bitterness.

M: There is a lot happening here. The feel is crisp and biting on the sides of my mouth at first, followed by a creamy, medium feel on my tongue. This is wrapped with a semi-dry oak and hop bite on the back and sides of my mouth.

D: Viewed from the perspective of a straight up American IPA, I dock this a few points. It's certainly interesting, but I feel that the oak aging restricts the boldness of the hops from unfolding. It was quite good and I'm glad that I tried, it, but I am not sure that I will seek it out for further consumption. (1,537 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on "Aug 17, 2010" = 5 weeks ago, great to enjoy beer that you know is fresh!

Pours a nice looking shade of honey amber, with a dull orangey glow, lite tan head, tiny bubbles , stays, thick collar and respectable fine sticky lace.

Leafy hop nose, with a hint smoked up wood and a malty sweet undertone.

Tasty and appealing IPA, on the sweet side, with more then ample malt being a recurring theme. Wood also joins the flavor party. Thoroughly enjoyable, bold and flavorful brew, a wee bit lacking in the hops dept (524 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, giving this one a proper review now that I have a chance to :)

Serving type - bottle

A - Pours somewhere between a clear and hazy amber, with a thin, off-white head, and bubbly, semi-creamy lacing.

S - Alot going on here! Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and mild, piney hops. The aroma of this IPA is complex, and truly great.

T - Taste is pretty damn good too. Semi-bready caramel malts, with vanilla and oak wood tones, which then transitions into the citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange), and finishes off with a mild, piney hop bite. Bitterness is on the mild side for an IPA, and this one is pretty well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and a slightly oily feel from the hop oils.

D - Even if it's 7.1%, it's nearly as drinkable as a 5-6% session beer.

Overall - This is a very interesting take on their regular IPA. I'd love to see an Imperial version of this come out. (941 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice reddish-orange, Nice foamy, creamy head, a good finger. Lacing is nice.

Smell is alright, with a nice, but muted oily hop aroma. A bit of woody character is there as well. Not bad, but pretty decent.

Taste is hop oils, resins and pine. Bitterness stings for an instant. Slightly sweet grapefruit, and other citrus. The dry oak characters show up on the finish, adding a nice woodsy touch to the already woodsy hop notes. There is a tad too much malt sweetness though.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.

Tasty brew, but better as an occasional treat. Not something to put several away in a setting. (617 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/25/10.

A beauty in the glass, almost double IPA looking, as the orange tones are darker, redder, more burnt...and the head is quite thick and creamy. Makes the mouth water just looking at it.

Aroma offers a typical IPA aroma, with the hops being particularly clean and fragrant. It's a simple, bright, uncluttered aroma that only hints at the oak aging that went on here.

The flavor definitely gives away the oak aging, having the earthiness of fresh cut wood, a generous layer of vanilla, and an overall softness/muting that shouldn't be looked at as a negative. Rumble's cool, welcoming flavor of vanilla is its main selling point, something very much present but never over the top. Amid all the extras the IPA in this beer never quite gets lost. The hops are pine-laden and citrusy, there are hints of caramel and toffee, plenty of fruity juiciness, and the body is creamy, silky and round, yet lacking no energy thanks to the tickling caress of carbonation. A green bitterness rides through the finish, but, as it does in every other aspect of this beer, the vanilla character cools it down nicely.

One of Great Divide's best, absolutely. And somewhat reminiscent of Southern Tier's Oak-Aged Unearthly, although that didn't have the vanilla tones that this has. Everything is so remarkably balanced in Rumble, and while it's got a completely wonderful flavor, it's not the kind of taste that knocks you out right away. Everything here is quite subtle, everything embedded and waiting to be deciphered by the inquisitive drinker. It took a few bottles spread out over a week for me to really "get," but if drunk at just the right temperature, and with some patience and focus, this should please even the most demanding palate.

Weird name though, as this is hardly the most cantankerous, burly, fightin' mad beer...or maybe I just don't understand the meaning of "rumble" as it's used here. (1,911 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Shimmering orange. Lot so carbonation bubbles, half-finger tan head with good lacing.

S : Piney hops, vanilla and wood.

T : Opens with soft vanilla texture before giving into the hops. Pricklyness gives way to a woody malt backbone. Quite nicely balanced.

M : Medium body here with very nice tingling feeling. Slightly dry on the finish.

D : I like it, it's a change of pace for an IPA. In fact, a bit more malt sweetness would be welcomed by me.

Great Divide never seems to disappoint. I hope this one makes it into a yearly rotation. (544 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh, oak aged IPAs, why do I bother with you? Yes, you were available to me for free, but the 3 beers that preceded you were Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig and Temptation. And to think that I walked away from those to try you...

Pouring a brilliant amber with a dense, off-white head, I'm struck by how excellent the retention and lacing are. The nose has a little pine but is mostly dominated by a tropical fruit like hop profile. As it warms up, I do get some vanilla and oak too, along with some caramel sweetness. The palate opens sweet with citrus and vanilla. The hops, while faded (as compared to the base beer which I assume is the very good Titan), have managed to avoid gaining a cheesey character (that I was shocked to find in the Oak Aged Yeti I drank right after). Medium in body with moerate sweetness, there's caramel, oak and vanilla. Just a touch of tannins are present as well, and the lingering character on the finish is a fruity, sweet citrus hop character. Acceptable, though not something I would seek out. I could not finish my 4oz pour. In fact, what this beer accomplished was sending me right back to the Falling Rock for two more pints of Elder. (1,170 characters)

Photo of shodrod
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a deep, super dark golden color. There was absolutely no head retention, but that might have been a bad pour on the bartender's side (and not the 'ideal' glass). The aroma gives off lovely nutty scents as well as caramel notes. All of this culminates in a whirl of flavor once you sip this sucker down! The caramel hits you in the front along with a hint of vanilla bean. A much welcomed hoppy presence in the back of your mouth is accompanied by some notes of coconut in the finish. This beer does a great job of coating your whole mouth to make sure you get all the nuances of the flavor. Please try this if you love IPA's. (646 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 18, 2010.

A- Pours amber-red with a nice foamy white cap. Good head retention. A good deal of random lace, pretty thick.

S- Hops up front lend pretty much equal amounts of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and floral notes. Not getting much oak here but I do get some bready malt in the background.

T- Starts out with a good deal of oak and bready light caramel malt. Finishes with a mostly floral, some citrus and pine hop notes, the oak is here too but in a different way. I would say that there is some yeast spice as well, would be interesting in what kind of yeast is used here, some esters too.

MF- Moderate creamy body with fairly high carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth and coats the palate with ample bitterness. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

DB- An IPA with oak throughout. I would say that the oak works pretty well. The hop profile sort of reminds me of the Stone 14th, not sure why so many brewers are leaning towards this kind of flavor... too much floral/citrus zest to me. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep coppery hue with red highlights. The true beauty of this beer is in a nice cascading effect and continuously lively action contributing to the formation of two fingers of dense, rocky tan head that's plenty sticky and leaves thick, patchy lacing down the glass.
Hops are by no means hidden in the aroma, though a hardcore hophead might find them light. Otherwise the oak is evident in an apparent woodiness with some earthy notes under a nice caramel malt backbone. There's a touch of sweetness lingering as well.
Hops are right up front in this one, with plenty of pine and floral notes, balanced by the caramel malts and possibly another type of malt in here as well. Sweetness is still underneath but present, and it's not difficult to love the nuances of the oak mixed in here. There's even a hint of spiciness contributing as well. The finish lingers for a long time, quite dry and almost entirely consisting of resiny hops flavor and oak. Very nice.
The body is medium-full with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it's also quite dry.
I wouldn't even have known the ABV was in the higher range. This is tasty and quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Lillenk
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is pretty very nice tan almost red color.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Some hops not much oak like I was expecting.

Taste is very nice. Smacks you with nice hops but balances out and finishes very dry and bitter. Not a whole lot of oak again.

Very drinkable for me bit a long lasting bitter finish. (312 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Brewing
Oak aged American IPA
7.1% ABV
12 oz bottle bottled on August 18, 2010 poured into Samuel Adams "perfect pint" on September 28, 2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Clear dark amber with a moderate off white, almost tan colored, head; average retention; and decent lacing.

Aroma 3/5
Noticeable toasted and caramel malt aroma. Some hops somewhere in the background but malts take the driving seat here. Oak? I don't know where it is! Aggressive hop presence? Hell no! There's not much to aroma. If this weren't oaked, this was making a 2/5 at best but blurring styles saves it. The empty glass smells like vanilla, but nothing exciting, especially for an AIPA.

Taste 3/5
Why would I want to drink an oaked AIPA? I don't know. But innovation is generally not a bad thing, so why not? However, I don't get any oak at all in this one. Perhaps the oak aging has let hop flavors diminish but hasn't imparted enough character of its own, or it might just be me being a dick. There's some American hops' flavor and medium bitterness, but I really don't like the aftertaste. Caramel? No. Vanilla? No. In fact, the taste seems far from description on the bottle. Oak aging or not, a thoroughly ordinary example of an AIPA.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Carbonation is alright and the body supports whatever bitterness is present pretty well. Finishes alright, except for the bad aftertaste.

Drinkability 4/5
Went down alright; but a "meh" beer.

I am not buying this again! (1,482 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with this label description: "an American IPA with subtle nuance. 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."

It's clear and light copper colored with a wet and spitty looking head, lots of lacing. It smells less hoppy than I'd like in an IPA, but that's kind of a common thing with oak-aged IPAs lately. Malts and oak come through, almost a rye spiciness but I think it's from the wood. Similar in the flavor, it brings Jai Alai Humidor to mind but with the amp turned down to 4 or 5. The most prominent notes are oak-based, again almost rye like.

The body is about normal, but the carbonation is high, especially for a barrel aged beer. Prickly and peppery. Overall a good data point among the latest trend of wood IPAs. (918 characters)

Photo of hopjuicer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Oak is the most present smell in the nose, hops, and grain with a fairly strong presence as well.

The flavor is oak and an excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness.

I was hoping for a bit more evidence of dry hopping. Could be due to the fact that the bottled on date is six weeks back. (343 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date 8/18/2010

Poured into a pint glass burnt orange with a one finger froathy foamy head. Good retention and great lacing. The scent has hop floral notes and strong amounts of oak. I got to say, the taste is the best part. There is a large front of Vanilla, oak, and sugars that mellows in a dry bitter ending. The amount of Vanilla is greatness. The mouthfeel is very solid for the style and the drinkabilty is "I wish this was made year round" awesome. (464 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Very clear dark orange color with a 1/2" foamy white head, settles down to like 1/8". Leaves thick lacing. Good head retention.
Very nice smell. Orange and other juicy tropical fruits, I get some pineapple and passion fruit, and some subtle pine. A little hint of oak and vanilla.
The taste is loaded with pine resin, bitter juicy orange, a little vanilla, some astringency and oak on the finish along with some grassiness. Just a little bit of sweetness, maybe a bit too much at times. Some caramel/toffee comes out as it warms up. Nice balance between the hops and malt, but still shows enough hop character and bitterness.
The texture is great, comes on creamy and slightly viscous, ends a little dry.
Pretty smooth and drinkable for the alcohol.
I tend to like a malt balanced IPA with flavorful hop character, so I really enjoyed this. With a little less sweetness and a little more full flavor I would have gone with a 4.5 on taste. Still, a delicious and unique IPA. (1,019 characters)

Photo of bfree
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange, lacing minimal and found around the edges, looks a little flat

S: mainly citrus/lemons with some hops as well as some pine/oak

T: can really taste the oak/pine flavor, and as with other IPAs there is citrus and hops but the oak aging really smoothens the hoppy taste and so it is not too bitter

M: pretty smooth and not much carbonation with a crisp finish, the beer seems a little flat for some reason despite being from the bottle

D: smooth mouthfeel and smooth taste make this IPA easy drinking (519 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. An oak aged ipa, not a great idea, at least this attempt...Pour light brown, watery and clear, a nice light tan head that has great retention, light lacing...Aroma is all malt and way too sweet. A malty ipa to start (apparently) and the oak aging just enhances that. Vanilla and caramel dominant the nose, its ok in doses but too much and you get an overload of the senses...The taste carries over all the sweetness and makes it undrinkable. No oak shows. I couldn't drink more than half the bottle.

Interesting idea but dry hop the hell out of this after barrel aging and you might be on to something. (634 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/18/10

A: deep copper/amber color with a thick foamy head.

S: mostly noted of piney hops, with notes of sweet hops. mellow, but very nice. could be dry hopped a bit more but well done nonetheless.

T: fresh hop flavor up front, beautifully balanced with sweet malts. hop profile isn't as strong on this, thanks to the oak aging. It is still perfectly balanced with an interesting musky characteristic.

M&D: velvety smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy balanced ipas like me. (535 characters)

Photo of gwguest
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (Bottled on 10 Sept) into the Sam Adams glass.

A: A nice clear amber body with a thin off white head.
S: Not nearly the nose I would expect from an American IPA Not a ton of hop or oak character, but a little of both.
T: Subtle and nicely blended. Flavor disspates pretty quickly, but isn't refreshing.
M: Dencent, but forgettable. Not much of a finish.
D: Easy drinking IPA. More of an english version.

Not a bad beer, but one that might go a lot better with a meal than on it's own. Feels like it needs a complementing flavor set. (546 characters)

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