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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA

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438 Reviews
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Reviews: 438
Hads: 1,567
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 177 | 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:
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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Reviews: 438 | Hads: 1,567
Photo of bucksatan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The trick to this one is the tempture! I had a bottle straight from the cooler and it was... ok. Did not really taste any OAK and in my mind was the fabulous Cigar CIty White Oak IPA. Then, it sat in the car for a few hours and warmed up. Then when home popped another bottle just under room tempture and the OAK flavor came out to play. Still not as good as CCs offering but worth while.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first impression was pretty negative. I felt the oakiness got in the way of the hops. But as I drank a couple this grew on me. The smell is its most appealing quality - intense citrus and pine. But this doesn't come out in the taste, and this threw me off. Expect a typical IPA and you won't like this. But once I set aside expectations I came to really appreciate this. The hops are subdued and the oak really brings out the malt. It's a slightly odd flavor and in a blind taste test I might not identify it as an IPA, but it's unique and flavorful and I'll drink it again.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear, darker orange. White head that dissipates quickly. Nothing special.

S: IPA citrus gone wrong. It smells muddled, like old unappealing fruit that's been sitting out for a while. Old oranges and slight woodiness.

T: The oak muddles the citrus that you would expect in an IPA. Instead of improving on the IPA, the oak seems to have made it worse. Oak up front, with orange peel the rest of the way. Aftertaste brings back the oak. Not appealing.

M: Moderate carbonation, but sits on the tongue after each sip.

O: I really wanted to like this beer. I had never had an oaked IPA, but I was so blown away by their oaked Yeti's that I had high hopes. Unfortunately, the oak ruined what I enjoyed about IPA's. This is one of my biggest dissapointments from Great Divide. Won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - pine and vanilla dominate with a hint of oak.
t - same as above but the oak is more pronounced.
t - creamy and medium.
o - barrel-aged ipas are hit or miss for me and this was a hit. the oak was well done and subtle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours dark orange. Basically clear. A one inch head fades quickly to a film on top of the beer, with a pretty good lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops, oak, and vanilla.

The taste is similar. A nice oak-aged IPA here, sometimes this style really doesn't work. There's sweet, delicious malt and oak flavors up front, followed by a nice citrusy and piney pop of hops. Not very bitter.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, very drinkable.

This one was very good, would get it again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as a solo.

Pours medium copper with a touch of white foam. Thicker around the ring. Mild woodsy nose. Light pine. Taste is a full rich hearty oak, hints of vanilla. Minty bitter at the close. Expertly balanced really good. Need to get back into GDBC.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Great Divide's Rumble IPA is an oak aged IPA. The bottle explains that this is an IPA hopped with Pacific Northwest hops and "gently" aged on French and American oak. The label depicts a silhouette of a bull in a desert setting. 7.1% ABV and bottled on 7/2/13. Poured into a stein

Pours a clear amber with a nice frothy finger and a half worth of kahki-colored head. Chunky lacing. Decent retention. Nice amount of carbonation

Smells of fresh baked bread. Definite oak aromas. Grassy hop notes. Not much else

Flavors are very malt forward. Bready and caramel notes reign supreme. There is some earthy woody flavors from the oak with a fleeting taste of vanilla. The hops come in, almost as an afterthought, and are grassy and piney. Faint citrus finish is zesty. I can't say this is particularly well-balanced but tasty enough

Feels smooth. Has a nice medium body. The hops and carbonation give it a nice bite

Overall not too shabby. The oak doesn't do its job quite as well as with Dogfish Head's Burton Baton but it's a nice thought. While it doesn't really work well here this still a nice IPA. It probably won't please the hopheads but for a change of pace it's worth a shot

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Photo of rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Hazy orange, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Oak, malt, grass, citrus. Less than three months old so the hops should have faded too much but still could be more.

T-Starts with malt and oak. Has some bitterness in the finish along with citrus and grassy hops. But they take a back seat to the malt.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with some hop bite.

O-The beer just doesn't have the right balance. Less malt more hops. Right now it is too malty. It seems like at the end of the day oak aged IPAs never turn out great.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours two to three fingers worth of head which has a little bit of retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which glows a lighter amber when held up to the light. Good amount of lacing so far.

Nose- Very different aromas coming from the bottle and the glass. The glass shows more of a traditional IPA aroma: orange, lemon, grapefruit with pine and resin. The bottle shows caramel alongside subtle hints of vanilla and oak. The typical IPA notes of the glass begin to fade and show very subdued notes of vanilla and oak. Some mustiness and minor earwax appear after I swirl the glass.

Taste- Oakiness matched with caramel and some pine and resin from the hops hang around the edges. The caramel seems to pervade the entire flavor profile with strong coming on the finish matched with some vanilla notes. However, the oak is well rounded and enjoyable (unlike many oak aged beers I've had) that brings enough vanilla and spice to avoid being singular or boring. Some orange, lemon, grapefruit, and minimal matchstick pair with the caramel but all of these notes are dominated by the oak based complex within the flavor profile. The oak tends to foray smoothly into the pine, wood, and resin finish. Definitely a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Maybe a little oaky for me but what do you expect from an oak aged beer. The spice tasted is reminiscent of rye.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied but closer to light bodied. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty good considering that oak is sometimes an obstacle for me. A slight hint of alcohol but it works well with the oak, vanilla, and spice.

Overall- Solid beer and interesting take on an IPA. Definitely worth a try. I would possibly repurchase this and the suggested food pairings are intriguing.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly amber copper color with a great finger of light toffee colored head, decent lacing and so-so retention.

S - Hoppy, slightly resinous and citrus rind type aromas. Hefty malt backbone with a mild smokey/decently oaky aroma.

S - Tastes more like an APA imo. Quite mild, theres initially a nice dry refreshing light hoppy flavor which is followed by oakyness and light malts. Not enough flavor/depth here. Very very one dimensional flavor

M - Brew feels rather thin in my mouth, very very easy to drink, almost watery.

O - Intro craft beer? sure... not much else IMO. way too watery/light, not a lot of flavor either.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice to see Great Divide so much more out on the West Coast. Tried this at the Main Tap in El Cajon, CA.

A - Fairly clear copper, good head, nice lace.

S - Very floral right off the bat, malty and sweet.

T - Bitter hops first, then the malt follows.

M - Fair balance, good carb being on a keg :)

D - A nice offering.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh bottle (5 weeks old) into a .5l glass named Spaten.

A: Long lasting off white head sits on top of a clear coppery, amber brew without much visible carbonation and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Very bready, malt forward, a bit of oak, hops, grass. Very pleasant. Not leaping out.

T: Very good. Like the smell, bread and oak with a hop finish majoring in grass, hay, herbs more than fruit, more pine than citrus. I loved it with intense sea scallop and sausage over garden veggie sauce with fresh tomatoes, provolone and truffle oil, also with the after dinner cheese course.

I am huge fan of Great Divide & Stone. In this category, Stone Arrogant Bastard wins! But this was a nice beer that I will look forward to coming back to and tasting head to head with Stone. I let it warm, and I sipped it slowly and it got more oaky, stinky, arrogant, shall we say? as it warmed. But it was just ok.

M: creamy, yet dry, but still a bit busy finish.

O - This is a nice example of oak aged IPA. It was mild and well done, but not GD's best.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a red wine glass (at the beach – not much glassware choice). Bottled on 6/24/13.

A nicely balanced beer. Comparatively, a malty IPA, not a hop bomb by any means. A nice addition to the Great Divide “library.”

A – Pours a beautiful clear amber, almost no head (-). Some moderate lacing, surprising consider the almost zero head.

S – Moderate hoppy resins. Malty, sweetness.

T – Clean malt sweetness with resinous hoppiness. Relatively balanced. Oakiness is faint.

MF – Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a bright coppery color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, bit of malt sweetness, fresh grain and hint of wood.

T: Taste of citrus , some malt caramel sweetness with grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O: The cask aging seem to take the biting edge off of the hops. Nice touch. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from yankee spirits in Sturbridge MA
Pours a clear medium gold color with a decent head that leaves plenty of lace on the way down. Smells of caramel, toffee, earthy pine, a hint of wood and vanilla. The flavor is a bit sweet with caramel brown sugar and toffee up front. Next comes an onslaught of earthy pine bitterness that borders at times on the harsh. Light vanilla and oak creep in before a lingering hop bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. This ones good, but the hops feel a bit faded but still quite harsh. A bit of oxidation messes with the smoothness and adds some toffee sherry notes that are out of place in my opinion.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear dark orange color that has a nice finger of off white head at the top, leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: A good amount of booze on the nose, with hints of caramel and oak and slight bread notes as well.

T: Up front is a stong taste of oak, hints of nuts and caramel, good mixture of bitterness and warming from malts and hops.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, nice warming sensation from the hops.

O: A very well balanced IPA, I like the oak and caramel on this one, nice warming going on as well.

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Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a cream colored head and nice lacing. Aroma is citric and piney hops paired with some oak and vanilla. Flavor is a nice marriage of hops and oak chis, piney and fruity, oak and vanilla, and some caramel and toffee from the malt. A crisp mouthfeel. Overall, one of the better Great Divide beers for me. Not a huge fan of this brewery, but this is a solid beer for sure.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-pours copper with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly leaving some lacing

S-citrussy and hoppy

T-citrus hops, oak, coconut, some earthiness, hint of alcohol, and a nice bitter finish. Fairly complex as the oak adds some additional layers of flavor.

M-Nicely carbonated resulting in a beer thats not too heavy.

D-This is a very drinkable IPA though its high alcohol content for the style might hinder this from being a session beer.

Overall, lovers of IPAs and oak aged beers should definitely give this a try. Its another solid beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich red copper color. Little head that poured out. There is a musky Oaky smell to the beer. Cannot smell too much hoppiness. You can definitely taste the Oaky flavor on this beer. Leaves an interesting flavor on your tongue. Quite a boozy fun beer...

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

A - Glowing amber beer, pretty nice head that's sticking to the glass.

S - Smells of dried flavorful hops, some mild hints of citrus. Some malty notes and a touch of green hop. Oaky dryness is present.

T - I think the oak aging balances the hop profile. You get all the usual notes with the hops, green, floral, dried, subtle spice. There is a dryness and some residual sweetness to counterbalance that. I was expecting more of the double IPA flavor seeing it at 7.1%. The oak is the main factor in this one for me.

M - Standard mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. Easy drinker.

O - A nicely balanced IPA. I think I like this one because I'm not an IPA fan and this IPA is better balanced with the sweetness and dry wood.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 27, 2013.
Pours a nice amber/copper, with a nice frothy head that builds as it sits! Lace is patchy but thick.
Smells of balanced hops and malts, caramel, similar to Great Divide's other IPA's, Titan and Hercules. Pick up a little of the oak.
Taste is an expected hop, malt balance. A bit nutty, caramel malts, biscuit; not the hop forwardness as many IPA's, but still good.
The feel is more IPA bitterness, but subtle.
Overall, I like it! Good price point! Would like to put this, Titan and Hercules to a taste test one weekend.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Kitchen. It was poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich woody, reddish brown, close to what one might expect from an American Amber. Dark, opaque blackish red at teh center, and more cherry colors on the edges. Head is about a finger thick and off white. Dissipates after several minutes and leaves clinging, thick curtains of lacing down the side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell - The oak is hard to detect here, with the flavor being dominated by fruit tones, some citrus and maybe tropical fruit. You can sense the woodiness of the oak more as the beer warms. But this is definitely IPA first and wood-aged second based on aroma.

Taste - The citrus and tropical fruits come through, with mango, pineapple and lemon zest, but now the oak is more present, bringing a collection of vanilla and caramel notes and a gentle sweetness that plays with the fruitiness of the beer. There is also some burnt sugar and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little slick and lingering, with medium body and just on the light side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, a very tasty IPA. I haven't had too many wood-aged IPAs and this one was interesting. I'd have it again if looking for a little change-up to the hop bombs (which I love). Solid beer. In many ways sorta like a hoppy imperial red.

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

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Bottled on 6/12/13.

A- Poured a dark clear copper color with frothy off white head with big bubbles that left webbed lacing.

S- Big caramel malt, barleywine sweetness, and pungent piney and citrusy hops. Some oak, vanilla, and toffee notes.

T- Big barleywine sweetness, caramel malt, toffee, and pungent piney hops. Some orange marmalade notes on the finish.

M- Pretty full mouthfeel, and slightly sticky and syrupy.

O- This is a highly drinkable and malt forward IPA reminiscent of an easier drinking barleywine. Moderate bitterness, decent hop character, but definitely more of a showcase for the malt.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear reddish deep amber color.

The aroma has woody, pine, resinous hops. It's almost herbal in the aroma. There is also some sweet caramel malt in there too. Maybe some sweet vanilla from the oak aging.

The flavor follows with a bready sweet caramel malt. Then the beer hits you with a long bitterness. It's woody, deep pine, resinous as with the aroma. You also get some pops of that oak aging with a pop of vanilla during some sips. That really brings out an interesting dimension in the beer.

For me, the beer tastes a bit too much like an American Barleywine and has a single note deep woody bitterness. At 7.1%, it does pack a done of flavor, but without the sweetness that barleywines have. If anything, this may also remind me of Double Bastard or Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beerstudy in chapel hill.

dark copper color with an inch or so white head.

smell is big and vanilla-y. interesting and unexpected. taste is big on the vanilla too. hops are big too, though the vanilla is pretty dominating. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall there will be a lot of mixed opinions on this one. if you're expecting a normal IPA you'll be in for a surprise. personally I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.