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Rumble IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Rumble IPARumble IPA

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Ratings: 1080
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%

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 brureview


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 6/12.
I thought that an older bottle date for this IPA would possibly degrade the flavor four months later. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer poured a beautiful copper color with a two finger head.

Strong aroma of vanilla and oak.

The mouth feel is smooth.

The finish is enhanced by the aroma which remains with warming.
There is an intense complex taste of fruit, oak and vanilla.

This is a winner. Will drink again soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:23:10 | More by brureview
Photo of dogma46an2


4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- was cloudy not as clear as i thought it to be the color although was proper and true to style with slight rust on a golden hue .

S- was proper with citrus aromas like grapefruit and mandarin acompanied by a slight oak note the was hidden in the background .

T- the flavor notes were almost on point beautiful malt backbone. nice citrus hops but a bit to much on the oak .

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:38:05 | More by dogma46an2
Photo of BhamBeerLover

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have nothing to recommend this beer to any drinker. I also have nothing to turn folks away. There were odd flavors that seemed to reflect extract or poor quality/old ingredients that left me wanting. I know the great guys at Great Divide dont take shortcuts and usually produce amazing products but this beer is the average one among outstanding brews. Will not buy this one again. Sorry guys, try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:54:11 | More by BhamBeerLover
Photo of garymuchow


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is kinda' a stale caramelized wood (not specifically oak - certainly not vanilla) - that may not sound too appealing, but it is interesting and not unpleasant. Not finding much for hops.
Slightly cloudy with amber of orange and brown. Off-white head.
Flavor has similar qualities - is a little more complex and the hops do show. Some in the flavor and certainly on the finish in taste an bitterness, including some lingering. I do enjoy the caramel quality with the woody character.
Prickly, tingly carbonation goes well with this beer. Moderate overall feel. I am filling a bit full rather quickly :0(
Unique and enjoyable

Gift from Drevis. thanks.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:35:15 | More by garymuchow
Photo of jeranbrews


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - thin almost whispy cream colored head. Cloudy. Murky almost. Flakes sit suspended like fruit in jello. Crazy murky like plakton. Amber color is typical enough for ipa.

S - fruit. Green strawberries, squash, and of course hops. Oddly not much oak

T - sweet malts and hop. Like orange yogurt sprinkled with green hop buds. Aftertaste is bitter but not ridiculously so.

M - mildly effervescent malty.

D - the oak aspect adds little. And sadly this beer while respectable is mostly unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:25:04 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a brewed on date of 19 June 2012; served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a frothy off-white head that has moderate durability.

Momentarily forgetting that this was an oak aged beer, I was surprised by the woody and dank aspects of the nose -- so the wood definitely contributes to the aroma, as well as to the taste.

T: I found this a bit too woody (oak) for my taste, both because this is not my favorite flavor component and because the oak aging seem to mask some of the malt and hop character. Eventually, however, I found a nice long-lasting aftertaste that is woody, somewhat y savory and fruity, and only moderately bitter. The flavor, and especially the oak portion, fared better with a little warming (or adjustment?), but then went the other direction.

M: medium body and near medium carbonation that closer to too high than to too low.

O: an interesting, woodsy IPA variant that is worth a try, particularly if you like oak aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:37:44 | More by chinchill
Photo of moorerm04


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass, nice light amber color, 1.5 finger soapy off white head that quickley falls to a skim that leaves nice lacing.
S- First thing I get to the nose is pine, a hint of woody spicy oak, and lastly citrus, that of grapefruit.
T- This beer drink like a high gravity IPA but isn't at a modest 7.1%. The first thing I get is grapefruit citrus, followed by pine, a nice mellow hint of oak that gives way to a little vanilla as well. Nice oak but not over oaked as many oaked IPA's can be.
M- Nice carbonation, maybe a little more than I would like to have for this style.
O- So far my favorite offering from Great Divide. Very drinkable, hard to not go bck for a second one. I love that the oak is present and warming but not overwhelming. This is a go to if you are in the market for trying a wood aged IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:27:36 | More by moorerm04
Photo of ptbeer25

4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. 2" white head with a caramel hint. Good lacing throughout the drink.Body is a hazy, light tan. Truly a beautiful beer to look at.

S: A strong oak hoppiness with hefty notes of caramel and vanilla.

T: Absolutely delicious, the caramel and vanilla flavours almost make you not notice the hops. But this is an IPA, and the hoppy bitterness cannot be denied. Finishes slightly dry if you can wait long enough before sipping again.

M: A good composition. A tiny bit of a creamy thick feel, but definitely no stout.

O: This beer is fantastic! Absolutely my new favourite IPA! This knocks off Ska Brewery's Modus Hoperandi for my top IPA spot. The caramel and vanilla contrast the bitterness of the hops to perfection! Modus is no small opponent, but Rumble proves they can handle this jungle.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:29:21 | More by ptbeer25
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a one finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of large bubbles and a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has moderately strong aromas of oak along with some lighter notes of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Like the smell, this beer has a strong flavor of the oak barrel aging along with some lighter notes of vanilla. There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hop flavors. Light to moderate mounts of bitterness are present but does not linger too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish (from the barrel aging).

O: The barrel aging really makes this an interesting take on an IPA - enjoyable but definitely a sipping beer. This beer feel much bigger than it really is but still one to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:10:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of AmitC


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a little head.

Medium carbonation.

Smells a lot of caramel, a little oak, wooden and earthy touch and some hops.

A bit complex smell.

Taste is not that complex but is good enough.

Clear caramel follows the nose along with the hops and oak.

Taste is a bit on the sweeter side.

Medium bodied mouth feel.

Overall a good IPA with a difference.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:45:34 | More by AmitC
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed dimly lit orange hue. Head is very frothy and creamy. It dies down to a thin covering. It leaves light locks of lacing along my glass.

S-Nose relies heavily on the combination of sweet citrus and oak. Smells like Oakes tangerines. Light booze. Quite hoppy but the oak really shines too. The two aromas really work well together.

T-Not as good as the nose. The hops are a bit less intense. Caramel is heavier here too. The oak is pleasant and perhaps the best part of the flavor. The nose works better than the flavor but it was still very enjoyable.

M-Medium bodied and a bit creamy. Booze comes into play. Oak may actually make the booze more noticeable. Moderately dry. Relatively light bitterness for an IPA.

O/D-Better than expected. Oaked IPAs are not my favorite. This one was pretty good. One single of this beer was enough for me. Appreciate the effort. Pricey.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:08:50 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of alexgash


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on June 20, 2012.

Medium orange copper body. Finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Great lacing up the side of the glass. Base aroma of fruity, marmalade-y malts. Tropical fruit and pine hops show up. Light vanilla and woody oak notes as well.

Woody, herbal bitterness up front. Tropical fruit and caramel malt fill in. Orange and citrus hop bitterness comes in. Dries out in a woody, oaky finish. Lingering citrus, with hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Interesting and overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:45:14 | More by alexgash
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up a while back from Great Grog in Edinburgh. I've not had an oaked IPA before - it sounds interesting.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and a ton of chunky floating sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Nice lacing lingers on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of oak/wood, piny hops, toffee, dry yeast, faint vanilla and stewed hops. Complex but quite restrained.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of oak, toffee, pine, vanilla, mild earthy yeast and stewed hops. A mild twinge of alcohol in the background. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality, followed by a distinct bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of oaky malt and an aromatic, piney bitterness.

A tasty brew with a twist. The oak add something extra to this IPA, yet it doesn't clash or compete with the hop notes. The subtle tannins and hints of vanilla introduce an extra layer of complexity. The hop notes are obvious but quite subdued - I'm not sure if they've faded a bit or if this is a natural characteristic of Rumble. The only real flaw is the appearance; it looked like a ton of coagulated protein floating in the beer. Still, a fairly minor complaint - this is well crafted. If you like IPAs and/or wood in your beer, then go for the best of both worlds and grab one of these when you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:37:30 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orangey-tan color and clear with a considerable amount of suspended sediment but plenty of head and lace. The sediment takes away from the appearance but it's ok, the rest of this one seems to make up for it.

Aroma is malty and bready, oak and vanilla components, subdued hops, in fact the whole aroma is pretty subdued. There's also a lightly fruity component. Really the aroma starts so subtle and subdued, but as you drink and the beer warms up, it gets better and better. I think aroma is this beer's hidden secret.

Taste is smoooth for an IPA, very smooth. The vanilla and oak are perfectly blended and balanced with a moderate dose of piney and citrusy hops. Malts make a great showing too, the malty backbone shines through with plenty of toasty and bready flavors. It's a complex brew, as you would expect any oaked IPA to be.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, medium bodied, and carbonation is spot on for the oak-aged and vanilla components, perfectly accenting without overpowering. Slightly warming over the course of the brew. There's an oily, piney hops linger to this one, which is when the hops really shine.

Overall it's a very nice but not too overpowering oaked IPA. Very complex flavors and aroma make this a beer I'll definitely visit again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 21:15:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled mid-June, poured a clear orange and left thick lacing. I'd call it a smooth, interesting IPA. The barrel character pops through the hops with gentle vanilla and oak, along with caramel malt. I'd like a little more of the juicy, citrus hop, but this a balanced, tasty beer. Give it a try, it's not too heavy for a 7% barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:16:20 | More by tempest
Photo of bmwats


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clouded amber hue. Giant frothy wight head. Disintegrates slowly and unevenly, leaving plenty of dry, sticky residue, and distinctive peaks and valleys. Many layers of beer ring lacing form and persist.

S: Woody and smoky combination of light hops and molasses. Slightly floral

T: Medium hoppiness with a light smoky character. A little basil or oregano in there, too.

M: Steely hoppy feel from the start and lingering in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little off-putting.

D: Goes down easy. Not overly hoppy.

Atmosphere is great. Giant head and lots of lacing. Nose is hoppy and smoky, with some sweet and floral notes. Flavor is lightly hopped and lightly smoked, and well-balanced in its execution. Steely aftertaste is a little off. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 03:54:19 | More by bmwats
Photo of sonata2008


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: About 1/4" inch of cream colored foam that quickly disappeared. Dark copperish amber, a slight bit cloudy. Some lacing.
Smell: A bready aroma with a slight amount of spiciness. There is a malt presence, but can't detect the hops. Can smell the oak, however.
Taste: Piney hops are right at the beginning of the taste, with a slight barley sweeness in the middle. The oak flavor is at the end with some bitterness. The oak was not overwhelming; it was nicely subtle.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. A tad bitter on the finish.
Overall: A very drinkable beer, however, I'm not aware of the alcohol in the taste probably because of the sweetness. Very tasty, but definitely not a session beer. Would go well with roasted meats, cheeses (e.g., blue cheese) and greens.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 16:09:22 | More by sonata2008
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ.

Pours a hazy, deep orange color. Thick, off-white head with good retention and lacing on the glass. Complex yet relatively subtle aroma for an IPA. Notes of caramel, vanilla, and orange. Those aromas carried over to the flavor but slightly overpowered the hops. An interesting IPA that was enjoyable but not one I am dying to try again. Worth a shot if you are tired of the run of the mill IPAs and looking for something different.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 10:38:18 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of smcolw


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good bar-poured head which lasts a long time, leaving a blanket of lace after each sip. The liquid is extensively cloudy with an orange-amber hue.

Nice combination of floral hop and mild yeast smell. Pale malt background.

Mild start with a neutral pale malt. The beer heads rapidly to a bitterness that is far from overwhelming. The finish is bitter but short lived. Well-balanced, particularly for an IPA. No notable oak elements. Predictable body and carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 16:22:30 | More by smcolw
Photo of jondeelee


4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumble opens with a heavily malty nose that makes immediately apparent the beer’s oak aging: thick rising bread dough, yeasty baguette and floury French bread mix with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Hefty doses of fruit esters (fig, orange, apricot, touches of raisin and cherry) are joined by molasses and brown sugar. Strangely light here are the hops, which only add shades of pine resin and grapefruit, apparently largely subsumed beneath massive malts and oak finishing. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the oak aging adding brilliant layers of complexity to what was very likely already an excellent beer, producing a beverage that smells delicious and begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of oak aged malt, with yeasty dough, brown bread, toast crust, and floury baguette mixing perfectly with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Toasted nut and coffee cream add further complexity, joined by healthy doses of brown sugar, as well as fig, raisin, and cherry. A good alcoholic vapor does run throughout, the beer’s 7.1% ABV showing slightly, but blends well with the fruits and oak. Hops again take a backseat here, mainly offering countering notes of pine and grapefruit in the main mouthful, but do come out more strongly in the aftertaste, which is otherwise a continuation of the bread and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is fantastic fare, the oak aging doing wonders in terms of adding nuance and complexity to the beer, providing thick overtones of vanilla, cream, and wood that blend nicely with the fruits, sugars, and breads. It does seem somewhat strange that the hop notes aren’t more forward (this is an IPA, after all), but perhaps this is for the best, as they could possibly overwhelm the oak aging if present in greater strength. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 18:19:50 | More by jondeelee
Photo of intensify


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, honey colored body. Small lacing with fast retention.

S- Passion fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, resin smell lingering in their with a small hint of alcohol coming through the end.

T- Close to the smell.Has that nice candy like taste that I like in IPA's. Not as hoppy as I would have expected from Great Divide. Has a honey presence somewhere in their, ending with a sweet, and somewhat bitter presence of oranges and apricot.

M- Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dry finish.

This could be a nice session beer. Nothing to get excited about, but still a nice American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:53:25 | More by intensify
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a robust ipa with meaty character and tones. The hops don't really give a real elaborate presentation; more of a thick delivery. I like this one, though I'd appreciate a fresh sample to be able to give a purists opinion. That aside, still diggin' it regardless.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:27:54 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BMMillsy


2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish orange with light but creamy head. Not much aroma to speak of, maybe a little vanilla. No hop presence in the flavor or aroma. Slightly sweet, barely any oak, and no hop bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. This is just not well done. I love DFH Burton Baton...this comes nowhere close. The oaked IPAs have mostly just not done it for me. This one is near the bottom of the bunch for me and not sure why there's much love for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 20:25:59 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. This one was bottled on June 13, 2012 and poured tonight into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Great Divde's Rumble pours an opaque copper, with just over a finger of off white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent, and there's a little bit of lacing, but neither really stand out. The aroma has a lot going on, which is nice, the only problem being not enough of it is coming from hops. There's the smells of caramel and vanilla and a spicy, woody oak. There's also an orange-citrus aroma, but not nearly loud enough. The flavor profile is similar. Caramel and vanilla open things, and after a surprisingly soft bitterness mid palate, I'm ready for the hops. As a bit of orange blossom and some grapefruit start to make an appearance, they're largely drowned out by woody oak flavors. The body is towards the chewier end of the spectrum for an IPA, but it works. The carbonation is just a little bit too muted. I had a hard time scoring Rumble, as I enjoyed it a bit more than the numbers would indicate. I think a barrel aged IPA is an interesting idea, and this one was certainly tasty. I just have a hard time still calling it an IPA. Call it an American Strong Ale or something, but it's going to be tough to take the time to barrel age a beer and still have it able to hang with the many readily available hop bombs put out by craft brewers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:20:36 | More by axeman9182
Photo of ArrogantB


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottled 6/26/12 to revisit this one. Orange color, foamy white head. Smells malty, hint of oak, meh. Flavor is lots of oak wrapped around some decent hops, chewy. A BA in the mountain forum compared it to a baby oaked barleywine and that is an apt description. Solid beer but I really only needed the one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:24:09 | More by ArrogantB
Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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