Nice Rack IPA - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Nice Rack IPANice Rack IPA

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Docer on 02-25-2010

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by Spikester:
Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with two fingers of white head. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is dank hops and some bready malts.
Taste is dank hops some bready malts. Plenty of hop bitterness just not a lot of different flavors. No off putting flavors either. Alcohol is well masked.
Mouthfeel is medium with a long dry bitter finish.
Overall a hoppy beer with a straight monochromatic dank hop bitterness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into brandy snifter.
Look - typical.
Smell - typical.
Taste - typical.
Mouthfeel - typical.
Overall - typical.
Mild citrus taste meets minimal expectation of the style.
A nice session beer that I enjoyed.
A very average West Coast IPA that was worth ticking off.
PS - cute name.

Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of biscuit malt, as well as some grass and a light bit of citrus from the hops. The flavor is also fairly heavy on the biscuit malt and grass, with a hint of lemon and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark yellow appearance, a little less than great head, lacing and retention. Aroma was almost nonexistant.

Beer was bitter, not so much from a hop presence in terms of flavor. Wasn't really heavy, just kind of a filler beer with a decent gimmick. Seemed like cascade and either centennial or columbus hops. A pretty straight forward beer, a slight amount of lemon in the bitterness. A restrained beer in terms of style and geography norms.

Photo of Docer
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged up a bottle of the at The BeerMongers. Hadn't seen it before... so I needed to try it!

- Look was nice. Clear straw yellow... fizzy foamy head.. left a nice fluffy half-finger of fizzy head laying around.

- Interesting smell... kind of a grainy roasted oat malt, barley.... some zingy bitter hops. Little pine, and perhaps a bit of sweet citrus too, but very weak.

- Tastes to me much like a Full Sail brew... same grainy and rich roasted barley flavors... slightly sweet with a zingy and almost lemon zesty hop... bitter, but not over done... not too bad. Bit different.

- Light bodied, decent carbonation... kind of average here.

- Overall it's not a bad brew. I am sure it would be better on tap. Nice grainy ale.... could use some more hops though... and a bit less of a sweet maltyness. Overall just ok.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


22 picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise tonight.... Paid about $4.50ish... Poured into my large tulip... clear light orange... nice persistent white head with good sheets of lacing. Good bitterness... seems like a "Session IPA"... very light maltiness never really recovers from the bitter bite and citrus hops scrape away everything and make your palate ready for the next sip... Light body with a pretty aggressive carbonation... The bottle goes away pretty quickly, not bad but could use some refinement, but I might buy it again.


Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brought from Capital market, Salem Typical IPA in appearance. orange,clear beer,nice frothy,bubbly off white head. Pleasant enough spicy,citric scented hopping,slightly herbal. Very balanced flavour, very well malted the citric tang of the hops is present through-out but really appears at the end of the mouthful..then a smooth mellow bitterness. Ok on the palate, nothing special though. Overall middle of the road IPA

Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought this back from Oregon.

Pours a dark amber color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are doughy, pine like, and with some brewed tea notes.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Upon first sip I thought this was an amber ale. Bready and doughy, with tea notes, and some earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pretty smooth.

Overall, this is just ok and average. I guess more British in style. It's drinkable, and a decent beer, but certainly nothing like a typical West Coast IPA.

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Faint flowery aroma. Perfumey nose as you sip.Earthy, grassy flavors. I think of rose hips for some reason. Quite grainy and even sweet. Oatmeal with a touch of bitter hops. Flabby and wan. But quite gulpable and the aftertaste is certainly beery with that bitter edge. But actual hop flavors seem to be missing.

On the plus side, this is a lovely yellow brew with a long-lasting pile of suds in the shaker. A pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. I would say this is even less hoppy than a typical Pale Ale. Just make it with Lager yeast and call it an American Pilsener. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at

Photo of BastardKing24
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer by this brewery.
Pours a hefty gold/amber with a huge 2 inch head that lasts a bit. Very nice

Smell is a deep woody smell, funky , with citrus accents. Very unique.

Taste is similar, it's sort of heavy on the palate, with deep rich earthy notes, deep wood flavors throughout on this one. Intriguing balance.

Feel is well carbonated with a light and slick aftertaste.

Overall this is really pushing the boundaries of earthy beers and it works~!

Photo of czechsaaz
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little flowery and some grassy hops. Caramel malt is pretty strong too. So decent malt/hop combo.

Deep gold and clear. Poured with a thick foamy head that faded to a half inch solid and lasting layer that leaves a ton of lacing.

Flavor profile is pretty malty. Lots of base malt and caramel. The hop bitterness is there but less than your expected west coast IPA. Not much in the way of hop flavor on the back end. And there's some buttery diacetyl but not too much. It all adds up to a much maltier flavor than most IPAs. Good personally, but the hop heads probably won't be impressed.

Medium bodied bu the carbonation is kind of low. Seems almost like a cask ale from a bottle.

I like it. I like the maltier notes. Think of it as an ESB or an English IPA and it's very nice.

Photo of flagmantho
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with a bit of haze and three ringers of frothy off-white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: musty, vegetal hops with some grainy malt. Overall, the aroma is quite mild. It's not exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really float my boat.

Taste: funky, citrusy hops top a slightly biscuity, grainy malt and a pretty rasping bitterness. Not an IPA I would care to drink a lot of, although I could see how this might appeal to someone.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but not bad.

Overall: this beer just doesn't fit the flavor profile of an IPA that I would like. The bitterness is particularly harsh -- you can do bitter without the rasping quality this one has.

Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head that generates some significant lacing. The aroma offers slightly lemony biscuit wheat with a hint of herbal hops. The flavor brings a sort of swampy citrus bread that oozes caramel malt. Herbal qualities here as well. This is medium bodied with mild carbonation and a fairly luscious feel. Forgettable but not bad at all.

Photo of forsport
4.9/5  rDev +48%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of prominent to intense hop aroma with a citrusy, floral, perfumy, resinous, piney, and fruity character is there due to those American hops. A clean malty sweetness, but it will be at a lower level than what you'll get in its English cousins. Also present are some fruity esters, again from the hops. The color is a medium copper. Displays a off-white sticky head,. Hop flavor is medium to high, and the citrusy, floral, piney, and fruity aspects from the American hops are present. Malty flavors provide enough backbone to be able to balance out the bitterness.. The hoppy bitterness may linger into the swallow and aftertaste, but minus that harshness that comes with some lesser examples you may encounter.

Photo of Bfarr
2.11/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale bubbly yellow orange with big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Light citrus and pale malt aroma. Moderate large hop bitterness with no real flavor balanced with pale and possibly pilsner malts?! Poor aftertaste of a weak ale. Light sweetness with no bitter linger nor a clean finish. Sharp pilsner/ summer ale feel.

This just seemed like a very basic IPA. Just enough hops and malts to make it a beer. I suppose it might be a refreshing beer for the summer but the taste overall doesn't make it something to desireable. I would say this is an average beer but it also seems like there's no real craftmanship in this one.

Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a light yellow appearance with the look of an american lager. The head is bright white and has little retention.

Smell: Light floral notes with peach and apricot as well as hints of an odd metalic smell and grassy earthiness.

Taste: It has a very light bittering acidity with a light fruity sweetness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light bodied for an IPA but a good amount of carbonation.

Opinion: This might be a nice intro beer for people currently drinking budweiser to migrate to craft beers but in no way does this beer have a nice rack even with my craft beer goggles.

Photo of seeswo
2.26/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a whitish head. The nose is weak, slightly earth hops. This beer does not taste good. Let me unpack it. Begins with kind of an earthy hop profile with some malt balance. Actually ok here. The finish is...not good. We were debating what the flavor was, until "whoopee cushion" came out and that is clearly it. Yes, this beer finishes like a whoopee cushion. I have had many IPAs with off-flavors in the finish, but this is the most pungent and foul of them. Mouthfeel was fine, I guess with reasonable carbonation. Overall, each one of the four of us drain-poured the beer. I think I was the only one to drink more than one sip because I was going to review it.

Photo of belenita
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown color; white frothy head that dissipates quite quickly; lacing recedes quite quickly

S - Smells a bit of citrus, quite grassy, floral. Surprisingly not that hoppy.

T - Metallic and somewhat spicy aftertaste; sweet somewhere in the middle, and grassy/citrus flavors in the beginning.

M - Light carbonation that tingles in the roof of your mouth, but goes down smooth

Overall this beer did not taste as hoppy as the other IPAs I've had - it's like a watered down IPA.

Photo of peacebone116
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22-oz bottle while in Bend, OR over '11 July 4th weekend. Poured into tulip on 7/17/2011.

A: Cloudy orange with thick off-white head that clings to the glass edges.

N: Soapy floral and biscuit.

T/M: Piney and bitter start moves inot a balanced malty biscuit note, leaving a resinous, earthy coating on the tongue. Decent carbonation with a light to medium body.

This is a decent light IPA. Maybe i am not hitting this beer at its freshest state, but that is their fault for not visibly dating the bottle.

Photo of timmick
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle:

A: Clear, dark straw color with one inch of white, frothy head. A little lace as the head recedes. Little carbonation present.

S: Not as "hoppy" as a lot of IPA's. I find a stronger malt presence. Grass, earth, yeast... maybe a little citrus and spice but not a lot. As it warms, a little dark fruit is exposed.

T: A two part taste... first you get an earthy, wet hay, and yeast front end. The second part showcases the hops with pine, citrus rind, and spice. A note of sweetness is also present... I simply can't place it.

M: Light to medium feel. Low carbonation, but a fairly clean finish.

D: Not my favorite. Personally I think it was a little earthy for me with not enough of a hop presence. The flavors didn't seem to balance and blend at all.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with an inch-plus head of white. Nice ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass and a partial skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with subdued hops and light malt. Biscuits with cut grass. Some light orange notes pull through along with faint grapefruit.

Almost medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Snappy but on the light side for the style.

Zesty, grassy hops start the palate with shades of honey-drizzeled toast, pine bark, and grapefruit. A firm bitterness takes the edge of the sweetish malt, but nothing too substantial.

Finishes with a nice but mild hop bite, lingering bitterness, and trace of alcohol.

Tasty enough but fairly small by todays IPA standards, especially from the PacNW. This beer just needs to get bigger all around.

Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

I bought a bomber of Nice Rack in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow gold color, slightly hazy, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is both fruity and candy like. Hints of sweet citrus and caramel.

Taste is a sweet citrus flavor up front, with a caramel malt presence in the middle and then a dry bitter pine finish. Really quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying.

Overall a good IPA. Bitter-sweet and wet for a mid-summer afternoon.

Photo of vande
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: definite carbonation as there's a thick frothy country white looking head aloft a golden colored beer

S: bready with some malt going...hops are subtle, not used to IPA, per say, that does whack hops in your nose.

T: malty & sharp with a bitter back back end.

M: medium body w/ a good chunk of carbonation.

O: interesting, but there's so many IPAs out there and expectations are higher for those from the NW. a one off for me.

Photo of stevoj
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from On the Fly Gasmart. A bit tame for a NW IPA, mellow aroma, more malt than hops. Pours out a nice medium amber with decent fluffy head. Taste again brings the malts in first, with a bit of hop funkiness halfway through. Finishes with some minor pine resin flavor.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Bready and bitter hops, some floral

T: Bready malts with floral and pine, bittering hops on the end

M: Light to medium body

O: Pretty decent IPA overall and worth a try

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Nice Rack IPA from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
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