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RPM IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
75 IBUs

(Beer added by: Docer on 08-04-2010)
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Photo of TheSixthRing


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz swingtop "growler"

Appearance - A crystal clear golden orange with very little in the way of head, leaves broken waves of suds across the surface with small spots of lace all around the glass.

Smell - Orange rind with light grapefruit. Faint pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bright, clean citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, supported by lesser notes of rind bitterness and a touch of stone fruit pit. Light juiciness. Great balance all-around. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Unfortunately, I think the beer has gone flat. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Smooth for what it is, but it's dead as dead gets. Still drinkable though, thanks to the flavor. Fairly dry finish.

Overall - I may be doing this beer a great injustice by writing this review from a 16oz sample that seems to have gone flat, but I don't know if I'll ever get my hands on it again, so I'll leave this review as a placeholder and a reminder to try to get this baby on tap. Definite candidate for a re-review. As is, flavor reminds me a bit of Pliny or Blind Pig, or maybe even the Lagunitas IPA.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2014 02:01:34 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Hopinion


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In Oregon there are many quality breweries, but Boneyard is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. Their IPA's are floral, balanced, and smooth.
Appearance- I thought I mispoured this into my Ruination Pint, since the beer had only a half finger's worth of head.

Nose- I was overpowered when I smelled the beer from my growler. I was also a bit disappointed when the citrus notes seemed to deaden after I poured it into my pint. As with all west coast IPA's this beer has grapefruit with some hints of lemon, followed by pine and resin.

Taste- This is my favorite beer to introduce to people because of its smoothness. It's ABV of 7.5% is barely noticeable. I detect some orange that ends with such a smooth finish, I am ready for another pint. It definitely has NW hop varieties in spades, but I am unable to detect a distinct hop here. I would guess Cascades and Simcoe.

Mouthfeel- I have had this multiple times before reviewing this beer. From a growler it tastes a bit syrupy and clean.

Drinkability- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and a little bit of a dry finish. I could drink this whole grower in a night, if I didn't have to wake up at 7am.

Overall- This beer is my IPA standard and is quickly becoming the beer I always order.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2013 05:14:42 | More by Hopinion
Photo of inlimbo77


3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz, growler
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Bright orange color. Carbonation is lower. Bright white ring and loose bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Smells of cat pee. More astringent than I was expecting. Grapefruit. Herbal hops. Some of that garlic/green onion like character.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front. Easy drinking thinner mouthfeel. Finish is nice. Lingering fruit: grapefruit and citrus. Dry.

M: Light medium.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2013 17:52:05 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of nanandtomfitz


4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on recent vacation in Bend, picked up a growler right from their tasting room. Overall really enjoyed this beer, but left me wanting just a little more. Might have been biased after hearing so many great things about it from the locals, so it didn't quite blow me away the way I thought it might.

Color was nice copper with thin foam

Smelled wonderful, strong but not overpowering citrus

taste was very good but perhaps not distinct enough from other high quality IPAs. was still impressive and surprised at alcohol content as didn't taste strong in that way

feel was a little thin for me but still very good

Overall very good bordering on great, will have to have again!

Serving type: growler

08-14-2013 03:30:48 | More by nanandtomfitz
Photo of MasterSki


4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Alistair. Thanks! Shared with friends at the Off Color opening party. Served in a plastic cup.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches on top, and specks of lace. Hazed golden body.

S - Big tropical fruit aroma, with some citrus zest, and a hint of pine. More balanced than I was expecting from a West Coast beer; almost Midwestian in balance, with dough and sugar cookie flavors.

T - Taste is quite similar, with loads of tropical fruits and citrus mingling with sweet pale malts. There's only a faint piney bitterness that creeps in towards the back of the palate.

M - Lower growler-esque carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-concealed; wouldn't have guessed this is creeping into IIPA territory.

D - Nice IPA, and after having Boneyards' other offerings I can see how this slots in. More malt character than I expected, but in a good way (i.e. not crystal malt). I'd certainly drink this again if I were in Oregon, but I didn't find it vastly superior to a number of more local offerings.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2013 02:12:32 | More by MasterSki
Photo of DefenCorps


4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Mainbrew.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is an excellent blend of hop aromatics, with lots of fruit - citrus (tangerine, mandarins), tropical (mango, a little papaya) and some stone fruit character as well (peaches). A mild malt sweetness is present, though it's of a cookie dough nature, complementing the fruity hop notes quite well.

The palate opens with a blend of hop bitterness, hop flavor and a mild sweetness. Plenty of peach, pineapple, papaya and citrus flavors are present, along with a relatively modest bitterness. Now, the bitterness is a little bit on the lower side (compared to some of my favorites), allowing the fruity hop sweetness to stand out. The hop character is really clean - there isn't any grassy/leafy hop flavor, just the fruity flavors. The malt character is light - cookie dough/a little bit of sugar - and thankfully, has no crystal malt caramel flavors. Mildly sweet on the finish with a lingering fruitiness, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated and has a great hop finish. Mildly oily (could use more), this beer is also quite creamy on the palate. Yummy.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2013 04:01:44 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks billhilly for doing such a sweet packing job on this world class IPA! Growler filled 6 days ago in WA.

The beer pours a rich looking, hazy amber with a pillowy white head that laces. The nose is a bit weak in the aromatic hops department, but does pack a distinct zesty citrus sweetness, borderline orange juice concentrate, with a slight pine sap and underlying graininess. The taste is very becoming for an IPA that has traveled in a box for last 5 days. It presents reserved citrus and grain sweetness, approachable bitterness (only 50 IBUs), only slightly biting, and has no lingering unpleasantries. The mouthfeel is a lighter medium body (not watery), balanced bitterness and sweetness, perfectly drinkable, and yields a complex layering of predominantly citrus hops. This beer was definitely worth trading for and is highly drinkable making it perfect for a growler fill.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2013 00:03:04 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of cfrances33


4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy, deep orange with two fingers of creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright tropical fruits up front. Grapefruit, tangelo, mango. Some pine. A light brown bread dough.

Taste: More aggressively tropical than the nose, which is a great thing. Lots of tangerine, melon, and grapefruit. Some pine, but not a lot. A touch of white pepper. More of the same brown bread doughiness. Finishes juicy with citrus and lightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Juicy and refreshing. Medium bodied. Minimal bitterness.

Overall: Really impressive IPA from Boneyard. I like this a lot!

Serving type: growler

05-13-2013 03:08:56 | More by cfrances33
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Not much of a head. Wispy surface. Cloudy.

Smell - Grapefruit, pine, other citrus. Slightly sweet malt touch, but mostly hops.

Taste - Proportionally less hoppy than the nose, but still dominated by the hops. More pine than grapefruit. Sweetness is stronger. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweetness is just a little too strong. Medium low carbonation due to the growler.

Overall - Might be my favorite of the three IPA levels. Just a little too sweet to be great.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2013 01:08:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Small white frothy head.

5.0 S: Smells amazing. Intense tropical fruitiness with pineapple leading the pack and mango, papaya, and melon coming after.

4.0 T: Taste isn't the same intensity as the nose. Fruits mentioned are still there, just not as much of them. Light yeasty breadiness and light neutral maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Damn good beer with an incredible nose.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2012 00:08:39 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of largadeer


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach flesh hued body capped by a big, sticky, clinging head. Looks great in a raw, unrefined sort of way.

The nose is subdued but pleasant. Stonefruits, citrus and sugar cookie malt aromas reside at the forefront with a bit of pine beneath. It doesn't leap from the glass as much as I'd like, but it's thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

If the nose was solid, the palate is excellent. Peach and pineapple flavors hit the tongue first, followed by pine and grapefruit. The malt backbone is bready, doughy, dry and thankfully more California than Oregon in approach (i.e. there isn't a shitload of crystal malt).

This is the fourth excellent hoppy beer I've had from Boneyard. Nice to see Oregon breweries finally moving into the current century with their IPAs.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2012 01:59:39 | More by largadeer
Photo of maximum12


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the excellent pwnzilla for a growler of this West Coast treat. Popped open & shared in line for the Steel Toe 'Before the Dawn' release.

The pour leans towards freshly-panned gold with plenty of carbonation, which is appreciated after this growler traveled a thousand miles or so. The smell: oh my goodness gracious plant me in a marsh & grow me, oh, the smell. IPAs simply don't smell any better than this: massive amounts of citrus & grapefruit caress the inner nose. Wood ensues. A perfect start.

RPM IPA is one of the best of the style that I've never heard of, & I can only attribute that to being tap-only. Follows the nose to a T, big grapefruit, citrus notes with a back-splash of bitterness that neither over- no underwhelms the flavors. Exceedingly clean & sharp. I wondered if the entire growler would be consumed by those in line: that turned out to be no problem at all. Once people started talking about it, everyone I knew (& there were plenty) arrived for a taste. I asserted Presidential Authority & nabbed a second glass before it vanished. I could have had more. Much more.

This is a simple, clean, straight-up excellent IPA. Delighted to have tried it & hope I can get a whiff of other Boneyard offerings someday.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2012 18:57:49 | More by maximum12
Photo of ccrida


4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler just picked up from Main Brew, poured into a 1/2 liter stein, RPM is pale orange with an off-white head, big, fluffy and tight, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is massively hoppy. Loads of resin and citrus, orange marmalade, a touch sweet.

Taste is also a hop bomb, but still rather smooth and only moderately bitter. Some sweetness in fact. Heavily on the citrus than the pine, with no malt to speak of behind all of the hops. Fantastic, if a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is high for me, absolutely my style of IPA. A go-to IPA and benchmark for the PNW style. Just a touch too sweet.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2012 22:33:45 | More by ccrida
Photo of flexabull


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great Boneyard beer brought from Bend by my brother. Thanks Bro!

Pours a bright gold color with a nice large white head.

Aromas are great, lots of grapefruit, citrus, hints of fresh floral hops, and resin.

Taste starts with a blast of slightly bitter grapefruit and a nice background of slightly sweet caramel malts. Finish is resiny and crisp. Nice tasting and balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp, with good body.

Overall, a very nice IPA, and another winner from Boneyard.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2012 23:48:07 | More by flexabull
Photo of Florida9


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light amber in color. Forms a minimal off-white head that slowly reduces to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Quite aromatic, with an aroma full of sweet, juicy hops. Lots of citrus, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Starts off with a moderate sweetness. Orange, orange juice, and citrus. Some pale malts and a touch of bread. Then a bit of mango and a little tropical fruit. Finishes with a mild resiny bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation was on the lower side, but this considering this growler came from half way across the country, that might be the reason why the carbonation seemed a bit off. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: I've got to admit, I wasn't a huge fan of this one on the first few sips, but as it warmed a bit, it really started to open up and the juicy hops were released. This is a quite good IPA.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2012 00:01:55 | More by Florida9
Photo of litheum94


4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from 99 Bottles, filled with m Magnolia growler. 6 days old.

Nice hiss of carbonation as I crack the growler. Still good! Pours out a clear, golden body with a thick, light saffron head. It hangs around for awhile, and leave some great lacing on the glass.

Juicy fruit aromas of peach and grapefruit,with pine resin and a touch of ganja. Caramel malts and brown sugar as well.

Flavors follow through with some nice, fruity tropical fruit flavors. Grapefruit sourness adds a bite. Brown sugar and caramel from the malts, leads into a decent pine hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly oily on the finish, with some dryness.

A very good IPA. Hits all the right notes, and I would not mind having this be my every day IPA.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2012 04:06:19 | More by litheum94
Photo of durrrr


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler in Tacoma, Wa after sampling.

I hadn't heard of this beer or brewery but was pleasantly surprised after tasting. This beer pours a clean amber-orange with a nice thin head. Smell is loaded with citrus, grapefruit and pineapple along with a hint of floral. Taste follows the smell. Hop forward with the tropical fruits throughout. Great balance and carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable with alcohol well hidden. Overall one of the better IPA's I have tried in a while. I love the hop profile and am looking forward to trying Boneyard's double and triple IPA's!

Serving type: growler

03-01-2012 16:14:59 | More by durrrr
Photo of floor_6


4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 26, 2012 @ floor_6


Nice smooth IPA reminiscent of its big brother Hop Venom. Nice alternative when you can’t get your fingers around some Venom.

Look – Dark golden amber, clear with a slight haze, very pleasant.

Smell – Piney hops.

Taste – Yes, it had loads of it. Smooth and very pleasant.

Feel – Nice and crisp, very pleasing.

Overall – Delicious

Floor_6 is just a novice beer enthusiast living in the 253.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2012 06:26:36 | More by floor_6
Photo of loren01


4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Got a half growler of this at NW Liquid Gold in Vancouver. Beer is a nice clear orange color, pretty good sized head with good lace.
S: Smells very citrusy and piney. Big hop aroma.
T: Very nice balance of malt and hops. Caramel flavor up front with pineapple and citrusy flavors.
M: Medium bodied, carbonation is right on
O: This is a very nice IPA, good fresh hop flavor thats well balanced out. Would get this one again. I'm totally impressed with the few Boneyard beers I have tried.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 23:25:02 | More by loren01
Photo of hopluva1


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a very nice 2 finger off white head.

Aroma is really nice sweet citrus, pineapple. Bit of pine hops in there as well. Aroma is almost as big as a DIPA.

Very well balanced, malt is present but it does not take anything away from the hops. The hop flavor is not overly bitter. Very clean citrus and pine hop flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is very well crafted to accentuate the hop flavor as opposed to just being bitter. I will get it whenever accessible.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 00:36:41 | More by hopluva1
Photo of grittybrews


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a subdued orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Huge, bright aroma of grapefruit and tangerine with a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple up front mixed with caramel and a lingering pine finish with a touch of honey sweetness.

Really huge flavors but manages to stay balanced. The higher ABV seems completely hidden. Tasty, refreshing, and super easy-drinking. This one is up there with the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 05:14:48 | More by grittybrews
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deeper but glowing orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Big pine and citrus.

T: As it was on draft. Outstanding. Perhaps the best IPA I have ever had. Loads of pine and citrus, a tad acidic, caramel, a bit oily but yet tasty and still crisp. The hops are fresh and tasty. Just amazingly good.

M: Medium body, well carbonated and loads of taste.

O: Best of the best.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2011 03:39:06 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of hopsbreath


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ramnuts for trucking a growler of this back from Bend. I really need to get out there for a weekend sometime soon. I went over to his house, he thrust a half filled pint glass of this into my hand, I sniffed, quickly paid attention, tasted, and bellowed "this shit is great, what is it?!"

A: Cloudy and obviously unfiltered gold with a big dusty white head full of lazy soapy bubbles. Great lacing. 4.5/5

S: A punch of citrus to the chin! Clementine’s and pineapple are the primary sweet aromas. 4.5/5

T: Those citrus aromas translate to the taste and are supported by a well developed malt profile that doesn't get in the way of the hop goodness. This showcases the hops in a way that allows the fruitier bouquet to be appreciated without being bitter for the sake of being bitter. I'm finding this style of IPA to be more in my wheelhouse these days. 4.5/5

M: Very full body with a snappy finish. 4.5/5

O: My notes for this beer were extremely limited and I assigned the 4.5 as an overall from the get go. I immediately followed this up with a Lucky Lab Super Dog which paled in comparison at every turn. It's possible that when I get a chance to closer examine this beer in the future, my score may increase. In the land of hoppy beers (PNW), this is a standout. 4.5/5

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 12:42:16 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, I thought this was an exceptional beer. Many thanks to my buddy Dave for sharing this (and more thanks to his brother, who brewed it!). Looks great, a clear copper color with some moderate off-white head. Smell is great, some big hops in there, pine and citrus on the nose. Huge hop punch.

Taste is very good as well. There's a big hop kick, but then a decent amount of bready malt to back it up. I swear I thought this was a DIPA when I first had it, though it's definitely an IPA according to the brewer. At 7.5% ABV, it's pretty close to the middle, though for this amount of flavor, I would have guessed higher. Big citrus flavors on the front, followed by a wallop of pine on the finish. Basically, I'm saying, for a single IPA, this is incredible. Clean, bold flavor.

Carbonation was a bit low, but that may have been due to the container. Slick feel with a medium body. Great drinkability, loved this stuff, though it's dangerous at that ABV with how delicious it is. Seriously, give this a try if you're in Bend or Northern Cali.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2010 05:57:58 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Docer


3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler that my buddy Pete filled up for me...

- Nice clear copper... fuzzy white head... fluffy, lacing all over the glass....

- Rich malt notes... caramel, grain... bready, and slightly nutty.... big citrus hop flare... some floral and pine, and zesty hops.... little touch of hot alcohol to the nose.

- Big malt character... balanced with a big hop character... loving the citrus hops... lots going on here with aroma... grapefruit, pine... grassy, citrus.. must be dry-hopped... creamy malt caramel, grain... bready.. balanced and big. Very drinkable for how strong this one is. Almost like a barleywine.

- Medium bodied, little chewy.. slightly drying.. like a dry gin.

- For such a big IPA (must be near 8% as I was told) this is packed with balanced flavor and drinkability. I wonder what a double IPA would be like from this badass brewery?

Serving type: growler

08-04-2010 21:08:15 | More by Docer
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RPM IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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