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RPM IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Ratings: 375
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 jellikit


4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange and slightly cloudy. Thin head. Lacing lasts through the whole glass.

Smell: great aromas of grapefruit/citrus. Malts lean toward bread.

Taste: malts are balanced well with hops. Bread. Hops are citric. Grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is almost club soda like. Dry. Medium body. Think Angelina Jolie.

Overall: good IPA. A little too dry for me. But definitely good. Balanced and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 01:24:05 | More by jellikit
Photo of msubulldog25


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

Have enjoyed this beer a number of times in recent months (once at the Bend brewery, but many times around Portland - most recently on sun-drenched afternoons at Hot Lips Pizza on NE Killingsworth, Branch Whiskey Bar on Alberta St. and Slim's in St. Johns... then in a plastic cup at St Johns Cinema, across N Lombard). In Slim's case, it's a paltry $2.75 for a HH pint... it's becoming soooo easy to find in PDX and that's a very good thing!

A: Gorgeous, perfectly hazy butterscotch-wheat, crowned with by a dense 1/2 finger of snowy froth. A few writhing streams of carbonation ring the glass, but the pour's milky translucency hides most of the bubbling. Terrific lace, a gauzy sheet top to bottom.

S: All grapefruit and pine resin in the nose, but it seems very fickle based on temperature and even slight variations in age. I've had batches that we're ripe and mouth-watering and others that gave off almost no aroma.

T: Huge flavor - a crisply-spiced, sappy and citrus-loaded hop bomb, but with rich caramel/toffee forming a sturdy foundation. Sweetness does creep in at the finish, making me even happier - because I love a *balanced* IPA, not one that brutalizes the taste buds with blatant bitterness.

M: Oh, so smooth and creamy. Hop oils embrace the tongue, rather than punish it. A vague warmth hints at a 7+% strength, but drinkability is astonishingly high.

O: Simply among the very best IPAs out there - an absolutely gem that people nationwide will be seeking out once distribution widens. I'm very happy we Northwesterners have this all to ourselves (for now...)!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 00:08:38 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of zeledonia


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liquid Assets in Ashland, Oregon. Been wanting to try a Boneyard IPA for a while. Enjoyed 8 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale but luscious rich yellow, a chewy color, slightly hazy. Brought to me with one finger of whitish head, which recedes slowly, leaving lovely little crescents of lacing on the glass.

Smell is completely dominated by hops. They come on strong with citrus first, gobs of grapefruit. Then sticky pine resin, more pine.

This may be the best-tasting single IPA I've ever had. The thing that most impresses me is how the hops come through in the flavor, powerfully so, but without causing a total ruckus. Sticky pine, deliciously playing with the mid-level bitterness. I often talk about the "positive" hop flavors, which to me means everything beyond the bitter. This beer brings out those characteristics so well, it just makes me wonder how they pulled it off. Solid malt base, mildly sweet, providing perfect support. Dang.

Medium-bodied, nicely sticky, and plenty of carbonation.

A really really tasty IPA. I'm impressed, and hoping to get to try more of their beers in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 18:37:30 | More by zeledonia
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 draheim


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

Pint served on tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's. My first Boneyard beer, made a special trip for this one.

Pours a beautiful glowing orange w/ vigorous carbonation. Not much head to speak of, but then it was poured into a jar.

Aroma is pine, pine, pine. Grapefruit. More pine. Hop resin. Bright tropical citrus.

Taste follows nose. Tons of fresh delicious hops that scour the palate. Resinous, juicy. Sharply bitter, clean, refreshing. Neutral pale malt holds everything together, but this beer has nothing to do with the malt. Absolutely no sign of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing. So drinkable, thirst quenching. I want another.

Overall, this is such a fresh, bright, juicy IPA. Delicious. Can't wait to see this in cans. Been hearing great things about this brewery. Now I believe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 04:07:49 | More by draheim
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 tokyofatts


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pints at Collins Pub, Seattle

A-gold to orange, cloudy, nice tight bubble head

S-YES! Citrus, fresh, floral hops

T-Grapefruity hops that stay with you right to the back of your gullet, nice clean aftertaste

M-medium body, maybe a tad bit sugary at times

O-This has been one of my favorite finds on my maiden voyage to the Pacific NW. I get excited just seeing their tap handle, anticipating the nose and the explosion of hops!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 08:47:41 | More by tokyofatts
Photo of flagmantho


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this wonderful beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Barking Dog Alehouse in Seattle.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam. Looks quite good, right on target for the style.

Smell: big fruity citrusy hops. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas abound. I am a fan of fruity IPA aromas, and this one really punches my ticket.

Taste: big citrus flavor of grapefruit and orange with some pine in there. Wow. Really wonderfully balanced with a smooth but robust bitterness at the end. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Quite good for the style.

Overall: what a wonderful beer. I'm so glad I discovered this. I'll have this again anywhere I find it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 05:30:32 | More by flagmantho
Photo of RedMedicine


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz pour at Horse Brass pub in Portland, OR. Looks like it has moved over onto the permanent tap list.

A: golden verging on orange. Slight haze. Small white head, excellent lacing.

S: orange, grapefruit, citrus

T: like sinking your mouth into a citrus fruit

M: med. carb, med. body

O: a very bold, sweet, citrusy IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 20:07:53 | More by RedMedicine
Photo of mfavoino


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Corner Bar in Tacoma on 4/29/12.

Appearance: Pours an orange-light amber body that is a bit hazy. Slightly less than a finger of head receded quickly.

Smell: Lots of piney hops with slight citrus aromas. Some bready malt backing up the hops, but the hops are clearly the focus.

Taste: Piney hop flavor on the front end. Not as much of a hop bomb as I expected from the scent. Mellowed with tasty caramel and bready malt, then came on strong with that hop bitterness. Really delicious mixture of piney and citrus hops finished it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. A bit big for a single IPA, especially considering the abv.

Overall: Solid "big" PNW single IPA that showcases bold hop and malt characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 01:03:49 | More by mfavoino
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 dirtylou


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, bottleworks.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright orange body, frothy white cap with decent retention

smell: fresh cut grass, citrus, a bit of pine

taste: great IPA - i think this is coming in cans in the future - watch out world. Oily hop resin, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, lemon zest, blood orange. Nice balance of toasted malt.

mouthfeel: Light, juicy and delicious

overall: Super IPA

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 00:46:44 | More by dirtylou
Photo of sukwonee


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

Holy hell. I found this at Taphouse Grill (downtown Seattle). I've always wanted to try this, but I didn't want to drive all the way down to Federal (99 Bottles) to get it.


It's awesome. I didn't take any notes (I wasn't expecting to review any beers today), but it was amazing. Very very well balances - it was hoppy but also very malty. Sweetness balances out the bitterness. Citrus hops at the beginning, finshes with sweet malt, and a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

This is awesome. hope they start bottling.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 00:21:39 | More by sukwonee
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 Beerandraiderfan


3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange pour, nice head that was about 3/4" I would say. Aroma was large simcoe, so its pungent, a real bitter pine and soft citrus touch.

Good taste, pretty straight up, big hops, big pine, moderate bitterness, a kind of minty and peach refreshing vibe to it. Its pretty chewy, syrupy and thick, minorly hot, not a problem, but you aren't going to mistake this for a pale ale on any day. Definitely blurs the line between what an ipa/imperial ipa/dipa is and where you decide to draw the line, the alcohol and bigness of the beer tends to lead me to classify this as an imperial version.

Had this at one of Bistro's ipa events, was pretty impressed, I think it was the single ipa party in September, tough to tell where the notes on the phone are from, right in between two events.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 03:13:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear straw color, good lacing, slightly off white head. 4.5/5

Smell- Piney, withh a sweet orange backend. 4/5

Taste - Sweet orange dominates the taste. The bitterness coats your tounge but doesn't overpower. 4/5

Mouthfeel- More on the fuller side of medium. 4/5

Overall- Good IPA. A little on the sweet side for me. I wouldn't mind it to be a little drier. 4/5

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 05:03:47 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station on 12.27.2011.

A - Served a slightly cloudy orange with a large tan-yellow head. The head is large and foamy with good retention and it leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy and piney. Lots of oranges and Pineapple. Smells great.

T - The taste is right there with the smell. Lots of very citrusy and sweet tones. Pineapple, oranges, and lemons.

D - Great body and carbonation. Not bitter. Perfect body.

O - A very nice tropical, citrusy IPA. Try it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:04:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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 djbreezy


4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in pint glass at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - orange, good transparency, excellent foamy head and retention

smell - aroma is dank, fresh grapefruit/pine hops

taste - bold and flavorful hops, very dank, pine/grapefruit/resinous profile with just the right malt body that does not dominate or overwhelm, a showcase for the hops

mouthfeel - well carbonated but not overkill, medium body

overall - i keep coming back to this beer because it is brewed incredibly well. what an ipa should be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 16:23:13 | More by djbreezy
Photo of pdxtomct


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

This is a fantastic beer. I've had it several times, always on tap. Most recently, I had it during dinner at a well-known Portland restaurant.

The color is terrific. The aroma blew me away. RPM has a highly citrus character, instantly evident. Notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple. This is the first measure of a great IPA and this beer does not disappoint.

In the mouth, RPM presents a complex balance of malt and hops. It's fairly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. The 7.5 ABV is in the background until the beer warms up. Then you taste it.

Overall, this is an outstanding IPA. It jumped to the top of my IPA list after the second tasting. Pursue RPM with a passion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 05:41:02 | More by pdxtomct
RPM IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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