RPM IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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RPM IPARPM IPA

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 201
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 08-04-2010

75 IBUs
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Ratings: 695 | Reviews: 102
Photo of emceecue
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this on draft in the corner of portland while on vacation.

Smells of fruity hops and citrus and IPA happiness.

Tastes slightly sticky, wonderful display of hoppiness that lingers for a bit.

Honestly, reminiscent of certain higher rated IPAs and certainly needs more credibility than others.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Rosanne
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

mid to high hoppy sweet aroma, mid carbonation, sweet but more bitter, yum, balanced sweet bitter linger.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Boneyard Beer Company, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of lighthabit
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes to self, will tidy up later
Boneyard IPA @ f/stop
upfront bitter, lemon peel , lingering tang. grassy, grapefruit WITHOUT any sweetness - not bad, just noting it. kinda like it because it feels more purposeful than some of the sweeter offerings. hazy look, light passes thru but only very diffused. warming in the tummy suggests a bit higher abv than I'd expect by taste (And checking proves me right - yay. hides its 7.5 pretty well). little bit of lacing, but hard to tell since it was poured with no head (why?). A bit of backwash forced it, looks good for what I have to work with. Resiny hops show character as it warms, helps smooth it up a bit.

why do bartenders pour beers with zero head?

Photo of cfrances33
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of blackie
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

horse brass draft, took a little bush-dive shortly after, then a pleasant walk back downtown

a: served in a full shaker pint, glowing orange in color with a dense white head, great retention and chunky lace sticking to the glass walls

s: pungent, vivid hop nose out front, intensely tropical with pineapple and mango, pulpy orange, and resinous pine, sweet and sticky hop juice, a dose of sugary pale and caramel malts, yeah

m: medium bodied, carbonation around moderate or just under, pleasant

t: sweet, sweet, juicy hops brimming with luscious fruits - pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit; a dash of pine resin underneath, oily and pungent, incredibly hoppy but averting any overbittered sensation, smooth and delicious, bready, slightly sweet pale malts with a slight dose of caramel

o: of ipa’s consumed in my semi-recent memory bank, this one stands out as the best of the best, great stuff

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of vkv822
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Henry's Tavern.
from notes.

Hazy dark golden with a thin white head and light lacing.

Big citric grapefruit primarily. Sturdy pale malt backbone to support the hops. Very little bitterness.

Medium body, average carbonation.

A very well done IPA. Great hop profile and just enough malt to hold it all together. I really hope I have more opportunities to try this. I almost always choose to try a new beer when able, but this is one I would happily drink again.

Photo of MaddMatt639
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on February 16, 2013:

A: Light amber color. Head of foam non-existent(shitty pour).

S: Slight citrusy hop smell. Mostly malty.

T: Medium hopiness. Slight citrus notes and pine notes in the end.

M: Leaves a very enjoyable aftertaste that I can't describe. Medium heaviness on the tongue.

O: An alright beer, but nothing to brag about and barely and hop character.

Photo of GlassHalfFull
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours nice caramel orange color. Thin, heavy lacing with a nice head.

S: Upfront zesty citrus with a subtle floral notes.

T: Fantastic bubble gum, caramel, and fruit. Perfectly balanced flavor with no dominant characteristic

M: Smooth with moderate carbonation. Doesn't pull back and allows the finish to resonate

O: Maybe my favorite go-to, readily available IPA. Pliny and Pig are great, but this is in the same league without the hype

Photo of mdaschaf
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chucks.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small slightly off-white head on top. Good retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thin lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Nice and citrusy, some tropical fruit including grapefruit, orange, and some lemon. A bit of grainy malt and caramel on the back end.

T: Similar to the aroma, a nice and citrusy flavor, grapefruit and more orange with pine mixed in. Has a nice bitterness on the finish, but not overly so. Very smooth.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Another winner from Boneyard, not quite as good as Hop Venom, but would gladly drink this one often.

Photo of Auracom
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Northwest BA's convinced me this was a must-try on my trip. 12 oz. served in a pint glass at Brouwer's on November 27th, 2012.

A - Standard affair. Murky, moderate golden coloring with a creamy eggshell head. Great lacing, albeit marginal retention.

S - Plentiful pine, underlying grapefruit skin, a touch of dank, and less sweet malts.

T - Well contained, early straight pine sap, interlude of floral and grass, mid to rear shows a heavy bread note.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, lightly dry finish.

D - Not quite as outstanding as the locals reported, but still very enjoyable. Nice to try something from this brewery.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a becker glass at Pegasus Pizza

A- Poured a mostly clear amber orange color with streaming carbonation, small head that left no lace

S- Huge astringent hop aroma, huge dank, grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit aromas. Some sweet caramel notes too. Very aromatic and super hop bomb aroma. This is what an IPA should smell like

T- Big astringent IPA with huge dank, grapefruit, and pine flavors. Some caramel flavor is present. Very good amount of bitterness. This is a great IPA

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, medium body

O- This is an outstanding IPA, in the same league as Head Hunter and West Coast IPA

Photo of jellikit
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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...)!

Photo of zeledonia
4.62/5  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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of tokyofatts
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

RPM IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.