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Face Plant IPA - Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Face Plant IPAFace Plant IPA

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: robbrandes on 07-01-2011)
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -12.8%

10-23-2012 01:07:35 | More by t0rin0
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-18-2011 02:54:38 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicate on the palate, Lost Rhino's Face Plant prefers a more somber IPA portrayal. Mild in its character, it may be what's needed for those trying to acquire a taste for hops- an IPA on training wheels, if I may.

Like many types of pale colored ales, the beer pours a medium "honey" amber color with a signature dry-hopped haze and a disinterested white head. Though the foam collapses soon after the pour, it does manage to decorate the glass with spotted intermittent lace.

Its balanced aromas allows for just as much caramel and grain sweetness to emerge as it does citrus or pine character. Fruity with apricot and mango esters, these aromas are reinforced by the sweet scent and prevents the hops from taking charge.

Flavors perform similarly- short after the grain-sweetened early palate registers on the tongue, the hop flavor settle in the middle with dried orange and grapefruit peels, pine needles, muddled grass, and herbal teas. Where the malt presence lingers strongly and the hop profiles are timid, the beer balances out much more like a pale ale, just at larger proportions. Again, the fruits of apricot, peach, and apple seem nearly over-ripened and keeps the beer trending toward sweetness.

Fuller on the palate than what's preferred for in India pale ale, the beer retains much of its malt structures to go along with its lingering sweetness. The hops reasonably dry the beer and offset the malts but aren't able to compete with the sweetness- leaving its finish somewhat unresolved and unsettled. Dryness, crispness, cleanliness or warmth are hard to distinguish from it lumbering middle palate.

If I were Lost Rhino, I would remove the IPA delineation and simply call it an "imperial pale ale". Its taste is better represented in that role than it is the hop-dominant and much drier India pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 18:22:05 | More by BEERchitect
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an unusual looking orange/brown hued amber with a thick creme head. Immediately off the pour the aroma is lightly hoppy, but that mostly vanishes in a short amount of time. Decent flavor with a thick malty and hoppy mix. Kind of mashed together with no clear definition. Eh. With so much stuff out in the market, somewhat boring beers like this seems a waste of time really.

Serving type: can

01-02-2014 11:23:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is reddish / copper and hazy with an offwhite head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is citrus hops and a little sweet, perhaps some malt sneaking through there.

I'm not about to tell you that this is a great IPA, that drinking it will change what you think about IPAs but this beer does NOT deserve the beer snob IRE it is getting. It is solid, medium bodied, citrus forward sweet IPA. I enjoyed it, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 15:44:24 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

01-26-2014 23:05:22 | More by Kegatron
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mdfb79

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 07/28/11 notes. had on tap at Whitlow's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. No lacing or retention.

s - Smells of caramel malts and bready malts. Not getting much hops, and while not bad, pretty average.

t - Tastes mostly of caramel malts again, with some light bread. Again, no real hops to it, though there is a tiny bit of bitterness. Not that great.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with a slight bitterness to it. A touch overcarbonated.

o - Overall an average IPA at best. Not a lot of hops and not a ton going on in the nose or taste, except a tiny bit of bitterness. Glad to see all the new breweries opening up in the area but this isn't one of the better IPAs/beers I've had so far from any of them. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 15:17:03 | More by mdfb79
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on draft at PP Dupont and WF Fair Lakes.

Move along, not much to see (taste) here. Pours a copper amber with an unretentive white head. Aroma and flavor are light caramel malt and yep, nothing. Hops? Bitterness? Complexity? Anything resembling a non-BMC beer is nowhere to be found. Medium light "body". Ugh, this is a boring disappointment.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 23:55:44 | More by yourefragile
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is starting to take its toll on me! I swore, after the marathon AIPA reviewing of the past couple of days, that I was going to take a hops break, and yet, here I am, getting pulled right back in.

From the CAN: "The favor of whole cone Cascade and Centennial Hops dominates this Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale. This unfiltered amber ale has a penetrating herbal mouthfeel and pleasing floral nose backed by Pale, Vienna, and Crystal malts. The use of a Hop Back allows us to collect all the flavor and aroma of the hops without gathering any extra bitterness."

The Crack! opened a CAN so full of beer that I got a little spritz across my fingers. That is all of the inspiration that I need to CANduct an inverted Glug and so we were off and running. The pseudo-cascade morphed into two dense fingers of puffy, tawny head with good retention. Good thing they mentioned that it was unfiltered or I might have guessed otherwise ... NOT! What a cloudy affair this was, with loads of floaties in evidence. Color was a deep-amber, almost but not quite coppery. Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste of the hops was nicely balanced by the malt, especially the Vienna, making it bitter, but not painfully so. I swear, I am a self-avowed hophead, but that steady diet of Cigar City CANs really did me in. Great lacing began to appear as I drank, reminding me that I must do dishes here in the near future. Finish was semi-dry, hoppy, yes, but with enough off-setting malt to keep it from being overwhelming. Watch me drink anything and everything BUT an AIPA for the next few days after this.

Serving type: can

04-22-2014 21:22:27 | More by woodychandler
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-06-2013 23:17:14 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

07-23-2013 19:37:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-02-2013 13:48:32 | More by ShanePB
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, not overly flavorful, decent but a bit lacking in any punch. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 00:22:16 | More by tone77
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

03-04-2014 18:46:37 | More by RBorsato
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-09-2013 04:12:38 | More by WoodBrew
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Durge

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Carpool Bar in Herndon, VA this IPA is a hazy copper color with a nice creamy white head and lots of residual on the glass. The aroma is just a modest herbal wheat and light citrus grass. Nothing to write home about but okay. The flavor speaks more of the citrus-herbal hop combo blended smoothly with a grainy malt backbone. A very easy drinking but respectable IPA. Hops are definite but not killer at all, just nice. Plenty of grain and touches of grass to balance this out without losing the hop focus. This is medium bodied with some constitution to it, peppered with a very fine but lively carbonation that makes for a refreshing summer brew with flavor. Well done though not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 16:18:32 | More by Durge
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blackie

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft at the Galaxy Hut

a: served in a standard shaker pint, medium amber in color with a light off-white head and average retention

s: caramel and pale malt body with a rustic grainy aroma, and a hop profile of grassy, earthy citrus, decent but nothing too exciting

m: body medium, carbonation light to moderate

t: grainy caramel and pale malt structure with a moderate dosing of earthy citrus hops, grassy and a little muddled, far from a hop bomb - the hops here are more balanced, the beer itself rustic and a little unrefined

o: a decent ipa, but with nothing memorable, a little muddled and light on the hops for my preference

second review, draft at Stoney's DC, no scores changed

a: served in a standard shaker pint, light amber in color, ample off-white head with good retention

s: pale grain, a little toasted malt, citrus pith and dried grass hop aroma, nothing really moving here, but okay

m: carbonation around moderate, lively and crisp, body a lighter medium

t: fairly typical malt profile - pale malts with some light grainy toasts and slight caramel sweetness, no bright, fresh hop flavors here - more pure bitterness with some citrus pith and grass flavor, moderate-high bitterness and considerably dry

o: simple stuff, a little wanting for juicy hop character, but a serviceable ipa for your alpha acid fix, at least

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 04:00:55 | More by blackie
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mhaugo

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-28-2013 00:27:37 | More by mhaugo
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wrightst

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-03-2014 20:04:01 | More by wrightst
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-13-2012 00:09:10 | More by Boone757
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass. No apparent bottling date but it's fresh.

Pours a faded copper color with a 1 inch white head. Mild citrusy hoppy smell on the nose, not strong at all. Average flavor with nothing extraordinary to point out. It's an IPA but it just isn't very flavorful. Mild bitterness, mild citrus, nothing remarkable here. Easy to drink however, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall nothing wrong with this beer its just doesnt stand out in any way. Wouldnt ever choose to go to this one again but I wouldn't have a problem drinking another.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 14:35:48 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%

09-18-2013 13:29:55 | More by KevinGordon
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atrocity

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

04-29-2014 17:58:20 | More by atrocity
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark and hazy. Amber IPA. Looks unfiltered in this low light. Head retention is very nice.

Piney nose with a sharpness. Has a toasty malt base. A little grainy, a little tangy. Some strange mustiness.

All pine and funky citrus. Long astringent hop aftertaste with a boozy tail. Not an ideal flavor profile. Bitterness plus toast plus overboil equals "off".

Feels okay. A little burpy. The body is decent. A little oily, maybe.

Not a great showing here. Achingly average.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 02:32:43 | More by thecheapies
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-28-2011 03:16:24 | More by jenray
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Face Plant IPA from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.