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Thumper American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Thumper American IPAThumper American IPA

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hopfenpeter on 09-25-2012)
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

wrightst, Nov 11, 2014
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1/5  rDev -65.2%

bumchilly25, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
2/5  rDev -30.3%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Highstplz, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +22%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jmbranum
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was a strange beer. It pours a burnt orange slightly hazy liquid with a good sized white head.It looks very nice in the glass. Aroma is mostly malty, not at all what I expect from an IPA, but it is pleasant enough.

The flavor is kinda muddled. A fair bit of hops but they are kinda subdued and heavier on the bitter elements and not heavy enough on the aromatics. Fairly sweet and malty, which is atypical for the style. Lingering aftertaste has the sweetness and hop bitterness competing with each other. The alcohol is obvious. Some caramel notes but it just doesn't work well with the type and amount of hops. Maybe some orange and mango notes too.

Full, almost oily mouthfeel.

I think this beer needs more tweaking. If it were a bit crisper and dryer, it might work as Pale Bock (like the old Celis Pale Bock). Or even just as an APA. But when it is described as an American IPA, I'm expecting some assertive aromatic hops.

Overall this beer is a muddied mess. It definitely is better when cold which is not a good sign.

On a positive note, it was cheap. $3.29 for a 22 oz bomber here in OKC.

jmbranum, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of JoshTerry
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

JoshTerry, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of JeffKowalek
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

JeffKowalek, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of green_plastic
1/5  rDev -65.2%

green_plastic, Jul 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

4Socialanxiety, Jun 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Fusebuddy, May 31, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up to get to a 4 bottle total to get the 10%, plus they were selling it for $2.49 for a 22 so I figured, "How bad can it be?" Good looking beer with an interesting smell, it at least had me curious. Initial reaction to taste was, well, not so much. Second reaction, not getting better. I already had a little buzz going and still was not much of a fan, which is very telling. Drinkable is about the best I can say but will admit that for the cost, well, what can you expect. Would not buy again at any cost.

JamieDuncan, Apr 03, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

jmbot4371, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

martyl1000, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of papat444
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange, bordering on amber. Nice creamy head some lacing. Very grassy in aroma and flavor but also vegetal and the bitterness is harsh and not in a good intense way. It hides that flavor profile quite a bit. Somethings's off and it'a honestly kind of a mess.

papat444, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

leprechaunandfatman, Oct 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jaxon53, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Hopscat
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bomber poured with semi-aggressive slant into pint glass to get more aromatics- disappointing .
The 2 finger head flattened quickly to a collar of white foam with some lacing on sides of glass. Amber/orange color .
Smell- maybe too age in the bottle may have killed the hops - some floral and citrus hops are hinted at. I also catch some lager yeast notes that remind me of their Lager I've tried 6 months ago. Weird.
T- some malt notes of biscuit and caramel first , sliding into the middle with some hops making a bitter note on the finish.
M- light body with a nice bite of bubbles on the tongue, but too light for IPA
Overall- an uneven impression with the subdued hops notes and the lager scents present.
Maybe I will try this again/ @ 2.98 for a 22 oz bomber it wasn't a terrible deal, but don't go out of your way

Hopscat, Sep 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

squack, Aug 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

gwiedman1, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fusel alcohol and orange peels are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has solvent-like flavors of alcohol along with notes of orange peels and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer definitely doesn't taste like an IPA and isn't very pleasing to drink. I had no intention of finishing the bomber.

metter98, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Flashbacks to Bambi are never good... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by over a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, candied ruby red grapefruit peel, and a hint of random greenery. A menthol-y sense pervades, making the already clashy smell all the worse. The taste brings in more of the same, with more of that menthol character, which now comes across more like Vicks Vapo-Rub than anything. Cringe-inducing, to say the least. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, this is just a sad excuse for an IPA, or any sort of beer, frankly. Boo this.

TMoney2591, May 24, 2013
Photo of curasowa
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly to a ring with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Some sweet malt and a mix of citrus and pine hop aroma, but not a in a big way. Also some dishrag notes in an otherwise fairly subdued aroma.

Taste: Robust, toasted malt upfront in a medium body, then a rush of green, dry-hopped style bitterness that fades away towards the finish, where the malt make a second appearance and goes out with a slightly nutty finish.

The Rest: A decent AIPA. The aroma was a bit underwhelming, and its not the best hop profile I've had in an IPA, but by no means awful.

curasowa, Apr 08, 2013
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Thumper American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.