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Rule G India Pale Ale | Smartmouth Brewing Company

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83
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24 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
101
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
21.47%
 
 
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Rule G India Pale AleRule G India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by clayrock81 on 11-15-2012

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 101
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Photo of JCarey
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Again, thanks to my sister for bringing this up to NJ from VA for me!

Poured in to a Snifter, a quite beautiful, albeit hazy, yellow/orange light copper. 1 inch head sticks around and forms a cap and nice lacing. Lively carbonation refills the head throughout the glass.

On the nose, Rule G is a slightly underwhelming, average IPA. A lot of malt comes through on the nose with the styles' caramel, and very slight, toasted bread qualities. Subtle earthiness but mostly citrus and pungent pine. Very, very subtle California style yeast funk.

Astringent bitterness covers up most of the malt flavors. That dries up your mouth more than you'd expect. There is some sweetness in the back, and you can tell that this beer is leaning towards medium body, but that acidic bitterness really holds it back. With that said, this is a big, tropical, citrus flavored brew. Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, with a lot of earthy pine covering it. That bitterness is just covering up way too much.

Overall this is a lackluster IPA that suffers from the American trends of California super-hopped beers. With the right techniques this can be pulled off, but they should lay off the IBUs a little on this one and balance it out more.

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Photo of Falconeaustin1211
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a great mouth feel, very smooth! This beer is more than worth trying! The grapfruit and apple taste are there. I could drink this everyday! Enough said! Go buy and try delicious!

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

East Coast brewers flexing their hophead muscle. This is a serious American IPA, not just due to the estimated 88 IBUs, which is pretty much at the threshold for anyone’s palate, but rather the broadness of the hop flavor. Well put together, just this beer alone is worth a visit to their taproom.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round


LOOK: Semi-clear brass hue, sticky suds

SMELL: Orange rind, mint, tobacco, biscuity grain, yeast, faint caramel, clean esters, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Deep smoothness, mildly crisp, heavy hop bitterness, orange forward, grassy, earthy, tobacco, melon rind, warming, slightly spicy, nutty yeast, spicy alcohol, juicy, slightly dry; bitter aftertaste

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of briandaube
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caskey
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of OldSwampy
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice honey or dark apricot beer with a modest white head. Some lacing left behind. Nice nose of floral and fruity hops. Also a hint of bread. Taste follows suit, hoppy but with nice malts beneath. Could be even better perhaps if it were a bit softer, but I don't doubt some would prefer it as it is. Mouthfeel fairly plain, not as creamy as some. Great to have this available in cans. Can bottom reads "CANNED ON 03/02/16" and I had it on 7 June.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought I would try a local beer(brewery is about 30-40 minutes away). Can is very attractive with lots of formulas and history on it. Head is ok, not much. Smell is awesome with a huge hit of grapefruit at the start. Taste is similar with a massive grapefruit-pine hit right away on the palate. Grapefruit-citrus goes away fast and the hop bitterness lingers. Fine with me. Overall, a nice IPA that attacks quick and then mellows rather fast. Overall, nice beer !!

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Photo of Jasonp79
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kmlund
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A yellow amber in color, with a small amount of white head on top.

S: Orange peel, and citrus, with some light caramel.

T: Grapefruit, citrus peel, and a touch of pine. Some bread and caramel in the finish, with a nice long lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with medium carbonation

O: Overall a pretty standard IPA. Solid flavor, great bitterness, classic.

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Photo of Bretribution
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of montman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a light amber, with a small head, and lots of webby lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, and pine, but not super strongly.

This tastes pretty good, I suppose- but it kinda tastes like every other IPA that came before it. It's got a big hop presence, bitter, piney, and a little fruity, with a nice malt backbone that stays in the background. It's pleasant, and it's good, but it does nothing whatsoever to stand out, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, fairly crisp, slightly juicy. Pretty drinkable.

Not bad, I could certainly drink more of this, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good, easy drinking, albeit dry tasting brew. Very satisfying. Probably could use more citrus and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is very solid- not too light or thin at all. Lots of carbonation bubbles and nice hazy color. The hops, while prevalent, are not too overpowering. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Unclejesse33
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned on 05/11/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white skin of foam across the top. Persistent thick strands and islands of lacing noted. Bubbles move up slowly through this beer.

Smell: When first cracking open the can, I got a lot of citrus, especially fresh cut orange. Once in the glass however and poured, the aroma is quite faint, almost non existent. There is a hint of citrus, but it may be my imagination. I don't even get a lot of aroma with a swirl of the beer.

Taste: Nicely bitter with a grapefruit citrus. Nicely balanced with a bit of a sweet bready malt in the middle. The finish has more grapefruit, but also some leafiness and tobacco notes to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice thickness. Prickly carbonation. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: If there is a such thing as a IPA that is all flavor hops with no aroma, this would be it. Otherwise a tasty enough beer and the grapefruit bitterness is inviting and I wouldn't mind having another, but I only picked up on can one my trip to VA. Overall, I think this is a drinkable, but average AIPA. Good, but not amazing.

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Rule G India Pale Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
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