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Rule G India Pale Ale - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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83
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69 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: clayrock81 on 11-15-2012

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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 !!

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very clean with a bitter finish.

Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly decent IPA, somehow I was expecting more. Poured into a pint glass. The head was fairly small with average retention. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was citrus hops, not that strong but pleasant enough.

Taste was somewhat more impressive. Citrus hops, bready malt backbone but hops are more prominent and fairly decent level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about average for richness, crisp with some bitterness.

Pleasant enough but not something I would be dying to try again.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Smartmouth Brewing Company. This IPA fits the bill in just about every category, with a nice amber color and good taste and mouthfeel. The aroma is a bit weak, but still overall a good brew.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Golden-amber and cloudy, with almost a finger of off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves fair lacing.

S: Hops aromas dominate, primarily citrus (especially grapefruit juice). There are spicy notes of crushed pepper and perhaps rosemary. Not much in the way of grain aromas.

T: Bready malt starts off the flavor parade, but tart, juicy flavors quickly push it aside -- white grape and grapefruit juice -- then bitter grapefruit rind takes over and lingers long into the finish.

M: Crisp, with a dry finish. No discernible booziness.

O: A little over-bitter in the finish for my taste (I prefer my IPA's to lean toward the tarter side, East Coast style), but a good attempt by a young brewery.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at No Frill Grill in Norfolk, VA. Nice foamy head. White. Golden yellow appearance. Cloudy. But not murky. Good head retention.

Classic IPA aroma. I asked the server if Firestone double jack was available and what was the deal with smartmouth. The server offered a sample of both double jack and smartmouth ipa. I opted for the smartmouth as it reminded me more of my fresh homebrewed ipa.

Pine and citrus. A good balance between the two. Fruity tropical.

Nice and dry so that the hops shine. Just enought malt to hold the palette for the hops to show up. Very fresh. Totally hop. Clean bitter finish. Floral. I could have more than two. The brewery is around the block.

Currently living in Boston, I was home in Norfolk for the holidays. My benchmark of hopiness is fresh heady topper and then my own ipas. This beer was delicious. Its freshness makes a huge advantage. I couldn't have asked for more.

I plan to visit Smartmouth next time I'm in town.

This brewery makes an excellent ipa.

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled at brewery on 11/16. Consumed on 11/17. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Amber in color with a full finger of off white head. Head lingers. Leaves splotchy lacing on sides of glass. No cloudiness or sediment.

S - Mildly fragrant. Peach, melon, and hint of malts.

T - Peach/apricot, bready malts, and a nutty flavor. Fruit flavors underwhelming and overshadowed by heavy malt backbone. Finish is harsh with an unplesant bitter onion flavor. Also, ABV is not masked.

M - High carbonation. Unremarkable.

O - Very unsatisfying. Taste is uncharacteristic of an IPA and finish is unpleasant. ABV stands out too much for a single IPA. Not recommended.

Photo of sierratwohearted
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz can, canned 8/5/14. 7.0% ABV.
a - pretty clear yellow-straw color, not much head.
s - citrusy hops, classic west coast IPA scent.
t - classic american IPA taste, citrusy up front, a little piney in the finish. good balance. i think its dry hopped with centennial.
m - medium bodied.
o - this imitates classic west coast IPAs. nothing special, but a good effort. good local.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clearish dark gold with good head and left lace rings down the glass. Piney citric hops with very mild malts meet my nose, a classic IPA aroma. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and very light spicy mouthfeel, this beer packs a soapy, citric hop punch that comes close to grapelike. Perhaps my one gripe, if one could call it that, that this beer is somewhat lighter than most IPAs (I will not say watery) and the hops are the only item of the brew that really stick out. A good IPA that just needs a little balance in my opinion, as the basically hop-only taste leads to a somewhat awkard finish (my notes say "slimey" but that isn't accurate). My apologies for not listing the ABV, but I do remember it is typical of a standard IPA.

Photo of JCarey
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Rule G India Pale Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.