Caught In A Rip - Rip Current Brewing
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Nugganooch:
4.39/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Crush & Brew – Temecula, CA
04/14/14 - Snifter glass
A: Bright golden orange color taking on the appearance of honey nectar. Has a glowing haze across the body. Thin paper white brim settles out to a collar after a few lasting moments. Very few dots of stick noted and more in the form of some alcohol legs.
S: Dank floral nose chalked full of ganja berries, grapefruit zest, and a sweet mix of tropical mango. There is some light caramel malt sweetness there but no alcohol coming through surprisingly. A little gooseberry is revealed as the beer warms. A very nice hop medley and pretty much as to be expected here.
T: Gooseberry becomes much more pronounced in the flavor accompanied with some firm pink grapefruit, white melon, and ripe Cali buds. I get some lesser tropical notes of mango, passion fruit, and peach. Just a dash of the caramelized cracker to corral all the hop flavors. The beer has a restrained amount of bitterness and a high resinous quality to it. There is a bit of alcohol heat on exhalation but the flavor aspect is completely cloaked otherwise. Incredibly smooth for such a big beer.
M: Maintains a medium body and feels much lighter on the palate than an 11%+ ABV brew should be. Creamy texture with an upper moderate bitterness on the palate. Sticky and resinous leading to that dry finish. Touch of alcohol warmth on the back end.
D: Scary good how drinkable this is and with such a graceful balance. Alcohol and malt are subdued maintaining a dry resinous feel. Not totally mind blown here as the hops were not quite as vibrant as I hoped. But this drinks like a single IPA and the fact that it is not is quite commendable. Will need to get this on fresh at the brewery to compare. Definitely worthy of a revisit.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2014 18:22:50 | More by Nugganooch
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4.66/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Had several of Batch 2 at the Brewery and on tap around SD. They nailed it, all the makings of a proper Cali IIPA-IIIPA (dry, little to no caramel malt character, hoppy nose and flavors without too much bitterness, minimal to no jet fuel/higher alcohol flavors). The dry smoothness and shocking drinkability are spot on.
Pours with a rapidly dispersed head, probably my only issue...the aromas disappear quickly unless you have more than enough room in your glass for an aggressive swirl.
Wonderful tropical fruit hop flavors balanced/complemented by some grass and pine notes. The newest group of California brewers seem to be fixated on all-tropical hops and you really need the other piney/grassy type to balance it or keep it from tasting like juice. Rip Current did this proper IMO.
The drinkability is shocking, almost scary. I put down the first one like it was a regular IPA, no alcohol flavors or aggressive bitterness getting in the way. Not heavy or malty like many other attempts at a high gravity hoppy beer. Gets a bit sticky and more grassy as it gets too warm, so don't stare at it too long. The damn thing is just really enjoyable.
I normally shudder when I hear people likening other (always inferior) IIIPAs to Younger, but I think this one earns a place there.
Serving type: on-tap
03-31-2014 22:45:45 | More by mrkrispy
3.31/5 rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pours with no head. A couple bubbles at the edges. Orange clear body.
Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Orange. Tons of caramel malt. Booze.
Taste - Very sweet. Huge orange and grapefruit, in more equal proportion here. Bitter. boozy.
Mouthfeel - Flat, a fault of the growler fill. Heavy and boozy. Bitter.
Overall - Wish it were carbonated. Could have been much better. It's way too big either way, though.
Serving type: growler
12-17-2013 01:30:16 | More by Alieniloquium
4.64/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1L growler from hophead84. Thanks!
Appearance: Poured into a teku. Pale burnished amber with slight haze, and surprisingly decent head retention for such a massive beer.
Smell: Tropical fruit overload. Pineapple, mango, guava - huge aromatics from the hops with no trace of alcohol. Malt doesn't contribute much grain character, more just an underlying sweetness that brings out the fruitiness of the hops. There's a touch of dankness and nelson funk that brings a bit of complexity.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Big pineapple and passionfruit notes. Juicy, ripe tropical fruit up front with subdued malt. Medium-bodied. Neither syrupy nor sweet, with moderate bitterness balancing the malt. No trace of the 11% ABV.
Overall: The best Rip Current beer I've had to date. Pulls off the triple IPA style with a lot of finesse.
Serving type: growler
11-18-2013 05:00:09 | More by largadeer
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