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Caught In A Rip - Rip Current Brewing

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rip Current Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: radshoesbro on 11-05-2013)
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Nugganooch

California

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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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.

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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.

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