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IPA - RoughTail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co. visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerRefugee on 05-17-2013

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thank you to the fine OK gentleman who tossed this my way at the end of a bottleshare in chicago the other day. Enjoyed from a prairie teku. Not sure of the age of the can, no easy to decode date on the can, but i imagine it to be fresh.

Pours a deep mahogany almost amber orange with a nice frothy ipa head and great lacing. Nose is resinous and dank. More pine cone than citric. Taste is fairly malty and earthy, nice bite. Thick rich and chewy. Definitely an ipa but on the pine side of the spectrum.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous white bubbly head and good lacing. Copper color and some floaters. Aroma is piney, citrusy PNW hops and pale malt. Flavor is a muted American IPA flavor with some malt backbone and balance. Not what most people think of as a good AIPA, but I really like it.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber from the can with a finger of white head. Aroma is of pine, citrus and malt. Taste is really juicy. There's definitely piney hops, grapefruit, mango and a really nice malt backbone. Medium mouth that's creamy, letting the bitterness linger a while. If you like malty IPAs as much as I do, you'll enjoy this one.

Photo of jmbranum
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint sized can into a pint glass.

Pours a very attractive hazy orange with a nice white head. Leaves belgian lace.

Nice orange and hop aroma.

Flavor is rich and full, maltier than many IPA's. Lots of hops (of course) but an appropriate amount. Picking up notes of grapefruit, juniper, and oranges.

Nice full mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good beer. So glad it is brewed in Oklahoma!

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The mighty JenRay sent this to me and I think that it may represent my first CANned beer from the Sooner State! The CANQuest is a mighty thing and must be CANstantly appeased with new offerings.

From the CAN: "(India Pale Ales, or IPA's) are known for a hop, or hoppy flavor and [CAN] be very bitter on the palate."; "Maltiness 7.5, Bitterness 15, Aroma 18 Sweetness 6.5 Aggressiveness 18+ [all shown as a bar graph]"; "Fine Ales from Oklahoma Roughtail Brewing Co.Est. 2012"; "Aggressive flavor forward."; "Roughtail IPA is brewed to kick your taste buds in the ass and leave your palate begging for mercy. Pine, resin, and citrus aromas leap out of the glass. The extreme bitterness hits next, gives you what you desire. The finish is dry, clean, and leaves you wanting more. We put a crazy amount of hops into this beer just for you, fellow hop heads. Enjoy."; "Food pairings: Cuisine Strong Spicy Food Cheese Gorgonzola or Cambozola Meat Smoked Beef Brisket, Chicken-Fried Steak Dessert Caramel Apple Tart, Ginger Spice Cake, Persimmon Rice Pudding"; "Tony Tielli/Brewmaster".

It came in a tallboy CAN, so an inverted Glug following the Crack! was out of the question. Even so, I still managed to create a pseudo-cascade, settling into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). The nose reeked of pine resin. Whatta we? Gettin' ready to play baseball?!? Actually, I'm down with it as I like hops. This smelled like it could be air freshener in my house. The taste was not quite up to billing, but I really liked the way the caramel malt intermingled with the pine hops to produce a CANdy-like flavor that I would really like to try: hop-flavored caramels. Hershey just released the Lancaster caramel line, so maybe I'll suggest just such a flavor to them. Finish was semi-dry, but that was good as I had just CANsumed an unbalanced AIPA so I was not really in the mood to tackle another one. Not bad and frankly, kind of unexpected.

Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a Deschutes teku, since I have no Roughtail glassware.

Darker amber in color, some haze, topped with a foamy cap of off-white head, that retained as a ringlet, and laced the glass nicely. In the nose, pine resin and fairly dominant bready malts. The taste was pretty malty as well, not really a "malt bomb," but definitely more malt-dominant than an IPA should be; caramelized sugar with some resinous hop notes in the background. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. While not an ideal IPA (or even an IPA at all), it definitely wasn't undrinkable. I just ignored labels/styles and pretended it was a lightly hopped brown ale.

Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep blood orange color with with a decent amount of floaties (I suspect this can is a bit old). Beautiful white head with tons of lacing.

The aroma has juicy orange, as well as a bright green pine and resin. Quite bright and hoppy with some candy sweetness as well.

The flavor follows with mostly green pine, grassiness, grapefruit. Some bready malt in there without much sweetness. The finish is of sweet grapefruit. The finish is quite dry of bitter grapefruit pith and green grass. A generally light and drawn out bitterness until the finish, where is lots of drying with a decent bitterness.

A very easy drinking and hoppy IPA. I’d imagine this beer was better extremely fresh, but plesantly surprised by this extra. Not an in your face IPA, but an very sessionable in flavor beer that definitely matches with food.

Photo of stephens101
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Billowy tan head atop a bright reddish-orange beer. Has a potent hop and caramel aroma without nuance. Taste is fruit-forward with a bitter middle that never quite takes off. Medium in body.
There are too many good IPA's out there to spend too much time with this one.

Photo of BeerRefugee
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden-orange color. Moderate white head with very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is phenomenal with a huge burst of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is surprisingly well-balanced. Don't get me wrong, the hops still dominate, but it has a nice amount of caramel malt to keep it from being one dimensional. Medium bodied and smooth, clean finish. Hides the alcohol well and very easy to drink if you like hops. Very well done.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice nose, but the hops aren't as prevalent as I would like.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange body with a creamy, white head. The aroma brings some grapefruit, assorted citrus, fresh hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Hop forward and quite tasty. This is certainly a fresh can. Malt presence is relatively minimal. Moderate bitterness in the late palate. 7% abv is masked gracefully. Drinks more like a 5-6% IPA. I'd have this again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my first beer from rough tail is a bit of an oddity, a solid ipa, dank and west coast, but exhibiting some weirdness. the pour is nice at first glance, orange colored with some haze and a milky white head with nice retention. at close inspection though, i see an absolute ton of fish food sediment, almost looks more like undissolved hop pellets than yeast bits, they accumulate at the bottom of the glass in a pretty yucky way, especially towards the bottom of the can. nose is bitter and oily thirst quenching hops above a medium pale malt body, sticky, but from hops not grain. bitterness dominates the finish. i am not it love with the packaging of this beer, a lot of gimmicky pseudo-information, but the beer inside tastes pretty good. if the appearance wasn't so nasty, this might do a little better. enough to keep me interested in this brewery, but not my favorite as ipas go.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark amber, slightly orange and brown. Two inch head with plenty of lacing produced.

Aroma-Big notes of pine and citrus at first along with some caramel sweetness.

Taste- Aroma pretty indicative of whats to come with huge pine and citrus flavors and surprisingly big caramel malt backbone. Well balanced, but the malt takes away from the initial hop punch.

Feel- Malt backbone gives this a smooth and creamy feel that's very pleasant.

Overall- Well balanced for the most part, but the malt is tad overdone. Still, this is a very good ipa and on target for their west coast style goal. Definitely worth a try, but its not quite the best option for an ipa in Oklahoma.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wes Welker's Sports Bar & Grill, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - very cloudy orange, thin white head; lots of lacing.
Smell - more malts here. Sweet candy and caramel.
Taste - follows the nose, but finishes off with more hops.
Feel - good balanced IPA. Reminds of Deschutes Inversion.
Overall - good beer, but more emphasis on the malts.

Photo of McStagger
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my buddy Travis for getting this out to me.

A: Pours a murky, almost muddy amber. Finger of offwhite head. Very tight bubbles. Carbonation is hard to detect due to the murkiness.

S: Caramel toffee sweetness from the malt. Hoppiness is fairly dank, with lots of orange coming through.

T: Big grain notes run through. Malt is present, but what follows is very strange. The hops in the smell are almost completely muted. Muddled, earthy. Hint of citrus on the back end. Bitterness in the finish. Has a strange savory aspect that I can't quite put my hands on. Not the onion/garlic from summit. The flavors are damp and muted.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. A pleasing mouthfeel, to say the least.

O: This is a pedestrian take on the style. Their is a distinct lack of bright, clean or well integrated hoppy flavor. For a beer that distinctly calls itself "aggressive", the flavors are fairly bland.

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IPA from RoughTail Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.