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Truth - Rhinegeist Brewery

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 625
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rhinegeist Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: eyeenjoybeer on 07-08-2013

Rare are moments of truth, when you've struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire-times when you feel infinite. Our truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit & mango notes and a dry finish.
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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice deep golden color. Aromatic fruity pine in the nose. Really soft bitterness in the body with a restrained bitter finish. Really nice and refreshing. (160 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is my first from this brewer (although I think that frequently and then I am wrong). A nice intro - there should be more good Cincy brewers. We can't get this in Northeast Ohio - I got this at Crafty Drafts in Ghana.

It is very pretty n the glass. Nice ample head and deep golden color. Kudos.

The aroma is a very nice slightly skinky hoppy smell, right for the style, and plenty strong. The taste is bitter more than piney hoppy, and slightly malty. A nice balance for an AIPA. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are a little less perfect - somewhat foamy, but still good.

This is a very good AIPA and right where I like it in the ABV range - this is a session beer for me. Highly recommended. (705 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Canned 7/01/15

A - Poured a clear golden honey hue with a fat two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket. Nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of light pine, lots of citrus zest, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit is very light, super light on the mango, faint passionfruit too. Malts are present too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice citrus peel, little bit of caramel from the malts. The orange flavour is quite nice, nice light citrus pith bitterness on the finish. The malt sweetness pokes out, faint faint generic tropical fruit notes too. Quite balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, bit smooth. Nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, this was a surprisingly solid IPA offering from Ohio. While it doesn't beat out a fresh Fat Head, this can is still damn good.

Serving type: Can (879 characters)

Photo of Roby923
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This "Cincy" made IPA has plenty of west coast hop notes and character. Well-rounded in taste and bitterness. Well worth the drink! Canned from TJs-Columbus, less than a month old. (183 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a white head. Aroma offers some resin, citrus, baked bread. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, definitely seems to have a west coast style going to it. Ohio with another really good IPA. (230 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Kain05 (thanks for the sweet surprise box!). No canning date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a rich amber with three fingers white head. Thick retention and some good clumps of lace.

Smells of citrus peel, a little tropical, vague pine and a hint of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus pulp, piney, tropical mango, bread, zest/peel and just a faint tickle of alcohol. The is a smooth and easy drinking IPA that has a nice subtle bitterness and pleasant citrus and tropical hop flavor.

Slick, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste os a blend of citrus, mild tropical notes and slight crackery malt.

Truth is my first brew from Rhinegeist and is quite a good, easy, smooth IPA. Perhaps not as robust as my favorites but I sure wouldn't turn it down, if offered. (811 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Soft melon and tropical fruit character up front. Light honey blossom notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with golden edges. A lot off-white head retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More melon and grapefruit character. Flavor is supported by firm and earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with powdery hop resins.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. No astringency, oiliness, or heat detected.

Overall impression: An easy drinking well crafted American IPA. I'm not sure it stands above the crowd given the options we have here in Central OH. Worth a try. (708 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can date: 4-27-15. From a DFH 10 oz. Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange-gold with 1 finger barely off-white head. Active carbonation. Moderate retention.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, resin, malt.

Taste: Light, crisp, hoppy and not overpowering arrival. Clean, slightly malty, refreshing mid-palate. Lingering hoppiness is light, clean, piney and slightly fruity. A little alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-weight. Well carbonated, but not excessive. Not slick. Really the perfect IPA texture in my book.

Overall: This is a remarkably refreshing IPA. I was quite surprised that this is a 7.2% ABV beer. I would definitely buy this again, and despite my disdain for cougar, I am absolutely eager to try more beers from this brewery. Very similar to my memory of Commodore Perry, but way less malty. Simcoe is not my favorite hop, and this makes reasonable use of it. (906 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a snifter. Clear amber with loads of carbonation. A 2 finger head of sticky, white foam resulted from a steady pour. Sweet grapefruit and mango on the nose along with strong citrus and hop notes. Medium weight with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Sweet tropical fruit up front with an increasingly bitter flavor as it warms on the palate. Lots of citrus and pine on the back end. Finishes smooth and creamy and leaves a bittersweet hoppiness on the aftertaste.

Definitely an outstanding beer. One of the best balanced IPAs I've had in a while, although it drinks more like an APA. I'd put this beer right up there with Sculpin and Anti-Hero anyday. (658 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfect run of the mill IPA. If you just need a quick can of a hop forward IPA to satisfy a need, this is a good one to grab. Nothing unusual or special, just solid all around. (180 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The real Truth is that The CANQuest (tm) CAN be a daunting proposition at times. Between travel, sickness and malaise, I CAN end up with a backlog like I have currently. I am working diligently to get through each and every CAN as quickly as possible and that's the double Truth, Ruth!

From the CAN: "Cincy Made"; "Rare are moments of truth, when you've struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire - times when you feel infinite. Our Truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the Pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit & mango notes and a dry finish."

Upon Crack!ing it open, I was getting some foaming action through the vent, so I decided to let it play out and transcribe some information while I waited. Once it calmed down, I could see what had transpired - the CAN was filled to the lip and when the Crack! took place, there was nowhere for it to go but up and out! A gentle Glug so as not to lose any of the precious liquid followed. I got two fingers of foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was redolent with the scent of grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, kind of big on the tongue. The other thing that was big was the alcohol heat! Phew. At 7.2% ABV, this was on the cusp of being a DIPA. Once I became accustomed to it, I began to get the mango sweetness coming through, but initially, it was just a burn of fusel alcohol and grapefruit. I put on my big boy pants and my hophead and got back to work. Warming, it a) got clearer, suggesting a chill haze and b) allowed the tropical fruit esters to become more prevalent. Finish was dry, of course. The grapefruit flavors lingered well past the swallow and the heat really made it seem more like a DIPA. I would need to have something else in between if I were having multiples of this one. (1,948 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice golden color. very clear. nice hop aroma, citrusy with mango and pineapple. Taste is spot on the smell. really good balance. Thanks to kain05 for the extra in a trade. tasty. (191 characters)

Photo of Seejae
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA, but not overly spectacular. The piney hops dominate and do not give way to the floral and citrus hops as I would like. The finish is too harsh, all sting/ no dance. Good beer, just too one dimensional. (211 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rhinegeist Truth

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 90/100

Summery: Really great IPA! I would grab it if available... Nothing mid blowing but def could see it hanging in my fridge If it was available in my neck of the woods~ (357 characters)

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent drinkable beer. The look and smell don't excite but don't put off either. Taste and feel are fine. But in no way this is an exciting IPA. The beer doesnt't stand out in any way to me. (200 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhere between golden and copper in color. Frothy head. Piney, resiny aroma. Somewhat citrusy nose also. The citrus comes out in the flavor a bit more than its smell. This is a very hoppy, citrusy, herbal, rustic, and nearly intense, style american IPA. In fact, its one of the best IPA's right now I can think of. (332 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty. Dank, skunk maybe, citrusy pine. Delicious. I would certainly get this again, I just wish I didn't have to go out of state to get it. Good for Cincinatti. (162 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Oh ohio, a nanny state if we ever had one, yet so many breweries trying so hard to get it right. Rhinegeist is without a doubt trying their best to make it work! So is this beer the truth about IPAs?

Pour provides light ruby colors, solid if not great head and retention, though sadly a bit clean, I know technically good but visually for a beer geek kinda disappointing. Breweries, cloudy is ALWAYS better! Floaties are as good as clear. OK maybe I'm going too far but I was hoping for more body here.

The nose isn't much to speak of. Citrus, oranges, grape fruit, light bready caramel notes.

The flavor really is a tick up from what I expected. Very good citrus and fruity flavor. Very citrus, but as others have said, malt runs the opening and then gives way to fruity hops.

Truth is sadly a very big and heavy beer to drink. At 7.2% it's at a weird place of being too big for an IPA and too small for a double. It drinks like a double but tastes like a single. All and all not the best here.

Truth is this is good beer. Just not great. That said it's readily available so drink up cincy people. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful brew: reddish copper color, shifting to paler yellows with background light, topped by a huge off-white head. Retention is fantastic, and the fluffy head leaves behind clumps of spider-web lacing. Brew is quite clear, not quite completely transparent.

Aroma is hop-forward (as expected), with notes of tropical fruit (mango and star fruit), a touch each of citrus and pine, and noticeable but not overwhelming dankness. Malts are just barely sweetly present, with a slight caramel edge.

Flavor follows, carrying much more dank hoppiness than in the aroma. Citra and Amarillo hops are prominent. Still some resin and grapefruit peel presence. Biscuity malt on the back-end coupled with solid bitterness.

Feel is disappointingly watery up front. I'm not getting much body at all from this brew. Pleasant, fairly dry finish, and almost no alcohol presence.

This is a very good beer, especially for hop heads who favor dank profiles. A slightly fuller body would balance out the hoppiness for me and greatly improve the beer overall. (1,043 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light-medium amber with a creamy cap of white head that leaves a thin blanket while drinking. The nose is balanced grain and subdued tropical fruits, has pleasant alcohol component, and mild yeast presence. The flavor profile is clean and straight forward - biscuity malts matched by juicy/slightly herbal hops that provide a medium bitterness on the palate. It's a well carbonated and easy drinking IPA that seems to strike a sweet-bitter balance with ease and leaves nothing unpleasant lingering on the palate. This canned IPA would easily obtain "go-to" status for me and I'd recommend to others with the recognition that it's never going to amaze, but will hit the spot. (691 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. can of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark amber/copper color with a fluffy white head that is over an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a good, solid 1/4 inch thick that lasts until the last sip. The beer also has lots of streams of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. Lots of lacing too. Aromas of piney, floral, and citrus hops along with some biscuit malty sweetness. Flavors of piney, citrus, and floral hop bitterness that gives way to a nice biscuit, lightly toasted caramel malt sweetness. Very good balance of flavors. Has a clean and dry finish with the hops flavors lingering. Has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very solid IPA here all around! I recommend you give this a try.

Eric (952 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying a brew from this brewery. This is a great ipa. Very piney hop presence but its also smooth. Looking forward to trying more from them (150 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA, perhaps the best of all beers by this brewer, and likely the best IPA by any brewer in Cincinnati (a close call between it and MadTree's Psychopathy). A great go-to beer!! (196 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Citrusy hops with large portions of orange and mango. Pineapple underneath. Malt gives a strong caramel and just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 T: Like the nose, orange, mango, and pineapple hop flavor. Moderate bitterness. Caramel and bready malts.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.5 D: Good beer without any real faults. (523 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 12/18/14

A - Hazy dark orange with a 2.5 finger foamy white head. Thick collar and partial cap with a heavy amount of webbed lacing.

S - Big amount of citrus, floral hops and pine. Some caramel sweet malt mixed in.

T - Hops are dominant with citrus (orange and grapefruit), floral aromas, and piney resinous notes. Nice amount of sweet malts really balance everything out. Finish is mostly bitter pine hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oily with some dryness on the palate.

O - Pretty solid IPA from Cinci, OH. (568 characters)

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Truth from Rhinegeist Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.