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Truth - Rhinegeist Brewery

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62 Reviews

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 663
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 31.13%
Wants: 51
Gots: 191 | 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 Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Truth is a nice IPA, one that focuses a lot on tropical flavors and citrus. it pours a shade darker than straw, rather clear with very little head retention. smells of tropical fruits. the smell is somewhat subdued. when tasted, the sweet tropical notes hit the front of the tongue. clean malts support but do not come into the forefront. bitter piney hops wash the middle of the tongue with a dry, crisp finish.

overall, this is a decent IPA with pleasant tropical flavors. my biggest complaint is the thin mouthfeel and subdued aroma. bolstering those areas would likely make for a great beer!

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Photo of bobhits
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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 breweries don't want to call it what it is, 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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Seejae
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The beer is hazy and light amber in color and sports an impressive 2 fingers of coarse white foam. Good retention and nice clumpy lacing. Very hop-forward nose (obviously).

Medium-light body and dry flavor through and through. Very sharply bitter and a bit out of balance, but still very tasty. I get some citrus notes, but also some herbal, woody, grassy notes as well. Cedary, quinine-like bitterness could use a bit more malt to balance it out and improve the feel.

A good local brew that I'm glad I have access to, but not what I would consider top-shelf. Because I can get it so fresh, I'm sure I'll buy it again and my appreciation will likely improve over time.

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Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Pours a yellowish-amber color. Transparent and light. Fast head that holds a completes ring of lacing around the edge.

S- Citrus fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little mango, some alcohol and bitter soap. Not much in the way of malt aroma.

T- Grapefruit, pine resin, and bitter soap, with a crisp honey finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. No sign of ABV. Has a resines finish that lingers for sometime after each sip.

O- Great IPA that made for a good extra in a recent trade. If I find myself in Cincy I'll know for sure I can count on this one.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is resiny, tropical fruity, dank, and piney. Mango, body odor, and a touch of onion are evident.

Flavor is pretty bitter, but the tropical fruit sweetness counters. The finish is a bit biting and carbonic.

The fruity flavoring hops pale in comparison to the bittering hops. Not my style of ipa.

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Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer came in a trade with BA pkthebuckeye. Poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Lively transparent light copper colored beer. Head is fizzy and off white in color. The head doesn't retain very well and leaves spots of lacing. Not getting a ton of grapefruit citrus, but as the can advertises the aroma is full of tropical fruits (mango, kiwi, and pineapple).

T&M: Similar to the aroma you get tropical favors upfront, then citrus midway through the taste. The heaviness of the palate doesn't make it super drinkable, but a good bitterness punch at the end. Carbonation is on the low end of medium, and body is medium, a bit watery.

Overall: Good IPA, glad it was part of the package. Look forward to trying some of the other Cinci stuff.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to meanmutt for this extra.

Pours a layer of off-white head. Color is an orange hued copper. Looks like autumn. Some lace left.

Flavor profile: Very juicy and hoppy. A lot of fruit and citrus. Grapefruit up front with mango. Very tropical. Floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied. Ends dry with a hop resin aftertaste.

Overall, a very solid ipa. I enjoy how tropical this one is. Very flavorful with out an overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - can (no date) to tulip, huge 3 finger fluffy white head , copper/orange clear in color
s - dank hops, citrus notes, biscuity
t - grapefruit, good amount of malty sweetness, clean finish
m - medium body, definitely drinkable
o - a well balanced IPA that i'd gladly pick up anytime I'm visiting Cincy. I need to make it down to the brewery next time I visit

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Photo of screamking
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into snifter.

Pours copper with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. The nose has some nice tropical notes, mango and pineapple being the most prevalent. Some grapefruit in there as well. Not much malt in the aroma, but there is a slight breadyness. The taste is bit lighter then I expected. Most of the tropical notes are gone, some grapefruit and orange come through but there's A lot pine. Middle of the mouth is where the malt starts showing up, the breadyness fits in well. The finish is dry and bitter, oddly bitter for how clean the front end is.

This is a solid IPA, but not at the top of the heap of IPAs available in the area. The aroma seems to suggest something that just isn't there in the taste. If they can this in the near future I will give it another go.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting back to the way our domestic IPA's used to taste, Rhinegeist showcases hop bitterness first and foremost. Its supporting malt sweetness and texture, along with hop aroma and initial flavor all round out its taste- but the ale is plain and simple, a bitter ale! And that's our God-given American right!

And that hoppy tone is sold well on the nose- its plethora of grapefruit and tangerine converge on the olfactory with juices, piths and peels seemingly of fruit marmalade. An underpinning of caramel, honey and dry gingersnaps prop up the hops but never rival them.

Then to taste, its the malts that strike first, layering on tastes of caramel, honey and graham crackers before the middle palate come alive with its lupulin force. All things citrus jump up and take command of the taste with all the pieces and parts of grapefruit and oranges, but also light pineapple, mango and apricot for a well melded tropical blend as well. As the ale nose-dives into finish, it concludes with a deeply resiny bitterness, spiced with pine needles and torn grass.

Medium to start, the beer's body is a creamy and dry culmination that allows its sweetness to be lifted with its ample carbonation. But once the sweetness dissolves, the carbonation crispens the ale considerably and paves the way for the resinous hop dryness and alcohol warmth to refresh the palate cleanly and effortlessly.

Where the taste of IPA has been beaten to a pulp, where else can the brewer go? Either stand out and risk an out-of-balanced taste, or hit the style with full force- the later is the approach for Rhinegeist, showing that the Truth will set it free!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from free beer week win from Peter. Thanks! Pours dark copper colored with a slightly off white half finger head. Piney grapefruit aroma with a rather present malt backbone. Dank flavors with raw hops, some light caramel flavors, dry grapefruit and pine. Interesting! Maybe the first time I have actually been able to describe a flavor in an IPA as "oniony", but not offensive in the flavor. Dank, juicy and resinous up front, with an interestingly dry lingering feel on the palate. Medium carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel. Neat brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at barrels and bottles in golden, which is a very cool place with a real solid beer program, definitely check it out if you havent. i have never heard of rhinegeist, so this was cool. a big sturdy ipa thats real well balanced and real refreshing and clean. the hops have a light fruity complexion and a lot of bite, but they are really fresh and are supported by a neat malt base that has some toasted flavor as well as a touch of spice that may come from some rye in here. full bodied and creamy feeling, but carbonated really well. bitterness is above average but not over the top, and the hops are really fresh and well dosed. i get the high alpha west coast thing, but there is no oily texture to this, its clean and delicate for its alcohol strength. an ipa i could sit down and spend an afternoon with. my first beer from these guys is excellent. refreshing too for its size. looking forward to trying more of their stuff.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz Boston round growler from the brewery.

Pale brassy hue, great clarity with a good enough froth to keep things going. Big citrus, sweet piney nose with hints of dried grass, tobacco, melon rind and pineapple. Mild smoothness, a tad creamy, chewy medium body. Aggressive resin hop character, citric and piney with an ample bitterness. Mild biscuity malt backbone, spicy, hint of yeast, clean, and bread crust in the finish.

A solid American IPA, without a doubt on the bold side. Very clean and drinkable. A real treat here.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Despite the overly clean and almost filtered coppery hue the head had a powerful, stiff thickness.

The nose is strong and assertive with tons of fruity citrus. Grapefruit leads the way with tangerines, nectarines, oranges and a sugary mango sweetness. The malt is lightly caramel but the aroma is powerfully fruity.

The flavor is assertive as well but the herbal hop tones are more prominent on the tongue. Touches of cannabis, tea leaf and whole cone give way to tangerines, lemons and grapefruit.

The feel is light but smooth with some considerable warmth in the chest.

Kudos to Rhinegiest on a very well done ale.

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Truth from Rhinegeist Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.