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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 140 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 579 | Reviews: 58
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost perfectly clear amber. Decent lacing on the glass. Lots of resin and pine. Consistent and well brewed. I like it.

Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Pours a hazy orange with a well formed white head. The head really fills up my sample cup.

S-Quite hoppy. Lots of peach and citrus with a dried grass aroma as well. The aroma is right in my wheelhouse. I'm excited to try.

T-Again, it's just as advertised. A big, bitter hop wave with tons of different fruity flavors. Peaches, grapefruit and mango. Dried grass and pine. Soft, pale maltiness.

M-Bitter, dry and well carbonated. Medium bodied. Lingering flavor.

O-A hop-bomb that I would absolutely love to see available in my neck of the woods. Assertive and very yummy.

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing clings to the glass.

S- Piney, somewhat citrusy hop aroma that's backed by a good amount of cereal grain malt sweetness. Slightly musty.

T- Very balanced flavor of juicy hops and sweet malt. It's almost so balanced, I would think it's more of a straight pale ale than IPA. The bitterness starts to really creep in and let itself be known as multiple sips are taken. The alcohol is very well-hidden and there's a hint of soily yeast in the aftertaste.

M- Somewhat zesty with a trailing hop bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Really good stuff. Will look out for more offerings from these guys in the future when available. Supremely drinkable given the ABV. I would almost put it up there with the ranks of Jai Alai, Flower Power and Head Hunter. Just a very well-made IPA that teeters between single and double.

Photo of BMMillsy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Citrus, pine, nice bitterness, well balanced.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

A - Truth pours deep gold to amber in color and is clear. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I get the obligatory citrus smell with tangerine standing out. I also get some grapefruit, mango, and pine.

T - The taste is loaded with citrus. It starts out with mango and orange, Then it gives way to grapefruit before finishing with pine.

M - Medium and well carbonated.

O - I am growing to like this beer a lot. I first had it at the brewpub. Then I had it at the Great American Ballpark and Horseshoe Casino. Now I can't get enough of it, and I live in north central Ohio where it is not distributed. I hope they make it here soon.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of rangerred
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a small white head. No lacing.

Aroma is very fruity with lots of tropical citrus along with just a touch of dankness. Very intense aroma.

This hop intensity carries over into the flavor. It is extremely juicy with pineapple and mango but a touch of that earthy dankness manages to hang around. Not much malt is detectable as it is basically all hops. Very high bitterness and a dry mouthfeel.

This is an extremely well done IPA. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I will be on the lookout for it in the future.

Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent drinkable beer. But it doesnt't stand out in any way to me.

Photo of dfillius
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from the brewery

Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of zimm421
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a standard pint glass. Growler was filled on 5/31/14, and filled very well. Reviewed 24 hours after fill. Appears a clear golden color, with touches of orange throughout. Has an off-white head, that leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is full of tropical fruits, with mango and pineapple sticking out, as well as a good citrus presence, with grapefruit and orange notes. There's a touch of caramel sweetness in the aroma as well. The taste follows this, with the topical fruits and citrus coming through up front, followed by a touch of the malt sweetness, which is then quickly overtaken by the citrus in the finish, with a lasting bitterness, that goes down nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with average carbonation levels. Finish is right where it should be, not too dry, and makes it easy to drink. Overall, this is another great IPA coming out of Ohio. The tropical fruits and citrus are the stars here, and it is very enjoyable.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (no date) served in a Milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear bright copper with a persistent 1/16" head and lots of lacing - big sheets, strands, and islands.

Smell: Fresh cut tropical fruit with some pine notes.

Taste: Hoppy, but not exceedingly bitter. Definite mango and tropical fruit up front, then a quick malt sweetness for balance, and then a sharp grapefruit citrus tartness/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, dry, but sticky on the teeth also.

Overall / Drinkability. A very nice take on a AIPA. I like the use of aroma hops and classic citrus flavor hops as well. Very tasty, well balanced, and very drinkable. I could easily have another one. I do wonder how this one would pair with food though. I think it might go really well with salads and some vegetarian dishes given the mango flavors and tropical fruit aroma. I think with the right type of poultry it might also shine, but I think it would clash with beef. Might need to pick up a 6 pack and experiment with this one. Well done!

Photo of stewart124
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from 12/04/14. Light copper in color with a beautiful head. Huge hop burst in the nose. Bold citrus aroma. Medium mouthfeel with hops taking the forefront. Light biscuity notes with pine, grapefruit and mango. This is Southwest Ohio's version of a west coast IPA and it is done well. Leaves the palate wanting another sip. Clean yeast profile with piney resin left on the tongue. Beautifully done. 7.2% goes over well but sneaks up on you.

Photo of bobhits
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Truth from Rhinegeist Brewery
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