Truth | Rhinegeist Brewery

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76 Reviews
BEER STATS
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76
Ratings:
763
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
29.83%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by eyeenjoybeer on 07-08-2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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~

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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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding clear orange color with a great pine and fruit nose. Taste is bright, with mango and pine fading into pith and strong bitterness. A bit prickly in the close, but a lovely IPA overall.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from Fri., 01/02/2015 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of stewart124
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Dr-Jan-Itor-
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I've been around - as far as IPA's are concerned - and this one will remain in my memory. The first word that comes to mind is RAW. As in untamed, bold, brash - even a bit presumptuous.

Smooth at first, strong alcohol kick, bitter aftertaste that teeters on the edge of pleasant and offensive. Think of this as Ballast Point's Sculpin - but the troublemaker cousin that had some run-ins with the cops and just finished the sleeve on his left arm.

Well worth picking up if you have the chance. Unrefined. Unapologetic. And a heck of an experience.

Did I mention the BEAUTIFUL amber coloring and the perfect balance of carbonation? - just go pick it up.

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Photo of UKBeerman
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a strong hoppy IPA. It is as strong and aroma filled as ANY beer in the Cincinnati area. Unfortunately I have only had it out of the can ( why no bottles? ) It is also available on tap or in growlers at the brewery. As IPA's go, this one is right in line with the best in the style....you can walk into the room and know someone has opened a Truth. Strong taste and clean mouthful on first drink and a strong and bitter linger afterword....but still pleasant. I am not an IPA person unless I am just having a beer. ..the strong flavor overtakes food for me so I usually drink lighter when having dinner. This is a GREAT IPA though and when I am just having a beer or two, this is the one to enjoy!

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