Truth - Rhinegeist Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 601
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 147 | 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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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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Of all the beers my brewing buddy Bob brought back from his trip to Ohio, this was my favorite. BIG fruit hop nose! BIG flavor palette including pineapple and mango. A hint of honey, and even a little wheat, nice. Excellent bitterness to offset all the fruit. Refreshing, well crafted, and above all original. (309 characters)

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. (935 characters)

Photo of LikesLocalBrews
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Deep gold with touches of orange throughout. An off-white head leaves minimal lacing. A medium bodied, bitter, dry and well carbonated hop bomb with an array of fruity flavors - grapefruit, pineapple, mango and peaches - softened by pale maltiness, dried grass, and pine, and with a bread crust in the finish. One of my favorite American IPAs, so thankfully, the brewery is within a short walk from my downtown office. (7.2% ABV) (431 characters)

Photo of Jpwooten1
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mango. Mango. Mango. Can't believe I can just walk and pick up a sixer of this for $9.99 anytime I want. I'm worried the beer snobs will descend soon and snatch everything in sight similar to 3F. Until then.... (211 characters)

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. (683 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (737 characters)

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! (1,031 characters)

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. (968 characters)

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. (587 characters)

Photo of zhivago373
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
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! (596 characters)

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. (460 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (359 characters)

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. (540 characters)

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! (1,639 characters)

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. (620 characters)

Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured Truth into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden with a finger and half of white head.

S - You can smell this baby while its being poured. The luscious aroma of tropical citrus fills the nose with grapefruit, pineapple, pine, orange, and touch of coconut. Wonderful!

T - Getting grapefruit and pine right off the bat. Mid palate fresh citrus and a touch of malt for balance. Finally, on the finish more hops, with added pine needles and grapefruit.

M - Medium carbonation with medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer rocks, and you tell this is gonna be a Cincy favorite for a long to time to come. Cheers! (622 characters)

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

A - Poured out of a grower with a copper and amber color into the pint, it has a small head.
S - hoppy noise with noticeable citrus and pine.
T - Its full on hops, just like the smell. Grapefruit or other tropical fruit. Right amount of malt.
M - Medium body and mild carbonation.
O - Another example of Cincinnati brewers crafting great beer. Looking forward to when this is canned and sold as a six pack. (410 characters)

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. (529 characters)

Photo of crewfish
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Rhinegeist IPA is the flagship of this new brewery. It is by far their best beer and I would consider it to be the best IPA of Cincinnati. It is light in color, but full in flavor. It has a delicious fortaste as the beer hits your mouth and leaves a delicious aftertaste as well. The brewery is located in Over the Rhine near Findlay Market. Everyone should visit this establishment to soak up the atmosphere. (413 characters)

Photo of edfish
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got my Growler filled at Jungle Jim's.
Poured a golden ruby color with a light head, this is the only flaw to the beer! A light head and carbination. Lacing dripps slowly down the glass.
Smell - Friggen Hoptastic! I hope hoptasic is a new word. So it is a slightly sweet smelling citrus hop. Some pine notes. You smell it with every sip!!
Taste, just plain wonderful. Tounge gets overwhelmed with a hop bombardment very good! Doesn't taste too overpowering on the hops. Hops don't leave that bitter Linger, finishes dry and extremly smooth.
Mouthfeel- full and rich, light carbination.
Overall- This is one of the best IPA's I have tasted! I may have said that before but this is a very high ranking brew. I think it ranks above Fat Head, 90 minute and those are dang good ipas. I really wanted to give this a 5 overall because it is that good but with my experience in ratings I have learned there are many fine beers out there but this ranks #1 inmy American IPA catagory. (975 characters)

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. (581 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, July 6 at Rhinegeist.

The pour was golden/copper with nice white head.

The smell makes me think Citra hops, as a bit of cat piss comes to mind. Those notes are combined with a bit of pine resin and bitter citrus essential oil notes.

The taste is the money on this beer. Again, I think Citra comes through. Great malt backbone for a very balanced hop profile of bitter citrus oils, light pine resin and light tropical fruit. There is great restraint in this beer. That hop flavor was still with me 15 minutes after leaving the tasting room, and it was still very pleasant.

The mouthfeel was spot on. Perfect carbonation and body for an IPA.

Overall, this IPA drinks with the best of them. I will be returning to Rhinegeist many times for this beer alone. (779 characters)

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