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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rhinelander Thumper American IPARhinelander Thumper American IPA

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BA SCORE
66
poor

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-30-2011)
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Reviews by uwmgdman:
Photo of uwmgdman
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into a snifter this beer exhibits a moderate white head that diminished to a thin, but lasting skim. The color is very deep copper bordering on light amber, a good looking start. The aroma is medium piney hop, a bit of citrus, definitely some dark caramel malt notes as well as a bit of metal? The flavor is quite bitter--very resiny, followed by some caramel-toffee sweetness and a finish that is quite dry and one-dimensional bitterness returns. The beer is overly bitter and could benefit from exchanging some bittering additions for flavor/aroma additions. The malt makes an appearance but it the overly bitter quality of the beer is hard to get by. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium-full. Overall this beer isn't awful, but it's not terribly good either. The $2.75 price was pretty darn good for a bomber--but in this case you get what you pay for--I'd rather spend more on a better beer.

uwmgdman, Apr 15, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep dark orange body with a bubbly light beige head that is soon gone and a sea of bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft green hops have a bright quality to them with a soft pale malt note coming through when it opens up a bit. Some caramel malt finishes the smell.

T- The slightly tangy note leads to light citrus green hops with a lime like quality. There is some caramel and graham sweetness although soft before the bitter green bite in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that mellows as the beer warms. No real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is thin with a soft hop profile except for the full bitterness and a tartness to it that overpowers a bit. The malt sweetness grows sweeter as the beer opens aswell.

rhoadsrage, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of richkrull
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

richkrull, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
2.71/5  rDev +0.7%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with a half finger off white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. Head retains fairly well. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Piny hops, sweet malts. Bit of a macro aroma to it, perhaps corn? Hops give some good bitterness to the aroma. Bit of a farmhouse feel to it.

T: It certainly has some hop to it, but it comes off a bit weird. Malts seem a bit fake and almost like a cheap lager. Best drink it before it warms up.

M: Light to medium body with a good carbonation. Isnt too sticky from the hops but doesnt feel as crisp as it could. Feels much stronger than it is ABV wise.

Overall reminds me a bit of a home brew, raw and incomplete. Needs some work to get balanced out.

CloudStrife, May 30, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.4/5  rDev -10.8%

650ml bottle. My tongue awaits tantalizing from a truly unexpected source...

This beer pours a clear medium brassy amber colour, with two fingers of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some decent branched lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of sweet and acidic fruit, in a white wine sense, a bit of citrus that slightly evokes hops, and very pale malt. The taste is light caramel malt, counter-top wash lemon citrus, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, some acrid pine needle, and a slight edgy booziness. The carbonation is a bit below average in strength, the body medium weight, and generally IPA-like in its prickly smoothness. It finishes sweet and tangy - neutered caramel malt and hops that seem destined for the dark, skanky side.

Of the new craft-esque bombers from Minhas/Rhinelander, this is the best of the lot thus far - nothing off-putting, but nothing really resembling a prototypical American IPA either. Like a run-of-the-mill IPA with the bitterness surgically extracted - I have no idea where the label-purported '79 I.B.U.' measure actually wound up.

biboergosum, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of brewtaster
1.83/5  rDev -32%

Not good. Even the adjuncts used in this conconction are not good. I thought I was finding a bargan based on the price. It ended up ruining my Friday night beer sampling that I so look forward to. No hop presence, the malts that are there are totally unballanced. Mildly funky smell. Very funky taste. About the only positive thing I can say about this brew is that it had good head, lacing, and appearence. I have now learned though that means nothing.

If you value beer for the taste of beer, stay away from this one.

brewtaster, May 18, 2013
Photo of beerbrains
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

beerbrains, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of russpowell
2.45/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pears & apple blossoms, zero evidence of hops

T: Pears, butterscotch, brown bread & honey, plus herbal hops up front. Some woody & herbal hops mixes in with pears & white grapes. Finishes fruitty & way too sweet, somewhat grassy

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation

Not horrible, just not to style, not even close. Honestly, if I knew it was from these guys I would've passed, lesson learned....

russpowell, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of FalconA
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

FalconA, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -25.7%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of morimech
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Rhinelander Brewing? The old swill of yesteryear? Oh, it is Minhas Brewery. Son of a bitch! Felt like I just threw $3 away. Oh well, the damage is done so I will try and give this beer an unbiased review. The label on the bottle is very attractive and caught my eye.

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The label claims "fiercely hopped" but I am not getting that from the aroma. I do detect mild citrus and floral notes. A little bready malt as well.

Not the deepest, most flavorful IPA, but it isn't bad either. Mostly citrus with caramel. Touches of floral as well. Quite bitter considering the flavor. Semi-sweet overall.

The body is a little too light. Carbonation is off a tad as well. Not nicely matched. Not thin or watery, but just lacking.

Overall consider myself suprised by the quality of this IPA. Nothing great but for the price, it is worth a try.

morimech, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of tone77
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of hops. Taste is, well not bad, but not IPA like at all. Some green apples, very mild hops, the 79 IBU on the bottle is hard to believe. Virtually no bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a below average beer.

tone77, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of WhitmansNiece
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, 12, 11[unreadable], 14 on the neck. 79 IBUs

A - Deep amber in color, this clear beer has a dense and tall off-white head with thick, sticky lace clinging to the glass.

S - Malt-heavy, Thumper IPA has some resiny, bitter-smelling notes going on with a citrus splash on the back end. Thumper is predominantly caramel malt-filled with a touch of biscuit notes. it's immediately apparent much larger hop additions are necessary.

T - Decisively malt, Thumper seems to fall into an amber category rather than an IPA, especially an American of all. While there are citrus and resin characteristics in the background, it lacks a strong hop forward profile. Metallic finish.

M - Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, this "IPA" has a low touch of bitterness despite it's 79 IBU claims. Rather harsh on the tongue, it's got a metallic finish.

O - I so badly wanted to love this brew. My aunt and uncle live in Rhinelander and it just appeared on the shelves at my local Woodman's. Either this beer is completely un-fresh, or it's got nowhere near the alpha acids in the hop additions it needs. More of an amber than an IPA, this brew is heavy on the malt - a good base for additional hopping. The metallic finish is fairly off-putting too, but it's a decent beer overall (aside from not fitting style).

BeerFMAndy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
2.35/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a reddish hue with a big sticky white head.

Smells sweet from caramel malts I'm assuming with some citrus hop notes although not very aromatic overall.

Taste is also way too malt forward for an IPA. I highly doubt the IBU claim on this bottle as I hardly taste any hops. Not completely horrible, but not for a hop lover and there is a slight metallic finish.

A bit too thin, but good carbonation levels.

Well this beer isn't anything great. If they'd dose it with some more hops, it may be better, but it's only $2.99 for a bomber. That gives it a bump in a major way because anything drinkable in that price range is a win.

jmarsh123, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

civicm87, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of adhallick
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

adhallick, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a heavy sweet malt and secondary herbal hop.

The taste was a muddled medley of malt and adjunct sweetness with a trace of hop spice and some tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strange lingering sweetness.

Overall a subpar IPA.

plaid75, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of ThirstyDutchman
1.04/5  rDev -61.3%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

leprechaunandfatman, May 02, 2013
Photo of pweis909
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%

A=A bit on the dark side, but not out of style for an IPA. Nice white foam, recedes quickly.

S=hints of caramel , but really, mostly I get a banana like fruitiness that is truly out of place. It is not overwhelming but definitely offputting. No citrusy American hops to the aroma. What hops are used, I wonder? Not much of an American IPA, IMO.

T=Look. I'm not a huge hophead. I don't need each IPA to be more extreme and intense than the last. But give me some hops, please. This beer is balance more to sweet than bitter, and there is no recognizable hop flavor. I'm just getting caramel.

M= Slightly slick, which is neither here nor there, in my opinion. This is the best thing going in this beer. There should be a mouth drying finish to this beer and a bit of prickliness, IMO

O=Except for the name, which I kind of like, this beer seems poorly conceived. It seems like a bad recipe for an American IPA, and perhaps a mismanaged fermentation for the yeast and style. This is not at all what I am looking for in an IPA

pweis909, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of AlphaKing414
3/5  rDev +11.5%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

martyl1000, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my trusty Lakefront Brewery pint glass, a clear orange blossom honey amber color with a good deal of visible carbonation. An inch of eggshell head has good legs and leaves some cling down the glass. The aroma of this one consists of muted citrus notes mingling with caramel and sweetbread--it's pleasant, but not memorable. The taste is a bit of a letdown, insofar as it fails to provide the hop character I expect from American IPAs. The first flavor on the palate is a rush of caramel malt, with more subtle tones of pine, citrus, and clear alcohol vying for attention as the sweetness of the malts dissipates. The bitterness of this beer only really asserts itself after all other flavors have gone; at that point, it has a hint of that medicinal, cough-syrup quality. The feel of this beer is pleasant enough. There's a good deal of carbonation and nice smoothness at the fore, with some definite bite at the end.

As others have mentioned, one of the problems with this beer is its apparent improper classification as an American IPA. If anything, it does seem more reminiscent of an English IPA. As an American IPA, it just doesn't bring the liveliness of those floral citrus and pine flavors that should be leading the charge across the palate. Without thought for categories or labels, this is certainly a beer that's worth trying, as it does have a unique flavor profile that I wouldn't have expected from a Minhas subsidiary.

DabblinWiscCraft, Dec 19, 2011
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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.