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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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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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Photo of iSip
4.58/5  rDev +70.3%

I picked up this bomber of Thumper American IPA for three bucks at a Copps store in Wisconsin. The label says "IPA", but my taste buds said Belgian Ale, and a great one at that. Maybe a bottling error. So I bough another. Same result. Beautiful hazy orange color topped by a decent head. The fragrance was spot on Begian yeast. No IPA hoppyness to be found, but instead a glorious Belgian ale with an etherial malt essence on top of that wonderful bready-ness that any Tripel lover will stop mid sip, eyes closed and thank the beer gods. Excellent beer, an must try! But it is not an IPA... the lable should be corrected.

iSip, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

beerbrains, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

martyl1000, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

IPAFrankieH, Aug 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

elevatedgreens, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bicyclesnbeer
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

bicyclesnbeer, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

civicm87, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

leprechaunandfatman, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

dragomni, Jan 27, 2013
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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 Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Boone757, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

pathead, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of OKCNittany
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

OKCNittany, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%

pint at some airport bar in San Fran

A clear bronze with a very short lived thumbs width of foam that somehow leaves a ring of lace

S pretty basic with a little hoppy citrus with some toffee and booze

T a little lemon rind on top of what I smell and a few other tropical notes but pretty faint

M full bodied for the color with a little bite too it, decent carbonation

O nothing special but I had no issues finishing my beer

when there's nothing other then yellow fizz maybe, but other then that I wouldn't bother pretty basic stuff here

wordemupg, Oct 04, 2011
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 kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%

A: two finger head with some retention on a slightly hazy copper body with golden hues. minimal lacing.

S: mostly caramel malts with light floral and citrus hop notes.

T: definitly malt forward with floral bitterness, brown sugar and orange citrus sweetness. Hops are mild and more on an APA scale.

M: medium body and very creamy. lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not very hoppy. This would be a decent APA. Not really overly flavorful but I have had worst IPAs than this which have higher ratings on BA.

kylehay2004, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +12.6%

With a balance that's much more indicative of English Pale Ales, but with a caramel backbone and citrusy hops that claim American characteristic this undescriptive ale proves appealing enough even though a bit lackluster.

Pouring a caramel golden color with a bright yet slightly hazed hue, the beer's ample carbonation keeps the white froathy/fizzy head going. Light on lace, the beer seems IPAish except for the terse head character.

Hop aromas are present with a notion of orange peel, citrus acidity, and grasses; but these don't command any prevailence against the moderate caramel malt scents. Balanced for sure, but IPAs aren't supposed to be balanced.

Flavors fare similarly with simple caramel sweetness and medium maltiness holding serve. Grapefruit zest, orange zest, and lemon zest all have a turn at hop flavor mid way throught the drink before turning to a grassy bite in late bitterness. A very simplified flavor spread where no hop notes taking command, yet leaving an abrasive hop bitterness in finish.

Medium rich and lightly sugary, the beer holds onto the sweetness until very late in the finish; not allowing the hop character to develop the bitter dryness that IPAs deserve. Lightly warming in finish, the malty sweetness overshadows the otherwise crisp and clean finish to the beer.

This IPA is too one-dimensional caramelly sweet and the hop aroma, flavor, nor bitterness aren't nearly bold enough to qualify for the style. But still, the beer fares well with few flaws outside of over sweetened, mild graininess, and slightly bitey hops.

BEERchitect, Oct 06, 2011
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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
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

KindaFondaGoozah, May 13, 2014
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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
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

Jspriest, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

lucasj82, May 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

fredmugs, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

mattknueven, Apr 06, 2013
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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.