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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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Reviews: 32
Hads: 72
Avg: 2.67
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of iSip
4.58/5  rDev +71.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of morimech
3.01/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.01/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bump8628
2.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber, well-filtered, thin head of foam that fades. Hmm, definitely not American IPA. English maybe. Lots of caramel with mild earthy, floral, herbal hops. No flaws, just not the advertised style. A balanced pint, drinkable on a summer afternoon with nothing to do.

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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).

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 a beer that's worth trying, as it does have a unique flavor profile that I wouldn't have expected from a Minhas subsidiary.

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Photo of Florida9
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear copper in color. Forms about a half inch of creamy off-white head that reduces down to a thick ring around the edge and nothing else. Some light lacing.

S: Caramel malt, citrus hops and a slight metallic tinge.

T: This beer is sneaky bastard: at first the flavor is just fine, a bit malty, but jut fine. Mild caramel malts and some light citrus and earthy hops. Then the beer turns south in a big way with a huge metallic off-flavor that assaults the tastebuds. Metallic flavor continues over into the aftertaste and never goes away.

M: On the thinner side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation and a mild bitterness. But, somehow, that metallic taste makes the mouthfeel feel tinny and thin and just coats the tongue like I've been sucking on a penny.

O: Simply, not very good at all.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into duvel tulip

Look is a dark brown-amber, cloudy, with a fluffy/sudsy, 2-finger sticky head that fades to a film. Poured out a huge lump of sediment, must've been from the bottom of the barrel. Smell is a lot of sweet malt; baked bread, caramel rolls, sweet ester-y dark fruit, touch of citrus and big artificial perfume notes. Only a small bit of earthy hops in the aroma. Taste is very sweet like in the nose; red-ale like medicinal dry leaves, dark fruit, citrus, dust. Very floral, accompanied by some medicinal bitterness and a prickle of alcohol. Feel is light-medium, with a slight 'slick-ness', and a lot of carbonation.

Really lacking in those powerful pine/citrus hops that make an American IPA what it is. Still, dirt cheap at 2.99 a bomber.

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Photo of pweis909
2.57/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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....

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Photo of AmitC
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh my God.. I got fooled. So i was looking for beers at my usual beer shop. I find this thumper IPA 22oz bottle sitting right next to some other cool IPAs such as Unearthly from southern tier, and hercules IPA from great divide. I thought it must e of same caliber. I asked for the price and i got 3.52 with taxes. I did not think twice. A bargain compared to over 6 dollars for the rest of two.

This is poorer than the reviews suggest. Such beers should not be in he market. I brew better stuff than this at home.

Pours a cloudy, amber colored with little head. A lot of bubbles, and certainly more carbonation than required.

Smell is more of hopped malt extract that is yet not completely fermented or something. Some hints of piney and citrusy hops. Smell is not that bad.

Taste is what is disappointing. Completely unlike other IPAs that i have had. Bitterness is there but not a lot of balance. Very raw and seems under prepared. Seems like some off flavors. Not at all likable

Mouthfeel is not good for an IPA. Very light bodied and carbonation spoils it even further.

Avoid. Complete waste of money. Lesson learnt: good IPAs are costly. They do not come cheap.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 5 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the (512) third anniversary snifter.

Small soapy white head. Minimally carbonated. Clear orange red in color. Aroma is sweet and syrupy, touch of perfume. Starts very syrupy, sweet and boozy. Maltiness predominates throughout, sweet, fairly syrupy. Medium body, medium ethanol. Finish is a faint touch of bitterness, but not much.

Where's the hops?!

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.41/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a crystal clear amber with one finger of cream colored head that forms a solid top barrier. Minor specks of lacing.

S - Light citrus, maderin orange, caramel malt, doughy yeast.

T- Leafy green hops laced with citrus, caramel malt, tea tannins, alcohol is very present. The hops turn earthy and herbal on the finish, mixing with alcohol creating an astringent perfume character.

M - Creamy soft feel, light to medium body.

The aroma reminds me of an American Pale Ale. The hop flavors are there but things seems manufactured. There's a strange artificial flavor going on. No freshness, just the ample amount of caramel malt stands out. The market is so saturated with IPAs that you have to bring your A game when it comes to this style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.37/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting another lame beer from Minhas and they haven't let me down. Although I will say that their butterscotch beers of the past now are in only the past. Bravo! Slow learning curve tho. This IPA may at one time have been in the vicinity of some flavor/aroma hops, but it doesn't show. Plenty of malt. But also has a foul medicinal quality that has a lingering bitterness that's a real grind. Nose is like flavor. There's also some decent malt flavor mixed in with the other off qualities. Body could be good but the weird stuff dominates. Finish is like flavor. Appearance is about the best thing- clear brown amber with some bubble trails. I don't have any more chilled brew, but I think I might have to pitch this.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy coppery color with ruddy red highlights and an off-white single finger of foam for a head, medium levels of lacing.
Smells lightly of pine resin but most of all of a general heavy caramel malt with an odd kind of 'wet pennies' sort of coppery aroma. The disturbing 'wet pennies' make an unwelcome return in the finish of the flavor, which is mostly comprised of rather intensely sweet honey bread (or perhaps raised donut batter) with a few sprinkles of generic pine resin and grapefruit peel way off in the background noise. Body is medium, texture is pretty good, but I wouldn't really call this an IPA of any sort at all. At best I would call this an APA and at worst I'd call it a hoppy amber. But because the bottle label explicitly advertises the contents as an IPA, I'm forced to subtract points for raising false expectations.

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Photo of pigc
2.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy orangish color with minimal half finger head. Decent lacing.

S - Bready malts and faint citrus. That's about it.

T - Some lemon zest and very bready malts. Very one dimensional.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - A very forgettable IPA. With so many exceptional examples of this style this one is certainly forgettable. Not sure if I will be able to finish this bomber. Well below average.

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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.