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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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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 32
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1.04/5  rDev -61.5%

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1.08/5  rDev -60%

Photo of maximum12
1.36/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up this inexpensive bomber of Liquor Barrel in St. Louis Park last week. I mean, Rhinelander? Really? I remember buying cases of non-returnable bottles in Wisconsin in the early '90's - 'sconnie swill. Interesting that they've busted a move on the micro-beer boom. Let's get to it. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is clean, filtered orange. Nose is, well, off is being kind. Malty, maybe a hop root or two, with a big turn of must. My wife saw the rabbit on the label & said "maybe it's rabbit poo." I wouldn't be that harsh, but, it's not appealing.

Thumper IPA makes me want to scratch my nads, because, well, that's more fun. The only discernable beer taste is the big dose of caramel malts - huge. No hops, other than a distant whiff of grocery store perfume. Then there's the mustiness, a country twang of metllic nastiness, & well, fuck. I always want to say something nice about a beer, but this is just brutally awful.

I'm sorry, Minhas, but if you're going to try to crowbar into the good beer business, you have a lot of work to do. This is painfully terrible. 20 ounces headed for the bathroom sink. Avoid avoid avoid.

Photo of richkrull
1.5/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of chrisrusu
1.75/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is not even close to the style it claims to be! No way its an American IPA and 79 I.B.U....

I'm not a fan of shooting down beers this low. But this is just awful.

Pours a medium copper brown/orange.

Taste like almost like a Amber. So much malt... Not much citrus or hop bitterness at all.
Banana and brown sugar with a bit a copper and bubble gum.

Sorry for such a bad review, but GOOD GOD! Please stay far far away.

Photo of brewtaster
1.87/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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.

Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -25.9%

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2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of jenray
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of feelin_iffy
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Noxious26
2.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Tried this the other night. A friend of mine said that it really wasn't that bad. They were wrong. Looks like an IPA, but has a really terrible extract/syrup taste. Some discernible hops, but everything is over run by the horrible extract taste.

Not worth your time.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Label reads Rhinelander Brewing Company...but a quick search reveals no results, but a connection to Minhas. If I am misinformed hopefully this is moved to the correct place.

22 oz bottle with an orange label featuring a cartoon rabbit and the wording Thumper American IPA. Purchased for the low low price of 2.50 at Woodman's west in Madison.

Pours a medium orange with a pinkie deep off white head with some caramel colored flecks. Barrage of steady bubble rise from the bottom of the glass after an angry hiss from the bottle being opened. I feared an over carbonated mess.

Smell is soft and soapy with some light watery melon lurking in the background along with some residual sugars. An uninspiring second act.

Taste is similarly muddled. The bottle claims 79 IBU but there's hardly any bitterness to speak of. Hops play lightly on the tongue and smack of pear and white melon: almost a white white hop profile if that makes sense. Finish is very sugary and seems quite out of place. This seems incomplete....a sort of sluggish hop sucrose batter that hasn't had time to do it's thing or needs an re-evaluation of recipe or a tweak in the brew process: just out of sorts.

The price is right but the result is...well....not

Photo of powerss13
2.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Mid dark level amber color to it. Decent size head on the pour.

Smell: Little hop smell. By smell, would not expect to be a big beer in hops for an IPA.

Taste: Just like the smell, little hop taste to it. For an IPA, they definitely could have done much better. Other than that it was an ok beer.

Mouthfeel: Light notes to hops, but very little. Very clean and light. Not cloudy or heavy at all.

Overall: Worth a try. Give it a good taste and enjoy what you can. Thereare some pros to this beer, but I believe that there are more cons

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A- pours a deep dark golden amber that is almost brown. More of an orange really. Has an off white bubbly foamy head that is thick at first before it dissolves down a bit to become thinner. The beer is murky but not completely opaque. Small white bubbles can be seen mid glass rising to the top.

S- The smell is incredibly sweet and malty for an IPA. Smells strongly of caramel with a faint note of graham cracker. It is slightly hoppy and citrusy but contains the odd grape-like aroma I've found common to every single one of Minhas's beers.

T- Once again, I find that the taste is oddly malty and caramely. It is somewhat fruity with citrus and grape notes which I once again find very odd for the style. Just lightly hoppy. Has a somewhat bitter finish but I would say that it is much more tart rather than bitter. There is somewhat of an alcohol taste as well.

M- Very carbonated with a medium bodied. The high carbonation seems to take away from the already weak flavor. Has a somewhat syrupy feel despite the crisp feel from the carbonation.

O- All of the beers by Minhas have a very similar taste which is beginning to make me wonder if they are all just the same beer with just minor tweaks. If so I really would not be to surprised. This is almost NOTHING like an IPA. I wouldn't even call it an IPA, maybe an American strong ale, or an amber ale. It has almost no hop flavor for an IPA. This is an incredibly sad beer. It doesn't even seem like beer, more like carbonated alcoholic syrup.

Photo of twenty5
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of pigc
2.28/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.32/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.42/5  rDev -10.4%
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?!

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of AmitC
2.45/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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....

Photo of FalconA
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
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