Rhinelander Thumper American IPA - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.03/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
10-06-2011 02:52:42 | More by BEERchitect
3.08/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
07-24-2012 00:26:23 | More by kylehay2004
2.4/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
10-07-2011 02:19:43 | More by biboergosum
2.45/5 rDev -9.3%
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....
10-31-2012 06:06:25 | More by russpowell
3.1/5 rDev +14.8%
(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.
02-21-2012 18:20:43 | More by rhoadsrage
3.25/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
04-16-2013 01:35:09 | More by plaid75
3.13/5 rDev +15.9%
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
10-04-2011 20:55:26 | More by wordemupg
2.8/5 rDev +3.7%
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).
12-11-2011 20:36:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.8/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-27-2013 07:39:32 | More by tone77
2.28/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
11-14-2013 04:57:09 | More by drpimento
1.3/5 rDev -51.9%
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.
03-20-2012 02:16:52 | More by maximum12
3/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-29-2012 19:31:42 | More by morimech
2.55/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-03-2012 23:09:06 | More by Florida9
2.23/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
02-26-2012 07:30:01 | More by Zachtheporter
2.35/5 rDev -13%
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.
01-24-2012 19:09:39 | More by jmarsh123
2.38/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
07-12-2012 06:05:16 | More by StaveHooks
2.38/5 rDev -11.9%
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?!
03-14-2012 03:18:27 | More by htomsirveaux
2.98/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-27-2012 18:56:13 | More by bump8628
Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.