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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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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 21.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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 AlphaKing414


3/5  rDev +10.3%

04-02-2012 05:59:58 | More by AlphaKing414
Photo of maximum12


1.3/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:16:52 | More by maximum12
Photo of htomsirveaux


2.38/5  rDev -12.5%
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?!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:18:27 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of richkrull


1.5/5  rDev -44.9%

03-12-2012 17:34:50 | More by richkrull
Photo of pigc


2.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:05:53 | More by pigc
Photo of Zachtheporter


2.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 07:30:01 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.1/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 18:20:43 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:03:10 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of jmarsh123


2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 19:09:39 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Jspriest


3/5  rDev +10.3%

01-13-2012 20:25:07 | More by Jspriest
Photo of FalconA


2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-31-2011 02:48:00 | More by FalconA
Photo of powerss13


2.15/5  rDev -21%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:54:46 | More by powerss13
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:25:00 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:36:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:19:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BEERchitect


3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:52:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 20:55:26 | More by wordemupg
Photo of BarrytheBear


2.08/5  rDev -23.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:12:32 | More by BarrytheBear
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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.