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Stormcloud IPA - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerdiablo on 03-11-2007

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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 87
Reviews by a0lbudman:
Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light amber with a large off white head that gives a great lace
S-strong hop aroma that has a pine and citrus smell also
T-hops is the main taste with a grassy pine background that shows a nice malt hint
M- medium body with medium carbonation
O-Great beer to start off with. Great balance and not an overpowering IPA

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some grassy hops and some floral notes. The flavor is heavy on the floral hops and biscuit malt. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and some malt that makes the beer taste a bit like unsweet iced tea. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of randal
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am trying to get into this beer but I keep getting a large red flashing sign that does not read "Don't Panic" - instead it insists:

DIACETYL

I just start to enjoy some interesting herbacious or citrus notes when that buttery demon stomps on everything. The malt bill seems pretty straightforward and the hops are doing their best to lend an interesting counterpoint but ... Agh. I just cannot get past this butter-bomb of a beer. Someone else notes butterscotch - that's the diacetyl for sure and to me it is overwhelming. A flawed execution of an interesting idea.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer pours a warm bright yellow crystal clear body with a good strong sea of tiny bubbles and a meringues of off-white head that last a good while.

S- The dry crisp hop aroma has a light sulfur note to it with a green lemon quality. There is a light dry buttered corn note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The light dry pale malt flavor leads into a lightly pungent hop note with a light bitter noble hop finish. The bitterness lingers only for a split second.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight clean fizz finish.

D- The Noble hops and sulfur hints and some interesting touches to this IPA but it was really light in flavor and aroma with not much depth.

Photo of pwoods
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jasonjlewis for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

Bottle says German style IPA, not American IPA

A: Certainly doesn't pour like an American IPA. Pours a dark shade of yellow with lots of visibility. 1 finger of head forms and dies within 30 seconds to some chunks on the surface. Some lacing. Millions of bubbles running all around and some even clinking to the sides on the way up.

S: Smells like a European IPA. Big floral notes dominate instead of mostly citrus and it has plenty of yeastiness. Malts don't let off any sweetness, instead a dull bread/grain.

T/M: Very very yeasty. Malts taste a bit like banana bread. Hops have an earthy, floral taste. No bitterness, nothing that I'd call juicy. Body is pretty light and carbonation is extremely high.

D: Just pretty bland and uninspiring.

Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a sort of strange combo of colors. It's sort of a darker version of your average Pils. Gold on top, yellow on the bottom. Fluffy white head on top that seems to want to stick around awhile. Lots of carbonation clearly visible, very fast moving. The combo of colors and the big bubbly head let you know this is something different.

Pineapple, grasses, straw and a little lemon round out the first sniff. Stepping back a little, it's definitely on the fruity side, non-citrus, with some herbal and floral notes in the mix. Doesn't seem to want to go much deeper than that. Not bad though.

Sweet caramel followed by toffee and distinct bread flavors make up the backbone of this brew. There is an almost delicate bitterness that sort of floats on top of it all. Grapefruity bitterness that is. Seems to get a little more bitter with each sip, but that malty backbone comes right back in as soon as the grapefruit starts to get a little wild. As it warms, you can get a little sweet candy sort of flavor at the sides of the tongue.

I don't know that I could call this well balanced, but it's uniquely balanced. There's a wonderful play of flavors going on above the bed of sweet vs bitter mouthfeel. It's not over the top or exotic even. It somehow feels familiar, yet very unusual at the same time. Honestly, it's a little hard to say if I like it or not, but I do think it's pretty tasty and certainly interesting.

I love the idea, unique character and creativity of this beer and the execution is pretty spot on. Worth a pour for IPA fans who are looking for something a little more subtle and definitely different.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours just a bit to the amber side of golden, clear, with a big fizzy head that subsides into a nicely formed cap supported by streaming carbonation.

Aroma is very floral, with some grain and zest in there. In the mouth, very light with prominent carbonation, with a bite of grain kicked aside by a big hop bitterness. Plenty of spicy, peppery stuff, a little toast, a little fresh grass... Finishes very dry.

Interesting. Hard to review this as an IPA, but it's nice to see Rahr & Sons continue to be adventurous with their seasonal brews. A very drinkable spring beer, and one that would pair especially well, I think, with some nice smoky Texas barbecued brisket.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. They had a special rare tapping of a Stormcloud cask. Here's an interesting story, as I was holding up the beer to see its color in the light I noticed two weird-looking and sort of fuzzy little pieces of...something in the bottom of my glass. I immediately thought the glass had something in it, obviously, that wasn't supposed to be there so I had my waiter see it and get me a new one. I saw him talk to the owner and then the guy at the bar. When my waiter came back with a new Stormcloud he explained how they had just finished off the cask and the beer in it was dry-hopped so what were in my glass were little pieces of hops! Cool! I kind of wanted to have the other glass back and drink it! :P Anyway, now to review (and I'm not sure if they nitro-tapped it).

I received my Stormcloud with a nice two finger, creamy-bubbly, and off-white head that had some good retention in the glass and left plenty of lacing. The beer itself was an amber-copper color that was a bit hazy.

This dry-hopped version of the Stormcloud smelled fantastic. Extremely floral, very hoppy. Pine resin and a bit of mango were there and I think the overt hoppiness brought out a spiciness that tingled my nostrils a bit.

When I first started drinking the Stormcloud I found it to be much like most of Rahr's beers. They sacrifice flavor for drinkability. Now, I'm all fine with drinkability, especially when it's so damn hot in Texas, but I want my IPAs to have some kick to them. However, after I let it sit out a bit I enjoyed it more. The flavors came out more. There's a medium hoppiness and bitterness but the more I drank the more the taste lingered on the back of my tongue. There's a bit of mango/pineapple fruitiness and caramel sweetness. The pine resin has a presence throughout. Malts make a bit bready.

The mouthfeel isn't too impressive. Good carbonation and drinkability but it's simply too light-bodied for me. Pretty smooth throughout.

The look and smell of Stormcloud were excellent while the taste and mouthfeel let it down. It's too drinkable, too light, for an IPA in my opinion. Like most Rahr beers, it's a good one but it sacrifices flavor and body too much for drinkability.

Photo of kyleelton
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It looks really nice. Beautiful foamy head and golden, clear. It's got a weird sweetness in the nose. Can't place it, but its a little funky and unpleasant, even if its not strong. It might be diacytl, but I'm not sure.

Too much bitterness and not enough balance. Love hops, but sometimes they bitter too much and don't bring the flavor. That's what we got here. A little sweetness, I guess from the malts but it doesn't feel right. Mouth feel it full. Over all its not too bad. Its problems don't make it undrinkable, but probably won't seek it out.

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Finnman, cheers!

First off this unlike any AIPA I've ever had, since it didn't really stick to the profile the review reflects that reality

Pours a way too effervescent hazed straw color with crazy foaming 4+ fingers of meringue-like head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Slight floral & citric hops, plus a bit of soapyness as this warmed

T: Astringent grainyness, some grassyness & lots of lemony & peppery hops up front. Beer balances out better as this warms with peppery, plus grapefruitty hops & a slight fruityness (pears, appleskins & apricots). Finishes with crispness & apple skins, kind of refreshing, but strange

MF: Medium bodied, overgassed & not very good balance at first

Drinks alright, but I could've embraced this more as a bastardized Kolsch/Pils hybrid. Still would work as a summer-time sipper if you're not too hung up on styles

Photo of BeerZack
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber-orange color with delicate head and nice lacing.

Roasted malt scents with slight caramel and hop spiciness.

Spicy grain flavor with a dusty hop bitterness.

Light crisp mouthfeel reminiscent more of a pale ale (reminds me of Sierra Nevada a bit; not the flavor specifically, but the overall impression).

Easy to drink, but I think I would have to rate it higher if it was labeled as a Pale Ale instead of an IPA.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is yellow hazy and thick with good carbonation. The head is big thick white and leaves very good lace.

The smell is ok not real hoppy, malt makes a nice showing.

The taste is ok again not real hoppy, but I do like the malt profile. Beady and nutty like a good Hellas. Kinda chewy as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, good better then medium body and a ok carbonation.

The drinkability in good this beer was a nice extra provided by Jason Lewis, Thanks Bro!.

Prosit Mk

Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear, ruddy copper with a creamy eggshell head that sticks well. There's a lot of suspended sediment in this one, strangely. Smells faintly of sweet amber malt and hints of slightly floral hop. Tastes of bready caramel malt and a more prominent hop character. Slightly piney with a dry finish. Medium body. Not the typical IPA, but still pleasant.

Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 fingers of head with a rocky top and tons of carbonation in the body. Light honey color. Smell is almost nonexistent in terms of the malt, but the hops give off a nice earthy and herbal aroma. I pick up some grain too. A weird gummy worm taste is prevalent in the foreground of the beer, along with some weak light malts. Herbal hops flavors are great in this, but there's some harsh aspirin that comes along with it. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight and has a great, smooth carbonation. This is odd enough to interest me into continuing to drink it.

An interesting experiment that doesn't perform as well as I'd hoped, but it's pretty intriguing, nonetheless.

Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Honey amber hue with a fuzzy thick off-white head that lasts forever. Solid lacing along the glass.

Herbal hop aromas replace the normal citrus aromas that is common in American IPAs. Earthy yeast aromas mix with the bready malt scents. Some butterscotch is present.

Lightly toasted malts set up the leafy hop flavor. The hop variety used doesn't create a lot of bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the hops with a very herb-like lingering flavor.

This one wasn't bad for what it is. I've had better American IPAs, but this one isn't also your typical AIPA. The use of German hops removes some of the bitter citrus flavors of the Northwestern hops. Recommended.

Photo of boodz85
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing, tastes as though a stoudt and IPA were combined and it is not a good marriage of flavors.

Photo of TexIndy
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Sadly no dating info still (one of the reasons I stopped drinking Rahr was burned too many times on stale beer). It was an amber color with good carb streams. Also had a massive amount of floaters which makes me think it might be old but since they don't date their bottles who knows. Had a very small head that never even covered the whole surface. Settled to a very thin collar and a few stray wisps. Very slight lace that quickly settled back down.

The aroma was grassy hops, lemon grass and biscuity malt. Very subtle and not conjuring up IPA thoughts. Taste followed the aroma with grassy hops leading the way. Some bitterness. Very malty. Just not enjoying this one. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, not a fan of this one. The hops just didn't come thru and the rest of the beer was just not very exciting. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - better IPA's out there so one is enough [N;N]

Photo of HotterThanHell
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stormcloud IPA is a German Style IPA? Alright, I'll give them some creativity points.

The beer however, is below average from the thin light golden color to the mild hoppy aroma to the almost not existent IPA taste.

I didn't get it. Not a bad tasting beer but not an IPA and not really worth your time. The beer was named after the stormclouds on a sea voyage....perhaps as they wallowed...in a Sea of Sorrow.

See ya in Munich, October 2007. Prosit!

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow with a huge head - tight bubbles. The aroma is citrus and fruity...nice hop notes. The taste is bitter and fruity/floral. The mouthfeel is just shy of medium, but well suited. Overall, this is an easy to drink IPA. It is interesting and worth a shot

Photo of TBoneJones
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Was on clearance for .69 cents for the single bottle at the grocery store. Let's find out why!
Pours cloudy copper, white fluffy head.
Smells of light bread and perfume, not much hops except for distant pine.
Taste is mostly mineral malts, harsh, with bitter hops buried in it.
Feels creamy and medium-full, quite syrupy/ sticky for this style.
Dank after a few more sips, albeit in non-refreshing way.
Pouring the remainder.
It should get marked down even more.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up straw with gold highlights and a thin white head.

S - Smells slightly floral with a hint of malt.

T - Taste and hop bitterness are well balanced, but the hops have an odd finish. Maybe because this is a German IPA. (?)

M - High carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D - A nice beer. A few of these wouldn't be too much work. Overall, It's a good beer. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to send back, either.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow color with a decent head to start, but it fades very very fast and retention is minimal.

Smell is of german hops. Saaz hops? I don't know. I know mainly american hop styles. Pale malts come out. I am used to a a little caramel malt presence. It's really hard to smell anything though because the smell is faint. I got whiffs of beer in my nose a few times trying to get a smell. The smell that I get is decent, but faint.

Taste is of weak pale malts and german saaz hops. I'll be honest I don't reall know what hop variety this is. I'm just putting it up to check later. I just can detect that it's german.
Very weak flavor profile. Crystal malts are weak and sweet. Little to no caramel malting and the hopping is weak. The hopping is slightly perfumy and a little citrusy and mildly earthy, but nothing out of the ordinary. A pretty lackluster IPA.

Crisp mouthfeel with a lingering pineyness from the aftertaste. Not bad, but not that great either.

Judging for the style, I wouldn't bother if there were any other ipa available.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep golden color with a medium-sized white head, which retains quite well. The carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Pale malt and quite prominent pine tar hop notes. The hops utterly dominate the aroma.

Taste: A burst of sweet pale malt opens the taste, which is soon vanquished by metallic and medicinal hop notes. The hop notes linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with lively carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Generally well-made, but I found the use of the bittering hops to be a trifle heavy-handed, even in the context of the style. The use of more citrus hops would provide balance. Still, this is an interesting offering from a brewery that has previously tended to emphasize German-style beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Decent white head, provided nice lacing.

Nose is floral, noble hops. I smell the german style with the hops, but bigger than most german styles with the floral hops. Still a bit understated.

Smooth entry, decent mouthfeel. Not quite full, but smooth and somewhat silky. Lots of hops hanging around out there - but certainly not what our american palates are trained to. It does not provide huge bittering - but plenty here. Plenty of hop flavor, and really like the noble european hop flavor. Just enough malts. The finish has an almost metal bite...is it the water or the hops? Grassy hop bitterness builds as this beer opens.

Another example of an american brewer creating a style. Don't expect an american ipa with this - let the flavor go and judge it on it's strenghts - not what it lacks compared to a huge american ipa.

Nice job by an improving brewery.

Photo of jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer as part of the brewery tour. Served cool, on tap and in a pint glass

body and golden yellow with a nice white head

faint earthy hops smell but mostly german grain smell.

taste is not hoppy at all. very faint citrus american hop taste but it is overwhelmed by a german grain taste.

light

Just doesn't work. The german grain backbone here is drowning out some paltry hop flavor. It just doesn't taste like even a traditional IPA. Disappointingly non hoppy

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Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.