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Stormcloud IPA - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 280
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 29.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerdiablo on 03-11-2007

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 280
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 09815 at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of pine, doesn’t last
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to seven mm ring and layer
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor weak, slightly malty and bitter, minimal hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of TBoneJones
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - golden tan color with a frothy white head
Smell - piney citrus tangy smell with a sweet carmel malt backbone
Taste - slightly bitter with slight citrus and piney but like the smell it has that sweet carmel backbone
Feel - slightly creamy fuzzy beer
Overall - descent beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance of malt and hop characteristics all around.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance, orange and clear with a great, lasting head and tons of sticky lace.

Aroma and taste are piney, citrus pith and rinds, lemons in particular, a little dank and some grass, with a good balancing malt backbone that's a little more pronounced after the initial impression.

Body is medium, fairly dry, pretty easy drinking with a bitter hop finish.

Overall I'm finding it quite enjoyable, no complaints here.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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

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Photo of dking1525
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper color with plenty of head that disappeared quickly. Lacing was possible for the top quarter pint.
The smell of hops is fleeting, probably because its overpowered by malt.
Feels like it could use more carbonation.
Finding a beer this drinkable at an airport during an extended layover is like discovering silver. Glad it's here & not going to turn my back on it.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap during a June 15th brewery tour.

Pours a deep gold with nice lacing.

Big floral nose with plenty of citrus and yeast scents.

Very tasty and sweeter than i expected. Sweet banana bread like malty flavors upfront, followed by some earthy hops that provide a nice clean finish

Light bodied with good carbonation.

Very good IPA and probably my go-to Rahr brew

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Photo of Premo88
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: murky caramel with definite amber highlights; almost orange, actually ... kind of cool. love the murky opaque look. slight off-white fluffy head that laces; not a ton of lace but definite clingings on the glass wall.

S: molasses mixed into a typical hoppy American pale ale; in fact, the sweet/malty/molasses smell is very on balance with the hops, to the point that the hops do not stand on their own in the nose.

T: follows the nose almost to a T. wonderful and interesting spin on the American IPA ... that sweet taste in there is very different and hard for me to place exactly. the bottom line is there's a lot of balance here between the barley and hops.

M: crisp, clean, a wonderful lightness that is not watery. would be perfect but it's actually over-carbonated, which doesn't bother me at all because I love carbonation -- but even I can tell this one is just a hair overboard from the mythical "perfect."

O: absolutely LOVE it! I don't overscore it here because it's not going to change your life and cause you to declare Stormcloud is the only beer you will ever drink again. No. it's very, very good, not necessarily a classic, but what I love is the BALANCE ... loads of interesting tastes besides hops, yet enough hops (and ABV) to push it past the American pale ale category into the American IPA.

for a Texas comparison, I think this tastes almost exactly like Karbach's Rodeo Clown ... maybe just a bit toned down across the board -- taste, smell, ABV, et. al.

a damn good option when you're out and about in the Metroplex and/or other Texas spots.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced an average off white head, poor retention and it left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of light malted grain and a slight hint of oranges. Medium bodied, there is a slight malted grain base, gives way quickly to sweet oranges. Some what floral with just a touch of bitter hops. Overall, its a nice session beer- in terms of an AIPA , its rather simple- a little watery/thin- Could use a more generous helping of hops.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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.


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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Photo of Dusty6467
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I keep trying to like Rahr beers since I live about 6 minutes from the brewery, but it's just not my style. For an IPA, the heavy malts just don't work.

A: good 2 finger head, great lacing, not a lot of carbonation bubbles, amber copper color

S: strong Carmel with hints of hops

T: strong malt heaviness, Carmel, breadiness grain, slight hop bitterness

M: decent carbonation, sessionable

O: unbalanced, too much malt and not enough hops! unique but not my personal style

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. One finger sticky head with a mix of small and larger bubbles. No bubble support from underneath. Appealing darker copper color, darker than a typical IPA. Good lacing all the way down.

Smell is kind of light. Not as much hoppiness in the aroma as I expected. A little underlying maltiness, likely due to the push toward a more German inspired IPA.

Flavor matches nose. Lacking in hops, heavier in malt. Plenty of bitterness, but again, weak in the hops. Mouth feel is about right for an IPA, good carbonation.

Not bad, very drinkable, but feels like an "IPA for the masses".

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours to a copper/tan color with a nose that is fruity and malty. The head of foam looks nice and there is a good deal of lacing that continues to the bottom of the glass

This ale has an interesting flavor profile that includes a few surprises for the style. There is some caramel malt, some earthy hops, vanilla, citrus, toasted malt, and a touch of pine. Searching for more flavors reveals a little bit of toffee and other fruit such as lemon. The body of the beer is medium overall and fairly easy drinking for the style.

Stormcloud IPA is a different type of IPA- a beer that has some obvious IPA qualities, but also some German notes that add up to a unique flavor not usually associated with an IPA. Some may even wonder why the company decided to place IPA on the label since this beer isn’t like the typical IPA. I wondered the same thing at first, but I gradually grew to respect this beer for what it is- a German/IPA hybrid that is unlike most products I have tried previously.

This IPA may be a letdown to those looking for some intense hop flavors, but it is still an interesting beer in its own way. It isn’t easy to find, but I recommend sampling a bottle or two if you get the chance, just to find out what such a combination of German and IPA will taste like.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color in the glass. Pleasantly carbonated with a nice mouthfeel. Foam is ample. Some malty richness, but a thin body.

An unassuming amber ale sort of brew. It might be a stretch to call it an IPA. Fruity, dark flavors emerge along with the hops. Some leafy, herbaceous taste as well as an earthy touch. Not much actual bitterness, but a resiny taste in the back of the mouth. Quite drinkable, and the mellow hops are rather pleasant as long as you're not expecting a whipping from the Hop Dominatrix.

A nice change from the ubiquitous Texas blondes, but no trophy wife. From the 12 oz bottle bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene..

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of cracker, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt, hint of yeast. Overall, aroma and taste were muted to begin, but slowly came to life as this warmed. Still, rather average for an AIPA with good appearance and feel.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clean amber pour with 2 fingers foamy white head and great lacing.
smells a bit strange - piney with a slight hint of vegetables (broccoli/sugar snap peas), honey
taste is an earthy bitter up front, followed by a sweet frosted flakes like backbone, slight hop bitterness in the background, a bit of honey/caramel in the finish.
a very lightly carbonated medium body ipa.

this is a pretty average ipa, seems like it wasn't fresh, maybe that's the reason i didn't get much hop profile out of it. as far as the malts go, they are a nice blend of bitter and sweet.

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Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Aroma- Has a VERY skunky, hop aroma from the beginning and Americans hops towards the finish. Doesn't hit the nose hard but on the contrary, have to search for these attributes.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger, bubbly head that dies fairly quickly. Has a dark reddish copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Very complexed and tough to break down all of the flavors... Tons os citrus and pine mixed with American hops. Medium-High Bitterness. Couldn't find any malt present either.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a very pleasant grapefruit finish.

Overall Impression- A very hoppy American IPA but not balanced. Needs more malt and not too many types of hop that you are not able to distinguish between any of them. Still enjoyed and would have again but many more at this festival to get to!

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Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, clear. Some bubble rising. Small white head.

Aroma is light, caramel malts and some herbal hops, maybe a little citrus.

Caramel malts, slight nutty. Herbal hops, orange peel, touch of pine. A little tropical fruit. Dry finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light body, tangy, medium carbonation.

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Photo of bmwats
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pub glass.

A: Deep copper hue. Pours about 3 finger, foamy, whitish head. Crumbles away slowly, leaving lots of dry, sticky residue behind; and a blanket of lingering foam. Sporadic but persistent lacing remains.

S: Baked Italian bread, with a little lemon citrus, and honey. All on something of a woody tone.

T: Earthy and very piny. There's some hints of bubble gum, and dish soap, too.

M: Mouth puckering hop. Dry finish. An off-putting aftertaste.

D: This one does not go down easy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Very deep copper color with a big foamy head, and some nice persistent lacing. Nose is woody baked bread with some citrus and and sugar. Flavor is a very off-putting combination of pine with maybe some pine cleaner. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle i received as a extra

A=pours a clear golden amber color wit a 1 finger head

S- was malts and pine hops sweet bread

T- sweet bread malts first followed by a nice amount of pine hops with a bit of citrus

M- was crisp with oine hops medium carbonation a good amount of malts

O- a good ipa that leans towards malts but still has that bitter pine needle bite..not bad

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Claret...

Appearance-Dark burnt orange body with a white head, about one finger, that dissipates quickly. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell-I could smell the aroma just sitting here looking at the beer writing the appearance. Bready, Caramel, Sweet, Malty. Very little hop aroma, some floral notes and I guess a little bit of pine.

Taste-The pine really comes through with the taste. Starts off with some caramel, and even some subtle chocolate. Then hit with some fresh pine and finish is pretty bland, but very clean and nice.

Mouthfeel-Pretty moderate carbonation, body is definitely medium. Pretty drinkable.

Overall-Not too bad. Haven't had much to say about Rahr and Sons but this one is okay, just missing some hop bitterness. above average beer.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Texas beer night continues!

Poured this partly cloudy, burnt orange bodied brew into a standard pint glass which produced a small head that was gone before I knew it. Only high point was that some lacing was exhibited.

Smell was sweet, surprisingly so. Reminded me of a pumpkin ale which left me questioning, where did the hops go?

Hops were more noticeable in the tasting, but were far from strong and were oddly accompanied by carmel malts and vanilla. Is this an IPA?

Never do I find the mouthfeel being my favorite part of a beer, well until now. Medium bodied, solid carbonation.

Overall, it seems this beers recipe of combining pumpkin and IPA characteristics should have been just an experiment. I love that Rahr & Sons went out on a limb, but its just not good enough to be one of your breweries staples.

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Photo of chicano4craft
2.27/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to slimchill for the extra.

Poured into tulip. Clear and light orange with a hugh fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing. Looks the part.

Not much going on in the nose. Some grass and subtle citrus. Malt doesn't contribute much.

Taste follows the nose. Where did the hops go? Taste more like a weak pale ale. There's a generic bitterness with some subtle malt sweetness. The flavors aren't gross, there just not there.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Good carbonation.

Overall I was left wanting. With a low abv I guess you could call it a session IPA. This was my second beer from Rahr and Sons and so far I'm still looking for a winner.

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Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.