Stormcloud IPA - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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1.93/5 rDev -42.4%
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:
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.
05-02-2007 03:16:08 | More by randal
2/5 rDev -40.3%
NOTHING on the nose. when I say nothing, I mean nothing.. IPA is supposed to have some hops on the nose. shove this under my face, blindfold me, and I dont know a beer is in front of me. it is THAT absent and lacking.
taste... well... kinda tastes like it smells. nothing. While I am excited that Rahr put out a beer that is over 5% (can tell because the label actually says Ale rather than beer) this is a real failure. I can see what they are trying to do here, make a beer that the mass oblivious texans would buy in place of the BMC products, but for someone that likes beer, dont buy it.
09-04-2010 20:15:55 | More by crusian
2/5 rDev -40.3%
Almost no head formed on top of this beer. And once it was there, it vanished. The beer is surprisingly light on color. A bright yellow gold. A fair amount of visible carbonation is present. No lacing to be seen anywhere.
The aroma was actually terrible. Wet cardboard and sweet. Not a hop aroma to be detected.
So far, doesn't look like and IPA nor smells like one. Here goes...
Wow, I think we have an official worst, IPA I've had in quite some time. It tastes light, sweet and mineral like. The sweetness is way too much. There is a flat bitterness towards the end.
Mouth feel is light and watery. This is really a macro beer with a tiny bit more hops.
It reminds me of Busch.... Just a sweet mess.
This is really not an IPA by any stretch of the imagination. To say that this is supposed to be the same as Blind Pig or Smuttynose Finest Kind is a joke.
How did this score higher than their Ocktoberfest?
12-23-2008 00:36:00 | More by Reagan1984
2.25/5 rDev -32.8%
I was excited to see an IPA from Rahr but .it was a little let down. Pours very light with a decent head that disapates quickly. Very light aroma of citrus and hops. Has promise then the first sip comes interesting. At first the hops come at you then you get something like butter? Yeah, odd. The website calls this a "German IPA" whatever that maybe but this is an off attempt at the style. Draft is better from what I remember. I like the hops but finishes just a bit diff. Maybe it will get better with time since this is their first shot at the style. Also hoping it was a bad bottle.
06-13-2007 03:04:55 | More by lonestar4lunch
2.25/5 rDev -32.8%
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.
10-04-2011 23:24:19 | More by chicano4craft
2.28/5 rDev -31.9%
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!
07-04-2007 05:24:27 | More by HotterThanHell
2.38/5 rDev -29%
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.
12-27-2007 02:37:14 | More by pwoods
2.53/5 rDev -24.5%
There are a ton of IPAs available in the US market, and this is not among the best. In fact, it is in the bottom half. Very mild and lackluster flavor make it both inoffensive and uninteresting.
Poured a very light amber color. Aroma was decidedly not hoppy, and was rather malty and faint. There was some light-struck aroma and flavor (this beer is in a brown bottle and bought from a cooler). Flavor was a bit cardboard-y and offered some maltiness, but the hop that was present was very mild and not enough to hold my interest nor really balance the significant malt presence in the beer. It wasn't undrinkable, but I won't be having it again.
I bought this as a single from the Grapevine Market wine shop in Austin, Texas.
11-01-2007 13:55:49 | More by BeerBelcher
2.65/5 rDev -20.9%
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
03-03-2013 02:43:09 | More by Dusty6467
2.74/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
06-24-2013 22:10:40 | More by dking1525
2.75/5 rDev -17.9%
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
03-21-2013 00:17:11 | More by jneiswender
2.75/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
04-12-2013 17:38:26 | More by GossageBrewery
Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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