Stormcloud IPA - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-04-2014 19:10:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Slightly more orange than amber with lemon peel borders. The good-sized crown is ivory in color and has a firmly creamy texture. It's becoming softly rocky as it melts... and is taking it's sweet time doing so. A pleasing array of lace leads me to be (probably too) generous with the appearance score.
Rahr & Sons refers to this beer as a German IPA because it uses all German ingredients. Hoppy beer is great, but they'll have to prove to me that this is a good idea. The nose is less than IPA-like when it comes to the hop load. It smells like pale malt (no toast), musky fruit skins and a modest amount of Tettnang... or one of its friends. Underwhelming.
The one and only thing about Stormcloud IPA that is the least bit IPA-like is the amount of bitterness. I get the sense, however, that it's due to a lack of supporting malt more than an abundance of little green cones. Good hop flavor is in relatively short supply. This isn't bad beer by any means, but it's no IPA.
An above average flavor score is tempting because my tongue is squirming in delight at all the alpha acids. This must be a relatively fresh bottle (thanks mhewes), which is why the shortage of hop flavor is so curious. To be fair, the grassy-floral-herbal spiciness of the Euro hops is becoming more pronounced as the beer gains a few degrees.
Although less than IPA-like, the mouthfeel isn't bad at all. Sure, it could use more heft, but it drinks easily enough, as long as a slight tongue sizzle doesn't rub you the wrong way. The additional energy is a positive as far as I'm concerned.
It appears that Fort Worth's Rahr & Sons Brewing Company brews solid, drinkable beer that falls short of being considered impressive beer. I applaud them for thinking outside the box and for not releasing yet another C-hopped American IPA. Trouble is, I love C-hopped American IPAs. Bottom line: the bitterness is the silver lining in this Stormcloud.
07-15-2008 12:34:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a one finger head that does the job and leaves some shards, too
Smell: Lemony/grassy hops waft above the clean, bready malt
Taste: There is an underlying biscuity sweetness that persists throughout, though the lemony/grassy hops really dominate from mid-palate onwards; after the swallow, there is a bit of sulfur that joins the other flavor elements
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I cannot say that the concept of a German IPA is a winner to my tastebuds
Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity
04-04-2010 21:54:44 | More by brentk56
3/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks to Robert for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade.
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head and some spotty lacing.
S: The nose is rather mild with some sweet orange notes as well as a bit of sugar and light malt.
T: The sweet, orangey sweetness is in the forefront with perhaps floral notes. Other than the rather "light" hoppiness, there are bready malt flavors and a touch of bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation and bit of a "flat" mouthfeel.
D: This was not a very impressive example of an IPA. Lackluster flavors and aromas, and I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel either.
03-25-2010 08:12:30 | More by womencantsail
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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
04-22-2008 14:39:46 | More by russpowell
3.1/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
11-29-2010 06:41:54 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev +3%
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..
11-20-2012 05:52:56 | More by mactrail
3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
(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.
07-29-2008 19:42:56 | More by rhoadsrage
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-21-2012 12:29:19 | More by Tone
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours a crystal clear, orange-straw coloring with a foamy, airy, big bubbled head that leaves a great lacing along the glass. Heavy sweet aromas that muddle the hoppy characteristics in the nose. Some citrus highlights present in the smell, also. The beer has a smokey sweet flavor to start, with spicy, peppery, bitter roasted hops on the main palate. Some toasty and citrusy flavors blend the end flavors together very well. Good finish that subtly lingers with citrus and spice. Slgiht toasty aftertaste. Very tasty, despite slightly watered down initial flavors. This beer finished strong.
05-01-2011 01:59:51 | More by GarthDanielson
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
4.22/5 rDev +26%
This is a golden straw-colored beer with a modest white head. Aroma is disappointing, with almost no hop presence, just a grainy malt. Good flavor though: crackery, crisp malt taste with a solid but not heavy bitterness and a lot of floral hop taste. Clean yeast character make it a nice dance between malt and hops. Finish is pleasantly dry. Ordinary carbonation, neutral texture.
By no means is this an "extreme" beer. But it is a very quaffable IPA. One might reasonably compare it to Sierra Nevada PA, but with a different hop quality.
03-24-2007 20:33:18 | More by allengarvin
Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.