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Stormcloud IPA - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry hop version from Flying Saucer.

Nose is bready with suggestions of vegital hops. Smells okay.

Pours very hazy amber orange with no head. Looks okay.

Nice depth of maltiness and bitterness over a suprisingly thin body. Rich roasted chocolate, complex breads, hints of rye almost, and a good bit of amber/crystal malt. Hops are more subtle than expected, kind of aged tasting - dry and bitter with mild flavor/aroma. Good bitterness, stiff enough for balance but refreshingly soft. Soft hop bite. Moderate dryness. Little carbonation. Finishes dry with just a kiss of hops. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Stormcloud pours a nondescript, unassuming golden-copper hue with a scant wisp of taupe foam on top. The head quickly retreats to an inwardly-sloping ring of bubbles; no help from below, because there's no visible carbonation. Mild aroma--what little hops are present suggest mandarin orange and mango. Sweet notes of cane sugar and a biscuity presence from the malts back up a crisp mineral profile.

Very interesting, unique flavor for an American IPA. Cotton candy and vanilla bubble-gum provide a subtle, juicy-sweet canvas upon which a crispy, bitter hoppiness is painted. Lots of early addition hops, but if Stormcloud could have one major improvement, it would be to add some hops later in the boil to get more aroma and hop flavor. A raw, leafy lingering bitterness lasts long into the finish alongside tropical fruits from the yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, with a medium-light consistency and lighter carbonation level. All in all, a pleasant surprise from Rahr & Sons. It could stand some minor tweakage, but Stormcloud is a fairly solid IPA.

Photo of northaustin
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light yellow/gold with a finger of white head that disappears after a while and leaves no lacing.

smells pretty grainy and fairly syrupy.

taste: really its just a nice mellow balance of hops and grain as basic as that sounds. no big hop flavor or anything. it tastes really good but to me is not an ipa.

mouthfeel: smooth balance of the flavors in the mouth, goes down smooth, and leaves nothing behind but desire to have more.

drinkability: one of the most refreshing "ipas" ive ever had. i recommend this one out in the sun or for a long night of studying.

Photo of fjordhook
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: was a light golden brown beer that has a good fizz and head

smell: had an intense smell of hops with hints of fruit also hidden in it

taste: surprisingly the taste wasn't as hoppy as the smell! can taste the fruit and has the unique bite that rahr beers seem to share

mouthfeel/drinkability: light in the mouth which made for a smooth finish

Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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 thirdeye11
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from draft tap at the brewery into a Stormcloud IPA 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours very little head, but the deep amber/orange color is awesome. Laces the glass fairly well too.

S: Smell is nice. No overpowering hop bitterness, but the hops are nice, clean, and refreshing. Good for the style, but pretty mild in comparison to other IPAs I'm familiar with. I don't mind it though and like it.

T: The hops are nice, but they're not quite enough to overpower the "signature Rahr malt bitterness" that seems to prevade the flavor profile of all their beers. There is some sweetness that comes through though which is nice.

M: Decently carbonated, decent weight and oily stickiness, but could use more of everything.

D: I had 2 of them and enjoyed them both. Could have had more so pretty high on the drinkability.

Rahr is not making world class beers, but being our only true brewery in the DFW area I enjoy going there regularly for some fresh beers and good atmosphere. I'm not sure I would seek this out to buy, but if Texas craft is what I was after it's not bad. I do enjoy the beers every time I go to the brewery and the atmosphere is always fun.

Photo of Bagman007
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright gold coloring, slightly cloudy. Not much head at all.

S- Not too strong of a scent, but what you can smell is sweet and hoppy.

T- Very settle amount of hops in this beer. Has a very nice sweetness with a slightly dry finish.

M- Very smooth beer with a slightly dry finish. Medium body.

D- Extremely drinkable. Great session beer.

Overall an excellent IPA. Not too overpowering and very smooth. I highly recommend trying one if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of Reagan1984
1.96/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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?

Photo of BrewerB
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jackie for shipping this one out.

Poured a medium-gold with a pillowy off-white head, with good retention. Good clarity.

Floral hops, medium intensity. Prominent pilsner-malt character seems out of place for an American IPA. Would like more hop aroma and less pilsner.

Upfront floral hops, slight spiciness. Medium to medium-high level of bitterness. Clean malt character with pilsner flavor. Medium-dry finish with floral hoppiness lingering on. Hop flavor could be more intense, complex, and fresher.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderate to mid-high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall this is an American IPA that's missing out some some hop complexity and is a bit too focused on the pilsner malt. The bottle claims it as "German-style IPA" but that's not a class of beer I'm familiar with. I would not order a second.

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer only poured to about a one finger head. The color was a pale straw that was kind of a surprise because I figured something called Stormcloud would be darker.

Is this an IPA? I have been on an IPA kick lately and was surprised when I got a flowery smell, but did not get a good bold hops. I was a little bit disappointed.

The taste was not very complex. It was very crisp, but I was expecting a little bit of a hop taste. I didn't get much at all. I am not trying to say that it didn't taste good, just not much like an IPA. I did get a slight bitter aftertaste after a couple of drinks.

All in all, an average beer. I have had worse, but plenty that are better. I could drink a sixer if I bought it, but I am not going out of my way to get it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mhewes
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head

S : Faint hops aroma (mainly floral) along with some bready malt

T : It's a unique flavor. There's some floral hop flavor with some bready malt. It also has some fruit flavors in the mix

M : Light and crisp

D : Don't really see it as an IPA. Not one that I would seek out but I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snifter. clean and clear orange-yellow color. white head, with good retention and lacing. nice light citrus hop aromas. smells like pilsner malts. decent flavor. some citrus hops and breakfast malts from the german-style IPA. smooth and crisp. easy on the carbonation. mild body. big pilsner flavors. easy to drink, but slightly confusing palate.

Photo of elniko
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer I've tried from my local brewery in Fort Worth which I look forward to touring in the near future. Was very curious how the German ingredients would work with the IPA.

Poured from bottle into pint glass, lighter than typical IPA. Highly carbonated. Nose not as strong as American style IPA which is to be expected.

Taste is exceptional, much less hoppy than typical American IPA but more than typical Euro as well. I am very impressed. This is highly drinkable, different IPA that I will definitely be buying more of in the future!

Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!
Poured from 12oz to pilsner glass, foamy white head, nice carbonation, hazy golden orange

smells of germanic skunky malts, apricoty hops, biscuty malt pulls through too

tastes bitter, malty, crisp, reminds me more of a different german style with a hop boost than an ipa, which is a nice take, citrus peel, melon, spiciness

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation, easy to drink
a unique ipa

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jkanavel
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent enough offering from DFW's only well established brewery as far as I know. Its touted as an IPA with German influence.

A- Not bad looking, super clear, crystalline even. Nice tight white head.

S- It didn't have a pronounced aroma at all.

T- Nice hops, tasted like Saaz, they were really spicy whatever they were. OTher than the hop character this isn't much to say about the taste. Very average.

M- Nice and crisp, some good carbonation but not too much. Fairly full bodied.

D- This would make a good session brew.

A pretty average beer all around, its price puts it in the same range as some really classy brews though. I probably won't be buying it again.

Photo of RickSawyer
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whiskey honey brown with a pillow white head made up of larger bubbles and tight small bubbles holding well to the glass. Smell is suprisingly malty. Faint hops in the nose, bready sweetness dominates, not what I was expecting.Taste is very similar to the nose, hops take a back seat. Honey, some wheat bread, maybe a touch of rye. Its really a struggle to pull some hops from the finish. Also, a little strange, a bit of metallic finish. They are there, but they are on life support. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. This strikes me as more of a pale ale than an IPA. Overall an ok offering from Rahr, but doesn't have but a hint of IPA in it at all.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
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 cartdan
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a crystal clear medium straw color into a tulip glass. The head was thin and left some light lacing as it dissipated. The aroma was of citrusy hops, not as pronounced as I expected for an IPA. Body is medium light. Overall it's a good beer, but I find it to be more of a pale ale than an IPA. I want more aroma and bitterness from the hops.

Photo of beerdiablo
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery during their Saturday tasting/tours at the unveiling weekend for Stormcloud, a.k.a. Stürmwölke.

This pours a deep gold with a small head and minimal lacing. A slight nose of hops and malt accompany a solid, IPA taste with a thicker mouthfeel than most IPAs. Not a hop bomb, just a solid beer with a nice malt backbone to support the hops.

They've termed this a German IPA, since it was brewed using all German ingredients. No such style is listed on BA but perhaps a new entry can be made. Most interesting is that they used Kölsch yeast, which gives this a unique flavor and finish.

I recommend that those trying this not judge it compared to American IPAs, especially beers from the West coast. This is a different beer.

This is one of Rahr's best beers to date and I see it being a hit.

Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.