Visionary Brew (2013) - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Visionary Brew (2013)Visionary Brew (2013)

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very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atlas1 on 09-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this at Central Market today. Very exciting because I'd never seen it before. Central Market actually had a lot of great stuff on the shelf, so I stocked up. But I started off with this DIPA from Rahr.

Pours a nice copper amber color with a decent head and some sticky lace. The nose on this was big and hoppy with a strong citrus presence. No matter how many IPAs I drink (and I've had my fair share over the years), I still can't get enough of that strong hop aroma. I love it; it makes me happy. The taste here is what really impressed me, though. I've always found most Rahr beers to be hit-or-miss. Maybe I'm just not crazy about their yeast strain. But this DIPA is right on the mark. Big hops with grapefruit and pine notes. A hint of vanilla. A creamy and smooth mouthfeel gives way to a nice peppery finish. What a solid beer.

I really like this beer. Perhaps the best thing I've had from Rahr so far. I even like the label - yellow and black with a geometrically artsy bird in flight (it works). As long as I can find this on the shelf, I will continue to revisit this tasty brew.

Photo of Labeorphile
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a Fort Worth guy, I am pulling for Rahr. Many of their beers have been disappointing however, especially their year-round beers. They tend to do much better with their special and seasonal beers.

This one was poured from a bomber into a large wine glass. Nice coppery amber color with a thick white head that left plenty of lacing on the way down.

Nose was piney, resin hops, with a touch of grapefruit but not overpowering. Good malt balance to keep it from running away.

Taste was nice and hoppy without being overly bitter. Too many IPAs leave a nasty aftertaste on the back of the tongue and this one was much better in the follow through, although the taste tended to die away quickly.

Mouthfeel was good for style and was complementary to the beer.

One of Rahr's better offerings and a little higher in ABV so be careful, especially since it is so drinkable.

Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as Siegal's. It didn't ring up cause it was new, I guess. They didn't want to sell it to me until I convinced them to ring up as a generic seasonal.

It pours a nice clear amber color with a modest head. The nose is appropriately hoppy--lots of piney resin notes. Hops are the first thing noticed in the taste as well--high bitterness, and lots of hop flavor. There's a little bit of medicinal alcohol that takes away from the general experience, however. It's a pretty good beer regardless, though. Strong, but not a thick and heavy body. And, of course, plenty of hops.

Photo of beerforpresident
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good double IPA from Rahr. Pretty standard for the style, nothing out of the ordinary and nothing that makes it stand out. Nice balance of hops and malts.

I don't enjoy any of Rahr's year-rounds. I know they have the knowledge and skills to make good beers, like this one. It's just unfortunate that they choose not to, most of the time.

22 oz bottle into Spieglau tulip

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty strong American IPA out of TX. This pours clear copper color and a very slight head. Some lacing and med-high carbonation that equates to a solid mouthfeel. You get that piney American IPA kick I love and kept the malty flavor they love seperate of this beer. At 8.5% and 70 IBU this one is in my favorite range of beers and worth a try if you can grab a bomber locally.

Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the most recent of Rahr & Sons Visionary Brews, which are limited edition beers. For 2013 Rahr chose an American Double IPA style and this is my first opportunity for a taste.

It appears that Rahr continues to ignore customer health and safety by not placing ABV on their labels. Given that the Double IPA style typically has more ABV than most IPA offerings this is an inexcusable omission. I looked on their website for ABV but this beer is not even listed. I have written Rahr previously to plead that they include ABV on all bottled products but no responses yet.

On the brighter side this is a great representation of the style and an overall excellent beer.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle the beer displayed a dark copper color with a large white head that did not dissipate completely and left thick lacing. Aromas were dominated by hops and citrus.

Flavor is malty, piney, and hints of grapefruit from the hops. There is some alcohol bite to this beer but it has medium carbonation and is not heavy. it definitely is a strong beer but one with a very smooth and even flavor profile for a Double IPA style.

Overall this rates high on points for this style and for the fact that it is an excellent, drinkable beer.

Visionary Brew (2013) from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.