Ruud Awakening IPA | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

very good
47 Reviews
Ruud Awakening IPARuud Awakening IPA

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 10-12-2009

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 133
Photo of Hoppy-Brewer
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus. The alcohol is initially disguised by the aromatic hops and perfectly blended malts. For this reason, I like to call this brew "deceptive". The initial flavors of blended hops and malt are so awesome, you never notice that it is a 7% ABV. Sneaky.
Their web site has posted the ingredients, so I'm going to attempt to make this beer.

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Photo of baddestwarlock
4.96/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is what a Pacific ipa is supposed to tast like, one of my favorites. We drive 3 hours away to get it. Wish it was more available at more stores !!! Cant we get it out in stores more ! Love this beer !!! More please we always make special trips just to get it !!!

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Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears medium bodied orange in color with a thin white head.

It smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange. There is also a bit of a grassy hop smell the beer as well. The smell both highlights hops and malts.

It tastes mildly like caramel in the beginning the caramel flavor soon goes away. A robust and very strong hop bitterness takes over the taste. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus in the bitter hop flavor. The bitterness lingers in my mouth for a while. A little bit of the caramel flavor comes back in the finish. The bitterness is very strong but there is a nice but mild malt backbone that helps the beer goes down smooth.

The carbonation is low and feels natural.

The drinkability is very good. It is a big and bold beer but the flavor is very smooth. I remember the first time I had this beer was about two and a half years ago. It was at a Canadian beer fest. On the second day of the fest I almost drank nothing but this beer. I must have had four pints of this.

Overall I love this IPA it is one of the best I have had and is underrated especially when very fresh. The brewer and the owner who is the brewer's dad are really nice people too.

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Photo of Braz
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Albertson's. Appearance is pure gold with some chill haze. Creamy white head that sustains beautifully. Gorgeous head. Can't say enough. Aromas are hoppy with some crisp dry fruit. Very inviting. Very very good. Smooth draw. Balanced as close to perfectly as I've had to this date. Mild bitter aftertaste. Taste and feel of a double IPA in my opinion. Body is velvety and soft. Extremely smooth with a nice weight if that makes sense. This is a real treat.

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Photo of D_McClain
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber with a small head. Silky feel. Strong citrus and banana in the nose. Herbal flavor with a touch of the medicinal on the tongue. Bright and well balanced. The hops are prominent but not overpowering. Smooth finish, not too bitter or harsh. Notes of grapefruit dovetail nicely into the slightly smoky malt. A very enjoyable IPA that doesn't elbow its way around.

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Photo of Ballington_Brewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

I can't say enough about this beer
A beautiful golden haze color
strong hoppy bitterness with a hefty malty backbone to finish it out
Nose holds up to the taste; this one's a keeper, would recommend.
Looking forward to visiting this brewery soon.

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Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Deep copper color with golden hues. Crystal clear. Aggressive pour leads to a rocky white head about 2 fingers high that ever so slowly lurks back down the side of the glass. Lacing is thick and prevalent.

S: Monster citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt backend. I pick up a flowery aroma as well as some piney resin that makes itself known as well. This is the closest I've come to smelling Flower Power that wasn't Flower Power.

T: Boom...follows the knows to a tee with an even more pronounced hop bitter finish to the taste. Lots of grapefruit, grassy hops and again, beautiful malts mixed in with a wonderfully hoppy beer.

M: Thick hop oils coat the mouth making me reaching for another sip top priority. Perfect carbonation, sharp, biting finish.

O: Totally delicious and totally surprised. This one was top notch in my book and one I will not likely stop raving about for some time.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets better the more I try it. Poured at a good temperature, with a nice, thick, cream-colored head and good lacing. Color is a slightly hazy amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is mainly fresh hop with some slight roast malt richness that nicely balances and complements the hops and adds to the completeness of the brew as a whole. Flavor's like nose, dryish, nutty grain, grapefruit with pine and excellent carbonic tang/ hop bitter balance in a nice way along with just enough sweet to level. Body is chewy, no high points, mouth filling, great carbonation - excellent! Finish is very long, good for slow drinking, a little boozy, but very satisfying.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bottleworks over the weekend... Shared with reinheitsgematt tonight...

The nice fella at Bottleworks suggested this and his bigger brother as the cool hopcentric beers they had in stock at the time.

Pours a dark golden... great head and lacing.

The nose is fantastic... tropical fruity hoppiness and a very light pale malt backbone... The aromas are great.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a surprisingly mild bitter bite that is only balanced by the onslaught of hop flavors... again, this is pretty special.

Body and carbonation are very nice.

This brew is a damn near perfect example of a balanced PNW IPA... loving it.


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Photo of sea206
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a nice head as well. Pine, floral aroma, sweet, spicy hoppy middle and a bitter back. Pretty good, I will definitely pick up this bottle again. I picked up this 22 oz @ Whole Foods Seattle (Interbay) for $5.49. I drank half of this 22 oz, corked it, then drank the second half about 12 hours later, the carbonation and taste held up very well.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from my notes
- picked this up on sale and gave it a try, was not dissapointed.
A - fairly clear orangish color with a hefty foamy head.
S - some serious citrusy hops with a pine cone thrown in for good measure.
T - clean and intense. Hops abound in every sip.
M - moderate body with nice carbonation.
D - easily drinkable.
I regret only having bought one while on sale.

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Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a tangerine hue with a healthy , 1.5 finger head.

S - Deeply malty. Caramel. Wheat.

T - Starts off with a punch of bitter hops and backs off into citrus notes with hints of orange and grapefruit and slight lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with a slightly watery finish.

D - Overall a superb beer. Absolutely wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of leedorham
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter orange. Lots of haze. Thick white head with great head retention.

S - Very powerful citrus & pine hop aroma with a little skunk in it. Reminds me a bit of running the weedwacker through the dandelions, but not in a bad way.

T - A bit of that enamel peeling hoppiness to this one. Balanced isn't a word I'd use to describe it but that's ok because it has a beautiful citrusy character and a great bright hop character.

M - High carbonation and a little astringency make this one less pleasant in the finish category. However, that does make you want to drink more.

D - A great hop forward IPA. I'm a fan.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange colour, with a tan two finger of head, nice lace. Aroma was earthy hops, light tropical fruits, and a nice floral and fruity hop nose. Taste had a nice medium bitterness, wonderful tropical fruit notes and floral hoppyness. Light crisp feel, good carbonation, slick, little creaminess. Smooth and easy drinking.

Old Schoolhouse can do some nice Pac NW IPAs!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old Schoolhouse offers five of their beers in 22-oz. bombers including this IPA named for the owners. I purchased a bottle at the bar and drank it beneath the stars on a crisp autumn night.

The beer begins with violent carbonation shaping a thick, creamy head with lumpy pitting. It's almost overcarbonated, but the resulting display is worth it. The carbonation also distends the body, making for a perfect mouthfeel with rich, glassy contours. Ample malt presence is hit like a hammer with near-excessive bittering, while the nose is herb-spice not unlike oregano or thyme.

A seesaw beer that tips from malt to a sustained bitter tail. It's not typical for a NWIPA, but the excess bittering (allegedly at 100+ IBU) is pleasing, the lace is superlative, and the taste is elegant especially after some warming.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: Citrusy and minty hops with some caramel underneath

Taste: Just a hint of caramel, up front, and the citrusy/minty hops take over; some sweetness from the malt builds, after the swallow, though the malt just serves to offset the bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Folks in the Pacific NW are just spoiled - they have so many IPAs like this one they just don't know what a good thing they have

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

The hoppiness helps dress the glass thick with lacing; hazed bronze glow in the light. Slight pungent tone in the hoppy nose, with suggestions of grapefruit and hemp oil. Smoothness runs deep in the medium-bodied ale. Hop bitterness shows that it is an IPA without being so brash that the other elements are pushed aside. Kiss of warmth from the alcohol. Malt holds strong with a dry-ish biscuit flavor. Citric and minty flavors from the hops cradle a subtle fruitiness and nutty yeast. Complex and balanced, drinkable and true to style.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright copper color with a small head, into a tulip glass.

Smell was a caramel candy hop smell , not a huge nose. Some grass, light fruit notes also.

Taste had a nice play on the light malt notes with some spiciness from the hops , old pear flavor and the big bitterness in the after taste. Pretty smooth wouldn't have thought it was over 7% abv. Mouthfeel was smooth.

This was an interesting ipa, reminded me a little of Stone ruination, but not as fruity. I dont know how fresh this bottle was, because no date was on bottle. With a hefty pricetag this was a one time thing to try. Not bad. I would look for it fresh if you were to try it.

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Photo of malloyca
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a moderately dense off-white head. Orange-citrus aromas wafted up as soon as I poured this into a class, and then grapefruit aromas followed. Bone-dry grapefruit hop flavors, and pleasantly bitter with a long finish. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This was very enjoyable and I would seek it out again.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished copper body, slight haze, billowing four finger snow white head which decayed rapidly. Good sticky lacing left behind by they rapidly decaying head.

Big, fresh, and aggressive grapefruit, orange, and pine aroma. Very inviting.

Solid caramel beginning, following by a fresh biscuit. Juicy citrus spreads some marmalade on that bscuit. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Warming alcohol in the belly. Nice mix of all the above in the aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel, nothing messy or wimpy here.

A pleasing Pacific Northwest IPA. The alcohol awareness may seem more like an Imperial though. Definitely worth trying.

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

Poured a dark orange-amber with some thick frothy white head. Strong, fresh aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced flavor with plenty of grapefruit up front, some fairly sweet caramel malt, and a fairly bitter pine finish that builds in intensity with each sip.

Had this around six months ago and wasn't too impressed, but this time around I really enjoyed it -- very tasty and balanced with some fairly intense bitterness while managing to stay light and drinkable.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes, but very recently purchased) into a tulip. Pours a honey amber w/ a thick creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is pine, citrus, floral, hoppy.

Taste is nice bitter hops, pale malt, clean water, crisp finish.

Overall a solid Northwest IPA, one I'd probably buy in 6-packs if it were avaialable.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanboley for bringing this to the Brass Rail last night.

A: The ale is an amber-range hue, bright enough see through yet restrained enough not to glow. A thin band of white head sits complacently atop the beer, leaving patches of lace.

S: The nose is a combination of citrus and caramel, bready but loaded down with hops. They aren't the typical in-your-face NW hop aspects, instead the citrus (with a shot or two of pine) take their time and build to a crescendo.

T: Very interesting. The maltiness drives the start of each sip with caramel and bread in spades. As the ale progresses, the hops emerge like a 17-year cicada, plentiful and with a vengeance. The hops retain their citrusy composition but they are quite strong, adding a leafy consistency that is hard to ignore. Over time, they become quite bitter, like a Phil Spector wall-of-hops (queue the Ronettes here) that drowns out the malts. The finish is quite nice, if not overwhelming, sharp and bitter as the day is long.

M: Deceptive at first, the ale is quick to reveal its devilishly hoppy intentions. That bitterness is rare, I can't recall something so strong bubbling up so quickly.

D: Very drinkable, no indication of the alcohol. This isn't the cleanest IPA but it delivers a swift kick to the tastebuds that I liked.

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Photo of Moose90
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap, and enjoyed out of a 64oz growler at home as well

A — Pours a nice and vibrant orange hue into the glass, light and transparent, just glows in the glass. There is also a really nice cream colored head on it that is tall initially, but settles to a nice 1 finger height, and leaves behind some spotty but fairly consistent lacing.

S — Smells of nice fresh hops, I get quite a bit of citrus, lemon, little bit of lime, some grapefruit, and even a hint of peach.

T — Taste is very well balanced, but incredibly hop-forward and juicy. Great notes of grapefruit, and lemon, balanced with a nice and piney semi-dry finish.

M — Medium bodied, there is a nice malt balance, but it's not heavy by any means.

O — Very well done and somewhat underrated.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rosey coppper, with 2+ fingers of tight foamy off-white head. This retains with a frothy 1/2 finger, throwing up a hugely creamy cascade of lacing, which absolutley drenches the sides of the glass. Great IPA look here. The aroma is more dank, earthy, and citric than anything. I'm not getting much in the way of pine and only maybe a gentle spiciness from the hops. Bready caramel notes spread out across the edges of the bouquet, adding some toasted grainy sweetness to the profile.

The hops open up much more in the taste, being fairly bitter on the palate with citrus rind, grapefruit, and peppery spice. Those herbal textures from the aroma are also present and add a layer of mellow smootheness to this. There is a certain amount of balancing sweetness from the malts but I'm also getting some definite softer tropical fruit action as well, even though they aren't anywhere near the dominant hop characteristic that is present. Deep spicy finish on this, which is full of dryness and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the some sharpness present up front of the sip but then gets more smooth and creamy towards the swallow. Overall, this is pretty easy and slick in the mouth, keeping the alcohol flavor to a minimum and helping keep this very drinkable.

Overly bitter and earthy upon first sip, this opened up very nicely as it warmed with a lot citrus flavor and biting spice. I think that I was expecting something a little more floral, tropical, and piney (coming from WA State) at first but this ended up being a welcome change of pace from most of the PNW IPAs out there. This is definitley worth a look.

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Ruud Awakening IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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