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:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-12-2009

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 133
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 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 beertunes
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy orange color with 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was primarily piney hops upfront with a bit of citrus in the background. On the tongue the pine was a bit more subdued and there was a stronger grapefruit taste.

The body was a touch fuller than average, as was drinkability. Overall, a fairly average IPA. Worth a shot if you see it. Worth several if you're sitting on the brewery's deck watching the river flow by.

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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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from State line Beverage in Md. No freshness info to be had.

Pours hazed medium tangarine, minor off white head, tiny bubble and then fine scattered lace.

Minor hop nose.

Grapefruit hop notes all over this one.

Grapefruit rind, pith, peel the whole bit. Nice AIPA. Light tea notes late. Enjoyable brew, nicely brewed

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a clear copper tone with a thin head and minimal head. Smell of big piney grapefruit and malt in the back. Taste has the same big piney grapefruit bitterness that lingers with sweet malt in the back. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A lot of pine in this one, not bad, but just a different style of IPA.

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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 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 philbertk
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Schoolhouse Brewery --Ruud Awakening IPA Draft Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 75+IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white head. Clear rich pretty dark amber color .Dense tight pellicle. Earthy mildly floral herbal pine hop front. Cloying earthy bitter rich caramel pine biscuit malty dry sweet mild fruit body. Crusty bitter but tasty rich hop spice end. Oddly balanced. Sampled 8/7/2010. 2 @ $5.99 Each.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Ruud Awakening at a beer store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich orange/copper color, and is mostly clear. Modest frothy white head, has a bit of staying power, even though it is small. The frothy ring the head breaks down to does leave a little lace on the glass.

Smell is faint, a bit of a caramel scent, and some grain or leaves aroma, along with a pine and citrus tingle on the nose.

Taste is a rich caramel malt backbone, followed by some light citrus and turpentine flavors. From the malt up front I'd make it more of an English style IPA, but itr does go a bit heavier on the hops making more of the American brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly cloying character. There is a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

Overall a drinkable IPA. More body than you might care for on a hot day, but good. Overpriced at $7 a bottle, but I wouldn't mind trying it on tap or cask some time.

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel, orange, grass, and a hint of pine is mild on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grass, orange, soft pine, green grape sweetness, and a moderate bitterness make up an decent flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. A touch dry late too. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: a very easy to quaff IPA that one could have all day.

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Photo of jdavin
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted at Seattle International Beer festival.
A - clear golden amber color, mild carb.
S - good hop aroma, more piney than citrusy.
T - hop forward, lots of bitterness. Caramel character in the malt.
M - resiny, somewhat sticky. Medium in body.
D - fairly drinkable, but the mouthfeel turns me off. Too sticky, not light enough in body. Lighten it up a bit with some sugar or a more attenuative yeast, and increase late hop additions to balance more towards hop flavor than bitterness.

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Photo of deereless
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of creamy and rocky head, tarnished gold in color, faintest signs of haze - 3.50, S: Mellow hop aromas, noticeable pine and mildly floral, slightly toasted with a strong bready nose - 3.50, T: Nicely balanced IPA, hop bite is evident but not overwhelming, a little pine and grapefruit, somewhat caramelly - 3.50, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: Overall a nice IPA, very drinkable, quite modest IPA by Northwest standards - 4.00

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours light copper with sparkling clarity and a quarter inch head of off-white.
A partial skim coat for the duration of the glass as well as a few errant dots of lacing.

Spice-dusted pine and light grapefruit start the nose. Crisp, chaulky malt follows through. Very mild for an IPA.

Medium bodied with a slighty tacky mouthfeel. Crisp and drying.

Biscuity malt, piney hops, and a hefty bitterness lead off the palate. The bitterness sustains with good duration and grapefruit pith rises through as it fades.

Finishes with a prickly bitterness and pine-rubbed grapefruit.

Pretty lackluster for an IPA. The nose is way lacking and theres more bitterness that hop bite. Ramp up the aromatics, tone down the bitterness, and up the hop flavor and this beer would greatly improve.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a hazy golden color, with 2 inches of white head and ligh carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops. Also has a soapy smell.

t - Tastes very bitter, of piney hops and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent IPA. Nice balance of malt and hops and some nice bitterness to the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer really wants to be Victory's Hop Devil. But it isn't.

Pours frothy amber with a think big bubbly head. Aroma is straightforward and flowery. Flavor is malty and carmelly, with strong flowery hops with a piny, resiny bitterness that clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel dry and clingy.

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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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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 ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanboley for sharing this bomber 0n 3/25/10.

A - Poured a clear orange body with moderate carbonation and a splattering of lacey foam around the glass.

S - Pretty subtle nose with a hint of buttery notes, followed by a potpourri of grassy, herbal and leafy hop notes and tinge of sweet malt character.

T - The buttery character doesn't translate as much in the flavor, which is good, and allows the flavor of this IPA to take a bitter turn for the best with a clingy, leafy hop bite in the backend through the finish. Sweet caramel malt balances the bitterness somewhat, but the finish is actually quite bitter and aggressive with lots of sharp grassy and herbal notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy, slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering, clingy hop bitterness on the palate. The hops really seem to stick to the back of the throat.

D - Pretty solid hop-forward IPA that, although a little buttery here and there, boasts an assertive hop character with a nice sharp bite that hopheads should likely appreciate.

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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 BuckeyeOne
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK. This is a WA state IPA. I want to like it. It pours fine and has the amber color I'm looking for. Nice head. Nice carbonation.

It smells malty sweet. I pick up none of the citrus or pine that I would expect in a West Coast IPA.

It tastes hoppy and sweet, but where's the bitter? It's good as far as beer goes. I do enjoy a hoppy beer over a malty beer. This beats some of the PNW big boys in drawing out the hops over the malt but it's still too sweet for me.

Because there are too many hop forward West Coast IPAs available to me, I don't think I'll purchase this again. Not that drinkable.

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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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Ruud Awakening IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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