Rumble IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

very good
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Rumble IPARumble IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
RUMBLE IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring.

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Reviews: 440 | Ratings: 1,592
Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Fiery orange color...hazy

S-Great combination of fresh citrus hops and the vanilla/oak notes..really a nice blend.

T-Big juicy citrus hop load up front. Ripe Mandarin oranges, sugared grapefruit, and tangelos. Then the oaky vanilla dimension kicks in and never overwhelms the citrus but adds a perfect compliment. Awesome flavor.

M-Medium bodied...smooth feel...a little tartness on the long finish

D-This is flat-out outstanding. Different but right up there with O'Dell IPA as my favorite easily attainable IPA. I love the big juicy citrus and also the vanilla/oak combination. I will be buying much more of this.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best and most unique IPAs I have ever come across. It has been oak aged and this really helps to bring out and define the flavor and aroma. Unlike most IPAs the hops do not overwhelm, but balance everything out.

There is the traditional bitterness of an IPA, but also a hint of sweetness. It is very easy to drink and very refreshing for such a full beer.

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Photo of Ryby
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great aged IPA. It doesn't get any better then this. The appearance and smell is excellent. The taste is a bit hoppy at first but then the finish is so crisp and delicious . You can taste the oak/pine and citrus with a hint of caramel. So far its my favorite from the great divide.

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Photo of ptbeer25
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. 2" white head with a caramel hint. Good lacing throughout the drink.Body is a hazy, light tan. Truly a beautiful beer to look at.

S: A strong oak hoppiness with hefty notes of caramel and vanilla.

T: Absolutely delicious, the caramel and vanilla flavours almost make you not notice the hops. But this is an IPA, and the hoppy bitterness cannot be denied. Finishes slightly dry if you can wait long enough before sipping again.

M: A good composition. A tiny bit of a creamy thick feel, but definitely no stout.

O: This beer is fantastic! Absolutely my new favourite IPA! This knocks off Ska Brewery's Modus Hoperandi for my top IPA spot. The caramel and vanilla contrast the bitterness of the hops to perfection! Modus is no small opponent, but Rumble proves they can handle this jungle.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden hue appearance. Aroma had subtle vanilla, earthy smell that was great. In the taste you could almost chew the oak it came through so strong, really liked that. A warm honey vanilla taste with no real bitterness of strong hops. I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of dogma46an2
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- was cloudy not as clear as i thought it to be the color although was proper and true to style with slight rust on a golden hue .

S- was proper with citrus aromas like grapefruit and mandarin acompanied by a slight oak note the was hidden in the background .

T- the flavor notes were almost on point beautiful malt backbone. nice citrus hops but a bit to much on the oak .

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Oak Aged India Pale Ale"... I had to buy this.

the smell of the bottle, chestnut and cherries along with the expected hops, very different, i guess that's the oak barrells. easy pour, the head is afraid of heights though, it's quick to coil away but decides to pose halfway down. the beer is a nice reddish brown color, quite unique, kind of like a brazil nut. HUGE smell. again, it has a nutty aroma, the oak is present, big breads. Something else familiar I can't quite put my hands on.

Taste... this is one of the most unique IPA's i've ever had. It's nutty with the oak barrel sting, its strong in hops and alcohol, it sticks to the lips. It also has a little cherry quality, it's really nice.

Try this beer if you are in the mood for an IPA but want something really unique. It delivers with the oak barrel aging and the hops.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date 8/18/2010

Poured into a pint glass burnt orange with a one finger froathy foamy head. Good retention and great lacing. The scent has hop floral notes and strong amounts of oak. I got to say, the taste is the best part. There is a large front of Vanilla, oak, and sugars that mellows in a dry bitter ending. The amount of Vanilla is greatness. The mouthfeel is very solid for the style and the drinkabilty is "I wish this was made year round" awesome.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome! the smell is of vanilla....a citrusy ipa...and maybe a little pineapple ...the drinkability is very good could have multiple rumbles ...the taste .... ah i saved the best for of a very smooth almost vanilla taste...the sharpness of the hops are faded....very smooth ipa...probably the most smoothest ive ever tasted in an ipa...great brew!!!!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ordered during 3 dollar happy hour at the library

A - Clear amber in color with a nice layering of foam forming a bit of lace.

S - Mostly of bread and hops but very light tone of caramel.

T - Not as bitter as expect but still very enjoyable. The hops were there and slightly bitter but were covered up by a bready malty backbone that made it kind of seem like a piney DIPA. Nice.

M - Medium to light bodied and smooth.

D - Overall it would be hard to drink this all the time since it's on tap only but I was very glad to get another great offering from Great Divide. Nice smooth IPA guys.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 6/12/13

A: center poured into a tulip: perfect amber body with a few fingers of tan head; lacing left down the glass, head cap persisted

S: torrent of deep earthy hops and field-fresh grains, punctuated with light oaky notes with a dark citric pith beneath

T: the oak barrel flavors were right up front before sliding back to allow the sweeter malts to come forward, suggesting faint buttery caramel; hop flavors bittered the malts and gave impressions of pine resin, citric pith, and floral herbs

M: light but full-feeling, smooth and ever-so-slightly coating, nice airy aspect (from the barrels I suspect), mellow bittering finish

O: just a great IPA, brilliantly complemented by barrel-aging

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

8/19/14 Ontap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Even better than the bottle. Bif difference is the smoothness. Now I just have to watch my step re the ABV. This is one of those super seductive brews that can get me in deep in no time at all.

04/28/14 From bottle. Thanks to A.J. at Super Buyrite. Like this a lot. I'm a sucker for well made barrel aged stuff. Leary that this was an IPA from Great Divide that puts out some big stuff, but my fears were unwarranted. This is a class act. The balance is there but seems to teeter back & forth between the almost maple a striking mastery of the hop bitterness. Solid head slowly dwindles but never gives up. 7.1 ABV is truly a sweet spot for this fulfilling bevie.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumble opens with a heavily malty nose that makes immediately apparent the beer’s oak aging: thick rising bread dough, yeasty baguette and floury French bread mix with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Hefty doses of fruit esters (fig, orange, apricot, touches of raisin and cherry) are joined by molasses and brown sugar. Strangely light here are the hops, which only add shades of pine resin and grapefruit, apparently largely subsumed beneath massive malts and oak finishing. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the oak aging adding brilliant layers of complexity to what was very likely already an excellent beer, producing a beverage that smells delicious and begs to be tasted.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of oak aged malt, with yeasty dough, brown bread, toast crust, and floury baguette mixing perfectly with oak, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Toasted nut and coffee cream add further complexity, joined by healthy doses of brown sugar, as well as fig, raisin, and cherry. A good alcoholic vapor does run throughout, the beer’s 7.1% ABV showing slightly, but blends well with the fruits and oak. Hops again take a backseat here, mainly offering countering notes of pine and grapefruit in the main mouthful, but do come out more strongly in the aftertaste, which is otherwise a continuation of the bread and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is fantastic fare, the oak aging doing wonders in terms of adding nuance and complexity to the beer, providing thick overtones of vanilla, cream, and wood that blend nicely with the fruits, sugars, and breads. It does seem somewhat strange that the hop notes aren’t more forward (this is an IPA, after all), but perhaps this is for the best, as they could possibly overwhelm the oak aging if present in greater strength. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

underated... had at kickbacks on draft.

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, sublte vanilla

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and I loved the oak flavor from the aging. it was a very noticable difference

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

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Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 6/12.
I thought that an older bottle date for this IPA would possibly degrade the flavor four months later. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer poured a beautiful copper color with a two finger head.

Strong aroma of vanilla and oak.

The mouth feel is smooth.

The finish is enhanced by the aroma which remains with warming.
There is an intense complex taste of fruit, oak and vanilla.

This is a winner. Will drink again soon.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange color with a light bubbly of white head.

Smell is of creamy citrus and rich malts.

Taste is awesome, so smooth and creamy with perfect balance to the hop bitterness by the wood aging. Very good beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer, I am a fan.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern—served into a pint glass

Appearance: orange-brown in color, hazy, 1.25 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, oak, and fruity hops

Taste: toffee, vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, oak--maybe a bit of whiskey with a strong citrus hop end

Mouthfeel: very sweet for an IPA with sharp bitterness at the end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Wow. I really enjoyed the complexity of this one. A sipper but I want several glasses of this. Not really sure how much of an IPA this reminds me of because I really only get bitterness at the end. It drinks a bit more like a strong ale with complex caramel and vanilla from the oaking. I will definitely get this again if I see it on tap.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Light oak notes with some pine hops. A little bit of toasted malt and coconut.

T - Toasted malt and light caramel up front with some vanilla and coconut notes of oak. Creamy malt sweetness in the middle with more oak flavor and some pine hop flavor. The hop character intensifies in the finish with more pine notes and a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, caramel malt is balanced by moderate hop bitterness as notes of vanilla and pine hops linger.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A really nice combination of oak and hop character. The oak is sweet and lively without the harsh toasted character that sometimes comes through in oaked IPAs. The pine hop character compliments the creamy vanilla of the oak quite well and there is just enough malt character to balance things out. This is a really nice beer and well worth buying even by the six pack.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: Bronze with a nice head and lacing.
smell: Citrus hops balanced with malt. Light vanilla.
taste: Ummm....more of the nose but a near perfect balance. This is quite an IPA.
mouthfeel: Nice and full.
drinkability: Wow, I can hardly put this down.
This one is a work of art.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of Aug 18 2010. Pour is a crystal clear, light copper color with a nice cap of buoyant tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is very nice and sticky.

Oak comes through big time in the nose along with a musty peanut butter smell and dried grass. Hops seem to be very earthy. Very unique smelling IPA here.

Very smooth with the hop flavor running thick and earthy. The oak and aging process has mellowed this beer out like crazy. Bitterness is different, like it is not biting, but still there. Malts are light but have a caramely, burnt biscuit bottom flavor that works well. Weird, but in a very good way. This is a pretty incredible beer actually, very much makes you crave another sip almost as soon as you put it down. ABV is very well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable. Great brew and a nice value at only 2 bucks a bottle. Well done, GD...I am loving this one.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a glowing orange brew. It holds a one finger head of caramel bubbles. This recedes on the quicker side, leaving spotty lacing. What is left is a thick layer of big bubbles that remain throughout the tasting. There is low carbonation, a thick haze, and no sediment. Upon sniffing, a huge oak fist punches us in the nose. This is immediately and undeniably apparent, with all of its souring and musky glory. It conjures thoughts of aged blue cheese. The hops are grapefruit and intense, with fruity tang and sweetness. Finally there is a mineral quality, but this is light and in the background. As we sip, the flavoring begins with dark and caramel malts, with a balance of bright citric hops. There is a robust grassiness and bittering bite. As in the nose there is huge oak action, adding a softer woody character. The middle peaks with fruit and orange sweetness, sugary strawberries, and a honeysuckle floral air. This, too, is all cut through by a sharp, souring oak. The end shows a revival of citric hops, continued earth and minerals, giving a musk to it. There is booze and more puckering bitterness to round us out. The aftertaste breathes with more musky oak, bittering earth, citric hops, and a thick musk. The body is medium and the carbonation is lighter. There is beautiful smack and slurp to each sip, with a great creaminess. The mouth is roughly dried, but appropriately so for something with such stark wood. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily, but more slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the absurd nose. The oak is more represented here than many of the other wood-aged beers we’ve encountered. There is musk, wood, moss, cheese, all wrapped in one. The color is beautiful and the corresponding taste puts this one over the top.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark orange with a thin soft white head. The glass is full of floaty debris which is why I gave it a low look score. The aroma is very complex and enjoyable. It smells like vanilla, frosting, cream, orange, wood, and earthy hops. The flavor is quite unique as well. It has a lot of those wooden vanilla notes and the malt is very present, but there is more bitterness and hop citrus than in then nose. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and chewy for a beer of this abv. I honestly do not understand why this bet is rated so low. I really like it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/25/10.

A beauty in the glass, almost double IPA looking, as the orange tones are darker, redder, more burnt...and the head is quite thick and creamy. Makes the mouth water just looking at it.

Aroma offers a typical IPA aroma, with the hops being particularly clean and fragrant. It's a simple, bright, uncluttered aroma that only hints at the oak aging that went on here.

The flavor definitely gives away the oak aging, having the earthiness of fresh cut wood, a generous layer of vanilla, and an overall softness/muting that shouldn't be looked at as a negative. Rumble's cool, welcoming flavor of vanilla is its main selling point, something very much present but never over the top. Amid all the extras the IPA in this beer never quite gets lost. The hops are pine-laden and citrusy, there are hints of caramel and toffee, plenty of fruity juiciness, and the body is creamy, silky and round, yet lacking no energy thanks to the tickling caress of carbonation. A green bitterness rides through the finish, but, as it does in every other aspect of this beer, the vanilla character cools it down nicely.

One of Great Divide's best, absolutely. And somewhat reminiscent of Southern Tier's Oak-Aged Unearthly, although that didn't have the vanilla tones that this has. Everything is so remarkably balanced in Rumble, and while it's got a completely wonderful flavor, it's not the kind of taste that knocks you out right away. Everything here is quite subtle, everything embedded and waiting to be deciphered by the inquisitive drinker. It took a few bottles spread out over a week for me to really "get," but if drunk at just the right temperature, and with some patience and focus, this should please even the most demanding palate.

Weird name though, as this is hardly the most cantankerous, burly, fightin' mad beer...or maybe I just don't understand the meaning of "rumble" as it's used here.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours an extremely clear amber body with visible carbonation. Sitting on top is a 2 finger rocky head, white color, that dissipates slowly leaving behind a great about of lace.

S: A strong aroma of sweet citrus/grapefruit hops balanced with piney hops. Hints of oak and vanilla are subtle, but evident.

T: A sweet grapefruit hoppy flavor that turns into a bitter piney hops flavor. The oak and vanilla soften this IPA to a more mild version of this style, but is still balanced with the light bready malts.

M: A lean, oily texture with a medium body and mild carbonation. Would have liked it to be a little more full on the palate.

D: Loved this beer. Extremely easy to drink and a fair price ($2.30) makes this a repeater.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Aug. 18 2010 just over a month in the bottle.
I anticipate something like a single oaked unearthly ipa.

a- fluffy cream colored head, over a clear as can be dark amber. nice carbonation. solid head retention.

s- smells of bittering hops, vanilla and oakiness. A nice spicy aromatic quality also. And a healthy yeast smell as well.

m- skipped right to the mouthfeel on this one. pleasant creamy head, and full body. smooth sip, really nicely done.

t- tastes of citrusy hops, well balanced bitterness. So smooth feeling, I assume they use flaked oats or something. alcohol is really well hidden.

d- awesomely balanced beer. I like it.

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