Rumble IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Rumble IPARumble IPA
Very Good
1,597 Ratings
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.

Added by BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,597 |  Reviews: 440
Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clouded amber hue. Giant frothy wight head. Disintegrates slowly and unevenly, leaving plenty of dry, sticky residue, and distinctive peaks and valleys. Many layers of beer ring lacing form and persist.

S: Woody and smoky combination of light hops and molasses. Slightly floral

T: Medium hoppiness with a light smoky character. A little basil or oregano in there, too.

M: Steely hoppy feel from the start and lingering in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little off-putting.

D: Goes down easy. Not overly hoppy.

Atmosphere is great. Giant head and lots of lacing. Nose is hoppy and smoky, with some sweet and floral notes. Flavor is lightly hopped and lightly smoked, and well-balanced in its execution. Steely aftertaste is a little off. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

 837 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good bar-poured head which lasts a long time, leaving a blanket of lace after each sip. The liquid is extensively cloudy with an orange-amber hue.

Nice combination of floral hop and mild yeast smell. Pale malt background.

Mild start with a neutral pale malt. The beer heads rapidly to a bitterness that is far from overwhelming. The finish is bitter but short lived. Well-balanced, particularly for an IPA. No notable oak elements. Predictable body and carbonation.

 473 characters

Photo of claytong
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

what a great 6er

appearance - mahogany with amber with a bit of haze. good one inch head on controlled pour. good retention and lacing is rimming.

smell - wood, malt, pine tar hops.

taste - oak coming in strong, some nice toffee caramel notes. a small and nice pine tar hop finish. liking it.

mouthfeel - decent carbonation for being oak aged. liking the body but its a bit cloying and perhaps too heavy for some especially for the style.

 442 characters

Photo of LloydDobler
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up a while back from Great Grog in Edinburgh. I've not had an oaked IPA before - it sounds interesting.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and a ton of chunky floating sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a frothy surface layer. Nice lacing lingers on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of oak/wood, piny hops, toffee, dry yeast, faint vanilla and stewed hops. Complex but quite restrained.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of oak, toffee, pine, vanilla, mild earthy yeast and stewed hops. A mild twinge of alcohol in the background. Possesses a spicy, astringent quality, followed by a distinct bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of oaky malt and an aromatic, piney bitterness.

A tasty brew with a twist. The oak add something extra to this IPA, yet it doesn't clash or compete with the hop notes. The subtle tannins and hints of vanilla introduce an extra layer of complexity. The hop notes are obvious but quite subdued - I'm not sure if they've faded a bit or if this is a natural characteristic of Rumble. The only real flaw is the appearance; it looked like a ton of coagulated protein floating in the beer. Still, a fairly minor complaint - this is well crafted. If you like IPAs and/or wood in your beer, then go for the best of both worlds and grab one of these when you can.

 1,623 characters

Photo of Sensaray
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber in appearance. Off white decent sized head.

Smells of citrus, pine noteably, a bit of oak but not as much as I was thinking there'd be. Also slight aroma of vanilla.

Tastes like an ipa with darker malts. Bitter piney finish. When they say vanilla its a hint and there's caramel there definitely. Sense of the oak. Alcohol presence has a spice.

Good carbonation. Smooth light to medium body.

Decent overall. This beer made me like the concept of an aged ipa more. Thought itd be more oaked agey than ipa-y if that makes sense but was good. Relative of titan?

 581 characters

Photo of blivingston1985
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber and clear. Big oatmeal colored head. Leaves a lumpy lace that hardens very quickly on the side of the glass as the head diminishes. The french/english oak is noticable right away. Doesn't overpower the other characteristics. Almost highlights the other flavors in a weird way. Blends very well the the maltiness and citrus hops.

 340 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of vanilla, caramel and citrus in a prominent display of oak-aging. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time if you’re not looking for a hop-bomb.

 787 characters

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with orange highlights with a one-finger white head of foam. The head didn't last long and left some good foamy lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and oak notes. It had a nice caramel nose, too.

T - It tasted of pine, citrus and sweet caramel. The woody flavor is very mild.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice oak aged IPA. It was mild and well done.

 459 characters

Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Aug 18, 2010. My last of the 6-pack, started enjoying right at 2 weeks old, never got around to reviewing.

Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger off white head that holds a nice foamy cap and leaves good lacing.

Aroma is predominantly vanilla and oak with a good dose of pine, some citrus and grass, notes of caramel and bready malt, good strength.

Flavor features citrus, pine, and resinous hops, smooth vanilla and caramel malt, only lightly sweet, solid bitterness on the finish, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Pretty damned good and unique IPA.

 641 characters

Photo of soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of hops and malts. Caramel, roasty.

Appearance: Amber brown. High clarity. Light tan head. Dissipates slowly and unevenly, leaving lots of peaks and valleys.

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, citrus hops, very little pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily, barely drying even in the aftertaste.

Overall: Nice malty IPA. Nice balance but on the malty side. Mild hops, nothing extra bitter or complex.

Note: At the Great Divide beer garden during GABF '11.

 484 characters

Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Unexceptional (but present) head and lacing. Floral hops aroma, with vanilla notes, and sure enough - some oak in there as well.

Taste piney/bitter but not particularly citrusy hops. Oak is right in there with the same tannins I might note in a glass of good merlot. Good hop to malt balance. Mouth feel is good, medium carbonation with dry finish.
I was a little indifferent to this IPA at first but by the time I was done the subtle oak character really pulled me in.

 514 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/orange color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to thin skim of small bubbles. Broken sheets and patches of lace.

S: caramel malt. Ample floral hops; citrus, pine and grapefruit. Vanilla and wet wood.

T: Consistent with smell; bready pale and slightly sweet caramel malt. Lightly resiny pine and floral hops fade in an earthy bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mellow and lightly resiny.

D: Very good. Good flavor, good balance. Moderate ABV.

 495 characters

Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumble IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt peach color with a hazy tint and a moderate sized head on top. Nice spots and trails of lace.

Interesting whiffs of citrus fruits with some wet wood whiffs.

Caramel malt backbone with some flavors of orange and bitter lime. A hint of pine cone and pepper. Finishes rather smooth with an oak aged profile.

I really like Great Divide, this is another good beer from this brewery.

 455 characters

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into the Great Divide Brussels glass. Nice copper color with a good fingers worth of white head. Some yellow highlights.

S: Aroma is of some citrusy hops with a little wood. Definitely has a nice oak aroma. Grapefruit is prominent. Good amount of bitter hops here too, a bit of must. Some caramel sweetness and some vanilla sugar.

T: Very nice caramel sweetness here, picking up very nice notes from the wood. Bitter hops lie in the background, opposed to what was going on with the nose. The malts and wood are upfront here and are very nice. As a matter of fact, each sip seems to switch what comes first. Both aspects of the beer pair very well with each other.

M: Crisp, finishes with a bit of stickiness. Body is right on point for an AIPA.

D: The sweetness that lingers on the end tends to make me drink this one sip by sip. ABV is low enough to enjoy some of these. Nice beer.

 892 characters

Photo of D9sus4
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of good descriptions of this brew already on the BA, so I will merely add my 2 cents worth.
Drink it warmish, not ice cold, to appreciate the oaky flavors more. My first time tasting this was today, 8/5/15, the bottles were dated 3/19/15, so 4-1/2 months in the bottle. This is the first time I've seen this brew for sale here in St. Louis, so I know the bottles weren't sitting in the cooler of my local beer source for more than a few days. Blame the distributor, but in any case, perhaps this brew just needs a bit more bottle conditioning to develop to its full potential? The reviewers that said they couldn't taste the oak were either drinking this brew too cold, or I submit, possibly too young?
No, it's not a "smoked barley" ale, it's an "oak kissed" ale. This would be a great brew for the winery crews in Napa, Sonoma, Augusta and everywhere else they make wine. Old wine saying, "It takes a lot of beer to make good wine".
My last suggestion, besides the "good cigar beer comment", which I agree with, is I also think this would be a great ale to drink as a chaser for an 18 year old, smokey, single malt whiskey. OK, any oaky, smokey single malt whiskey will do.... or maybe an oaky Anejo tequila?

 1,216 characters

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 3, 2015, so has more than three months on it. Bought on sale at an irresistible price.

a: Translucent amber with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Fairly intense light fruit, mainly peach, apricot and pear.

t: Follows the nose but with slight sour notes, followed by moderate bitterness which lingers on a dry finish. Light oak notes eventually emerge.

m: Medium, very good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: Either due to the age on it or a slight clash between the hops and oak, this doesn't seem quite on point. The impact of the oak aging seems minor at best. But it is tasty and nearly cloyingly bitter, a summer eye-opener.

 701 characters

Photo of scottspencer
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caramel, Vanilla, Oak, Citrus

Hopped with Pacific Northwest varieties and aged on French and American oak,' Rumble is a hazy copper with a creamy lace, and soft caramel, vanilla, oak and pine in the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy and on the light side. More sweet caramel and vanilla to the taste, with notes of wood and spice. Muted hop flavors of floral, citrus and resiny pine. Orangey at times. The bitterness is light, but becomes more pronounced with each sip. An oaky linger and charred toffee in the finish. There's a lot going on here, but it works very well. And you can't say that about many oaked IPAs.


As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #101 (June 2015).

 674 characters

Photo of heebes
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden clear amber, good thick head and lots of carbonation.

The nose is citrus and sweet fruits foremost. The hops reveal a perfumey presence.

On the palette: bright exposure to the smell, the bitterness of the hops is very unfront. Some earthy oak lingers. Tastes somewhat unbalanced in that it's overpowering. Long finish ends dry.
Kind of a heavy body to this beer, sort of chewy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a different approach to the classic American IPA. It doesn't taste overly alcoholy; the oak aged adds a great spin I haven'y experienced. Having said that, to me, it doesn't stand out amoung the top of its style.
Love the labels from Great Divide, especially the suggested food pairings.

 709 characters

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color with a finger's width off white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A floral hop aroma is coming off the beer. Maybe a little toasted malt.

T: The hop flavor is apparent right up front and is floral and grassy. There are some toasted malt and fruity flavors. And then there is a mellow, oak and hop finish that has surprisingly little bite. Very nice.

M: Peppery and light-medium bodied. A little dry.

O: Definitely a good beer. It might not be, but I got a slight impression of a watery quality to the beer. Quality stuff though.

 556 characters

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Bottled on June 13th 2012

A: Pours a quintessential amber color with just under 1 fingers width of slightly off white head.  Very good clarity.  Head dissipates down rather quickly and leaves effectively no lacing.  

S: Strong oaky aroma right off the bat.  Very nutty, along with some toffee and caramel.  Really smells excellent, but I get almost no hop characters.  Smells more like a lightly hopped, oak aged american strong ale.  

T:  Again, the nutty character is most prominent, at least initially.  There are also significant caramel notes and a strong oak presence.  This tastes like a beer Ive had before but I cant place it.  I was thinking Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but then I went back and read my review of that and remembered OAB was really hoppy, which this certainly isn't.  Although as it warms some piney bitterness  comes out as does a touch of booze.  Certainly drinks more like an IPA as it warms.  Really packed with flavor, which is impressive, although I would have appreciated more complex hop flavors especially citrus characters.  

M/D: Nice and smooth, with a moderate degree of carbonation.  Medium bodied.  Drinkability is good, but it isnt a sessionable beer in my book due to the heavy oak presence.  

O: Overall, a solid and tasty brew.  Not necessarily what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless.  My experience with oak aged IPAs is rather limited, although I can say with certainly that  White Oak Aged Jai Alai is my favorite of the sub-style.  That being said, I enjoyed this one, and would certainly drink it again.  I recommend.  

 1,641 characters

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown color with a creamy, cream colored head. Retention and lacing are solid in the bar pint. Mostly clear. Nose smells strongly of caramel sweetness along with a piney, herbal note of hops. Pretty strong.

The flavor is similar to the nose, with added complexity from a slight vanillin note of oak. Still sweet, but fairly dry. Toffee and caramel are quite sticky and dominant, with lots of herbal hops singing the chorus. Notes here of menthol, tobacco, pine resin, and grapefruit. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is super sticky and full. Carbonation is great, definitely not getting in the way. Great beer, fun to drink. Well done.

 638 characters

Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,597 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.