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 q33jeff
2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Clear Copper color. Aroma Is peaty, hops and barley softened by the oak. Taste is a bit soapy, and bitter. Oak is there. Not great. ..feels and tastes stale. Disappointed."


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Photo of mpyle
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, good clarity. Moderate sized white head, a bit creamy and with decent retention.

Initially smelled very oaky, but that dispersed. Some malty sweetness and muted citrus pine aromas

Big malt flavor up front, considerable amount of sweetness before the hop flavor emerges. Earthy hops and oak flavors meld decently. Finish is gently beitter with some oak. Lingering unpleasant hop flavor in finish.

Med/full body and carbonation, and a bit of warming in the finish.

Okay beer. Oak didn't add much for me. Also think this sample wasn't the freshest, so hops may have been more muted than in a fresh sample.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper and orange, full inch of white head. Aroma of bittering c hops and wood chips.

Hops seem to not be as strong with the competing wood flavors. Its good, nothing off, but the already caramel heavy malt bill and the wood give the beer a heavier than necessary mouthfeel overall. Bitter cuts through more than the alcohol.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a two finger fluffy cream color head. Aroma is somewhat faint, but contains pine, floral, and light caramel sweetness. Taste is caramel, pine, oak, hints of floral tones, and a touch of bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, terrific. Overall, a very nice ipa, and the oak aging definitely adds some good character to the beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy orange amber under a 2” cream colored foam cap that produces moderate lace. S: Has biscuit, melon, wood, oak, vanilla aromas. T: A big malty attack followed by melon and an assertive bitterness. F: Very creamy palate, medium body and carbonation. O: A hoppy, yet balanced American IPA.

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Photo of hman43
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark golden with an off white head. There are aromas of citrus and caramel. There are also hints of oak, vanilla, and pine. The flavors are pine and citrus with oak as the dominant flavors. It is moderately bitter on the palate.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: April 24, 2015

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves tons of sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, some citrus. The taste is malty, some hop notes, slight citrus note. Medium body, very slight dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, great thrist quencher.

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Photo of D9sus4
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

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Photo of ProfessionalJ
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seem to remember liking it more last year when I'd buy it repeatedly until it ran out, still good though, not as good as Dogfish Head Burton Baton though!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So unless I get a truly outstanding, strange or bad beer, I'm boycotting this new rating system where my review doesn't count unless I have one hundred and fifty characters.

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: This one poured out a nice deep rich gold color with a nice frothy head. The head retention was quite nice and, after receding, there was a pleasant amount of lacing that continued. It was a bit cloudy, but it had a nice glow to it.

Smell: Smells of bittering hops and smokey oak. Rich caramel notes come through as well. There is a slight tartness wafting about.

Taste: At first, there's a bite of hop bitterness. The bitterness fades and there are caramel malt and skoked nuttiness from the oak barrel. There is a tartness behind the scenes as well. On the tail end, there are some nice floral and roasty notes.

Feel: Medium bodied with plenty of bubbles that dance on the tongue.

Overall: This is a great IPA that is not over the top on bitterness or hoppiness. The oak aging is moderate, but it helps balance all of the different flavors (hops, malt, fruit, nutty). I would drink again for sure.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear copper with tons of floaties. 1" white head dissipates quickly. Retention & lacing are both excellent.

S: Ample citrus with a caramelly malt note. Oak is detectable.

T: Mellow citrus peel & more caramel lead off. Mid palate is off-sweet & crackery. Finish has a nice bitter bite tempered by a more noticeable oak character. Very nice!

M: Moderate carb & a surprisingly light body. Slightly oily.

O: This is a fine, subtle & balanced brew.

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Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a rustic brown color with a lot of floaties....many particles held in suspension. The head is off white and firm. The smell is of toasted nuts, dark bread, and floral hops. The taste is balanced....nice bitterness. Medium in body, with some warming qualities.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 4/13/2015

Look: Hazy deep red in color. A Finger of head sticks around nicely. Bubbly carbonation. Bunch of sediment.

Smell: Caramel up front. Vanilla. Malty as all heck. Not much hop pressence.

Taste: Mild caramel and vanilla right off the bat. Kinda boozy. Finishes with a pretty course bitterness.

Feel: Pleasant oaky dryness. Not enough body for something barrel treated. Even a bit watery. Nothing to really chew on here

Overall: Not a huge fan. I'll stick with Titan from these guys.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well past gold color with decent carbonation. For a taste, there is no hoppy first taste and horrible bitter pale aftertaste, you get a very good mixture of both at first which I like.

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Photo of Mikus
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/7/15 and consumed about 8 weeks after. Medium to dark amber hue and definitely veering towards the 'dark side' of the IPA style. 2 fingers of white head (following an aggressive pour) that dissipated quickly. Mild nose, however some clear orange juice/sweet OJ concentrate, definite oak, and nice sweetness from the malt rang true. Interestingly, there was a clear and pronounced 'classic lager' taste right up front on this brew... I actually had to give a double take... then this opened up into a more complex oak and sweet citrus meld that I was expecting... very interesting experience. A bit sweet, not quite familiar IPA territory, but then again that is not claimed anywhere! Hint of a sweet carry over which coats the palate more than a standard IPA. Nice mouthfeel. Interesting diversion from the familiar IPA, however, not sure if it stands on its own enough for me to put it into any regular rotation.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really a great looking beer - looks just how I want an IPA to look. Nice amber color with a half-inch of white foam on top that leaves solid lacing as the beer drains. All kinds of yeast floating around inside. Nose is subtle - mostly an oaky toffee malt smell, with some light fruitiness. Flavor is similar - more subtle than I'd want or expect. Flavor is similar, but with a bit of bitter hoppiness there as well. It's nice, but there's actually not all that much going on (again, less than I'd expect). Body is fine, with appropriate carbonation. Overall, solid, but not a particularly striking beer, given the unique element of the oak.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 4/15/2015:
(Note to self-let this beer warm a bit to enjoy)
Pours hazy yellowish copper. Head grows nicely on an average pour - fluffy white. The head lasts quite well and there is a lot of lacing. Hadn't noticed in other pours of this beer, but there are some floaties in this one (looks like some sediment in the bottom that a careful pour on my next beer avoided).

Nose early is hard to discern, but the oak is actually one of the first things I notice. The other impressions I get seem tropical in nature, but are not very strong. The combination gives me a coconut smell at times. Warmth helps the nose a bit.

Taste is fairly smooth even from the start, carbonation providing a little tickle only. Taste is earthy and woody, some of which is obviously the barrel, some I think is the beer itself. There is some papaya-sweet tropical notes up front with the wood, the wood takes over mid-taste, and then some grapefruit rind mixes with the wood before a dry piney ending finishes the beer.

This is my third bottle of this. I thoroughly enjoyed my first one. I enjoyed my second one. Being a bit discerning for the review, this is this first one that seems like it's just started to turn a bit old. It has the same date as the others that I had a week ago, so...

The follow-up beer with no sediment still didn't taste as crisp, but didn't taste as bad as I recalled the previous beer. What I did find was that this beer worked best for me a little warmer than I normally enjoy the style. Scores adjusted.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Opaque caramel colored body under a cream colored head. Light film after recession, nice foamy lacing - patches and vertical bands.

Aroma: A good amount of caramel sweetness. Back end is drier with oak wood and spicy hops.

Taste: A good balance of malts up front (caramel sweetness) and dry wood behind. I love that you can taste the oak but it's not overpowering. Bitter hoppy finish but again -- not too much.

Mouthfeel: Smooth for the ABV.

Overall: 4.25 across the board. I really like this, it is so balanced and smooth, nothing overpowers the senses. Has all of the IPA attributes and just a perfect amount of woody oak. Well done.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a lot of sawdust-looking floaties in it, which normally I like, but this one's on the edge for me. Color is a gorgeous deep amber and retains a slight, finely-bubbled layer over top for quite a while. Nose is citrusy and tropical, mango, but has some vanilla-like mellowness form the oak aging, very sherbert-like, somewhat medicinal. Flavor follows the nose with the citrus-coconut-vanilla-combo; it's a nice juxtaposition between the sharp hoppiness and oak-mellowed, rounded flavors, and I'd say they achieved a nice complexity with this one, especially for one of the more mass-produced seasonals. There's an initial sweet-sharpness, then the mellow flavors, and then a lingering light bitterness at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice and syrupy, but lightened by the mid-level carbonation, which again, feels finely-bubbled, almost like a nitro. Overall I like this beer very much. I bought a variety pack and it's been my favorite one in there, despite having it a few years ago and not really liking it. It has a lot going on, and I recommend it for anyone looking for a different slant on IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Divide "Rumble"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON:MAR 19 2015"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

When I spotted "RUMBLE" on the shelf and took a closer look I saw that it was an "Oak Aged India Pale Ale" and decided to buy it based on that. What I found is that although it is clearly oak-aged, it's not overly done. The oak isn't even particularly noticeable at the outset, but as you progress through the glass you find a note of vanilla within the malt, and then the dryness of the wood that leads you to a long-lingering finish. Also not over-done were the hops. They're present (tropical fruit, gently piney), and you won't miss them if you're looking, but it's not a beer that hits you over the head in any way. So with that said, if you're looking for something more bombastic, this is not for you, it's more of a study in shades of subtlety. I like to think of it as a relaxing sipping beer before dinner (or after), not something that I'd have out at the bar with my friends. The only thing that could make this beer better for me would be if they added a bit of Brettanomyces to it. Worth trying.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange color with some chunkies floating around in the bottom. Good sized light brown foam head with great retention; head still remained after 5+ minutes. Leaves a larger ring of lacing around the edge, and a but of lacing on the sides when swished.

Aroma is of sweet tropical fruits. Oak is present, but its more of an accent. Pine, caramel malts, and some bready malts. Possibly a bit of funk.

Fairly strong citrusy hops and some fairly prominent oak notes up front. Lots going on in the taste. Almost too much. Pine is still present, as are the caramel malts from the aroma. Grapefruit and mango take over more of a lead role as it warms, with bitterness becoming stronger. I think GD tried to do too much in the taste here. It's not bad, but the overabundance of flavors doesn't allow any particular flavor to come out and shine.

Light-medium body. Not much carbonation. Nice and easy drinker.

Overall, not a bad beer by an means, but not one of Great Divide's better brews. As mentioned, I think there's a little bit too much going on in the taste to allow anything to truly showcase itself.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a hazy burnt amber color with some brighter orange notes coming from the bottom. there is loads of sediment floating around the bottom of the glass. 1 finger frothy white head

s: light tropical fruits - mango, peach, pineapple. a juicy strawberry followed by sweet toffee. maybe a touch of oak

t: ripe mango and strawberry followed by bitter grapefruit, sweet malts (almost molasses-esq). there is an earthy/woody presence in here as well which is actually working well with the hops. the finish is some mild tea-like bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel. almost getting to that point where an IPA turns a little heavier. medium carbonation

o: to be honest, its nothing spectacular, but i am enjoying the earthy/wood notes and how they're working with the hops. i wouldn't go out of my way for this, but if you come across it i'd say grab it to try

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,592 ratings.
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