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Rumble IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Rumble IPARumble IPA
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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.

Added by BradLikesBrew on 08-07-2010

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KevChiTown
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really digging the mellow complexity of this one. I get slot of vanilla from the wood. Very enjoyable

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Photo of Tertullian007
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Aug 4 2010. consumed 11/19/10.

Pours a sticky, cloudy amber color with almost no foam. Very viscous. Aroma is very sweet, toffee, caramel.

First sip - overwhelmingly oaky. Vanilla. Toasted coconut. Very slick, oily mouthfeel.

There is a bit of lingering bitterness, but this beer is all about the oak. I was interested to see how an IPA would stand up to oaking... the oak dominates. Sadly, any hop flavor is lost in the shuffle. Drinkability suffers a bit because the oak flavor becomes a bit too much to handle.

Interesting, to say the least. I love to try experimental beers such as this. Would score better if it wasn't listed as an IPA.

EDIT - had again on 8/9/2011, bottled 6/15/2011. This one I enjoyed significantly more. More like an IPA. Tastes much hoppier, nice lingering bitterness, and oak is greatly subdued. Not sure if recipe or time on oak changed, but I'm upping my score a little bit based on this second bottle.

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Photo of Briken
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy amber with orange highlights, tan frothy head with good retention. Oak and musty earthy citrus. Vanilla and earthy pine and citrus with light sweetness and a moderate hop ending. A dry woody finish and light hop linger. A relatively light feel and a little rough.

Good aroma and robust flavor. The wood is not overdone but adds a nice element to a pretty earthy profile. It’s a little more of a balanced IPA and the hop linger you get is occasionally unpleasant but overall a good combination of taste.

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Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi rigerous pour produces less then an inch of white head. Settling quick and leaving a thin collar. Good lace presentation, sticky drapery. A pale amber, transparent.
Aroma is Barleywinesque, Sweet with large amounts of breadyness, buttred rolls, grains and very mild floral hops. Taste contains a bit of oak upfront mixing with sweetness and more malt/ bready flavors. Oak making an appearance on the swallow as well. Hops are distant and for an AIPA dont reflect the style well at all in either flavor or aroma.
Good beer, mellow and good flavor, as well as a masked alcohol for the abv.
However, to grade it fairly on the style the hops are MIA.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours polished copper, burnt orange at the heart with golden highlights anda slim sudsy head. Spiderweb-like lacing and high clarity make for a nice-looking glass. One thick tuft of head from being handsome.

Smell -- Cane juice and tropical fruit sweetness, floral and pine-like hops, and...ugh...green beans. No good

Taste -- Cane juice sweetness up front with grassy bitterness and tropical fruit, perfumey floral note and pine. Oak character is really lacking, albeit for some woody dryness toward the finish. Lingering taste of honey sweetness and green bean vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad, perhaps slightly undercarbonated.

Overall -- I'm still waiting to be pleased by one of Great Divide's IPA's. While much better than Belgica, it shares my least favorite component: green bean vegetal bitterness. What little it had going for it, the green beans did it in. Not as terrible-tasting as the nose let on, but I'd take many other IPA's over this one. Perhaps you will have a better appreciation for this beer than I did.

Additional Notes - While Great Divide's bottles don't have batch codes/bottling dates, I know this bottle came from a recent shipment as a few cases had just been put onto the floor where I bought this.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of moonknight31
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of craftbeerasian
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

Bottled on 8/18/10

A: deep copper/amber color with a thick foamy head.

S: mostly noted of piney hops, with notes of sweet hops. mellow, but very nice. could be dry hopped a bit more but well done nonetheless.

T: fresh hop flavor up front, beautifully balanced with sweet malts. hop profile isn't as strong on this, thanks to the oak aging. It is still perfectly balanced with an interesting musky characteristic.

M&D: velvety smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy balanced ipas like me.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a style-traditional light orange color. About one finger of fairly frothy offwhite head. Not much to say about this beer's appearance. It's one of the most average IPAs I've seen. There's no flaw here, but it looks entirely inconsequential.

Rumble smells like a pretty solid IPA. Nothing flashy, nothing mindblowing. Just solid citrus, solid pine, solid leafiness. There are, of course, the oak chips. The give off a sort of woody astringency, but are otherwise not that present on the nose. My favorite aspect of Rumble's smell is the small note of passionfruit that opens up as the beer warms a bit.

That passionfruit does not follow onto the palate, unfortunately, but Rumble remains a solid beer in spite of that. It's an above-average IPA: above-average hoppiness, above-average grapefruit character, slightly above-average pine. The oak chips, though, show through on the palate far stronger than they affected the aroma. If you asked me before drinking this beer what I would guess the oak chips bring to the beer's flavor profile, I would have answered "Oh, probably some astringency and some vanilla." I would have been dead-on. The oak chips here cause a biting astringency that softens up as the beer warms. They also lend a small amount of vanilla that meshes well with the neutral-sweet malt profile.

Rumble is medium-bodied, which is not my preference, but it doesn't really detract from the beer. The mouthfeel is quite dry at first because of the oak, but it finishes with a nice juiciness that comes on as something of a relief. Overall, this is a solid, above-average India Pale Ale. I'm not convinced that we need to be oaking our IPAs, but Great Divide has shown though multiple beers that it is a idea that can work.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber body, nice beading stays off to the side of the glass... thin sticky off-white head has pretty good retention.

I'd imagine that this is a pretty picky style to brew. How do you accomplish a fresh hop character while maintaining a noticeable wood quality. It seems like they've found a pretty good balance. Smooth.

Nice easy-going wood character... plenty of hops with the support of some quality caramel malt. A bit of vanilla from the wood.

I think the wood character actually adds to the drinkability, which isn't what I was expecting at all.

Tasty beer.

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Photo of gruss004
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,596 ratings
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