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Rumble IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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

Bottle label data: BOTTLED ON APR 06 2015

Amber-hued body; lots of fine carbonation bubbles; thick, dense, rocky head. Mild pine and floral scent; orange. Malty, caramel flavor; intense bitterness. Smooth overall with a soft, prickly feel; creamy; heavy sweetness counterbalanced with a very dry finish.

This beer delivers a dense, complex, and well-balanced tasting sensation. Rich malt flavors and an epic level of hop bitterness dance well with each other and provide a very satisfying, very pleasurable drinking experience.

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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 stompilator
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a pale, almost amber gold, small, crisp head.

S - Mild wet flora and grapefruit aroma.

T - Light, juicy hops hit the front, with a subtle, oaky booziness hanging below. The hops begin to define over time, and the barrel is slightly more present, ending with a bitter grapefruit tinge. Decent residual bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, very mild carbonation.

O - Given the fairly subdued nature of the hops, I'd have loved to get more of the barrel. Very interesting flavors, none of which are pronounced.

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Photo of nakedasajbird
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not enough oak. ...or nose or taste. Good middle of the road beer from a brewery that usually produces great beer... or high of the road beer, if you will.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent sipping beer. Best served at 50-55 deg. unlike most IPAs, the oak and caramel/vanilla flavors become prevalent as it warms. Hop flavor and scent is more grapefruit-oriented with some pine. Not a session beer but definitely a good one to drink with friends over a decent period of time. I can imagine this being a good cigar beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a deep slightly clouded amber. The aroma has some nice pine notes and a hint of oak. The flavor has similar qualities but with an additional hit of vanilla. The body isn't too heavy or oily and with a nice little bite on the finish.

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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 sweetness...almost...to 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clearish copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white color and excellent texturing. Its creaminess retains acceptably.

S: This is interesting. I suppose it's better than me saying "LOLMALTY", but the oak aging gives it subtle touches of vanilla and oak - enough to pique my aforementioned interest. The primary malt backbone is actually fairly nutty (almost resembling a brown ale). Hops? Well, there's a twinge of pine floating around. This is oak-aged and not a fresh bottle, so this didn't stand a chance of showing off significant hoppiness.

T: Hops are here. They aren't vivid, they aren't defined, they just exist as a general finishing bitterness - there's even an acidic bite to it. The malt backbone is solid, bringing good caramel and nutty flavors. After half the glass, I pick up more of its oak aging. Its finish soon becomes quite vanilla-heavy. Works better as a strong ale, I think.

M: Full and creamy for an IPA, yet the tannic presence gives it some semblance of drinkability. Still, the long and caramel-laden finish makes this one a sipper. Carbonation is decent.

O: At first I didn't like it too much. But once that vanilla presence hits my tongue, I grow to respect it, if not love it. The caramel flavors get in the way just as I expected, and that's ultimately my main gripe with this beer (and a reminder that oak-aged IPAs are more of a novel experiment than a great style). GD almost turned an apocryphal design into a minor miracle, which at least earns them a couple brownie points.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear light amber color, white filmy lacing for a head.

Smells of rich bready malts and caramel with a soft piney hop resin.

Tastes of bready malt, caramel, light oak, and a piney and citrus hops.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice and tasty IPA with some good aroma and body. One of the better IPAs I've had and well worth trying.

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Photo of mbatley
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such an interesting IPA. Aged in oak gives it a really different--nice--toasty balanced flavor with a really nice long finish. You can definitely taste the oak but it is in no way prominent. Just there in the background offering a long nice finish.

Great hoppy backbone as you would expect in a Great Divide IPA but does not have the usual citrus notes. In fact I'd be interested to know if they used a slightly different hop lay up for this from their normal IPA or of the oak had that much of an influence. Either way it works.

A real drinker. Plus a value at $8.99 a six.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in NYC. Fair head of off white foam. Nice amber red in color, a touch darker than your standard IPA. Picked up a nice touch of vanilla in the aroma, also, some maltiness, not a lot of hop presence. Taste picks up with more Vanilla, caramel, piney hops, and malts. Oak aging is a nice touch on this one. Not the most Hop heavy IPA I've had, but refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of DIM
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark, hazy coppery color; poured small, sticky white head.

s: Some prickly oak and flowery pine, but mostly sweet caramel in the nose.

t: Lots of caramel sweetness plus a hint of vanilla. Floral, herbal hops with some pine resin. Lingering bitter woodiness.

m: Hearty and sticky.

o: Three month old bottle, this was pretty good.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a schooner glass. It has a dark golden color with a small creamy white head and decent lacing on its way down. It has a faint wood aroma. Since I'm not a huge ipa man I really think this one is great. The hop bitterness isn't overpowering. It has smooth vanilla and caramel notes with a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel was thick, creamy and smooth. Overall this is one ipa I can deal with. Very nice.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark gold color. Sports a full 2+ finger head of faomy head. The head has legs and sticks around.

S: Bready scent dominates the nose. I was expecting a boozy or bourbon scent - but I got none.

T: Similar to the nose. Slightly bitter. I was expecting more strong caramel, vanilla and bourbon flavors but I didn't get it.

M: Smooth but maybe a little watery.

O: I had high expectations and they were not met. This just missed the mark. I was expecting an IPA but with some subtle oak/vanilla tones. I wasn't getting anything complex at all.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 5/14/14

Rumble IPA by; Great Divide
poured from a 12oz.bottle into a Magic Hat pint

P-large RUMBLE and silhouette of a bull 3.5

A- Golden with a off white thin head and good lacing 3.75

S- good and strange, citrus oak and sugar 4.0

T- mild citrus , hoppy bitterness and some malt 4.5

M- mellow and smooth really well balanced 4.25

D- smooth very, enjoyable, and east drinking4.5

O- very happy with this choice, love the oak aging 4.0

(Special Review 3/16 for my Holiday)

Good ipa. I really like this one personally recommend ---- J

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Photo of da_beers
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a nice clear dark orange with two fingers of white head. Low visible carbonation coming up.

S - earthy, woodsy, sweet malts come in next. Nice hop character as well of course. Some faint grapefruit maybe at the end?

T - wow, much more exploding than the nose. Starts with this nice bitter, earthyness. Oak chips ate present here. Such a nice combination with the hops. Sweetness from malts are tucked in the middle, but appropriately.

M - medium body. High drinkablility. Goes down very nice and is quite refreshing.

O - I dig it. Not just a traditional IPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, caramel, woody notes and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Excellent brew.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottled on Apr 16 2014.

A: Classic amber/golden yellow-orange body with pretty good clarity. 1/2 finger of white head with ok retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fruit-forward hops (malt?) with peach, mango, white grape, and orange notes. Bready, sweet malt. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Fainter bourbon, oak arise as it warms.

T: Interesting opening - I had to take a few sips to pin it down: Malty, but also floral, with a flash of sweetness. Develops to a medium bitterness that seems lighter than average for the style. Semi-dry finish. Lingering hops and bitterness in the aftertaste. Light on the alcohol for 7.1% ABV.

M: Sudsy, moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Smooth feel after the initial effervescence.

O: I like this beer, but I wouldn't say it really tastes like an IPA. Or a barrel-aged brew, for that matter. Kinda rides the fence and ends up in no-mans-land, but a good quaff nonetheless.


Addendum: A second sampling the following day presented a much stronger barrel-aged presence with a bourbon-esque, vanilla sweetness. Even less IPA quality than the first go. Scores are the same.

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

Poured a clear amber with a thin off-white layer of foam and moderate bubbles. It looks nice, though standard for an IPA. Scents of caramel and toasted malt and some dark bread with a low level of hop aromas in the background, mostly herbal and floral-like, but with some faint citrus notes. Very faint hints of oak in the background. A good aroma, more malty than hop-forward, but nice nonetheless. Flavor begins with a mix of caramel malt sweetness and pine resin, with faint hints of citrus peel. This moves into pine resin bitterness and some herbal and floral flavors, balanced by a present, though less intense, caramel sweetness. The finish is dry, with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops, with faint hints of vanilla and oak. Aftertaste is pine resin, slight vanilla and hints of oak. Overall a good flavor profile that goes more towards the malty sweet at the beginning and moves into the pine resin and herbal hop flavors before finishing with just enough oak-aging flavors to let you know that the beer was indeed aged. Nicely balanced and pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and easy to drink. Overall this is a good IPA that has a nicely subdued, malty aroma and a balanced flavor profile, aided by a nice, drinkable mouthfeel. Quite good.

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Photo of hops202
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass.

Looks like the amber the mosquito was trapped in from the original jurrasic park. Decent smell, definitely some vanilla in there with caramel and malt. Taste follows the nose. More bitter than the smell would lead to believe with some slight pine. Not much oak present. More vanilla in the nose than in the taste.

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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