Rumble IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

very good
440 Reviews
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 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 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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Photo of spoony
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottle March 31, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dirty-white foam. Retention is not great, but the head leaves a nice layer of sticky lacing on the way down. The beer is dark orange in color and mostly clear. I can see a stray bubble or two in there.

S-The smell is a malt-forward (for an IPA) mixture of caramel, bread, and toast. The hops are pretty subdued with a little bit of citrus, floral scents, and leafy notes mixing in with malty sweetness. I do not get much oak.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a heavy-for-the-style malt presence of caramel and toast. The hops are lightly citrus-flavored and I get a bit of bitter leaf and pine, as well some floral, tropical notes. Very little in the way of oak.

M-The feel is a nice, medium body with a lightly crisp carbonation and just a bit of oily coating.

O-I cannot say this is my favorite IPA. While I all for balance between malt and hop, this brew was just too heavy on the malt; the hops were mostly background chatter. I also did not get much in the way of oak on the nose or the palate. On the plus side, this beer is good-looking and has a nice, easy-drinking feel.

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Photo of kj8525
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle a little over a month old. Looks Amber in the glass and got a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like caramel from the malt and just a very slight smells of vanilla. Not a lot if hops smell on the nose.

Taste reminds me of Titan ipa. Slightly more bitter and I do pick up the oak and vanilla characters slightly

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also a but of a wood and vanilla.

Overall - This was bottled in the summer, so perhaps not the best example. Still a decent beer that I will try again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold amber with one finger of off white head that goes rather quickly but leaves a fair amount of lace.
Smell is dank hops some sweet malts and some yeast.
Taste is bitter slightly fruity hops with malts enough to reign in most of the bitter. Some yeast is detectable and maybe some oak from the aging process.
Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. A medium dry finish.
Overall This beer was bottled on July 2, 2013 so I could probably bump the score up a point or two when I find a fresher example. As is it was tasty enough with no off flavors. Just a bit faded.

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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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