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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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip

A. 2 finger head. Nice retention. Nice lacing. Color is a rich dark orange.

S. Smell is somewhat hoppy. Pretty nice mix of citrus and piney hop aromas. Has a woody aroma that comes out underneath the hop aromas, a little vanilla. I like the mix of hops and barrel aroma. Just a faint hit of caramel malt.

T. Nice flavor. Nice hop flavor and bitterness. Can pick out the woody earthy almost hint of vanilla from the barrel aging. Pretty well balanced and very smooth. Has a quality that sets it apart from regular IPAs.

M. Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

D. Definitely drinkable. Trying to remember if I have had any barrel aged IPAs before. I think this is a style I am going to have to delve deeper into. As for Rumble this is a pretty delicous beer. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of August 18th poured into a DFH glass.

A - Amber and dark orange body, brilliant clarity, lively carbonation from the bottom with a small fast fading head with little lace.

S - You get hints of oak, vanilla sweetness, and piney hops. Complex and inviting, very pleasant.

T - Much smoother than anticipated. Moderate initial bitterness with a supporting malt sweetness. Piney hops and oak mingle together perfectly in the finish. Some alcohol warmth in the belly on the way down. The hops are more subdued here than most examples allowing the oak to shine a bit more.

M - Medium body and remarkably smooth feel. Crisp finisher with a faint/pleasant pine resin aftertaste.

D - Medium. The ABV is a tad limiting, but the mellow profile makes this one more tempting.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected amber colored body with ruby red hues. a rather large bright white head forms op top and takes its time falling. large globs of lacing are left behind.

S- a strong odor of caramel malts is the first thing that i can smell. the oak from the barrel comes through softly in the form of a slight vanilla scent. at the end i get a blast of piny hops and a little bit of grapefruit.

T- the caramel malts are the first thing that i can taste which gives the beer a little bit of a sweetness. the vanilla from the oak comes through a with a little more authority than i was expecting. the blast of piny hops i could smell finishes this one off.

M- medium bodied. the alcohol is pretty well hidden. there is a high level of carbonation.

D- easy to drink and i find this one more enjoyable than the non oak barreled titan. ill check this out again.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle, as pictured, with a bottled on August 25 2010, date.

A: Medium copper with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Mainly caramel and ripe citrus. Oranges or tangerines. Very sweet smelling.

T&M: Mostly citrus hops with a small bit of piney hop bitterness. Earthy and fairly well-balanced with the caramel malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Some roughness from the oily hops, but mainly smooth in the middle that fades to a dry hop finish.

Very nice taste. Original and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on August 21st, 2010.

Poured into a mug and comes up a nice white head that quickly dissipates to a ring of carbonation with some nice lacing.

Smells of caramel and tangerines. There's also a deeper pure vanilla or brown sugary-ness there.

Tastes strongly of citrus hops, but with most of the bitterness in the finish. Tangerines mix with some underlying oak flavors (vanilla, as well as an earthiness). Finishes with more wood and a white grapefruit bitterness. The flavors are bold and a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, but a little oily and finishing on the sweeter side.

This beer is delicious, but it becomes difficult to drink after a while. It's not very quaffable, and is definitely something that you're going to need to take your time with. I was expecting a refreshing IPA with a little oak, but the flavors are more reminiscent of a IIPA with a strong wood presence. While it tastes great, it was more of a dedication than I expected.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for picking this one up for me at Goebbel's in Wichita..

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Caramel &pineyness

T: Follows the nose, plus toffee & oaky undertones up front, dryness coming with that. Oaky vanilla notes blend to a near praline flavor as this warms, plus a bit of grapefruit merges with piney resin. Piney hops hoppyness & toffee dominate the finish along with some dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, semi-sticky, fairly creamy carbonation, great balance, which means many hopheads will be disappointed with this one...

Drinks easy, I like this better than I did a few weeks ago when I first tried it. Good, not great offering from GD

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours an extremely clear amber body with visible carbonation. Sitting on top is a 2 finger rocky head, white color, that dissipates slowly leaving behind a great about of lace.

S: A strong aroma of sweet citrus/grapefruit hops balanced with piney hops. Hints of oak and vanilla are subtle, but evident.

T: A sweet grapefruit hoppy flavor that turns into a bitter piney hops flavor. The oak and vanilla soften this IPA to a more mild version of this style, but is still balanced with the light bready malts.

M: A lean, oily texture with a medium body and mild carbonation. Would have liked it to be a little more full on the palate.

D: Loved this beer. Extremely easy to drink and a fair price ($2.30) makes this a repeater.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

underated... had at kickbacks on draft.

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, sublte vanilla

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor and I loved the oak flavor from the aging. it was a very noticable difference

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy beautiful chestnut brown color with a fair eggshell colored head and similar lacing. The aroma is of citrus hop and rye malt with a tasteful hint of yeast. Yum. The flavor is a wonderfully balanced earthy malt and evergreen hops, creamy feeling with very proper carbonation, medium bodied and plenty drinkable for the style. A very yummy brew with a decent hop profile.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass: from notes
A: An amber body, with a cream colored head holds good lace.
S: An oak in the back of the aroma, with pine and a touch of bourbon.
T/M: Slight spice on the front, with a dry and silky mouthfeel. A nice hop and malt balance. Great oak on the finish.
D: This is a great oaked IPA, one that oak is present but does not slow the drinking down.

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Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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 nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Light oak notes with some pine hops. A little bit of toasted malt and coconut.

T - Toasted malt and light caramel up front with some vanilla and coconut notes of oak. Creamy malt sweetness in the middle with more oak flavor and some pine hop flavor. The hop character intensifies in the finish with more pine notes and a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, caramel malt is balanced by moderate hop bitterness as notes of vanilla and pine hops linger.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A really nice combination of oak and hop character. The oak is sweet and lively without the harsh toasted character that sometimes comes through in oaked IPAs. The pine hop character compliments the creamy vanilla of the oak quite well and there is just enough malt character to balance things out. This is a really nice beer and well worth buying even by the six pack.

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

Reviewed from notes on 9/10/10.

A: Pours fairly dark for an IPA - more amber than gold. The head is just off-white and a fingernail shy of one finger with an aggressive decanting into a snifter. Head retention is good. The carbonation is quite exciting and the lacing is phenomenal, forming a thick parabolic foam with all varieties of splashiness underneath with each sip.

S: Subdued grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine aromas with a pretty heavy dose of oak fill my nose. This collision of scents produces a creamy vanilla-like byproduct smell, in addition to an interesting peppery aroma. This smells sort of like a forest after a heavy rain.

T: The hop taste is a little less citrusy than the aroma would suggest. Pine, orange zest, and grass are the flavors that that hops leave on my palate. That taste pairs with a nice caramel malt sweetness, then leads to a creamy vanilla contribution from the oak barrel. The finish is a blend of oaky bite and lasting, yet mellow hop bitterness.

M: There is a lot happening here. The feel is crisp and biting on the sides of my mouth at first, followed by a creamy, medium feel on my tongue. This is wrapped with a semi-dry oak and hop bite on the back and sides of my mouth.

D: Viewed from the perspective of a straight up American IPA, I dock this a few points. It's certainly interesting, but I feel that the oak aging restricts the boldness of the hops from unfolding. It was quite good and I'm glad that I tried, it, but I am not sure that I will seek it out for further consumption.

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

Bottled on "Aug 17, 2010" = 5 weeks ago, great to enjoy beer that you know is fresh!

Pours a nice looking shade of honey amber, with a dull orangey glow, lite tan head, tiny bubbles , stays, thick collar and respectable fine sticky lace.

Leafy hop nose, with a hint smoked up wood and a malty sweet undertone.

Tasty and appealing IPA, on the sweet side, with more then ample malt being a recurring theme. Wood also joins the flavor party. Thoroughly enjoyable, bold and flavorful brew, a wee bit lacking in the hops dept

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, giving this one a proper review now that I have a chance to :)

Serving type - bottle

A - Pours somewhere between a clear and hazy amber, with a thin, off-white head, and bubbly, semi-creamy lacing.

S - Alot going on here! Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and mild, piney hops. The aroma of this IPA is complex, and truly great.

T - Taste is pretty damn good too. Semi-bready caramel malts, with vanilla and oak wood tones, which then transitions into the citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange), and finishes off with a mild, piney hop bite. Bitterness is on the mild side for an IPA, and this one is pretty well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and a slightly oily feel from the hop oils.

D - Even if it's 7.1%, it's nearly as drinkable as a 5-6% session beer.

Overall - This is a very interesting take on their regular IPA. I'd love to see an Imperial version of this come out.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice reddish-orange, Nice foamy, creamy head, a good finger. Lacing is nice.

Smell is alright, with a nice, but muted oily hop aroma. A bit of woody character is there as well. Not bad, but pretty decent.

Taste is hop oils, resins and pine. Bitterness stings for an instant. Slightly sweet grapefruit, and other citrus. The dry oak characters show up on the finish, adding a nice woodsy touch to the already woodsy hop notes. There is a tad too much malt sweetness though.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.

Tasty brew, but better as an occasional treat. Not something to put several away in a setting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/25/10.

A beauty in the glass, almost double IPA looking, as the orange tones are darker, redder, more burnt...and the head is quite thick and creamy. Makes the mouth water just looking at it.

Aroma offers a typical IPA aroma, with the hops being particularly clean and fragrant. It's a simple, bright, uncluttered aroma that only hints at the oak aging that went on here.

The flavor definitely gives away the oak aging, having the earthiness of fresh cut wood, a generous layer of vanilla, and an overall softness/muting that shouldn't be looked at as a negative. Rumble's cool, welcoming flavor of vanilla is its main selling point, something very much present but never over the top. Amid all the extras the IPA in this beer never quite gets lost. The hops are pine-laden and citrusy, there are hints of caramel and toffee, plenty of fruity juiciness, and the body is creamy, silky and round, yet lacking no energy thanks to the tickling caress of carbonation. A green bitterness rides through the finish, but, as it does in every other aspect of this beer, the vanilla character cools it down nicely.

One of Great Divide's best, absolutely. And somewhat reminiscent of Southern Tier's Oak-Aged Unearthly, although that didn't have the vanilla tones that this has. Everything is so remarkably balanced in Rumble, and while it's got a completely wonderful flavor, it's not the kind of taste that knocks you out right away. Everything here is quite subtle, everything embedded and waiting to be deciphered by the inquisitive drinker. It took a few bottles spread out over a week for me to really "get," but if drunk at just the right temperature, and with some patience and focus, this should please even the most demanding palate.

Weird name though, as this is hardly the most cantankerous, burly, fightin' mad beer...or maybe I just don't understand the meaning of "rumble" as it's used here.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Shimmering orange. Lot so carbonation bubbles, half-finger tan head with good lacing.

S : Piney hops, vanilla and wood.

T : Opens with soft vanilla texture before giving into the hops. Pricklyness gives way to a woody malt backbone. Quite nicely balanced.

M : Medium body here with very nice tingling feeling. Slightly dry on the finish.

D : I like it, it's a change of pace for an IPA. In fact, a bit more malt sweetness would be welcomed by me.

Great Divide never seems to disappoint. I hope this one makes it into a yearly rotation.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh, oak aged IPAs, why do I bother with you? Yes, you were available to me for free, but the 3 beers that preceded you were Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig and Temptation. And to think that I walked away from those to try you...

Pouring a brilliant amber with a dense, off-white head, I'm struck by how excellent the retention and lacing are. The nose has a little pine but is mostly dominated by a tropical fruit like hop profile. As it warms up, I do get some vanilla and oak too, along with some caramel sweetness. The palate opens sweet with citrus and vanilla. The hops, while faded (as compared to the base beer which I assume is the very good Titan), have managed to avoid gaining a cheesey character (that I was shocked to find in the Oak Aged Yeti I drank right after). Medium in body with moerate sweetness, there's caramel, oak and vanilla. Just a touch of tannins are present as well, and the lingering character on the finish is a fruity, sweet citrus hop character. Acceptable, though not something I would seek out. I could not finish my 4oz pour. In fact, what this beer accomplished was sending me right back to the Falling Rock for two more pints of Elder.

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Photo of shodrod
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a deep, super dark golden color. There was absolutely no head retention, but that might have been a bad pour on the bartender's side (and not the 'ideal' glass). The aroma gives off lovely nutty scents as well as caramel notes. All of this culminates in a whirl of flavor once you sip this sucker down! The caramel hits you in the front along with a hint of vanilla bean. A much welcomed hoppy presence in the back of your mouth is accompanied by some notes of coconut in the finish. This beer does a great job of coating your whole mouth to make sure you get all the nuances of the flavor. Please try this if you love IPA's.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 18, 2010.

A- Pours amber-red with a nice foamy white cap. Good head retention. A good deal of random lace, pretty thick.

S- Hops up front lend pretty much equal amounts of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and floral notes. Not getting much oak here but I do get some bready malt in the background.

T- Starts out with a good deal of oak and bready light caramel malt. Finishes with a mostly floral, some citrus and pine hop notes, the oak is here too but in a different way. I would say that there is some yeast spice as well, would be interesting in what kind of yeast is used here, some esters too.

MF- Moderate creamy body with fairly high carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth and coats the palate with ample bitterness. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

DB- An IPA with oak throughout. I would say that the oak works pretty well. The hop profile sort of reminds me of the Stone 14th, not sure why so many brewers are leaning towards this kind of flavor... too much floral/citrus zest to me.

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Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep coppery hue with red highlights. The true beauty of this beer is in a nice cascading effect and continuously lively action contributing to the formation of two fingers of dense, rocky tan head that's plenty sticky and leaves thick, patchy lacing down the glass.
Hops are by no means hidden in the aroma, though a hardcore hophead might find them light. Otherwise the oak is evident in an apparent woodiness with some earthy notes under a nice caramel malt backbone. There's a touch of sweetness lingering as well.
Hops are right up front in this one, with plenty of pine and floral notes, balanced by the caramel malts and possibly another type of malt in here as well. Sweetness is still underneath but present, and it's not difficult to love the nuances of the oak mixed in here. There's even a hint of spiciness contributing as well. The finish lingers for a long time, quite dry and almost entirely consisting of resiny hops flavor and oak. Very nice.
The body is medium-full with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it's also quite dry.
I wouldn't even have known the ABV was in the higher range. This is tasty and quite drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is pretty very nice tan almost red color.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Some hops not much oak like I was expecting.

Taste is very nice. Smacks you with nice hops but balances out and finishes very dry and bitter. Not a whole lot of oak again.

Very drinkable for me bit a long lasting bitter finish.

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Photo of tewaris
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Brewing
Oak aged American IPA
7.1% ABV
12 oz bottle bottled on August 18, 2010 poured into Samuel Adams "perfect pint" on September 28, 2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Clear dark amber with a moderate off white, almost tan colored, head; average retention; and decent lacing.

Aroma 3/5
Noticeable toasted and caramel malt aroma. Some hops somewhere in the background but malts take the driving seat here. Oak? I don't know where it is! Aggressive hop presence? Hell no! There's not much to aroma. If this weren't oaked, this was making a 2/5 at best but blurring styles saves it. The empty glass smells like vanilla, but nothing exciting, especially for an AIPA.

Taste 3/5
Why would I want to drink an oaked AIPA? I don't know. But innovation is generally not a bad thing, so why not? However, I don't get any oak at all in this one. Perhaps the oak aging has let hop flavors diminish but hasn't imparted enough character of its own, or it might just be me being a dick. There's some American hops' flavor and medium bitterness, but I really don't like the aftertaste. Caramel? No. Vanilla? No. In fact, the taste seems far from description on the bottle. Oak aging or not, a thoroughly ordinary example of an AIPA.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Carbonation is alright and the body supports whatever bitterness is present pretty well. Finishes alright, except for the bad aftertaste.

Drinkability 4/5
Went down alright; but a "meh" beer.

I am not buying this again!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with this label description: "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."

It's clear and light copper colored with a wet and spitty looking head, lots of lacing. It smells less hoppy than I'd like in an IPA, but that's kind of a common thing with oak-aged IPAs lately. Malts and oak come through, almost a rye spiciness but I think it's from the wood. Similar in the flavor, it brings Jai Alai Humidor to mind but with the amp turned down to 4 or 5. The most prominent notes are oak-based, again almost rye like.

The body is about normal, but the carbonation is high, especially for a barrel aged beer. Prickly and peppery. Overall a good data point among the latest trend of wood IPAs.

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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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