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 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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Photo of hopjuicer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Oak is the most present smell in the nose, hops, and grain with a fairly strong presence as well.

The flavor is oak and an excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness.

I was hoping for a bit more evidence of dry hopping. Could be due to the fact that the bottled on date is six weeks back.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date 8/18/2010

Poured into a pint glass burnt orange with a one finger froathy foamy head. Good retention and great lacing. The scent has hop floral notes and strong amounts of oak. I got to say, the taste is the best part. There is a large front of Vanilla, oak, and sugars that mellows in a dry bitter ending. The amount of Vanilla is greatness. The mouthfeel is very solid for the style and the drinkabilty is "I wish this was made year round" awesome.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Very clear dark orange color with a 1/2" foamy white head, settles down to like 1/8". Leaves thick lacing. Good head retention.
Very nice smell. Orange and other juicy tropical fruits, I get some pineapple and passion fruit, and some subtle pine. A little hint of oak and vanilla.
The taste is loaded with pine resin, bitter juicy orange, a little vanilla, some astringency and oak on the finish along with some grassiness. Just a little bit of sweetness, maybe a bit too much at times. Some caramel/toffee comes out as it warms up. Nice balance between the hops and malt, but still shows enough hop character and bitterness.
The texture is great, comes on creamy and slightly viscous, ends a little dry.
Pretty smooth and drinkable for the alcohol.
I tend to like a malt balanced IPA with flavorful hop character, so I really enjoyed this. With a little less sweetness and a little more full flavor I would have gone with a 4.5 on taste. Still, a delicious and unique IPA.

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Photo of bfree
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange, lacing minimal and found around the edges, looks a little flat

S: mainly citrus/lemons with some hops as well as some pine/oak

T: can really taste the oak/pine flavor, and as with other IPAs there is citrus and hops but the oak aging really smoothens the hoppy taste and so it is not too bitter

M: pretty smooth and not much carbonation with a crisp finish, the beer seems a little flat for some reason despite being from the bottle

D: smooth mouthfeel and smooth taste make this IPA easy drinking

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Photo of jrallen34
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. An oak aged ipa, not a great idea, at least this attempt...Pour light brown, watery and clear, a nice light tan head that has great retention, light lacing...Aroma is all malt and way too sweet. A malty ipa to start (apparently) and the oak aging just enhances that. Vanilla and caramel dominant the nose, its ok in doses but too much and you get an overload of the senses...The taste carries over all the sweetness and makes it undrinkable. No oak shows. I couldn't drink more than half the bottle.

Interesting idea but dry hop the hell out of this after barrel aging and you might be on to something.

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Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 gwguest
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (Bottled on 10 Sept) into the Sam Adams glass.

A: A nice clear amber body with a thin off white head.
S: Not nearly the nose I would expect from an American IPA Not a ton of hop or oak character, but a little of both.
T: Subtle and nicely blended. Flavor disspates pretty quickly, but isn't refreshing.
M: Dencent, but forgettable. Not much of a finish.
D: Easy drinking IPA. More of an english version.

Not a bad beer, but one that might go a lot better with a meal than on it's own. Feels like it needs a complementing flavor set.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from mix/match 6-pack (Bottled: Aug 25, 2010), poured into a pint glass

Tried out Joy Liquors on E 6th Ave, the beer guy there raved about this, and while i hesitated to purchase an aged IPA by way of putting together a mix/match 6-pack, a customer came in looking for it, and raving just as the beer guy had. I figured it was fate, and by way of gratitude to the gentleman-customer, I introduced him to Old Rasputin ... he certainly got the better end of the bargain here.

A: Not much head, darker than a traditional IPA (or DIPA).

S: hoppy, but not crisp.

T: Good balance, blast of hops up front as expected, slight mustiness to the finish ... like morning dew.

F: Nice and smooth, good carmalization.

D: Pretty damn good, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Aroma is dominated by hops, but also has a touch of citrus and the oakiness.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Hops and lemon up front, with the oak in the finish. an interesting flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable IPA.

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

12oz bottle with a Bottled on Date of Aug 18, 2010. Pours a hazy light brown with very little head. Smells of hops and some delicious oakiness, A bit of citrus. Taste is a great mix of the hops and wood flavors. Bitter aftertaste with more Oak. Pretty smooth. I hope that this beer is here to stay and not a 1-time brew because it belongs in my beer rotation.

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Photo of bfields4
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head. A nice amber haze. Opaque, but filtered looking at the same time.

Very nice aroma on this one. A resiny hop blast comes off with soft oak after-tones. There's also a slight note of citrus.

While the smells held more of the hoppy IPA notes, the taste hits first with a oak earthiness and is followed by a herbal bitter bite. The flavors are not as pronounced as I would like, but are well done.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, for its style I would have liked something a little creamier. Very lightly carbonated.

If this was a one-off special release I'd be slightly let down, but for a seasonal this one is a bargain.

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

Poured ontap. A copperish/brown looking ale with an off white head and some lace. Grapefruit hops in the aroma. Flavor is more of a light citrusy burst followed by some oak/woodsy notes. The oak has done a bit to mellow this beer out, the malt profile is sweetish, paired with the bitterness to bring out more character. I found this brew to be very drinkable and I would like to purchase this in bottled form.

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Photo of nas5755
2.16/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer was clear copper in color with a small head and some lacing. The nose had a slight citrus hint that was matched by a little oak. Holy Tannins! The beer tasted overly oaked, it was very creamy, only a slight hop presence that was overtaken by the oak, a little vanilla was blended into decent malt profile. Nice carbonation levels that were on the medium side. The smoothness from oak was very nice and gave the beer a very nice creamy texture. Overall, I was not impressed. Oak aged or barrel aged ipa/dipa's are just unappealing. I will admit that this beer had some interesting complexities in a few areas, but it had a very small hop profile.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 4th, 2010.

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at Bruisin Ales in Asheville. Emerges crystal clear and is the color of a beagle's fur. White head tops the beer and is about one finger in size. Plenty of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is mostly hop filled. Actually, its ALL hops. I get no oakiness or woodiness or anything. The hop aroma is great. Loads of citrus with a strong pine aroma as well. A bit of fruitiness as even a touch of earthiness (maybe there is some oakiness).

Great flavor. Strongly bitter up front with a strong hop bite in the back. Again, not much if any oak aging characteristics.

Basically, this is just a really solid IPA. If I were to taste this blindly, I dont think I would say this was oak aged. However, this is a really nice IPA. Bitterness, maltiness, its got everything. With some actual oak, this may be a 4.7 overall. As it is, its a solid 4.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked both the Titan and Hercules, oak aged? Don't mind if I do.

A: Has a good deep copper, but with a dancing reddish glimmer. The head is marginal and fades quickly.

S: It smells somewhat of a mild barleywine, but with a citrus hop profile. Decent amount of sweetness, vanilla and caramel.

T: I get a combonation of pine/citrus hops, balanced with the sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Also has a mild oaky finish, somewhat bitter.

M/D: It has a goody body and texture. It reminds me of a "hoppy barleywine," which I'm not sure if I like it. There is a lot of flavor and textures going on. I would like to try it again, since I only had one 12oz.

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Rumble IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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