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Nice Rack IPA | Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Nice Rack IPANice Rack IPA

Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Docer on 02-25-2010

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 66
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden appearance, white head 1/5" not too deep. No dry hopping.

Beer was bitter and not much else. It dropped some serious C hops yes, but how many times do you need to review a beer that is almost all bitterness and grapefruit like notes with some crystal malt? Its that beer, again.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, fluffy white head with great retention. Perfectly clear safety orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap with chunky lacing down the glass. A half wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Quite grainy and phenolic, like a Belgian strong pale ale. Green apples, spices, caramel and some grainy malts. Pears and cloves as well. Odd and definitely not to style.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Caramel, pilsner malts and some spicy notes up front. Green apples, pears and cloves at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of green fruit, some bitter piney hops and spicy phenols a swell. Definitely odd and not satisfying.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A decent enough creation I guess, but not a good example of what it says on the label. If it says IPA, I expect it to have at least a few of the dominating characters of the style. This is more Belgian and phenolic than a hop craving quencher. Pass on this one for sure.

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Photo of bsonk
4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Oregon Brewing Co. Nice Rack IPA.

A: a light amber-gold with short-lived head.

T: pretty sweet malt, bitter lupulin hops with a fruity sort of finish on the front of the tongue, I’m getting grapefruit and maybe mango or something but it’s very subtle. Funky yeast.

S: lupulinesque hops, light malt, maybe a whiff of passionfruit.

M: kinda watery. hops and malt, plus a little yeast funk, linger on front of tongue.

O: I liked this beer when I had it a while ago. It’s pretty good. Not amazing but good. The name is a pun on deer hunting and breasts, which is a tad sophomoric and a bit sexist. Bros brewing beer gonna be bros. 4.3/5.

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Photo of stevoj
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from On the Fly Gasmart. A bit tame for a NW IPA, mellow aroma, more malt than hops. Pours out a nice medium amber with decent fluffy head. Taste again brings the malts in first, with a bit of hop funkiness halfway through. Finishes with some minor pine resin flavor.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Faint flowery aroma. Perfumey nose as you sip.Earthy, grassy flavors. I think of rose hips for some reason. Quite grainy and even sweet. Oatmeal with a touch of bitter hops. Flabby and wan. But quite gulpable and the aftertaste is certainly beery with that bitter edge. But actual hop flavors seem to be missing.

On the plus side, this is a lovely yellow brew with a long-lasting pile of suds in the shaker. A pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. I would say this is even less hoppy than a typical Pale Ale. Just make it with Lager yeast and call it an American Pilsener. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at

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Photo of FatNerdd
2.64/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The definition of meh. Nothing memorable about its flavor, straight up awful body. GET THE BIG RACK IMPERIAL IPA, that's something actually worth drinking. Avoid nice rack ipa.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

I bought a bomber of Nice Rack in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow gold color, slightly hazy, with a creamy stark white head.

Smell is both fruity and candy like. Hints of sweet citrus and caramel.

Taste is a sweet citrus flavor up front, with a caramel malt presence in the middle and then a dry bitter pine finish. Really quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying.

Overall a good IPA. Bitter-sweet and wet for a mid-summer afternoon.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


22 picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise tonight.... Paid about $4.50ish... Poured into my large tulip... clear light orange... nice persistent white head with good sheets of lacing. Good bitterness... seems like a "Session IPA"... very light maltiness never really recovers from the bitter bite and citrus hops scrape away everything and make your palate ready for the next sip... Light body with a pretty aggressive carbonation... The bottle goes away pretty quickly, not bad but could use some refinement, but I might buy it again.


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Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with two fingers of white head. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is dank hops and some bready malts.
Taste is dank hops some bready malts. Plenty of hop bitterness just not a lot of different flavors. No off putting flavors either. Alcohol is well masked.
Mouthfeel is medium with a long dry bitter finish.
Overall a hoppy beer with a straight monochromatic dank hop bitterness.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer by this brewery.
Pours a hefty gold/amber with a huge 2 inch head that lasts a bit. Very nice

Smell is a deep woody smell, funky , with citrus accents. Very unique.

Taste is similar, it's sort of heavy on the palate, with deep rich earthy notes, deep wood flavors throughout on this one. Intriguing balance.

Feel is well carbonated with a light and slick aftertaste.

Overall this is really pushing the boundaries of earthy beers and it works~!

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Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought this back from Oregon.

Pours a dark amber color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are doughy, pine like, and with some brewed tea notes.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Upon first sip I thought this was an amber ale. Bready and doughy, with tea notes, and some earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and pretty smooth.

Overall, this is just ok and average. I guess more British in style. It's drinkable, and a decent beer, but certainly nothing like a typical West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of biscuit malt, as well as some grass and a light bit of citrus from the hops. The flavor is also fairly heavy on the biscuit malt and grass, with a hint of lemon and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with a bit of haze and three ringers of frothy off-white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: musty, vegetal hops with some grainy malt. Overall, the aroma is quite mild. It's not exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really float my boat.

Taste: funky, citrusy hops top a slightly biscuity, grainy malt and a pretty rasping bitterness. Not an IPA I would care to drink a lot of, although I could see how this might appeal to someone.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but not bad.

Overall: this beer just doesn't fit the flavor profile of an IPA that I would like. The bitterness is particularly harsh -- you can do bitter without the rasping quality this one has.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head that generates some significant lacing. The aroma offers slightly lemony biscuit wheat with a hint of herbal hops. The flavor brings a sort of swampy citrus bread that oozes caramel malt. Herbal qualities here as well. This is medium bodied with mild carbonation and a fairly luscious feel. Forgettable but not bad at all.

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Photo of NWer
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into brandy snifter.
Look - typical.
Smell - typical.
Taste - typical.
Mouthfeel - typical.
Overall - typical.
Mild citrus taste meets minimal expectation of the style.
A nice session beer that I enjoyed.
A very average West Coast IPA that was worth ticking off.
PS - cute name.

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Photo of vande
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: definite carbonation as there's a thick frothy country white looking head aloft a golden colored beer

S: bready with some malt going...hops are subtle, not used to IPA, per say, that does whack hops in your nose.

T: malty & sharp with a bitter back back end.

M: medium body w/ a good chunk of carbonation.

O: interesting, but there's so many IPAs out there and expectations are higher for those from the NW. a one off for me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Bready and bitter hops, some floral

T: Bready malts with floral and pine, bittering hops on the end

M: Light to medium body

O: Pretty decent IPA overall and worth a try

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little flowery and some grassy hops. Caramel malt is pretty strong too. So decent malt/hop combo.

Deep gold and clear. Poured with a thick foamy head that faded to a half inch solid and lasting layer that leaves a ton of lacing.

Flavor profile is pretty malty. Lots of base malt and caramel. The hop bitterness is there but less than your expected west coast IPA. Not much in the way of hop flavor on the back end. And there's some buttery diacetyl but not too much. It all adds up to a much maltier flavor than most IPAs. Good personally, but the hop heads probably won't be impressed.

Medium bodied bu the carbonation is kind of low. Seems almost like a cask ale from a bottle.

I like it. I like the maltier notes. Think of it as an ESB or an English IPA and it's very nice.

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Photo of peacebone116
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22-oz bottle while in Bend, OR over '11 July 4th weekend. Poured into tulip on 7/17/2011.

A: Cloudy orange with thick off-white head that clings to the glass edges.

N: Soapy floral and biscuit.

T/M: Piney and bitter start moves inot a balanced malty biscuit note, leaving a resinous, earthy coating on the tongue. Decent carbonation with a light to medium body.

This is a decent light IPA. Maybe i am not hitting this beer at its freshest state, but that is their fault for not visibly dating the bottle.

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Photo of dgilks
2.37/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear dark gold colour with a foamy white head. Good head retention.

Very grainy aroma with a slight herbal note. This really isn't an IPA.

Grainy malt with a touch of sweetness. Moderate bitterness. No real hop character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is not a good IPA. The malt is far too grainy and the hop character is seriously lacking.

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Photo of belenita
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown color; white frothy head that dissipates quite quickly; lacing recedes quite quickly

S - Smells a bit of citrus, quite grassy, floral. Surprisingly not that hoppy.

T - Metallic and somewhat spicy aftertaste; sweet somewhere in the middle, and grassy/citrus flavors in the beginning.

M - Light carbonation that tingles in the roof of your mouth, but goes down smooth

Overall this beer did not taste as hoppy as the other IPAs I've had - it's like a watered down IPA.

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Photo of seeswo
2.26/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a whitish head. The nose is weak, slightly earth hops. This beer does not taste good. Let me unpack it. Begins with kind of an earthy hop profile with some malt balance. Actually ok here. The finish is...not good. We were debating what the flavor was, until "whoopee cushion" came out and that is clearly it. Yes, this beer finishes like a whoopee cushion. I have had many IPAs with off-flavors in the finish, but this is the most pungent and foul of them. Mouthfeel was fine, I guess with reasonable carbonation. Overall, each one of the four of us drain-poured the beer. I think I was the only one to drink more than one sip because I was going to review it.

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Photo of timmick
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle:

A: Clear, dark straw color with one inch of white, frothy head. A little lace as the head recedes. Little carbonation present.

S: Not as "hoppy" as a lot of IPA's. I find a stronger malt presence. Grass, earth, yeast... maybe a little citrus and spice but not a lot. As it warms, a little dark fruit is exposed.

T: A two part taste... first you get an earthy, wet hay, and yeast front end. The second part showcases the hops with pine, citrus rind, and spice. A note of sweetness is also present... I simply can't place it.

M: Light to medium feel. Low carbonation, but a fairly clean finish.

D: Not my favorite. Personally I think it was a little earthy for me with not enough of a hop presence. The flavors didn't seem to balance and blend at all.

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Photo of Briken
2.11/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale bubbly yellow orange with big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Light citrus and pale malt aroma. Moderate large hop bitterness with no real flavor balanced with pale and possibly pilsner malts?! Poor aftertaste of a weak ale. Light sweetness with no bitter linger nor a clean finish. Sharp pilsner/ summer ale feel.

This just seemed like a very basic IPA. Just enough hops and malts to make it a beer. I suppose it might be a refreshing beer for the summer but the taste overall doesn't make it something to desireable. I would say this is an average beer but it also seems like there's no real craftmanship in this one.

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Photo of forsport
4.9/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of prominent to intense hop aroma with a citrusy, floral, perfumy, resinous, piney, and fruity character is there due to those American hops. A clean malty sweetness, but it will be at a lower level than what you'll get in its English cousins. Also present are some fruity esters, again from the hops. The color is a medium copper. Displays a off-white sticky head,. Hop flavor is medium to high, and the citrusy, floral, piney, and fruity aspects from the American hops are present. Malty flavors provide enough backbone to be able to balance out the bitterness.. The hoppy bitterness may linger into the swallow and aftertaste, but minus that harshness that comes with some lesser examples you may encounter.

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