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RPM IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBUs

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 848
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a classic northwest style ipa here, with lots of cascade and centennial characteristics. while i cant confirm that those are the varietals used, i can say with certainty that attributes of those strains on on display here no doubt. the color is a little richer than many, brassy, with a long lasting lacy white head. aromas of pine forest, lush evergreen, christmas, vegetal, pulpy. there is a decent grain base to this too, with come caramel malt that while it doesnt contribute a ton to the flavor, its absence would leave this hopelessly unbalanced. its got some girth to the mouthfeel, which is nice with the wintery hop mix. the hops are unique here not for what they taste like, but for how robust they are. truly as strong on the front end as they are in the finish, i cant think of a lot of ipas that do that, and none do it so vividly and pungently as this beast. i like that its bigger too, a hop heads dream really, super fresh and aggressive, dank and sprucy. not overly complicated either which i like, just big well built ipa. if this was available here i would buy it all the time. its my kind of ipa.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach flesh hued body capped by a big, sticky, clinging head. Looks great in a raw, unrefined sort of way.

The nose is subdued but pleasant. Stonefruits, citrus and sugar cookie malt aromas reside at the forefront with a bit of pine beneath. It doesn't leap from the glass as much as I'd like, but it's thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

If the nose was solid, the palate is excellent. Peach and pineapple flavors hit the tongue first, followed by pine and grapefruit. The malt backbone is bready, doughy, dry and thankfully more California than Oregon in approach (i.e. there isn't a shitload of crystal malt).

This is the fourth excellent hoppy beer I've had from Boneyard. Nice to see Oregon breweries finally moving into the current century with their IPAs.

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Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 32 oz growler filled today at Railroad Market in Burlington, Washington. Appealing melon aroma. The distinct apricot taste is delicious. More delicate bitterness than the typical IPA. This seems like the Oregon style. Golden amber color with nice foam in the Stella Artois goblet.

Rather crisp with plenty of mouthfilling carbonation and a touch of acidity. Malty and rich. That apricot aftertaste is one of the best IPA flavors I've encountered lately. Highly drinkable brew with a pleasant fruit flavor. I would not guess this had anywhere near 7.5 % alcohol.

April 16, 2016 update: The Railroad Market had this again so I got another growler. Good stuff.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chucks.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small slightly off-white head on top. Good retention, leaving a nice cap on top. Thin lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Nice and citrusy, some tropical fruit including grapefruit, orange, and some lemon. A bit of grainy malt and caramel on the back end.

T: Similar to the aroma, a nice and citrusy flavor, grapefruit and more orange with pine mixed in. Has a nice bitterness on the finish, but not overly so. Very smooth.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Another winner from Boneyard, not quite as good as Hop Venom, but would gladly drink this one often.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Prohibition Pig. I've always wanted to try this beer. I didn't think it would be while I was visiting Vermont. Medium haze, light orange body, soapy white collar that leaves the glass coated in lacing. Aromas of hops and earthy, bready malts. Hop forward supported by a malty backbone. Solid.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy burnt orange. Not much of a head. Wispy surface. Cloudy.

Smell - Grapefruit, pine, other citrus. Slightly sweet malt touch, but mostly hops.

Taste - Proportionally less hoppy than the nose, but still dominated by the hops. More pine than grapefruit. Sweetness is stronger. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweetness is just a little too strong. Medium low carbonation due to the growler.

Overall - Might be my favorite of the three IPA levels. Just a little too sweet to be great.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Alistair. Thanks! Shared with friends at the Off Color opening party. Served in a plastic cup.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches on top, and specks of lace. Hazed golden body.

S - Big tropical fruit aroma, with some citrus zest, and a hint of pine. More balanced than I was expecting from a West Coast beer; almost Midwestian in balance, with dough and sugar cookie flavors.

T - Taste is quite similar, with loads of tropical fruits and citrus mingling with sweet pale malts. There's only a faint piney bitterness that creeps in towards the back of the palate.

M - Lower growler-esque carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, and a dry finish. Alcohol is well-concealed; wouldn't have guessed this is creeping into IIPA territory.

D - Nice IPA, and after having Boneyards' other offerings I can see how this slots in. More malt character than I expected, but in a good way (i.e. not crystal malt). I'd certainly drink this again if I were in Oregon, but I didn't find it vastly superior to a number of more local offerings.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Meconi's, on to the beer:

Was I buring out too fast? RPM IPA didn't hit me like top notch IPA, and instead felt like a "simple" IPA that was pleasant to drink, shining a few slivers of hops, resin, grapefruit, and not over the top.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from bert's. Nice copper color, small thin head with moderate lacing. Mild hoppy aroma, taste is more hops with a nice malt backbone. Solid all around IPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First tasted in a pint glass from draft at Cabin 22 on March 27, 2016. Also tasted in pint glasses from growlers purchased at Growler Phil's and Big Dog. Look is amber color with a thick white head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, floral hops, and bread dough malt aromas. Taste is grapefruit, orange, pine resin and floral notes with bread and caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium body with moderate carbonation and a crisp somewhat bitter finish. A nice beer to try when you are in the PNW, but forget finding it anywhere else.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass last night.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing some light tropical fruit and considerable dry citrus. While the nose is attractive, I was surprised by how good this beer was on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the sweet, malty, tropical fruit is not over done, and there's a hint of ginger and sandlewood as well that I liked. However, this IPA is West Coat all the way otherwise, as the beer has an impressively dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light, which in this beer I think only enhances its drinkability.

This was a beer that I enjoyed more and more as I went along, and I was surprised by how well the flavor profile held its own after my first glass of blue dot. Am not familiar with this brewery, but based on this selection, I would be interested in seeing what else they make. Impressive.

Edit from 7/22/12. Don't do this very often, but after having this beer recently at the horsebrass again, I've upped my score for this beer. This IPA is so, so well balanced and drinkable, yet still delivers plenty of hoppy/bitter goodness for the hophead. Just delicious... I noticed that it's now made the cut for the regular line-up at the Brass, which I guess says something about its popularity. Just an all around, excellent, easy to enjoy IPA. This is a beer I always look for when back out in the NW, and I've discovered that it has something of an addictive quality. Whenever I see it, practically no matter what else is on tap, it's a beer I immediately order. Delicious stuff...

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Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this wonderful beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Barking Dog Alehouse in Seattle.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam. Looks quite good, right on target for the style.

Smell: big fruity citrusy hops. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas abound. I am a fan of fruity IPA aromas, and this one really punches my ticket.

Taste: big citrus flavor of grapefruit and orange with some pine in there. Wow. Really wonderfully balanced with a smooth but robust bitterness at the end. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Quite good for the style.

Overall: what a wonderful beer. I'm so glad I discovered this. I'll have this again anywhere I find it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. A classic West Coast IPA in a sea of NE style IPAs? Let's see how it fares. I know that Vermont got kegs of Boneyard stuff about a month ago, so it might not be at its absolute freshest.

This pours a mostly clear light orange, with a small white head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like clean zippy pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and a sturdy, slightly sweet malt backbone.

This did not wow me quite as much as I would've expected, but it's still a super solid IPA. The hop flavor is nice, and well integrated in with the malt backbone. Let's start with the malt- it's maybe a little bit more present than I prefer with IPAs- but I can still appreciate that it's clearly the style and done well. The hop flavor brings zesty grapefruit rind, orange and tangerine, and a really clean piney bitterness. Can't really tell what it's hopped with, but I like it, whatever it is.

This is lighter bodied, very crisp and clean on the palate, with a normal level of carbonation.

A really solid West Coast style IPA- probably not the best, but still quite good.

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Photo of dar482
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer hits of grapefruit, but also a bitter piney and resinous quality. A very clean brew that shows the clean qualities of Boneyard. Not a hop quality for everyone though.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deeper but glowing orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Big pine and citrus.

T: As it was on draft. Outstanding. Perhaps the best IPA I have ever had. Loads of pine and citrus, a tad acidic, caramel, a bit oily but yet tasty and still crisp. The hops are fresh and tasty. Just amazingly good.

M: Medium body, well carbonated and loads of taste.

O: Best of the best.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short nonic)
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a swirling carbonation that supports a sticky snow white head that laces as it slides back on top of the beer.

S- The slight earthy pine resin hops grow as the beer opens with some woody hops aroma finishing the smell.

T- The bright green hops has some slightly unripe fruit flavors that grow a bit more fruity as it opens and some spicy hop character in the finish. There is no real bitterness in the clean finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and a creamy texture while the head last.

O- This beer has some nice hop characteristics but it seems a bit mellow for a big NW coast IPA. Nice session beer and goes down pretty quick.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

growler filled from boneyard.

dark copper color, great head. huge dank aroma. taste of in your face goodness that assaults your palate with hoppy goodness but is also extremely smooth and drinkable. crushable, actually. I'm in awe of how good this is. its possibly the best IPA I've ever had. great job boneyard!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good citrus flavor to balance out the big malt backbone. Very bitter. Smooth mouth feel. Pretty good..................................................

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Photo of Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Brewing in Bend, Oregon.

Pours a medium golden-yellow body, one finger white head with solid retention time and a fair bit of lacing. Smells of tropical fruit and citrus; mild floral and pine notes, mellow bready presence in the background, rich resin, grain. Flavour is excellent; tropical fruit, pine, mild grain and bready presence, grapefruit, citrus, floral notes. This is a ridiculously interesting APA, especially as far as the flavour profile goes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, not resinous, mildly bitter grapefruit, but incredibly easy to drink. Overall, this is an excellent APA that to me, reinforces Boneyard's status as one of the best producers of the west coast style pale ale archetype. Their hoppy offerings certainly compete with anything made in California.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Mainbrew.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is an excellent blend of hop aromatics, with lots of fruit - citrus (tangerine, mandarins), tropical (mango, a little papaya) and some stone fruit character as well (peaches). A mild malt sweetness is present, though it's of a cookie dough nature, complementing the fruity hop notes quite well.

The palate opens with a blend of hop bitterness, hop flavor and a mild sweetness. Plenty of peach, pineapple, papaya and citrus flavors are present, along with a relatively modest bitterness. Now, the bitterness is a little bit on the lower side (compared to some of my favorites), allowing the fruity hop sweetness to stand out. The hop character is really clean - there isn't any grassy/leafy hop flavor, just the fruity flavors. The malt character is light - cookie dough/a little bit of sugar - and thankfully, has no crystal malt caramel flavors. Mildly sweet on the finish with a lingering fruitiness, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated and has a great hop finish. Mildly oily (could use more), this beer is also quite creamy on the palate. Yummy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive orange pour with almost a full inch of head. Aroma was above average hoppiness, lots of pine, milder, softer grapefruit note to it.

Hits with waves of mint, peach, pine, bitterness. It packs a bit of heat on that thin malt bill given its 7.5% strength, but the flavors keep the alcohol from lingering. This is about as big of a single non imperialized ipa you'll come across. I bet it would be even better if it were 6%. Nonetheless, this is a very solid ipa.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station on 12.27.2011.

A - Served a slightly cloudy orange with a large tan-yellow head. The head is large and foamy with good retention and it leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy and piney. Lots of oranges and Pineapple. Smells great.

T - The taste is right there with the smell. Lots of very citrusy and sweet tones. Pineapple, oranges, and lemons.

D - Great body and carbonation. Not bitter. Perfect body.

O - A very nice tropical, citrusy IPA. Try it if you can.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good orange pour, nice head that was about 3/4" I would say. Aroma was large simcoe, so its pungent, a real bitter pine and soft citrus touch.

Good taste, pretty straight up, big hops, big pine, moderate bitterness, a kind of minty and peach refreshing vibe to it. Its pretty chewy, syrupy and thick, minorly hot, not a problem, but you aren't going to mistake this for a pale ale on any day. Definitely blurs the line between what an ipa/imperial ipa/dipa is and where you decide to draw the line, the alcohol and bigness of the beer tends to lead me to classify this as an imperial version.

Had this at one of Bistro's ipa events, was pretty impressed, I think it was the single ipa party in September, tough to tell where the notes on the phone are from, right in between two events.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Bright grapefruit aroma. No malt. Fruity and very good.

Light pale malt flavour with a big hit of bitter grapefruit. Nice moderate bitterness.

Medium light body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A nice, balanced West Coast IPA. Really solid and nicely crafted.

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