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

Added by Docer on 08-04-2010

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

on-tap, bottleworks.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright orange body, frothy white cap with decent retention

smell: fresh cut grass, citrus, a bit of pine

taste: great IPA - i think this is coming in cans in the future - watch out world. Oily hop resin, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, lemon zest, blood orange. Nice balance of toasted malt.

mouthfeel: Light, juicy and delicious

overall: Super IPA

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Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler just picked up from Main Brew, poured into a 1/2 liter stein, RPM is pale orange with an off-white head, big, fluffy and tight, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is massively hoppy. Loads of resin and citrus, orange marmalade, a touch sweet.

Taste is also a hop bomb, but still rather smooth and only moderately bitter. Some sweetness in fact. Heavily on the citrus than the pine, with no malt to speak of behind all of the hops. Fantastic, if a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is high for me, absolutely my style of IPA. A go-to IPA and benchmark for the PNW style. Just a touch too sweet.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Interurban, Portland

Glowing pale orange with rimming white froth.
Booming fresh floral, leafy hop nose.
Apricot jam then slick tangerine, resin, and guava hops.
White fig end and orange wine gum linger.
Light, chewy, creamy.

Big tropical fruit in a light body, but doesn’t live up to the nose and is short on IBUs. Overly fruity on the finish, doesn’t cut dry when it should. Still lovely, just not that sessionable.

2nd tasting:
On tap at Sassy’s, Portland.
Rimming white over pale amber. 4
Flowers, tangerine, and cantaloupe. 4
Shortbread, sweet peach, tangerine with a twinkly little pink lemonade thing to end. 4.5
Soft, round, light-medium. 4

Super smooth and juicy. No sign of 7% or 60 IBUs. Probably too sweet to session, but solid quality. 4.25

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, barely transparent dark honey golden with a good pale beige head. Hoppy aroma has a firm fruity component that is more sweet than sour and mainly orange with a hint of lemon. Strongly hoppy flavor has a sweet citrus undertone, a touch of honey and almost no bitterness - overall, quite pleasing. Texture is smooth, fizzy and lively.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Taphouse Seattle. Pours golden orange with little fluffy white head. Citrus and lemon peel on top of grassy pine. Flavor is big raw hops with lots of floral citrus background. This is an awesome IPA and really highlights the floral hops used. Surprisingly light and easy to drink. Good stuff, and I hope Boneyard really starts ramping up production and distribution.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Small white frothy head.

5.0 S: Smells amazing. Intense tropical fruitiness with pineapple leading the pack and mango, papaya, and melon coming after.

4.0 T: Taste isn't the same intensity as the nose. Fruits mentioned are still there, just not as much of them. Light yeasty breadiness and light neutral maltiness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Damn good beer with an incredible nose.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a ice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, orange, pine, bread dough, light floral

T-grapefruit, orange, pine, bready malt, light floral, little caramel, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O- easy drinking and flavorful IPA, would definitely seek this out

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Photo of blackie
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

horse brass draft, took a little bush-dive shortly after, then a pleasant walk back downtown

a: served in a full shaker pint, glowing orange in color with a dense white head, great retention and chunky lace sticking to the glass walls

s: pungent, vivid hop nose out front, intensely tropical with pineapple and mango, pulpy orange, and resinous pine, sweet and sticky hop juice, a dose of sugary pale and caramel malts, yeah

m: medium bodied, carbonation around moderate or just under, pleasant

t: sweet, sweet, juicy hops brimming with luscious fruits - pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit; a dash of pine resin underneath, oily and pungent, incredibly hoppy but averting any overbittered sensation, smooth and delicious, bready, slightly sweet pale malts with a slight dose of caramel

o: of ipa’s consumed in my semi-recent memory bank, this one stands out as the best of the best, great stuff

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Photo of FosterJM
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1775th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

Served At McCormick and Schmicks (Portland, OR)

App- A nice deeper hued copper with some gold highlights throughout. A smaller 1/4" white head that faded quickly. I am attributing this to the bartender who gave me more beer. A decent amount of cling as it made a nice web wall.

Smell- This was a nice smelling IPA. A bit cold so the aromas were a bit muted, but when it warmed the bursting hops came out. A solid bit of dry came out and was a bit spicy on the aroma.

Taste- This to me was a very nice IPA. Wasnt over the top. Great balance without being a punch in the face. The hops were a bit spicy and had a slight bit of fruit behind it. A sipper for sure due to the ABV but nothing over the top with bitterness either.

Mouth- A solid medium bodied IPA with a creamy feel behind it. The sweet spot for IPAs and myself in the ABV range creates this creamy feel I enjoy.

Drink- I walked over the damn town trying to find this and I am glad I did. Was a very good beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light amber in color. Forms a minimal off-white head that slowly reduces to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Quite aromatic, with an aroma full of sweet, juicy hops. Lots of citrus, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Starts off with a moderate sweetness. Orange, orange juice, and citrus. Some pale malts and a touch of bread. Then a bit of mango and a little tropical fruit. Finishes with a mild resiny bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation was on the lower side, but this considering this growler came from half way across the country, that might be the reason why the carbonation seemed a bit off. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: I've got to admit, I wasn't a huge fan of this one on the first few sips, but as it warmed a bit, it really started to open up and the juicy hops were released. This is a quite good IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep ruby hued orange, nice bright white head, and great clinging lacing.

S – Bright citrus notes, lemon, pine, and mango. Lightly tropical with a bit of pineapple, citrus, orange, lemon.

T – Dry and bitter hops first, followed by a very nice dry and floral finish, very nice balance of flavors with notes of pineapple, lemon, candied orange, marmalade, sweet, and bitter, delicious.

M – Medium bodied, long lasting finish.

O – Great IPA yet again from Boneyard, very nice balance of sweet and bitter. For a flagship IPA this is stellar.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this beer a number of times in recent months (once at the Bend brewery, but many times around Portland - most recently on sun-drenched afternoons at Hot Lips Pizza on NE Killingsworth, Branch Whiskey Bar on Alberta St. and Slim's in St. Johns... then in a plastic cup at St Johns Cinema, across N Lombard). In Slim's case, it's a paltry $2.75 for a HH pint... it's becoming soooo easy to find in PDX and that's a very good thing!

A: Gorgeous, perfectly hazy butterscotch-wheat, crowned with by a dense 1/2 finger of snowy froth. A few writhing streams of carbonation ring the glass, but the pour's milky translucency hides most of the bubbling. Terrific lace, a gauzy sheet top to bottom.

S: All grapefruit and pine resin in the nose, but it seems very fickle based on temperature and even slight variations in age. I've had batches that we're ripe and mouth-watering and others that gave off almost no aroma.

T: Huge flavor - a crisply-spiced, sappy and citrus-loaded hop bomb, but with rich caramel/toffee forming a sturdy foundation. Sweetness does creep in at the finish, making me even happier - because I love a *balanced* IPA, not one that brutalizes the taste buds with blatant bitterness.

M: Oh, so smooth and creamy. Hop oils embrace the tongue, rather than punish it. A vague warmth hints at a 7+% strength, but drinkability is astonishingly high.

O: Simply among the very best IPAs out there - an absolutely gem that people nationwide will be seeking out once distribution widens. I'm very happy we Northwesterners have this all to ourselves (for now...)!

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

Another great Boneyard beer brought from Bend by my brother. Thanks Bro!

Pours a bright gold color with a nice large white head.

Aromas are great, lots of grapefruit, citrus, hints of fresh floral hops, and resin.

Taste starts with a blast of slightly bitter grapefruit and a nice background of slightly sweet caramel malts. Finish is resiny and crisp. Nice tasting and balanced.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp, with good body.

Overall, a very nice IPA, and another winner from Boneyard.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks billhilly for doing such a sweet packing job on this world class IPA! Growler filled 6 days ago in WA.

The beer pours a rich looking, hazy amber with a pillowy white head that laces. The nose is a bit weak in the aromatic hops department, but does pack a distinct zesty citrus sweetness, borderline orange juice concentrate, with a slight pine sap and underlying graininess. The taste is very becoming for an IPA that has traveled in a box for last 5 days. It presents reserved citrus and grain sweetness, approachable bitterness (only 50 IBUs), only slightly biting, and has no lingering unpleasantries. The mouthfeel is a lighter medium body (not watery), balanced bitterness and sweetness, perfectly drinkable, and yields a complex layering of predominantly citrus hops. This beer was definitely worth trading for and is highly drinkable making it perfect for a growler fill.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Golden yellow with a minimal head.

Very aromatic citrus dank hops.

Big tangerine flavor, with a little pine, and very little malt presence.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In tap at Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - A crystal clear golden orange with broken waves of suds across the surface. Leaves a fair amount of lace around the glass.

Smell - Orange rind with light pineapple and grapefruit. Faint pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bright, clean citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, supported by lesser notes of rind bitterness and pine. A touch of juicy peach and then a dry pit character toward the finish. Great balance all-around and a relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick on the swallow before a bone dry finish.

Overall- The first time I had this beer, it was given to me in a 16oz swintop, but unfortunately it'd gone flat the next day when I finally tried it. It's a damn good IPA, but doesn't quite live up to the hype for me. Flavor is reminiscent of Pliny or Blind Pig, or maybe even the Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liquid Assets in Ashland, Oregon. Been wanting to try a Boneyard IPA for a while. Enjoyed 8 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale but luscious rich yellow, a chewy color, slightly hazy. Brought to me with one finger of whitish head, which recedes slowly, leaving lovely little crescents of lacing on the glass.

Smell is completely dominated by hops. They come on strong with citrus first, gobs of grapefruit. Then sticky pine resin, more pine.

This may be the best-tasting single IPA I've ever had. The thing that most impresses me is how the hops come through in the flavor, powerfully so, but without causing a total ruckus. Sticky pine, deliciously playing with the mid-level bitterness. I often talk about the "positive" hop flavors, which to me means everything beyond the bitter. This beer brings out those characteristics so well, it just makes me wonder how they pulled it off. Solid malt base, mildly sweet, providing perfect support. Dang.

Medium-bodied, nicely sticky, and plenty of carbonation.

A really really tasty IPA. I'm impressed, and hoping to get to try more of their beers in the near future.

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Apizza Scholls, Portland, OR
Served in a pint glass

Hazy, golden-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a tiny white crown that quickly fell to a thin collar. Bit of streaky lacing along the glass.

Really solid aroma. Orange notes came through strong. Slightly malty and sweet. Tropical fruits were also noticeable. Mango was most apparent. Bit of tangerine and grapefruit as well.

Juicy orange notes dominated in the flavor profile. Lots of tangy tangerine too. Bit of generic tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit appeared on the back end and carried into the finish. Just a hint of zesty, rind-like bitterness.

The beer was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, fairly zippy effervescence.

Boneyard's RPM IPA is a solid, flavorful take on the style that shows influences from both coasts. All in all, a very well done offering.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at PDX (PDX for the win!) pours a slightly hazy straw with a burnt orange center. Slightly off white head. Aroma is super balanced with notes of fresh peaches, pine, and honey sweetness. Up front is a nice malt sweetness that gives way to sweet peaches, pine, and a beautiful raw hop flavor that coats the palate. Wonderfully balanced, an excellent NW IPA.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tad bit more malt than a true West coast IPA but certainly very hop forward and just this side of slick on the mouthfeel. Well balanced body helps carry the heavy pine and citrus rind/pith. Easy drinking, enjoyable, and certainly a dependable IPA.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz, growler
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Bright orange color. Carbonation is lower. Bright white ring and loose bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Smells of cat pee. More astringent than I was expecting. Grapefruit. Herbal hops. Some of that garlic/green onion like character.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front. Easy drinking thinner mouthfeel. Finish is nice. Lingering fruit: grapefruit and citrus. Dry.

M: Light medium.

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint served on tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's. My first Boneyard beer, made a special trip for this one.

Pours a beautiful glowing orange w/ vigorous carbonation. Not much head to speak of, but then it was poured into a jar.

Aroma is pine, pine, pine. Grapefruit. More pine. Hop resin. Bright tropical citrus.

Taste follows nose. Tons of fresh delicious hops that scour the palate. Resinous, juicy. Sharply bitter, clean, refreshing. Neutral pale malt holds everything together, but this beer has nothing to do with the malt. Absolutely no sign of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing. So drinkable, thirst quenching. I want another.

Overall, this is such a fresh, bright, juicy IPA. Delicious. Can't wait to see this in cans. Been hearing great things about this brewery. Now I believe.

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Photo of Spikester
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange gold with two fingers of white head and good amount of lace.
Smell is tropical fruits mango orange a touch of lemon. Malts are bread crust and provide a good amount of support for the tasty hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter and semi dry.
Overall a very nice IPA that I hope you all get to try sometime.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a subdued orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Huge, bright aroma of grapefruit and tangerine with a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple up front mixed with caramel and a lingering pine finish with a touch of honey sweetness.

Really huge flavors but manages to stay balanced. The higher ABV seems completely hidden. Tasty, refreshing, and super easy-drinking. This one is up there with the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of vkv822
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Henry's Tavern.
from notes.

Hazy dark golden with a thin white head and light lacing.

Big citric grapefruit primarily. Sturdy pale malt backbone to support the hops. Very little bitterness.

Medium body, average carbonation.

A very well done IPA. Great hop profile and just enough malt to hold it all together. I really hope I have more opportunities to try this. I almost always choose to try a new beer when able, but this is one I would happily drink again.

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