Face Plant IPA | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Face Plant IPAFace Plant IPA

Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rjal
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draft from tap at Red Robin, Sterling VA on 4/14/17. Poured dark orange and clear with small head. First sip on palate was smooth at first but finished bitter. Each drink afterwards began less smooth further into drinking the beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, dark amber color. Frothy head which leaves ample chunky lace on the glass. The head settles into a dome.

Earthy as in fresh tilled soil. I get a bit of fresh cut grass and some dandelion.

Dry malt with some dirt thrown in. The hop bites in the swallow as straight up bitterness. Long aftertaste. Leans thin on the body, but the carbonation is also light.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey-amber coloring, with a filmy, low profile, white head. Aromas of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, dried grass, and hints of honey and caramel. Pretty balanced aromas. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with a solid blend of roasted caramel and earthy tones, followed immediately by a blast of citrus notes, both sweet and tart, providing a subtle acidity and dry undercurrent to the palate. Heavy on the grapefruit characteristics, with some other tropical notes darting in here and there. Light and dry bodied, with a subtle astringency and effervescence combining to give a sharpness to the heavily roasted, tart citrus and caramel blend in the aftertaste. The finish is slick and dry, with a subtle roasted and citrus linger. Not bad.

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Photo of farrago
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gives up around a finger of just off-white foam of below average density and retention, the lacing streaks are thin but stick well enough. Dark orange hued liquid with a a thin particulate hanging through the liquid, only a few bubbles appear here or there, quite large though. The nose makes a big initial splash with flowers, honey and tangerine zest, underneath this is a wet herbaceous funk like a bag of damp leaves, good apricot, peach and pineapple fruit presence, then goes back to notes of tar and campfire ash. Full-bodied, on the heavy and sluggish side of things, the carbonation lacks energy which has to be a factor here. Bitter with a metallic, earthy profile that pushes the pineapple, peach, apple fruit flavors into the background. More pine than flowers here, peppery, the citrus makes a pleasing showing through the finish, orange to lemon accents. It does not leave you with much to say about it, which can be good or bad. Not flawed, fairly integrated, nothing exciting, just… basic. So, you could drink a few in a sitting but you may just as well lose interest before doing so.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a hazy moderately light amber with a sweet looking, fluffy, head. Citrusy in the nose, and the mouth follows the nose. Not overwhelming, but definitely hoppy. A really yummy, but not overwhelming, IPA.

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
4.71/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this on draft and from cans. A lot of work goes into making this brew - the Hop Back process adds a labor-intensive step, and boy is the flavor worth it. Labor and ingredients wise, this is a costly beer to brew, and it's available for a $9 six pack price? Gorgeous.

Appearance: Pours a nice bright brassy hue. A haze of particulates clouds the brew; head fluffs white and recedes quickly.

Smell: Sweet citrus fruit, caramel candy, sweet biscuits, hop tanginess.

Taste: Balance presides over layers of flavor. Fresh bright orange zest and sweetbread maltiness, some honey, citrus pith, finishes with crisp dry grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Possibly the best part of this delicious brew. Nice full-bodied chewy sticky satisfaction. Carbonation is minimal and alcohol warming lingers as the beer warms.

Overall: This beer is the ultimate balance-freak's IPA go to. If the ABV came down to the 5's range, I'd be smitten. Well, more smitten. This is a thoroughly lovable beer.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2 months ago.

a - cloudy, blonde coloration, 1/3 inch head dissipates to none in a minute
s - random fruitiness & a sweetness, nothing particular stands out
t - malt from top to bottom. No hops up front but I do get them and the bitterness on the back end. Biscuity and bready with pine finish, then back of the palate ends with the hop. Not very balanced through but has enough bitterness for me to drink another.
m - twangy, bubbly, bitter
o - Not the best, not the worst. Would like to try this fresh on draft.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can dated a week ago and poured into a pint glass.
L:Tan to amber color with about a quarter finger of head. The heads dies downs to a thin puck about a few seconds.
S: Dank hop aroma (onion, pepper) mixed with some malt elements
T: Malt forward in the taste with the hops taking a backseat. Some dank hop elements and bitterness in the background. Definitely a more balanced IPA in the same vein as the old school east coast IPAs.
F: Very little mouthfeel here. Very sessionable but I would like something more.
Overall this is a deceit beer that would go well with a meal or drinking while outside. If this was a little lower ABV this would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden-light amber with great fluffy head and really nice, sticky lacing. Aromas of hops and more hops. Taste is nice with touches of hops, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine and more hops. Nice finish, slightly bitter, nice balance..

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearence: Golden in color with a thin white head.

Smell: Hops, pine notes and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild bitter hops/pine with citrus.

Overall: Good IPA! I would have this one again.

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Photo of Raider89
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this brew. Decent taste, little above average.
The finest quality in my view was the aroma, reminded me of a summer night, not sure why, fresh and inviting.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and piney hops, with some wild honey.
T: It tasted like oranges and pine, with a little honey and waxy hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a decent IPA with hoppy scent and taste and solid body. The finish was a bit rough, but it was still easy enough to drink. Average for the style.

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Photo of generallee
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was served from the tap at The Lost Rhino Brewery. Appearance: It has a medium orange amber colored body with light haze. It's head is small just off white in color and settles quickly. Smell: The aroma is fairly light overall and brings a modest balance of herbal and fruity hops with light maltiness. Taste / Palate: Its flavor is balanced between sweet fruity bready malt and hops. The palate is easy drinking and maybe a light on carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is starting to take its toll on me! I swore, after the marathon AIPA reviewing of the past couple of days, that I was going to take a hops break, and yet, here I am, getting pulled right back in.

From the CAN: "The favor of whole cone Cascade and Centennial Hops dominates this Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale. This unfiltered amber ale has a penetrating herbal mouthfeel and pleasing floral nose backed by Pale, Vienna, and Crystal malts. The use of a Hop Back allows us to collect all the flavor and aroma of the hops without gathering any extra bitterness."

The Crack! opened a CAN so full of beer that I got a little spritz across my fingers. That is all of the inspiration that I need to CANduct an inverted Glug and so we were off and running. The pseudo-cascade morphed into two dense fingers of puffy, tawny head with good retention. Good thing they mentioned that it was unfiltered or I might have guessed otherwise ... NOT! What a cloudy affair this was, with loads of floaties in evidence. Color was a deep-amber, almost but not quite coppery. Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste of the hops was nicely balanced by the malt, especially the Vienna, making it bitter, but not painfully so. I swear, I am a self-avowed hophead, but that steady diet of Cigar City CANs really did me in. Great lacing began to appear as I drank, reminding me that I must do dishes here in the near future. Finish was semi-dry, hoppy, yes, but with enough off-setting malt to keep it from being overwhelming. Watch me drink anything and everything BUT an AIPA for the next few days after this.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of 01/15/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rusty orange with an off-white finger's worth of head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Kinda earthy. Some caramel. Subdued hop aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose; Earth and caramel upfront and throughout, while a present but underwhelming floral and slight citrus character makes up the bulk of the hop profile. Hints of honey. Finish is light pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, but drinks a bit heavier with a low to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - Hop heads beware, this beer will not appease you. Along the same lines as a Longhammer; good beginner's IPA, but once graduated it's best not to look back. It's drinkable in the least.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, not overly flavorful, decent but a bit lacking in any punch. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an unusual looking orange/brown hued amber with a thick creme head. Immediately off the pour the aroma is lightly hoppy, but that mostly vanishes in a short amount of time. Decent flavor with a thick malty and hoppy mix. Kind of mashed together with no clear definition. Eh. With so much stuff out in the market, somewhat boring beers like this seems a waste of time really.

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Photo of delta490
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy orange/copper. Big pillowy white head has great retention and leaves lacing throughout the glass, aided by a steady stream of carbonation.

S-Subtle hops, primarily pine. Not much else.

T- hop forward but not aggressively so. The pine hops aroma is accompanied by the addition of some citrus notes and the malt supporting cast.

M- a little thinner but not horribly so. A little bit of fizz, but again, it's not a huge detractor.

O- a solid, if not overwhelming IPA. I give it the 3.5 because I had one these (again from the can) after a short road race at the brewery and it was pure deliciousness. This would also be a good one during the summer months, easier drinking and not too high on the ABV.

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Photo of mta00007272
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA - you can drink more than one. Poured 12 oz can into pint glass.

A - pours a great copper color; not clear, but not murky

S - good smell; not overpowering aroma

T - not an overpowering taste, but still the great IPA taste

M - nothing special, but did not take away from the taste

O - a great beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at glass half full in sterling va. Pours a golden orange with thick creamy head. .really nice looking. Awesome fruity and piney hop aromas. Taste is fruity hop with a nice piney bitter finish. ..malty and bready but well balanced and smooth. Really an awesome opa.. its not overdone...classic to the style and just awesome. Don't really get all the sub par reviews. ..its fantastic.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark and hazy. Amber IPA. Looks unfiltered in this low light. Head retention is very nice.

Piney nose with a sharpness. Has a toasty malt base. A little grainy, a little tangy. Some strange mustiness.

All pine and funky citrus. Long astringent hop aftertaste with a boozy tail. Not an ideal flavor profile. Bitterness plus toast plus overboil equals "off".

Feels okay. A little burpy. The body is decent. A little oily, maybe.

Not a great showing here. Achingly average.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass. No apparent bottling date but it's fresh.

Pours a faded copper color with a 1 inch white head. Mild citrusy hoppy smell on the nose, not strong at all. Average flavor with nothing extraordinary to point out. It's an IPA but it just isn't very flavorful. Mild bitterness, mild citrus, nothing remarkable here. Easy to drink however, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall nothing wrong with this beer its just doesnt stand out in any way. Wouldnt ever choose to go to this one again but I wouldn't have a problem drinking another.

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

draft at the Galaxy Hut

a: served in a standard shaker pint, medium amber in color with a light off-white head and average retention

s: caramel and pale malt body with a rustic grainy aroma, and a hop profile of grassy, earthy citrus, decent but nothing too exciting

m: body medium, carbonation light to moderate

t: grainy caramel and pale malt structure with a moderate dosing of earthy citrus hops, grassy and a little muddled, far from a hop bomb - the hops here are more balanced, the beer itself rustic and a little unrefined

o: a decent ipa, but with nothing memorable, a little muddled and light on the hops for my preference

second review, draft at Stoney's DC, no scores changed

a: served in a standard shaker pint, light amber in color, ample off-white head with good retention

s: pale grain, a little toasted malt, citrus pith and dried grass hop aroma, nothing really moving here, but okay

m: carbonation around moderate, lively and crisp, body a lighter medium

t: fairly typical malt profile - pale malts with some light grainy toasts and slight caramel sweetness, no bright, fresh hop flavors here - more pure bitterness with some citrus pith and grass flavor, moderate-high bitterness and considerably dry

o: simple stuff, a little wanting for juicy hop character, but a serviceable ipa for your alpha acid fix, at least

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicate on the palate, Lost Rhino's Face Plant prefers a more somber IPA portrayal. Mild in its character, it may be what's needed for those trying to acquire a taste for hops- an IPA on training wheels, if I may.

Like many types of pale colored ales, the beer pours a medium "honey" amber color with a signature dry-hopped haze and a disinterested white head. Though the foam collapses soon after the pour, it does manage to decorate the glass with spotted intermittent lace.

Its balanced aromas allows for just as much caramel and grain sweetness to emerge as it does citrus or pine character. Fruity with apricot and mango esters, these aromas are reinforced by the sweet scent and prevents the hops from taking charge.

Flavors perform similarly- short after the grain-sweetened early palate registers on the tongue, the hop flavor settle in the middle with dried orange and grapefruit peels, pine needles, muddled grass, and herbal teas. Where the malt presence lingers strongly and the hop profiles are timid, the beer balances out much more like a pale ale, just at larger proportions. Again, the fruits of apricot, peach, and apple seem nearly over-ripened and keeps the beer trending toward sweetness.

Fuller on the palate than what's preferred for in India pale ale, the beer retains much of its malt structures to go along with its lingering sweetness. The hops reasonably dry the beer and offset the malts but aren't able to compete with the sweetness- leaving its finish somewhat unresolved and unsettled. Dryness, crispness, cleanliness or warmth are hard to distinguish from it lumbering middle palate.

If I were Lost Rhino, I would remove the IPA delineation and simply call it an "imperial pale ale". Its taste is better represented in that role than it is the hop-dominant and much drier India pale ale.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a grayish orange/yellow with a deep glow. not much head but a thin layer lingers.
Nose is little dull. Some muted hops and a little alcohol sting (even though this is only 6.2%). The base grain comes through but it isnt particularily nuanced, maybe a little biscuity. Taste is much of the same. A little raw grain and some bittering hops but not much character. The frame is there, a little sweet malt that falls into bittering hops (although is does finish a little syrupy), but there isnt much else.

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Face Plant IPA from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
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