Face Plant IPA | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Face Plant IPAFace Plant IPA

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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 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 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 mdfb79
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 07/28/11 notes. had on tap at Whitlow's in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. No lacing or retention.

s - Smells of caramel malts and bready malts. Not getting much hops, and while not bad, pretty average.

t - Tastes mostly of caramel malts again, with some light bread. Again, no real hops to it, though there is a tiny bit of bitterness. Not that great.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with a slight bitterness to it. A touch overcarbonated.

o - Overall an average IPA at best. Not a lot of hops and not a ton going on in the nose or taste, except a tiny bit of bitterness. Glad to see all the new breweries opening up in the area but this isn't one of the better IPAs/beers I've had so far from any of them. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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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 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 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 drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is reddish / copper and hazy with an offwhite head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is citrus hops and a little sweet, perhaps some malt sneaking through there.

I'm not about to tell you that this is a great IPA, that drinking it will change what you think about IPAs but this beer does NOT deserve the beer snob IRE it is getting. It is solid, medium bodied, citrus forward sweet IPA. I enjoyed it, would have it again.

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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 yourefragile
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on draft at PP Dupont and WF Fair Lakes.

Move along, not much to see (taste) here. Pours a copper amber with an unretentive white head. Aroma and flavor are light caramel malt and yep, nothing. Hops? Bitterness? Complexity? Anything resembling a non-BMC beer is nowhere to be found. Medium light "body". Ugh, this is a boring disappointment.

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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 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 Durge
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Carpool Bar in Herndon, VA this IPA is a hazy copper color with a nice creamy white head and lots of residual on the glass. The aroma is just a modest herbal wheat and light citrus grass. Nothing to write home about but okay. The flavor speaks more of the citrus-herbal hop combo blended smoothly with a grainy malt backbone. A very easy drinking but respectable IPA. Hops are definite but not killer at all, just nice. Plenty of grain and touches of grass to balance this out without losing the hop focus. This is medium bodied with some constitution to it, peppered with a very fine but lively carbonation that makes for a refreshing summer brew with flavor. Well done though not very memorable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fair and quaffable IPA, maybe a tad unremarkable but a good brew.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Tap handle with an identifiable Lost Rhino imagery, name of the brew with an illustration of a cyclist falling over for a Face Plant...? Served in a pint shaker glass.

A - Medium amber pour, small finger of good foam with fair retention, nice surface memory and rich touches of lacing.

S - Nose is fair but very, very tamed. Soft malty caramel with a citric bitter hint...

T - Luckily the flavor picks it up quite a bit with a nice bitterness, citric touch.. maybe a tad generic but not disappointing, soft malty sense holding it up with a memory of caramel.

M - Medium body and carbonation giving the flow a nice structure with a good lingering bite.

O - It actually works fairly well.

Notes: Hmm, not a top notch offering but that is OK. This is quality and while not that memorable makes me recuperate the interest in this brewery. The first thing I had was truly unremarkable to the point that I though the tap was off, on the other hand their Rhinoel cask and bottle were quite notable, and this is OK, which is fine. I´ll keep a curious eye out for other brews from Lost Rhino.

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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 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 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 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 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 Chaney
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Cave Mezze in Arlington, VA.

A: Poured a very murky orange color, with a foamy off-white orange head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: The nose was almost non-existent, however, after digging in for a bit, I got a tinge of orange.

T: On the taste, I got a fairly fresh citrus component with a bitter finish and an overall taste that was a bit too boozy.

M: Good: Creamy, well carbonated for this style, and not too sweet or cloying... just not interesting.

O: Overall, the booze on the taste killed it for me, however, I'll keep drinking their beers. I'm always looking for some local sensations!

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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 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 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 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 Twal
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can see why people would give this a low rating as an IPA however not being a Hop head fanatic I really rather enjoyed this beer.I like to call it a nice mildly hoppy APA,if you think of it that way it's quite a nice brew.I'm not sure if I would be correct calling this an APA but hey, It's beer it's not supposed to be confined to rules...

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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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