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Face Plant IPA | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
lostrhino.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by robbrandes on 07-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,861
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
282
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Ratings: 282 |  Reviews: 39
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of malt, floral, grass, mild citrus. Taste orange zest, slight biscuity, caramel malt, herbal, bitter finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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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2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.56/5  rDev 0%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper orange body with a minor citrusy aroma. Earthy, dirty, butter, not bad as there is some tangerine grapefruit sweetness that balances with some grassy hops and the balance is good; not a great beer but it's good and it is relaxing.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
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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Face Plant IPA from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 282 ratings
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