Thumper American IPA | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Thumper American IPAThumper American IPA

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BarrytheBear on 09-30-2011

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.31/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear burnt orange body, solid billowing off-white head that leaves tight lace. Nose is heavy-handed with orange rind, solid bread crust maltiness behind it. Flavor is also heavy with orange rind and its bitterness, also with biscuit/caramel malt in about equal aspects with the hop presence. Some would call balanced, I call it not an American IPA but a red ale, to its detriment. Body is medium weight with assertive carbonation, all which gives it character but isn't irresistible.
A middle of the road IPA; it gives solid but monotonous hop flavor, with an overbearing, uninteresting, and awkward malt backbone.

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Photo of simplejj81
2.57/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It doesn't taste or smell bad, but its really not what I expect for an IPA.
I would drink this again especially if it was free, but I'd never seek it out or recommend it.
Overall this brewery is cheap, and its beers are never great IMHO

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had as Boatswain American IPA. Pours a clear, dark amber with a fairly thick, though not persistent, pale golden tan head. Aroma is not at all strong and hardly registers. Flavor is malty, a little sweet, slightly hoppy, more like a regular ol’ ale than an IPA - and even for a "normal" ale still mediocre. Texture has average body and fizziness. Overall, meh, but still drinkable.

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Photo of BRAUNaldTrump
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Slightly aggressive pour from 650ml (22oz) bottle into a tulip glass. Served at about 3C (40F) but let it warm up to almost room temp while sipping on it.

L: Looks quite nice, a brighter amber colour. Quite clear, very little cloudiness.

S: Smell is very minimal, a slightly sweet smell of lighter fruits. Very small hint of hops smell.

T: While the taste is quite pleasant, it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. Especicially an IPA that goes on and on about how hoppy it is. There is maybe a small hint of hoppiness, but nothing like any of the good hoppy IPAs that I've had. Taste is somewhat sweet with hints of lighter sweet fruits. The IBUs are listed on the bottle at 79, but that is just not true at all. Very little bitterness, if it wasn't on the bottle I'd have guessed about 35-40 IBUs.

F: Smooth, slightly carbonated, quite dry.

O: While it's a pleasant tasting beer, it doesn't even taste like an IPA. Especially not an IPA that is listed as 79 IBUs and raves about how hoppy it is on the bottle. Sweet, pleasant taste, but not for a hop-head that's looking for a nice, hoppy, bitter IPA.

I would give this a much better rating if it wasn't listed as a hoppy IPA. It would make a quite tasty american pale ale if that's what they marketed it as.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.91/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

L - Fairly dark orange brown. hazy. Thin, white head. Not persistent.
S - Mostly malt. Biscuit. Unusually light hop character.
T - More bitterness than I expected from the aroma. Sweet bready malt is still fairly prominent. Finishes with fairly strong resiny hops.

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Photo of d5001986
2.23/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

Pours clear bronze with almost no head. Smell is stale malt. Taste is stale malt with a touch of citrus. Yuck... There's slight carbonation, but it's barely even noticeable. Overall just a bad beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.34/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was a strange beer. It pours a burnt orange slightly hazy liquid with a good sized white head.It looks very nice in the glass. Aroma is mostly malty, not at all what I expect from an IPA, but it is pleasant enough.

The flavor is kinda muddled. A fair bit of hops but they are kinda subdued and heavier on the bitter elements and not heavy enough on the aromatics. Fairly sweet and malty, which is atypical for the style. Lingering aftertaste has the sweetness and hop bitterness competing with each other. The alcohol is obvious. Some caramel notes but it just doesn't work well with the type and amount of hops. Maybe some orange and mango notes too.

Full, almost oily mouthfeel.

I think this beer needs more tweaking. If it were a bit crisper and dryer, it might work as Pale Bock (like the old Celis Pale Bock). Or even just as an APA. But when it is described as an American IPA, I'm expecting some assertive aromatic hops.

Overall this beer is a muddied mess. It definitely is better when cold which is not a good sign.

On a positive note, it was cheap. $3.29 for a 22 oz bomber here in OKC.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.09/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up to get to a 4 bottle total to get the 10%, plus they were selling it for $2.49 for a 22 so I figured, "How bad can it be?" Good looking beer with an interesting smell, it at least had me curious. Initial reaction to taste was, well, not so much. Second reaction, not getting better. I already had a little buzz going and still was not much of a fan, which is very telling. Drinkable is about the best I can say but will admit that for the cost, well, what can you expect. Would not buy again at any cost.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.05/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Tried this the other night. A friend of mine said that it really wasn't that bad. They were wrong. Looks like an IPA, but has a really terrible extract/syrup taste. Some discernible hops, but everything is over run by the horrible extract taste.

Not worth your time.

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of hops. Taste is, well not bad, but not IPA like at all. Some green apples, very mild hops, the 79 IBU on the bottle is hard to believe. Virtually no bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a below average beer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting another lame beer from Minhas and they haven't let me down. Although I will say that their butterscotch beers of the past now are in only the past. Bravo! Slow learning curve tho. This IPA may at one time have been in the vicinity of some flavor/aroma hops, but it doesn't show. Plenty of malt. But also has a foul medicinal quality that has a lingering bitterness that's a real grind. Nose is like flavor. There's also some decent malt flavor mixed in with the other off qualities. Body could be good but the weird stuff dominates. Finish is like flavor. Appearance is about the best thing- clear brown amber with some bubble trails. I don't have any more chilled brew, but I think I might have to pitch this.

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Photo of papat444
2.99/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange, bordering on amber. Nice creamy head some lacing. Very grassy in aroma and flavor but also vegetal and the bitterness is harsh and not in a good intense way. It hides that flavor profile quite a bit. Somethings's off and it'a honestly kind of a mess.

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Photo of Hopscat
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bomber poured with semi-aggressive slant into pint glass to get more aromatics- disappointing .
The 2 finger head flattened quickly to a collar of white foam with some lacing on sides of glass. Amber/orange color .
Smell- maybe too age in the bottle may have killed the hops - some floral and citrus hops are hinted at. I also catch some lager yeast notes that remind me of their Lager I've tried 6 months ago. Weird.
T- some malt notes of biscuit and caramel first , sliding into the middle with some hops making a bitter note on the finish.
M- light body with a nice bite of bubbles on the tongue, but too light for IPA
Overall- an uneven impression with the subdued hops notes and the lager scents present.
Maybe I will try this again/ @ 2.98 for a 22 oz bomber it wasn't a terrible deal, but don't go out of your way

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Photo of pweis909
2.57/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A=A bit on the dark side, but not out of style for an IPA. Nice white foam, recedes quickly.

S=hints of caramel , but really, mostly I get a banana like fruitiness that is truly out of place. It is not overwhelming but definitely offputting. No citrusy American hops to the aroma. What hops are used, I wonder? Not much of an American IPA, IMO.

T=Look. I'm not a huge hophead. I don't need each IPA to be more extreme and intense than the last. But give me some hops, please. This beer is balance more to sweet than bitter, and there is no recognizable hop flavor. I'm just getting caramel.

M= Slightly slick, which is neither here nor there, in my opinion. This is the best thing going in this beer. There should be a mouth drying finish to this beer and a bit of prickliness, IMO

O=Except for the name, which I kind of like, this beer seems poorly conceived. It seems like a bad recipe for an American IPA, and perhaps a mismanaged fermentation for the yeast and style. This is not at all what I am looking for in an IPA

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Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin head of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fusel alcohol and orange peels are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has solvent-like flavors of alcohol along with notes of orange peels and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer definitely doesn't taste like an IPA and isn't very pleasing to drink. I had no intention of finishing the bomber.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with a half finger off white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. Head retains fairly well. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Piny hops, sweet malts. Bit of a macro aroma to it, perhaps corn? Hops give some good bitterness to the aroma. Bit of a farmhouse feel to it.

T: It certainly has some hop to it, but it comes off a bit weird. Malts seem a bit fake and almost like a cheap lager. Best drink it before it warms up.

M: Light to medium body with a good carbonation. Isnt too sticky from the hops but doesnt feel as crisp as it could. Feels much stronger than it is ABV wise.

Overall reminds me a bit of a home brew, raw and incomplete. Needs some work to get balanced out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.47/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Flashbacks to Bambi are never good... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by over a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, candied ruby red grapefruit peel, and a hint of random greenery. A menthol-y sense pervades, making the already clashy smell all the worse. The taste brings in more of the same, with more of that menthol character, which now comes across more like Vicks Vapo-Rub than anything. Cringe-inducing, to say the least. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, this is just a sad excuse for an IPA, or any sort of beer, frankly. Boo this.

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Photo of brewtaster
1.87/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not good. Even the adjuncts used in this conconction are not good. I thought I was finding a bargan based on the price. It ended up ruining my Friday night beer sampling that I so look forward to. No hop presence, the malts that are there are totally unballanced. Mildly funky smell. Very funky taste. About the only positive thing I can say about this brew is that it had good head, lacing, and appearence. I have now learned though that means nothing.

If you value beer for the taste of beer, stay away from this one.

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Photo of chrisrusu
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This is not even close to the style it claims to be! No way its an American IPA and 79 I.B.U....

I'm not a fan of shooting down beers this low. But this is just awful.

Pours a medium copper brown/orange.

Taste like almost like a Amber. So much malt... Not much citrus or hop bitterness at all.
Banana and brown sugar with a bit a copper and bubble gum.

Sorry for such a bad review, but GOOD GOD! Please stay far far away.

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Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a heavy sweet malt and secondary herbal hop.

The taste was a muddled medley of malt and adjunct sweetness with a trace of hop spice and some tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strange lingering sweetness.

Overall a subpar IPA.

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Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly to a ring with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Some sweet malt and a mix of citrus and pine hop aroma, but not a in a big way. Also some dishrag notes in an otherwise fairly subdued aroma.

Taste: Robust, toasted malt upfront in a medium body, then a rush of green, dry-hopped style bitterness that fades away towards the finish, where the malt make a second appearance and goes out with a slightly nutty finish.

The Rest: A decent AIPA. The aroma was a bit underwhelming, and its not the best hop profile I've had in an IPA, but by no means awful.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.52/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served into my aventinus glass.

Hazy, rusty brown in color with minimal head from a semi-aggressive pour. No lacing whatsoever.

Floral sweetness, citrus, orange peel, and a bit of hops.

The taste is much like the smell, a bit sweet, definitely a lot of light fruits (in a good way), but not quite hoppy enough for my taste.

Medium bodied with a bit of a bitter stickiness at the back of the throat. Nothing bad, but nothing special.

Overall a good beer for the price (under $4 for a 22oz). Worth a try once, and if you like it then its a nice inexpensive brew to go back to.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured at room temp in hotel glass

A: dark red color; thick, buoyant head creamy at top; good carb action; superb lacing
S: malty aroma dominates, a bit like a Euro strong in its presentation
T: sweet; orange, hints of chocolate; very malty, with a tang that turns somewhat metallic; the hops are in the background; the flavor is ok/good, but it's not what I look for in an IPA; it's more toward that of a brown ale
M: decent

I don't plan to buy this again

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, picked by a friend while on the road at Stateline Bev. on the Maryland/Delaware line.

No freshness info to be had.

Pours heavily hazed and a dull shade of orangy amber. Minor head development, but does leave a nice looking fine film of light khaki mini bubbles. Ample strands of fine lace.

The nose is of some honey, flower, and sweet malts.

The label talks of "fierce hopping, and more hopping" but the first take away here is of more honey, more citric fruit and flowery sweetness. Lemon, orange, and honey come to mind. A few more sips and some grainy hops do come out to play, but well in the rear and really showing no major bite.

Something seems somewhat out of whack here and I'm not sure what it is. All in all a decent IPA, buts its on the fruity and sweet side with hops in the rear.

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Photo of iSip
4.58/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bomber of Thumper American IPA for three bucks at a Copps store in Wisconsin. The label says "IPA", but my taste buds said Belgian Ale, and a great one at that. Maybe a bottling error. So I bough another. Same result. Beautiful hazy orange color topped by a decent head. The fragrance was spot on Begian yeast. No IPA hoppyness to be found, but instead a glorious Belgian ale with an etherial malt essence on top of that wonderful bready-ness that any Tripel lover will stop mid sip, eyes closed and thank the beer gods. Excellent beer, an must try! But it is not an IPA... the lable should be corrected.

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