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Thumper American IPA | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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2.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rhinelanderbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#45,975
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
122
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 5 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the (512) third anniversary snifter.

Small soapy white head. Minimally carbonated. Clear orange red in color. Aroma is sweet and syrupy, touch of perfume. Starts very syrupy, sweet and boozy. Maltiness predominates throughout, sweet, fairly syrupy. Medium body, medium ethanol. Finish is a faint touch of bitterness, but not much.

Where's the hops?!

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Photo of diablo14
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +34.5%
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 drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
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 rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep dark orange body with a bubbly light beige head that is soon gone and a sea of bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft green hops have a bright quality to them with a soft pale malt note coming through when it opens up a bit. Some caramel malt finishes the smell.

T- The slightly tangy note leads to light citrus green hops with a lime like quality. There is some caramel and graham sweetness although soft before the bitter green bite in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that mellows as the beer warms. No real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is thin with a soft hop profile except for the full bitterness and a tartness to it that overpowers a bit. The malt sweetness grows sweeter as the beer opens aswell.

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Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev +16%
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 2beerdogs
3.52/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a balance that's much more indicative of English Pale Ales, but with a caramel backbone and citrusy hops that claim American characteristic this undescriptive ale proves appealing enough even though a bit lackluster.

Pouring a caramel golden color with a bright yet slightly hazed hue, the beer's ample carbonation keeps the white froathy/fizzy head going. Light on lace, the beer seems IPAish except for the terse head character.

Hop aromas are present with a notion of orange peel, citrus acidity, and grasses; but these don't command any prevailence against the moderate caramel malt scents. Balanced for sure, but IPAs aren't supposed to be balanced.

Flavors fare similarly with simple caramel sweetness and medium maltiness holding serve. Grapefruit zest, orange zest, and lemon zest all have a turn at hop flavor mid way throught the drink before turning to a grassy bite in late bitterness. A very simplified flavor spread where no hop notes taking command, yet leaving an abrasive hop bitterness in finish.

Medium rich and lightly sugary, the beer holds onto the sweetness until very late in the finish; not allowing the hop character to develop the bitter dryness that IPAs deserve. Lightly warming in finish, the malty sweetness overshadows the otherwise crisp and clean finish to the beer.

This IPA is too one-dimensional caramelly sweet and the hop aroma, flavor, nor bitterness aren't nearly bold enough to qualify for the style. But still, the beer fares well with few flaws outside of over sweetened, mild graininess, and slightly bitey hops.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.91/5  rDev -32%
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 russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pears & apple blossoms, zero evidence of hops

T: Pears, butterscotch, brown bread & honey, plus herbal hops up front. Some woody & herbal hops mixes in with pears & white grapes. Finishes fruitty & way too sweet, somewhat grassy

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation

Not horrible, just not to style, not even close. Honestly, if I knew it was from these guys I would've passed, lesson learned....

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Photo of Noxious26
2.05/5  rDev -27%
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 pweis909
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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 jmbranum
3.34/5  rDev +18.9%
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 jaxon53
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of uwmgdman
3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter this beer exhibits a moderate white head that diminished to a thin, but lasting skim. The color is very deep copper bordering on light amber, a good looking start. The aroma is medium piney hop, a bit of citrus, definitely some dark caramel malt notes as well as a bit of metal? The flavor is quite bitter--very resiny, followed by some caramel-toffee sweetness and a finish that is quite dry and one-dimensional bitterness returns. The beer is overly bitter and could benefit from exchanging some bittering additions for flavor/aroma additions. The malt makes an appearance but it the overly bitter quality of the beer is hard to get by. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium-full. Overall this beer isn't awful, but it's not terribly good either. The $2.75 price was pretty darn good for a bomber--but in this case you get what you pay for--I'd rather spend more on a better beer.

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Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 zahara15
4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

Photo of morimech
3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rhinelander Brewing? The old swill of yesteryear? Oh, it is Minhas Brewery. Son of a bitch! Felt like I just threw $3 away. Oh well, the damage is done so I will try and give this beer an unbiased review. The label on the bottle is very attractive and caught my eye.

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The label claims "fiercely hopped" but I am not getting that from the aroma. I do detect mild citrus and floral notes. A little bready malt as well.

Not the deepest, most flavorful IPA, but it isn't bad either. Mostly citrus with caramel. Touches of floral as well. Quite bitter considering the flavor. Semi-sweet overall.

The body is a little too light. Carbonation is off a tad as well. Not nicely matched. Not thin or watery, but just lacking.

Overall consider myself suprised by the quality of this IPA. Nothing great but for the price, it is worth a try.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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 papat444
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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 beerbrains
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of Jenray
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle. My tongue awaits tantalizing from a truly unexpected source...

This beer pours a clear medium brassy amber colour, with two fingers of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some decent branched lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of sweet and acidic fruit, in a white wine sense, a bit of citrus that slightly evokes hops, and very pale malt. The taste is light caramel malt, counter-top wash lemon citrus, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, some acrid pine needle, and a slight edgy booziness. The carbonation is a bit below average in strength, the body medium weight, and generally IPA-like in its prickly smoothness. It finishes sweet and tangy - neutered caramel malt and hops that seem destined for the dark, skanky side.

Of the new craft-esque bombers from Minhas/Rhinelander, this is the best of the lot thus far - nothing off-putting, but nothing really resembling a prototypical American IPA either. Like a run-of-the-mill IPA with the bitterness surgically extracted - I have no idea where the label-purported '79 I.B.U.' measure actually wound up.

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Thumper American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 122 ratings