Rule G India Pale Ale
Smartmouth Brewing Company

Rule G India Pale AleRule G India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,675
Ranked #41,808
3.65 | pDev: 10.41%
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Rule G India Pale AleRule G India Pale Ale
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dlos from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-copper color pour from can, dated older than I'd prefer, with ample head that hung on a while. Plenty of lace on side of tulip glass. Has a sweetness to it that does well with the citrusy edge to balance things out nicely. Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel round this beer out. Would definitely drink more.

Dec 01, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a great lace. The scent had hints of pine and sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pine being most present. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Nov 10, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty, unbalanced, piney diminishing finish. Really enjoy the notch 9 double IPA, but as much as I like that dipa, I was disappointed in this one. Pass

Aug 09, 2017
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What you know about bein' so nice, no one'll battle you...
Beat down metaphors, blow holes through ya parable...
But, don't play me for a chump, the flow is casual...
Street scene, that grew up gradual...
Flow is just powerful...
Blowin' a barrel through,
Ya lifestyle...
What's the price of your fame?
If it's your life, with your soul it's collateral...
Go at you lateral, lock zone on the annual...
How to be a Hunter, regard...
I'm holdin' the manual...
Denyin' the force, that's part of the order...
My mind's deep, when I speak, I triple the volume of water...
Brewers is weak, claimin' what they did to repeat
Consistency used to be a creed, now's it's just a figure of speech...
Codes are broken, with no repercussions to face...
This ain't a review, it's just deep discussions we lace...

Ha! Anyhow...
This one pours vibrant copper when held to the light, mixed with a bit of inner city smog and gas emojis. Proper lace and head for the duration of the enjoyment. Smell gives off hints of lawnmower dust in the arid summer air, tobacco leaf, grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, and Grandpa Stroehmann to boot. The taste is intensely bitter like the IPAs of yester-year, and it follows with honey-layered malt and ruby-red grapefruit. Feel is prickly, semi-chewy, and offers that tongue-smacking bitterness a lot of IPA fans adore. Unfortunately, It also offers up something akin to cigar clippings or, better yet, Red Man loose leaf. No, the Hunter never dabbled, but I did have a baseball coach that partook to the point of absurdity. Trust me on this one. This is like the Anne Hathaway of beers; at her peak, she caught your attention, but looking back, she was never anything special in the first place. LARRRGE™.

Mar 12, 2017
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TooLucid from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decided to grab a six-pack at Shell. I noticed this on the "local" shelf. I was expecting to be satisfied but I figured it would be just another IPA. It is I suppose but it's quite well done. It was crisp and refreshing and had a distinct citrus character and nice hearty body, good lacing and such as well. I'll have to get it again.

Mar 02, 2017
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Britewood from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer with Good body. Smooth to drink with a sharp bitter finish. Pine is definitely In the smell and taste, just a hint of biter grapefruit citrus typical of an IPA. Golden color with a white head.

Jan 11, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a cervoise appears copper in color with a soapy lightly khaki stained head that holds a finger strong fading slow leaving a wall of lace.

Aroma is herbal almost minty with pine and slight citrus, pulp and pith.

Taste is bitter grapefruit with a pine-like resinous cling and mild toasty to bready grain character. A touch of warming alcohol is notice across the back.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall not a bad brew.

Aug 12, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice honey or dark apricot beer with a modest white head. Some lacing left behind. Nice nose of floral and fruity hops. Also a hint of bread. Taste follows suit, hoppy but with nice malts beneath. Could be even better perhaps if it were a bit softer, but I don't doubt some would prefer it as it is. Mouthfeel fairly plain, not as creamy as some. Great to have this available in cans. Can bottom reads "CANNED ON 03/02/16" and I had it on 7 June.

Jun 08, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine IPA - but relatively standard. Relatively well balanced, though not malty and a sturdy hop profile that stands up if it isn't incredibly fresh. Nice, from the can, IPA from a solid local brewery.

Mar 27, 2016
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tsmith1nu from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned in January consumed in march out a teku glass
Good and heady pine on the nose. decent head retention. hints of citrus and maybe a little yeast on the nose.
The problem with the taste and mouth feel for me is that there is an overly yeast like taste and feel on the mouth. maybe this is because it is at the end of its shelf life (side note, totally my fault, this has been in my fridge for about a month). Leaves an after taste that coats the mouth. i'll need to wash this down. I'll try again with a fresh one and let you know how it goes.

Good, not great.

Mar 15, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can dated 10/14:
Pour is fairly clear dark golden. Head is fluffy white, lasting and lacing.
Nose is a mix of malt and hops that seems a bit muddled. Grain bread and with a light grassiness.

Taste is a bit of a surprise given the nose. I expected a bland offering, but the malt is actually fairly clean. The hops provide the bulk of the flavor in this beer. Bitter grassy more so than piney hops with a hint of metal - mostly in the aftertaste. Feel is a little heavier than I'd expect for a cleaner malt presence (maybe a "heavy cracker"), but carbonation levels nice.

This beer is bordering on ESB in bitter/malt balance, though maybe with American hops - maybe an ASB, though with a little extra baggage in feel.

Nov 18, 2015
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can (not sure if it is available in bottles) into a nonic glass. Hazy orange color. Smell is a little bit off-putting but not so much as to deter one from drinking the beer. Perhaps the beer is somewhat outdated but there was no way to tell.

The taste is more hop bitter than anything. No malt flavors at all. After taste is bitter.

The beer is not one of my favorite IPAs nor one of my favorites from this brewery (they have many that are really good). I may be in the minority here but I probably would not buy it again but would definitely drink it if offered to me.

Nov 06, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A yellow amber in color, with a small amount of white head on top.

S: Orange peel, and citrus, with some light caramel.

T: Grapefruit, citrus peel, and a touch of pine. Some bread and caramel in the finish, with a nice long lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with medium carbonation

O: Overall a pretty standard IPA. Solid flavor, great bitterness, classic.

Nov 03, 2015
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HotBeerJosh from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew for anyone new to IPA's. Flavor is very mild, ABV is at 6.6. I've only seen it in cans. I have bought on a number of occasions because it is in a few of the local gas stations in the Virginia Area.

Oct 30, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't a big fan. An average IPA with nothing that popped for me. Great color but aroma, and taste fell short. I have a long list of other IPAs I'd rather drink. It does have a 88 IBU. I like there notch 9 Double IPA better.(100 IBU)

Oct 23, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a light amber, with a small head, and lots of webby lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, and pine, but not super strongly.

This tastes pretty good, I suppose- but it kinda tastes like every other IPA that came before it. It's got a big hop presence, bitter, piney, and a little fruity, with a nice malt backbone that stays in the background. It's pleasant, and it's good, but it does nothing whatsoever to stand out, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, fairly crisp, slightly juicy. Pretty drinkable.

Not bad, I could certainly drink more of this, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Sep 09, 2015
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a tumbler glass.
Enjoying it for National IPA day

A- a transparent (but not quite clear) orange-amber with a thin off white head. A little lacing, but not great.

S- Citrus. Orange and grapefruit mainly. Some earthy mint and tobacco. Aroma is good, but a bit muted.

T- Very nice flavor, a nice wash of citrus, and the earthy mint and tobacco components. Some apple and melon hints as well. Big hop bitterness.

M- Very smooth, and moderately carbonation. Medium body.

O- A very, very nice IPA from a small brewery. (and they are CANNING!)

Aug 06, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned on 05/11/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white skin of foam across the top. Persistent thick strands and islands of lacing noted. Bubbles move up slowly through this beer.

Smell: When first cracking open the can, I got a lot of citrus, especially fresh cut orange. Once in the glass however and poured, the aroma is quite faint, almost non existent. There is a hint of citrus, but it may be my imagination. I don't even get a lot of aroma with a swirl of the beer.

Taste: Nicely bitter with a grapefruit citrus. Nicely balanced with a bit of a sweet bready malt in the middle. The finish has more grapefruit, but also some leafiness and tobacco notes to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice thickness. Prickly carbonation. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: If there is a such thing as a IPA that is all flavor hops with no aroma, this would be it. Otherwise a tasty enough beer and the grapefruit bitterness is inviting and I wouldn't mind having another, but I only picked up on can one my trip to VA. Overall, I think this is a drinkable, but average AIPA. Good, but not amazing.

Jul 22, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation in the body, and a bubbly, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of cut grass, pine tassel, and moss forward, with orange rind and subtle grapefruit sweetness to balance. Flavors are more citrus forward, with grapefruit, lemon, and orange rind, followed by a more subdued piney and woody hops profile, and a subtle sweet caramel backbone. Light bodied and slightly effervescent, with a candy sweet citrus and sugary aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, slightly dry, and slightly effervesced, with a subtle dank and citrus linger. Decent IPA.

Jul 04, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a great mouth feel, very smooth! This beer is more than worth trying! The grapfruit and apple taste are there. I could drink this everyday! Enough said! Go buy and try delicious!

Jun 13, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Pine, orange peel and grapefruit pith. Very clean, short finish with a bitter punch at the end. Medium to thin body.

Mar 27, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

East Coast brewers flexing their hophead muscle. This is a serious American IPA, not just due to the estimated 88 IBUs, which is pretty much at the threshold for anyone’s palate, but rather the broadness of the hop flavor. Well put together, just this beer alone is worth a visit to their taproom.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%

LOOK: Semi-clear brass hue, sticky suds

SMELL: Orange rind, mint, tobacco, biscuity grain, yeast, faint caramel, clean esters, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Deep smoothness, mildly crisp, heavy hop bitterness, orange forward, grassy, earthy, tobacco, melon rind, warming, slightly spicy, nutty yeast, spicy alcohol, juicy, slightly dry; bitter aftertaste

Mar 26, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Smartmouth Brewing Company. This IPA fits the bill in just about every category, with a nice amber color and good taste and mouthfeel. The aroma is a bit weak, but still overall a good brew.

Mar 08, 2015
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Golden-amber and cloudy, with almost a finger of off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves fair lacing.

S: Hops aromas dominate, primarily citrus (especially grapefruit juice). There are spicy notes of crushed pepper and perhaps rosemary. Not much in the way of grain aromas.

T: Bready malt starts off the flavor parade, but tart, juicy flavors quickly push it aside -- white grape and grapefruit juice -- then bitter grapefruit rind takes over and lingers long into the finish.

M: Crisp, with a dry finish. No discernible booziness.

O: A little over-bitter in the finish for my taste (I prefer my IPA's to lean toward the tarter side, East Coast style), but a good attempt by a young brewery.

Nov 28, 2014
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sierratwohearted from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz can, canned 8/5/14. 7.0% ABV.
a - pretty clear yellow-straw color, not much head.
s - citrusy hops, classic west coast IPA scent.
t - classic american IPA taste, citrusy up front, a little piney in the finish. good balance. i think its dry hopped with centennial.
m - medium bodied.
o - this imitates classic west coast IPAs. nothing special, but a good effort. good local.

Sep 21, 2014
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