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Rule G India Pale Ale | Smartmouth Brewing Company

24 Reviews
Rule G India Pale AleRule G India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 103
Photo of OldSwampy
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of HotBeerJosh
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of JWU
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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!)

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Falconeaustin1211
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought I would try a local beer(brewery is about 30-40 minutes away). Can is very attractive with lots of formulas and history on it. Head is ok, not much. Smell is awesome with a huge hit of grapefruit at the start. Taste is similar with a massive grapefruit-pine hit right away on the palate. Grapefruit-citrus goes away fast and the hop bitterness lingers. Fine with me. Overall, a nice IPA that attacks quick and then mellows rather fast. Overall, nice beer !!

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly decent IPA, somehow I was expecting more. Poured into a pint glass. The head was fairly small with average retention. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was citrus hops, not that strong but pleasant enough.

Taste was somewhat more impressive. Citrus hops, bready malt backbone but hops are more prominent and fairly decent level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about average for richness, crisp with some bitterness.

Pleasant enough but not something I would be dying to try again.

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Photo of JCarey
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Again, thanks to my sister for bringing this up to NJ from VA for me!

Poured in to a Snifter, a quite beautiful, albeit hazy, yellow/orange light copper. 1 inch head sticks around and forms a cap and nice lacing. Lively carbonation refills the head throughout the glass.

On the nose, Rule G is a slightly underwhelming, average IPA. A lot of malt comes through on the nose with the styles' caramel, and very slight, toasted bread qualities. Subtle earthiness but mostly citrus and pungent pine. Very, very subtle California style yeast funk.

Astringent bitterness covers up most of the malt flavors. That dries up your mouth more than you'd expect. There is some sweetness in the back, and you can tell that this beer is leaning towards medium body, but that acidic bitterness really holds it back. With that said, this is a big, tropical, citrus flavored brew. Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, with a lot of earthy pine covering it. That bitterness is just covering up way too much.

Overall this is a lackluster IPA that suffers from the American trends of California super-hopped beers. With the right techniques this can be pulled off, but they should lay off the IBUs a little on this one and balance it out more.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good, easy drinking, albeit dry tasting brew. Very satisfying. Probably could use more citrus and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is very solid- not too light or thin at all. Lots of carbonation bubbles and nice hazy color. The hops, while prevalent, are not too overpowering. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled at brewery on 11/16. Consumed on 11/17. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Amber in color with a full finger of off white head. Head lingers. Leaves splotchy lacing on sides of glass. No cloudiness or sediment.

S - Mildly fragrant. Peach, melon, and hint of malts.

T - Peach/apricot, bready malts, and a nutty flavor. Fruit flavors underwhelming and overshadowed by heavy malt backbone. Finish is harsh with an unplesant bitter onion flavor. Also, ABV is not masked.

M - High carbonation. Unremarkable.

O - Very unsatisfying. Taste is uncharacteristic of an IPA and finish is unpleasant. ABV stands out too much for a single IPA. Not recommended.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at No Frill Grill in Norfolk, VA. Nice foamy head. White. Golden yellow appearance. Cloudy. But not murky. Good head retention.

Classic IPA aroma. I asked the server if Firestone double jack was available and what was the deal with smartmouth. The server offered a sample of both double jack and smartmouth ipa. I opted for the smartmouth as it reminded me more of my fresh homebrewed ipa.

Pine and citrus. A good balance between the two. Fruity tropical.

Nice and dry so that the hops shine. Just enought malt to hold the palette for the hops to show up. Very fresh. Totally hop. Clean bitter finish. Floral. I could have more than two. The brewery is around the block.

Currently living in Boston, I was home in Norfolk for the holidays. My benchmark of hopiness is fresh heady topper and then my own ipas. This beer was delicious. Its freshness makes a huge advantage. I couldn't have asked for more.

I plan to visit Smartmouth next time I'm in town.

This brewery makes an excellent ipa.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clearish dark gold with good head and left lace rings down the glass. Piney citric hops with very mild malts meet my nose, a classic IPA aroma. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and very light spicy mouthfeel, this beer packs a soapy, citric hop punch that comes close to grapelike. Perhaps my one gripe, if one could call it that, that this beer is somewhat lighter than most IPAs (I will not say watery) and the hops are the only item of the brew that really stick out. A good IPA that just needs a little balance in my opinion, as the basically hop-only taste leads to a somewhat awkard finish (my notes say "slimey" but that isn't accurate). My apologies for not listing the ABV, but I do remember it is typical of a standard IPA.

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Rule G India Pale Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company
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