Caught In A Rip | Rip Current Brewing

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Rip Current Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by radshoesbro on 11-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 5-oz. draft
Glass: Rip Current Brewing snifter taster
From: Rip Current North Park in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.00
Purchased: Jan. 20, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 20, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: N/A

Snuck out early from work to try Barrel-Aged Rescue Buoy and their Fourth Anniversary beer, but they just kicked the latter. So decided to have a few others after the BARB. Going in I thought this was going to be decent, maybe hovering right around a 4 for me.

Poured a deep gold yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good watery lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Simcoe and Citra for sure, but a lot more hops in there. Also orange blossom, tangerine, tropical, mandarin and a touch of peach. Very smooth for 11.2 pct. ABV. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was slightly better than the nose getting tangerine, spicy Simcoe, Citra, lots of other hops as well, orange blossom and grapefruit rind. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Slightly boozy abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this one. Pleasantly surprised. So smooth for 11.2 pct. ABV. (Overall - 4.25)

4.18 | 93 | A-

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crush & Brew – Temecula, CA
04/14/14 - Snifter glass

A: Bright golden orange color taking on the appearance of honey nectar. Has a glowing haze across the body. Thin paper white brim settles out to a collar after a few lasting moments. Very few dots of stick noted and more in the form of some alcohol legs.

S: Dank floral nose chalked full of ganja berries, grapefruit zest, and a sweet mix of tropical mango. There is some light caramel malt sweetness there but no alcohol coming through surprisingly. A little gooseberry is revealed as the beer warms. A very nice hop medley and pretty much as to be expected here.

T: Gooseberry becomes much more pronounced in the flavor accompanied with some firm pink grapefruit, white melon, and ripe Cali buds. I get some lesser tropical notes of mango, passion fruit, and peach. Just a dash of the caramelized cracker to corral all the hop flavors. The beer has a restrained amount of bitterness and a high resinous quality to it. There is a bit of alcohol heat on exhalation but the flavor aspect is completely cloaked otherwise. Incredibly smooth for such a big beer.

M: Maintains a medium body and feels much lighter on the palate than an 11%+ ABV brew should be. Creamy texture with an upper moderate bitterness on the palate. Sticky and resinous leading to that dry finish. Touch of alcohol warmth on the back end.

D: Scary good how drinkable this is and with such a graceful balance. Alcohol and malt are subdued maintaining a dry resinous feel. Not totally mind blown here as the hops were not quite as vibrant as I hoped. But this drinks like a single IPA and the fact that it is not is quite commendable. Will need to get this on fresh at the brewery to compare. Definitely worthy of a revisit.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mrkrispy
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had several of Batch 2 at the Brewery and on tap around SD. They nailed it, all the makings of a proper Cali IIPA-IIIPA (dry, little to no caramel malt character, hoppy nose and flavors without too much bitterness, minimal to no jet fuel/higher alcohol flavors). The dry smoothness and shocking drinkability are spot on.

Pours with a rapidly dispersed head, probably my only issue...the aromas disappear quickly unless you have more than enough room in your glass for an aggressive swirl.

Wonderful tropical fruit hop flavors balanced/complemented by some grass and pine notes. The newest group of California brewers seem to be fixated on all-tropical hops and you really need the other piney/grassy type to balance it or keep it from tasting like juice. Rip Current did this proper IMO.

The drinkability is shocking, almost scary. I put down the first one like it was a regular IPA, no alcohol flavors or aggressive bitterness getting in the way. Not heavy or malty like many other attempts at a high gravity hoppy beer. Gets a bit sticky and more grassy as it gets too warm, so don't stare at it too long. The damn thing is just really enjoyable.

I normally shudder when I hear people likening other (always inferior) IIIPAs to Younger, but I think this one earns a place there.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ruda001
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BreweryRun
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with no head. A couple bubbles at the edges. Orange clear body.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Orange. Tons of caramel malt. Booze.

Taste - Very sweet. Huge orange and grapefruit, in more equal proportion here. Bitter. boozy.

Mouthfeel - Flat, a fault of the growler fill. Heavy and boozy. Bitter.

Overall - Wish it were carbonated. Could have been much better. It's way too big either way, though.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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