Caught In A Rip | Rip Current Brewing

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
37 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rip Current Brewing
California, United States
ripcurrentbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by radshoesbro on 11-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
8
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
12.39%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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-

 1,273 characters

Photo of EdrickCS
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of aoampm
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CaptureTHEraptor
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of terpinsd
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 1,765 characters

Photo of Mackenzie_Gloven
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mrkrispy
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 1,289 characters

Photo of bcerv-ca
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Piddmeista
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ruda001
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of BreweryRun
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

 458 characters

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Caught In A Rip from Rip Current Brewing
4.36 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.