Caught In A Rip | Rip Current Brewing

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Rip Current Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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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  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L growler from hophead84. Thanks!

Appearance: Poured into a teku. Pale burnished amber with slight haze, and surprisingly decent head retention for such a massive beer.

Smell: Tropical fruit overload. Pineapple, mango, guava - huge aromatics from the hops with no trace of alcohol. Malt doesn't contribute much grain character, more just an underlying sweetness that brings out the fruitiness of the hops. There's a touch of dankness and nelson funk that brings a bit of complexity.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big pineapple and passionfruit notes. Juicy, ripe tropical fruit up front with subdued malt. Medium-bodied. Neither syrupy nor sweet, with moderate bitterness balancing the malt. No trace of the 11% ABV.

Overall: The best Rip Current beer I've had to date. Pulls off the triple IPA style with a lot of finesse.

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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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Photo of rand
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint, on tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego.

A: golden-tan color, small weight head dissipates quickly.

S: Dank, floral hop, orangey and pithy. Toffee malts, toasty, aggressively carried by ample alcohol volatiles. Booze and orange zest linger.

T: wet, floral hops, oily and vinous. Astringency is almost muted by a complex malt-backbone, which lends ample toffee, almost buttery aspects. Booze warms but keeps the sweet tones in check. Incredibly harmonized flavors given the ABV.

M: Strangely thin-bodied for the style. Plenty of scrubbing bubbles.

Wow, crazy beer. Tyson just claimed this would give the Younger a run for its money...I guess that's up to your preference, but it's really reminding of Alpine's Expo. Whatever, crazy good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Photo of HopHead84
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


1L Rip Current growler into a snifter.

A: Yellow gold with good clarity. Two finger white frothy head. Scattered lacing.

S: Firm Simcoe presence with cattiness blending with honeydew and cantaloupe. Nelson contributes some white grape and gooseberry character. There's a little pine in there as well, with a bit of tangerine. There are also some grassy and floral notes. Malt is restrained, imparting a subtle breadiness. Alcohol is very, very well hidden. Passion fruit comes out as the beer warms up.

T: Lots of melon with citrus, white grape, gooseberry, and grassiness. The beer is very dry for the ABV, which is definitely welcome, though malt provides some relief from the hop barrage in the form of bready, doughy character. Upper medium level of bitterness. The ABV is dangerously masked. The finish is juicy and exceedingly smooth.

M: Upper medium in body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and smooth. There's alcohol warming as well.

Overall: It's rare to find an IPA above 11% this well brewed, this light in body (devoid of sweet, undesirable, onerous caramel malt character), and with the alcohol so well masked. So many brewers confuse high ABV IPA with American Barleywine, but that is not the case here. It's like Pliny the Younger with some Nelson.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of radshoesbro
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am in awe of how anyone could possibly not be enamoured by this beer! I had it on tap at O'Brien's out of a good old fashioned pint glass.

- The pour is a dark amber with a two finger head that recedes leaving some lacing, but not typical of a beer in this style.
- Giant hop nose. Very floral with light hints at fruits. Alcohol is not present on the nose.
- This is a heavily hopped, dry beer with no hints at the giant ABV. The hops are not overwhelming in your mouth and it begs to be sipped on. It gets better as it slightly warms.

Get this beer while you can, I'm not sure of Rip Current's plans on brewing it again. You won't be disappointed at all. The best new IPA I've had in about a year.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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