IPA | RoughTail Brewing Co.

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RoughTail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 128
Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Between a lager and an amber in color. White head. Tastes of grapefruit and citrus come through pretty strongly. Less intimidating and more drinkable than some IPAs.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small head of white foam. It smelled of pine, orange and grapefruit. It tasted of sweet caramel, piney hops with a citrus bite. It was crisp and sharp.

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Photo of Coolby
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head was thin and disappeared quickly. Smell was strange for me. Slightly metallic, slightly tomatoe? Also strong malt smell. Taste was quite a shock. An amazingly balanced malt to hop ratio. Malt hits first, but leaves a wonderful amount of hops on the tongue afterwards.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pine, some fruits. Taste is piney, tropical fruits, light resin, medium bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great copper color with a good lasting white head. Piney citrus hop smell with a good malt backbone. Piney hop dank taste and pretty bitter but with some maltiness to it. Kind of flat tasting with a medium lite body. It's a pretty good ipa.

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Photo of itshartshaped
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wish it came in a bottle. Looking for it on tap and I live in Oklahoma, only a couple hours away from the brewery?? The can looks a little cheesy, but don't let it fool ya! This is such a well balanced IPA. It's actually one of my faves right now. Crisp and fresh tasting pine and citrus hops. Although the description on the can raves about it's bitterness, I don't find it to be bitter at all. It has a medium amount of caramel flavored malts, not too rich. It ends a little dry, making me want more. I highly recommend giving the Roughtail'd Lizard a try.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Well carbonated golden-orange color with a tan head that leaves a small ring of lacing. Smells like pine and hops. Upfront tastes of piney malts with noticeable but not overwhelming hops throughout. It isn't too bitter and no alcohol taste. The malt is strong enough that this isn't a hop bomb. Medium and slightly creamy body with medium carbonation.
This is a fine IPA that is slightly boring. It isn't especially good, but there's nothing particularly wrong with it.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber from the can with a finger of white head. Aroma is of pine, citrus and malt. Taste is really juicy. There's definitely piney hops, grapefruit, mango and a really nice malt backbone. Medium mouth that's creamy, letting the bitterness linger a while. If you like malty IPAs as much as I do, you'll enjoy this one.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint sized can into a pint glass.

Pours a very attractive hazy orange with a nice white head. Leaves belgian lace.

Nice orange and hop aroma.

Flavor is rich and full, maltier than many IPA's. Lots of hops (of course) but an appropriate amount. Picking up notes of grapefruit, juniper, and oranges.

Nice full mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good beer. So glad it is brewed in Oklahoma!

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Photo of stephens101
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Billowy tan head atop a bright reddish-orange beer. Has a potent hop and caramel aroma without nuance. Taste is fruit-forward with a bitter middle that never quite takes off. Medium in body.
There are too many good IPA's out there to spend too much time with this one.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-Review 2015. Roughtail IPA version 2

Appearance- The new recipe is definitely a little lighter in color with an orange/amber color and a little bit of haze. Pours a fluffy two/three finger head.

Aroma- Lots of pine and citrus, and some malt sweetness as well.

Taste- Not too different from the old version in terms of hop flavor at least. There's a bigger emphasis on citrus flavors here, but the pine is still a big component as well. The biggest change to me seems that the caramel malt has been toned down and more pale malts have been used to create a dry bready finish, which brings out some of the hop bitterness.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth at first and dry in the finish.

Overall- This is definitely an improvement on the old version and definitely gives a bigger challenge to Coop's F5 and maybe even surpasses it. The biggest (and best) change to me was the malt even though the new hop bill was advertised. The drier malt makes this much nicer to drink as opposed to caramel heavy malt before which subdued the hop presence. As it warms up though, some fruitier hop flavors show up, so maybe there's been more to hop bill change then I thought initially. Overall, the change is a success, and Oklahoma might have a new #1 for an ipa.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a Deschutes teku, since I have no Roughtail glassware.

Darker amber in color, some haze, topped with a foamy cap of off-white head, that retained as a ringlet, and laced the glass nicely. In the nose, pine resin and fairly dominant bready malts. The taste was pretty malty as well, not really a "malt bomb," but definitely more malt-dominant than an IPA should be; caramelized sugar with some resinous hop notes in the background. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. While not an ideal IPA (or even an IPA at all), it definitely wasn't undrinkable. I just ignored labels/styles and pretended it was a lightly hopped brown ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The mighty JenRay sent this to me and I think that it may represent my first CANned beer from the Sooner State! The CANQuest is a mighty thing and must be CANstantly appeased with new offerings.

From the CAN: "(India Pale Ales, or IPA's) are known for a hop, or hoppy flavor and [CAN] be very bitter on the palate."; "Maltiness 7.5, Bitterness 15, Aroma 18 Sweetness 6.5 Aggressiveness 18+ [all shown as a bar graph]"; "Fine Ales from Oklahoma Roughtail Brewing Co.Est. 2012"; "Aggressive flavor forward."; "Roughtail IPA is brewed to kick your taste buds in the ass and leave your palate begging for mercy. Pine, resin, and citrus aromas leap out of the glass. The extreme bitterness hits next, gives you what you desire. The finish is dry, clean, and leaves you wanting more. We put a crazy amount of hops into this beer just for you, fellow hop heads. Enjoy."; "Food pairings: Cuisine Strong Spicy Food Cheese Gorgonzola or Cambozola Meat Smoked Beef Brisket, Chicken-Fried Steak Dessert Caramel Apple Tart, Ginger Spice Cake, Persimmon Rice Pudding"; "Tony Tielli/Brewmaster".

It came in a tallboy CAN, so an inverted Glug following the Crack! was out of the question. Even so, I still managed to create a pseudo-cascade, settling into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). The nose reeked of pine resin. Whatta we? Gettin' ready to play baseball?!? Actually, I'm down with it as I like hops. This smelled like it could be air freshener in my house. The taste was not quite up to billing, but I really liked the way the caramel malt intermingled with the pine hops to produce a CANdy-like flavor that I would really like to try: hop-flavored caramels. Hershey just released the Lancaster caramel line, so maybe I'll suggest just such a flavor to them. Finish was semi-dry, but that was good as I had just CANsumed an unbalanced AIPA so I was not really in the mood to tackle another one. Not bad and frankly, kind of unexpected.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous white bubbly head and good lacing. Copper color and some floaters. Aroma is piney, citrusy PNW hops and pale malt. Flavor is a muted American IPA flavor with some malt backbone and balance. Not what most people think of as a good AIPA, but I really like it.

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Photo of McStagger
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my buddy Travis for getting this out to me.

A: Pours a murky, almost muddy amber. Finger of offwhite head. Very tight bubbles. Carbonation is hard to detect due to the murkiness.

S: Caramel toffee sweetness from the malt. Hoppiness is fairly dank, with lots of orange coming through.

T: Big grain notes run through. Malt is present, but what follows is very strange. The hops in the smell are almost completely muted. Muddled, earthy. Hint of citrus on the back end. Bitterness in the finish. Has a strange savory aspect that I can't quite put my hands on. Not the onion/garlic from summit. The flavors are damp and muted.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. A pleasing mouthfeel, to say the least.

O: This is a pedestrian take on the style. Their is a distinct lack of bright, clean or well integrated hoppy flavor. For a beer that distinctly calls itself "aggressive", the flavors are fairly bland.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my first beer from rough tail is a bit of an oddity, a solid ipa, dank and west coast, but exhibiting some weirdness. the pour is nice at first glance, orange colored with some haze and a milky white head with nice retention. at close inspection though, i see an absolute ton of fish food sediment, almost looks more like undissolved hop pellets than yeast bits, they accumulate at the bottom of the glass in a pretty yucky way, especially towards the bottom of the can. nose is bitter and oily thirst quenching hops above a medium pale malt body, sticky, but from hops not grain. bitterness dominates the finish. i am not it love with the packaging of this beer, a lot of gimmicky pseudo-information, but the beer inside tastes pretty good. if the appearance wasn't so nasty, this might do a little better. enough to keep me interested in this brewery, but not my favorite as ipas go.

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Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep blood orange color with with a decent amount of floaties (I suspect this can is a bit old). Beautiful white head with tons of lacing.

The aroma has juicy orange, as well as a bright green pine and resin. Quite bright and hoppy with some candy sweetness as well.

The flavor follows with mostly green pine, grassiness, grapefruit. Some bready malt in there without much sweetness. The finish is of sweet grapefruit. The finish is quite dry of bitter grapefruit pith and green grass. A generally light and drawn out bitterness until the finish, where is lots of drying with a decent bitterness.

A very easy drinking and hoppy IPA. I’d imagine this beer was better extremely fresh, but plesantly surprised by this extra. Not an in your face IPA, but an very sessionable in flavor beer that definitely matches with food.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange body with a creamy, white head. The aroma brings some grapefruit, assorted citrus, fresh hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Hop forward and quite tasty. This is certainly a fresh can. Malt presence is relatively minimal. Moderate bitterness in the late palate. 7% abv is masked gracefully. Drinks more like a 5-6% IPA. I'd have this again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thank you to the fine OK gentleman who tossed this my way at the end of a bottleshare in chicago the other day. Enjoyed from a prairie teku. Not sure of the age of the can, no easy to decode date on the can, but i imagine it to be fresh.

Pours a deep mahogany almost amber orange with a nice frothy ipa head and great lacing. Nose is resinous and dank. More pine cone than citric. Taste is fairly malty and earthy, nice bite. Thick rich and chewy. Definitely an ipa but on the pine side of the spectrum.

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Photo of bump8628
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Improved since I first had this a couple years ago. Just dialed in a bit as the brewery has honed their process I suppose. Looks the part of a good American IPA. Slightly hazed orange body with a tight, sticky foam top. Aroma doesn't pop, just hangs heavy at the rim of the glass. Flavor is a heavy-handed punch of hops. Old school American - bitter, herbal, citrus pith, leafy. It has that oily full mouthfeel you only get from throwing loads of hops in the beer. Not the bright, vibrant, juicy variety of newer IPA. Instead it hits you in the mouth with a raw brash bitterness. I like it as a good local option, but there are plenty I would put ahead of it.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wes Welker's Sports Bar & Grill, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - very cloudy orange, thin white head; lots of lacing.
Smell - more malts here. Sweet candy and caramel.
Taste - follows the nose, but finishes off with more hops.
Feel - good balanced IPA. Reminds of Deschutes Inversion.
Overall - good beer, but more emphasis on the malts.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden-orange color. Moderate white head with very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is phenomenal with a huge burst of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is surprisingly well-balanced. Don't get me wrong, the hops still dominate, but it has a nice amount of caramel malt to keep it from being one dimensional. Medium bodied and smooth, clean finish. Hides the alcohol well and very easy to drink if you like hops. Very well done.

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IPA from RoughTail Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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