RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #101
Ranked #3,571
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
RAR Brewing (Realerevival)
Maryland, United States
Notes: Hopped with Citra and Motueka
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass .

Deep orange body, with an opaque and great glow. Eggshell three plus tall finger white head forming, clumpy and rich looking. Excellent looker.

Great nose. Juicy aroma of orange, sweet citrus oil and zest. Soft touching pith and rind, pulp indeed! Faint herbal bitterness for contrast.

Real fun palate. Juicy rich body, flavored of nice bitter soft pith and sweet orange. Does hint a bit of children's vitamin C tablets slightly though, but manages earthy and herbal finish and good dryness. Finish dry and a bit powder like of grain also.

Really fun beer and well named as well.

Sep 05, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A hazy/murky orange copper with a massive white head.

S- Citrus, oranges, some citrus zest, earthy, hints of caramel malts.

T- Citrus, earthy, some oranges, citrus zest/rind, touch of pale malts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty APA, easy to drink.

Jun 23, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a willi becher.
Canned 5/14/20

Pale @4-5 SRM. Hazy and mostly opaque letting some light shine through. Two fingers of off-white rocky head hangs around for a while but eventually fades to a thick frothy ring surrounding a thin cap. Plenty of hoppy orange and citrus aroma up front, also getting orange zest, pine and biscuit malt. Taste starts sweet and juicy, orange and grapefruit with low to moderate hop bitterness. The bitterness builds slightly and refines as it moves to the finish. The oaty soft body is medium in weight and drys a bit with a dull citrus bite at the short finish.

Damn good! And though there are plenty of APAs I haven't tried, this one is my favorite.

May 27, 2020
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Swade11 from California

2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours great with a nice thick frothy head and looks bright orange. The taste is less than stellar. If you've had a great hazy then you know right away this isn't it. This beer isn't worth the money. One can cost $7.50 and there was a 2 can limit. Way better beers out there than this one. Flavor was bland and in the end there was nothing lasting.

May 08, 2020
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skisonic from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice frothy straw, but pretty cloudy when poured into a glass. It smells like a fresh orange poured into a glass, extremely pleasant. The orange flavor is mildly overpowering but pretty tasty. I don't normally enjoy fruity beers, but this is more reminiscent of a nice ale with an orange squeezed into it. It's impressive ... but I also wonder if it's literally an ale with an orange squeezed into it? It's pretty dang cloudy but whatever the flavor seems pretty balanced, but its citrusy all the way through. (Canned on 02/04/20).

Mar 08, 2020
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an unattractive, murky brown-yellow color, making me wonder if this is a bad batch (canned 1/08/20). Nose of dank orange, but seems a bit oxidized. This does live up to the name Pulp when you take a sip— it’s a thick mouthful of orange hops. The flavors are muddy and dull, though. RAR makes some very good beers, but this is a bit of a mess.

Feb 01, 2020
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into the Avery "Barrel Glass"

Look: Pours an opaque/hazy orange with the slightest tinge towards amber/brown. A soapy white head dissipates into a ring around the glass, leaving some fine lacing behind.
Smell: Tons of citrus in this one, as the name would imply. Heavy on the orange/mandarin orange, tangerine, and a hint of lemon. Some lighter notes of pineapple and melon.
Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Heavy on the juice (Citrus, lighter tropical fruit, melon) with very low (I'd almost say none at all) bitterness.
Feel: Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation, tight bubbles.
Overall: A fantastic IPA if you're looking for a delicious cup of juice with 6.2% alcohol. But no bitterness or dryness to be found here, if that's what you're looking for this ain't for you.

Jan 16, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Given can of latest batch and was really happy to try one.
Nice pour with attractive hazy soft orange/lemon color with clean white head. Nose is pleasant citric forward with some malt sweetness underneath. Taste was not heavy or pushy. Orange with accents of lemon lime. Other fruit like flavors seemed almost kiwi like; more rounded and slightly bitter. Very easy drinking beer with moderate carbonation.
Very nice NE style Pale Ale.

Oct 21, 2018
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Furlinator from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the can.

Pours cloudy orange with a thin khaki head that fades to wisps on top and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of bitter grapefruit and faint orange zest. The taste is of grapefruit and vague citrus. Moderately bitter. Medium texture with medium carbonation. Flavors come across as slightly diluted. Good, not great.

Nov 17, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The look isn't as opaque as the typical New England-style pale ale, but it's not exactly clear by any means. I do smell nice notes of orange and lemon candy, however. I just wished the fruits popped more assertively (luckily the malts don't overpower things). Its flavor profile works better. Citrus pops throughout, with orange and clementine near the opening and lemon near the end. Malts just serve to keep it balanced, only adding *slight* table sugar qualities. There's almost no finishing bitterness to speak of - people who don't like hoppy beers would really dig this. The full, rounded mouthfeel still has a nice and dry finish, allowing it to satisfy the palate without over-encumbering it. I don't know if it drinks like full-blown orange juice, but it's still a wonderfully balanced and likable pale ale that gets better and better as more is consumed.

3.8/5: Random, thrown-in Pulp Fiction reference!

Nov 14, 2016
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Lucular from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on firkin. Definitely pulpy but not as opaque as I would have expected. Very little smell at all, kind of weird. Definite OJ taste, very good. I'd be curious to have this from a can and see how it compares.

Oct 17, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pictured can art is awesome. Very much like a late 70s poster. Sadly, the can from which I am drinking is a plain crowler, poured just a few hours ago.

Beers pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a nice, 2-finger head. Old school unfiltered, but not nearly as hazy as many of the "milkshake" beers that have gotten hype lately.

Smells very citrusy--I'd probably call it simply "generic citrus," were it not for the beer's name. There's oranges and light passion fruit and some chewy yeast. The sweet fruitiness of the hops are balanced out quite well by the bready yeast complexities.

In the flavor, the hops are a bit more variegated and the yeast still works very well. The beer is aggressively fruity and sweet up front, with the sort of OJ and pineapple nodes that lots of young people seem to enjoy and I am usually ambivalent toward. They work here, overall, because of the aforementioned yeast complexities, where are prefaced by some grassiness. It's never a full balance between sweet and bitter, but there's still enough going on to make me feel like I'm not drinking juice or soda.

I've never drank enough Julius in one sitting to give it a proper review, but what I've had was very similar to Pulp: they're both good beers that avoid falling into the pitfalls of similarly hypey fruit-hop-forward IPAs (which are manifold), but they're just not my thing. I mean, it's a good beer, but I just don't like it enough to give it a hyper-elite score. Anyhow, if you can't get hold of Treehouse's offering, this is a fine replacement.

Oct 12, 2016
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy beer, actually looks pretty orange in the glass. Smell is good, citrus, but a little thin. Tastes sweet orange, wet finish - makes me salivate - not bitter at all. Very easy drinking.

Sep 29, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - nice. Mouth-watering label. This looks juicy as can be. Dark orange pour. Good amount of haze. Murky and ripe. Strong head with course bubbles. The slow popping will be the background tunes to this review.

S - waving this beer around trying to get it in the right light yields acidic wafts of Sunny D. Candied orange on the nose with some pineapple. Hints of lime and a creamy sherbet-esque-ness.

T - oh my that's smooth. More orange, clementine, nectarine. Citrus out the wazoo. It's delicate and sugary, not pithy or rindy. Dry lemon-lime in the middle distracts from the juicy creamsicle. Label is spot on--this beer oozes sticky tropical flavors and finishes clean. Slight fringe bitterness but the main attraction is the sweetness up until the end.

F - upbeat and expansive. Fills the mouth with flavor as the beer opens up, but doesn't foam. Drinkable.

O - first from RAR and I've been looking forward to it! Does not disappoint. Rich with pulpy, sticky flavors. A real treat.

Sep 24, 2016
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TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is everything an APA should be. Reminds me a lot of Sip of Sunshine from Lawson's which is my absolute favorite beverage.
RAR has become one of my favorites over the past 6 months.
Just the right balance of hops and juiciness.

Aug 06, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 16 oz can. As promised, I am revisiting and giving it a better chance. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F head with decent retention, spotty lacing, a bit of a ring and cap. Beer is a hazy amber.

S: Orange, blood orange, grapefruit, some dank pine. Quite nice.

T: Follows nose and manages to be controlled with with little malt. More dank than bitter.

F: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Balance OK, construction good, good drying without much bitterness. Very drinkable at 6.2%.

O: Solid citrus-based IPA. Glad I got a second chance to try it.

Jul 04, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange body with a slight haze, thick, foamy off-white head sits on top. Aroma is big on orange, citrus and sweet bread. Flavor follows, big citrus, tons of juicy orange and a pleasant sweet malty finish to balance it out. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and really juicy. A really awesome beer all around, tons of citrus.

Jun 29, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Amazing head retention, lots of lacing on the glass. Pretty damn hazy but not completely opaque. Lots of orange peel, zest and rind in the nose. Smooth with an orange pith flavor, lots of hop character though the bitterness is somewhat soft. Doughy biscuity grain, grassy, and dry in the middle. There is some balance here though the murky character distracts a bit. If this brew was cleaned up a tab bit more we'd have something a whole lot more to talk about. Worth a go regardless.

Mar 20, 2016
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ipaxensen from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with modest head. Smells fairly subdued tropical fruit with some citrus. Taste is juicy juicy juicy with minimal hop bitterness. Did I say juicy? Nice creamy mouthfeel and a gentle carbonation. All of the flavors work well together to create a very cohesive brew. Would like a little more complexity but overall a delicious departure for RAR. Pulp along with Hyde are my two favorite offerings from this highly promising brewery. More, please!

Feb 04, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was looking forward to this after the buzz. From a fresh growler filled at the brewery, it pours a hazy orange, though there is a brownish tint that detracts. Half-finger of head leaves little lacing.

Smell is where I started to wonder if they gave me the right beer. It smells like a wheat beer to me--specifically a hefeweizen. Or is it the yeast? I don't know. The ballyhooed orange smell was so faint and brief that I may have missed it if I hadn't been searching intently. Taste is similar to smell: tastes like a solid but unexceptional wheat beer to me, with a very little bit of orange and some lemon. There is a sour note in the finish that doesn't belong in a pale ale. A fair amount of bready yeast toward the finish.

Not a fruity APA. Confusing.

Feb 02, 2016
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WilliamIrwin from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had Pulp, NE Nectar, and 1st Meal on tap at the release on Saturday, January 30th, then went home and enjoyed at least 4 cans of the Pulp, because it was that good.

L: Pours hazy, cloudy, orange

S: Fruits, fruits, fruits, lots of orange, mango, and tangerine on the nose

T: A fruit bomb! Incredibly orange and juicy. Lots of fruits and zero bitterness.

F: Smooth, soft and crisp

O: I have a growler and 5 cans left from my stash. I'm sharing 3 cans with friends, and I'm starting to wonder how much those friendships mean to me....just kidding! This beer is fantastic, and I truly wish I purchased more. I can drink this all day, every day.

Feb 02, 2016
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, 1 day old. Pour is hazy orange. Aroma is big orange and citrus with a light sweet smell. Taste is very juicy and citrus, with a light bittersweet finish. great beer

Feb 01, 2016
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JKeene81 from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass on the day of its release. Hop aroma hits you as soon as you pop the can. Creamy mouthfeel, tastes like a total Juice bomb. Citrus and hops with very little malt to speak of. Could use just a little bit more carbonation, however this beer easily hangs with the big boys up in the Northeast! So glad I made the release and picked up a bunch!

Feb 01, 2016
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