Rhinegeist Brewery

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #658
Ranked #42,016
3.6 | pDev: 14.44%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Photo of adab123
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad if you don't go into it expected something like Great Lakes' Christmas Ale. "Dad" almost tastes like a mass market beer, though better than most.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark orange body, hazy, with a short but persistent off-white head, full tiny lacing.

S - Strong notes of pine and caramel. A bit of aspirin hinting at the bitterness.

T - Mostly pine and malty soft roll flavors, bitter bite in the close, and a definite tea aspect.

M - Brisk, with a dry close.

O - An interesting hybrid of a traditional malty brew and a pungent hoppy ale. Decent.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours semi transparent dark brown with a thick light tan head with lots of lacing around the glass.

Aroma- Light spices up front some, some orange peel, malt and light floral hops along with some caramel.

Taste - Floral bitter hop forward with some biscuit, malt and caramel coming through after.

Feel - medium bodied well carbonated dry bitter finish.

Overall - a decent amber the bitter hops and orange peel slightly overpower any malts.

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Photo of jkblr
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 10/17/17 poured into a can glass at fridge temp 6% ABV 48 IBU. The beer pours bright reddish amber with abundant light khaki head.
The head recedes to a ring and thick island leaving lacing down the glass. The aroma is a little citrus & pine over caramel malt. The taste is caramel malt first with a good dose of bitter pine tar on the back end. There is a slight herbal undertone in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, well carbonated, and dry except for some hoppy stickiness. There is no sweetness from the malt at any point. Overall, good. They list this as a hoppy holiday ale. I was hoping for something malty with a little heat, but that's my bias. Still a pretty good and would be easy to drink 6.

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Photo of udfan07
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a bittery finish that really overwhelmed the taste of it. It's not a bad beer but also not really a great one either. It's just really too hoppy and the bitterness does overwhelm what taste there is.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives an auburn verging on mahogany with a one inch cap that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Toffee tones buttressed by coffee and chocolate

Taste: The toffee base emerges, up front, with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts and molasses; somewhat fruity, through the middle, with spices emerging, after the swallow; moderately sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Complex for an amber ale, with some Christmas spicing but not a beer that I would seek out again

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really pretty good. Pours a dark red with light lacing and low carbonation. It has a rich, malty flavor and kind of a nutty coffee-like after taste.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dad brewed by Rhinegeist Brewery, with an ABV of 6.00% This American Amber/ Red Ale pours out a nice redish deep amber color with a nice thick white head. Really like the copper color of this brew. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with earthly grains and malts and a good amount of hops. Between the look and smell of this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold and rich with flavors. You pick up on roasted grians and malts at first then a nice bitterness at the end with the hops. The body of Dad is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. There is a lot going on in Dad, this is a nice full flavored brew. There is alot going on in this American Amber/Red Ale. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean , Smooth , Mild, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Dad a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Rhinegeist Brewery, did a real nice job with this brew. If your are a fan of roasted but hoppy brews look this one up.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6pck of this from my Meijer's. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had hints of bitter hop and ginger/nutmeg spices. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is hints of pine and caramel base. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid holiday beer. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy red copper with a soft white blanket.

Smell and taste are relatively in line with each other, bringing caramel, bread, and nut brown attributes, but hoppy with touches of pine and citrus.

A bit of an odd combo for me.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, 1st appearance was velvety red with a 2" cream head that was slightly hoppy that soon changed to a chocolatey maple brown body with a thin white head and slow carbonation.
Aroma: Christmassy, cinnamon, hoppy, piney, chocolatey, nutmeg.
Feel: light and creamy, malty and thin. Very smooth and well balanced.
Taste: just like it says on the can, it's a beer to have right after consuming Oktoberfests, followed by November brown ales, and right after taking your 1st shot of scotch before the winter. It's a pre-winter, pre-Christmas beer. Called dad probably because it's the beer to drink after buying the last Christmas gift for your kids and now ready to unwind after working your ass off to afford the present. It's the beer reward for all dad's. Taste is malty, cinnamon, nutty, chocolate, hoppy, piney, and creamy.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dad | Rhinegeist Brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is tan and three fingers thick, with webbed lacing, and a deep mahogany.

Smells like holiday spices with pine-y hops.

I taste quite a bit of bock traits with an enjoyable note attributed to the hops.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Dad | Rhinegeist Brewery with a 4.25. Good, but not much re-buy value.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, no canning date that I could find on it but I'm pretty sure it's a winter 2016 release. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like earthy and citrusy hops, caramel and a bit of cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some toffee, spicy rye and toasted malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I thought it was a good enough brew, certainly worth a try. $9.99 a 6-pack.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me a lot of a fat tire. Nice hoppy bite with a lot of malts to balance it out. Definitely a good beer to have this time of the year. Go get you one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/18/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, fruit and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of BB1313
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber with nice clarity; big fluffy light tan head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are nonexistent. It doesn't smell bad, it just doesn't smell like anything. There's some toasted malts noticeable when you dig really deep. The flavors are clean and bitter. Nice earthy hop bitterness. Lots of pine. More toasted malts, but the hop bitterness might outweigh the malt backbone. There's a subtle spiciness. Possibly some rye in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with fluffy active carbonation. It's very creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

I might not personally love this one, but I appreciate it. It's very clean, crisp and refreshing. The aroma department is lacking though.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red ales are growing on me. I believe this one is a holiday special edition seasonal. The spice taste is relatively mild, however, and it has a bit of hop to satisfy hopheads like me.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF and enjoyed this hoppy red. What made it really cool was the beer was canned on 11-25-15. The day my son was born and I became a dad.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like canned November 6, 2015 enjoyed December 30, 2015 in a snifter.

Look - Head exploded with popped top and after weak pour. Light tan, large bubbled head. A lot of lacing because of that. Dark red amber body.

Smell - Caramel. Malt. Toffee. Raisin.

Taste - Malt. Caramel. Hop?

Feel - Doesn't sit well. Hairspray alcohol burn. Dry.

Overall - Hops are all but gone. Malty red ale.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can (11/23/15 #146 date stamp) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark copper-amber color. Initial 1/4" thick light tan foam died back to give a thin foam across the top and lots of lacing all over the glass - big sheets and strands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Lightly hoppy - fresh cut citrus juice.

Taste: Solid piney hop flavor from start to finish with some toasted malt in the middle. The finish has a tiny bit of herbal character to it. A tiny bit pungent.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit sticky on the teeth. A bit of a lingering spicy finish all over the mouth.

Overall / Drinkability: Given the style, it's a great looking beer, but nothing special flavor wise. Good, but not amazing. Easily drinkable though, but I'm not sure I'd want another.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you're looking for a typical Christmas ale - one with nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, etc. - then this isn't the beer for you. This is a dry, hoppy red ale more akin to a dry Irish red ale - Smithwick's or something like that. All in all though, not a bad beer but definitely not remarkable.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby Amber color. Has a malty holiday spice aroma. Flavor is a little crisp, light on the holiday spice and has a malty backbone. Leaves an ok aftertaste. Overall an ok beer but not amazing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the common Rhinegeist demeanor is to push upwards and onwards the styles reliant on hops and farmhouse, they're showing off a bit with Dad- a rich and elegant time-honored scotch ale that reflects on the classic malty style in mindset of dignity and respect.

Dark mahogany brown and with the slimmest of haze, the ale pours with a rich and lathery foam cap. As its sandy foam slowly condenses, it's release of earth, malt and chemistry entice the nose with a gentle tease of sorghum, coffee, chocolate and toffee. The first savory taste is all about the malt- breaming with toasted caramels and toffees as hints of butter pecan, maple and blackstrap molasses roll into its cakey-rich texture.

Retaining its firm and juicy maltiness, the beer's more savory and succulent malt flavors are given a brighter range with toasted spice cake, fruitcake and overcooked toffee that seems wonderfully seared in with sweetness around the edges. As the palate acclimates to the dense malts, it picks up on the more peripheral character- light peat, peppercorn and grape esters lurk in the recesses and give the sweetness a much needed level of complexity without pushing into harsh smoke, soil or fennel.

Full, lush and velvety, the ale still retains a remarkable sense of drinkability and effortless texture from a malty-dry finish that's warmed with supple rummy warmth and those gently rolling earthen spice notes. Finishing modestly boggish and molasses-like, its aftertaste is nutty, caramelized and playfully peppery.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly subtle aroma of fruity specialty malt, a touch of floral hops. Can't really smell much in this damn whole foods.

Flavor is odd. Somewhat of a cocoa note upfront, becoming fruity and lightly citrusy mid palate, finishing moderately bitter and peppery.

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Photo of killianmac
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I have been more leery towards Rhinegeist in recent months, their latest releases just haven't done it for me. I feel like they are slipping in terms of quality. Mouth is thin and taste just seems totally wrong.

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Dad from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 177 ratings