Dad | Rhinegeist Brewery

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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheyCallMeYukon on 11-10-2014

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ygtbsm94
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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 BeerOps
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Lucky enough to have a can sent from Ohio. I'm typically leery of red ales — too often thick and simple — but this is a tasty beer. The hops and malt can both stand up. The hops with biting citrus rind and the barley brings a toasty bread crust with a light hint of toffee. The body it's too thick. It's sort of like a West Coast style red ale, in the sense that it's plenty hoppy with a lighter body. Closest beer I can think of is Dale's Pale Ale.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Brew33 for the generous extra. 12oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a translucent brownish-amber with a tight, one-inch, cream-colored head. Nose is a bit subdued but I get a trace of caramel malt, light fruity esters and earthy/herbal hops. Taste is much duller - malt profile comes off a bit cardboardy and herbal/earthy bitterness is still present but falls a little short. A slight medicinal bitterness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp, slightly biting carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, decent, but not something to write home about - neither the malt or the hops character particularly stands out.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of prototypic
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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 jakea
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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