Rhinegeist Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,604
Ranked #6,403
4.07 | pDev: 6.39%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Only slightly hazy and golden-amber in color. A relatively thick light tan head. Nice looking in the glass. The aroma was piney to me, with a slight sweetness and subtle orange rind. The taste followed. The inevitable sweetness from the large ABV was there, but it didn't overwhelm the beer. Piney notes prevailed, but there was a candied citrus component as well. I don't think many 10+ ABV IIPAs can drink balanced, but this one at least comes close.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got a 4pck of this from my local meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for an imperial ioa. There is sweet malt presence with bitter citrus hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had Stryker on draft poured into a full pint. Overall I was very pleased with this beer. It had a great drink-ability especially considering that it is a double-ipa. The Look and smell were very good. The taste and light mouthfeel were Outstanding and to me that's what really counts. I would have this again and recommend it, don't be scared off because it's an imperial!

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12-oz can. Pours a golden, slightly hazy amber. One finger head. Smell is of pineapple, hops, the expected from a IIPA.

Taste is of piney sticks off the tree, passion fruit (as reported), it's sweeter than citra but a little rind-y. There's a bitter hop undercurrent, and the whole thing's a bit harsh and metallic.

It's not as aggressive as a Stone, it's also not as balanced as others are saying (IMHO). Lacking a certain nuance.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

American IIPA brewed just up the road and poured from a can into a Rhinegeist tulip. The pour is quite hazy and dark gold in color with about a finger of rocky white head. Average retention. Lots of marmalade, cedar, and lemon on the nose.

Medium body and a firm feel. Fresh toast with lemon curd up front, then a milder-than-expected salvo of citrusy hops. I get lemon, grapefruit, a mild pine, and marmalade. Very easy-drinking for a 9.3% beer. No booziness or alcohol burn. The malt and hops are so well-balanced that I'd never guess this was a 100+ IBU beer. Some wonderful lemon and honey on the finish.

This was a limited release so I only picked up one can (had to leave some for the next beer advocate). I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dated 5/18/18 on the bottom of the can, 3.5 weeks since brewing.

Pours an unfiltered deep orange-amber with almost two fingers of dense off-white head. Lots of tropicals on first nose, cara cara, over-ripened pineapple, ruby grapefruit, bubblegum, gingerbread malt, peach, pine resin, biting dankness and a heaping of clove. Taste is definitely on the side of bubblegum, gingerbread, pine and clove overtone with underlying tropical + citrus. Aroma is significantly more diverse than the taste. Mouthfeel is a resinous medium with almost no warmth from the 9.3% ABV. Medium bitterness, sweetness and dryness; quite balanced in this respect. If you're looking for a sweet higher ABV IPA with a focus on bitterness, pine, malt with an underlying tropical/citrus vein, this is for you.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color and a bit cloudy. Good starting head but the bubbles settle to the rim. A single ring of lace forms after the initial taste. Some streaks and spots thereafter.

The smell features tropical fruity aromas, bordering on bubbles gum. Pineapple, mango and light bittering hop complete the smell.

Rich, thick body with a sweeter crystal malt base starts this beer. The hop is more simplistic with some straight up bittering.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased for $11.99. No bottle dating.

Clear, amber-orange elixir poured into HF snifter. One finger, white head to thick rim; Arctic lacing along the vessel walls.

Citrus, resin, earth and spice with a noticeable caramel-malt overtone.

On the fore front there is a nice tangy, citrus, pine then a nice smooth bitterness lingers on the backend. The malt is nicely subdued.

Medium body and carbonation with a nice sticky, resinous aftertaste. The alcohol is muted.

Triples can be tricky and Rhinegeist does a nice job here.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Pours a bright golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus with some tropical notes. Orange, pineapple and grapefruit is in the mix. Some bread notes. Subtle malt notes. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. Lots of grapefruit and pine. More pineapple. Solid bitterness. It's not sweet at all. Malts are there, but don't overpower at all. Alcohol is well hidden and goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice "Triple IPA". It's clean, crisp and refreshing. Well crafted.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the growler in a snifter via Jungle Jim's Eastgate.
This FINE triple IPA pours a brilliant clear deep copper tinged amber with a
nice head of white dissipating foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and
light lacing. Nose of bittering hops, floral hops, and citrus notes of pineapple and
papaya with a nice background of caramel malts. Flavors surpass the nose with a
resinous and sticky blend of piney hops awash in pineapple and papaya notes that
have been liberally dipped in caramel malts warmed by strong booze. Excellent
mouth feel, coating and lightly dry on the finish. Of note there are apple and pear notes
that hit on the sides of the taste with warmth. Give this one time to breath a bit and be rewarded.
Medium carbonation also keeps it lively making for an enjoyable 3x IPA.


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Photo of AJmon13
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Version - Enjoyed on 2016-09-01
Extremely flavorful and drinkable Triple IPA. As mentioned by others, Triple IPAs typically go in one of two directions: Extremely Strong Borderline Barley Wine Vs. Highly Bitter and Flavorful. This landed on the bitter and delicious side of things, completely masking the nearing 11% ABV. Honestly surprised with some of the reviews of this beer; it's possible the 2015 version was a lesser offering, but I'm glad Rhinegeist revisited this fantastic Triple IPA. To give a specific example, this is more akin to Stone's Ruinten than Founder's Devil Dancer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at cafe lou lou. Pours a translucent orange copper. Taste and aroma were citrus up front with tropical fruit flavors. For all the booze...the taste of it all wasnt too strong, which was a very pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel was also pretty mild for a triple. Probably the best offering Ive had from these guys.

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Photo of redwards6
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried for first time last night on a whim. I'd never heard of Rhinegeist and chose it just to try something new. First sip I knew it was my new favorite IPA. Don't let the triple concern you; it's very mild. I'm a sucker for citrus and this has it in spades.

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Photo of jp32
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This didn't quite seem like the triple IPA it was touted to be when I purchased it. Although a good beer in the long run, it was much milder in color and body than I would expect a triple IPA to be. Hoppy flavors lead the flavor profile, yet it does have quite a balanced malt backbone for a beer of this style. A touch of vanilla is buried deep in this one somewhere. It's ABV is very well-hidden. Nice beer, just much lighter bodied and lighter tasting than I expected it would be.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Triple IPA's are like family members: they can be a bag of shit or a reliable alcoholic. This falls in the category of the latter. It'll get the job done, and it's pretty boozy.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is really good. Perhaps my favorite local brewer really nails this one. Nice balance of hops and very smooth. The ABV is well disguised and potentially dangerous. I be fighting this review as idrj,k it good. Maybe justt have one. Me laydwn nowe. Nivht night. Zzzz.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very fruit forward aroma, with grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and muted pineapple dominating a fairly sweet caramel malt backbone.

Flavor adds pine and resin, which linger throughout, carrying into a fairly bitter, earthy finish. In the end, the earthy, resiny character overwhelms the fruit and light caramel malt sweetness. Would prefer that to be the opposite.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly bitter with a nectarine, grapefruit, tangerine and orange hop flavor. Got some honey, caramel and barley malt near the end. This drinks very easily and certainly could cause problems at 10%

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear orange copper color with a soapy, creamy, white lacing ring.

S - Faded citrus aroma with sweet earthy malt - nose is balanced.

T - Very balanced, tropical and spicy throughout - start to finish with some alcohol presence. Red grapefruit rind, lemons, orange,

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation, some alcohol effervescence.

O - Nicely balanced but has a lot of spicy fruitiness that's very enjoyable. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why a triple IPA? Because anyone can make a double IPA. ...and because the palate shift for stronger flavor, higher complexity and intense power is becoming increasingly important to many of our hop heads.

Stryker IPA fits the bill with its deep amber hues that catch the eye like winter's honey. Capped with a rich meringue of foam, the ale draws the senses close with perfumy aromatics of citrus, tropical and botanical herb- all seemingly with a candy-dipped friendliness. And with the strong ale flowing across the tongue, its dense caramel, biscuit and honey flavors follow suit.

With a good and even coat of malt sweetness laying on the mouth, the creamy weight of the ale slowly retreats as the hop intensity builds. Starting with supple red grapefruit, orange peel and lemon nuances; the beer's more tropical character builds with pineapple, passionfruit and mango. Malt sweetness works in tandem with marmalade-type esters as the spicy alcohol invites cherry flavors to complement the arsenal of taste.

Medium feeling on the mouth, especially after the weight of malt relaxes, the beer suddenly crispens, dries and intensifies its bitter finish as the deep and resinous taste of pine sap, fresh-cut grass and cannabis oil linger long in aftertaste.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - very slight hazy copper color with a pretty good lasting head and lacing
Smell - tropical fruit some citrus and good slight caramel malt backbone
Taste - lots of tropical fruit, very sweet with just a slight bitterness and a good malt backbone to give a great balance
Feel - medium full body with slight carbonation, goes down smooth
Overall - for being a tripple ipa it's not nearly as strong as if expect. Maybe the hop malt balance helped it out. Great beer!

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Photo of Roehlstation
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The color is a deep amber, nearly red.

The ABV is very noticeable and the bitterness sits at the back lingering for a very long time. Take you time with this one and experience the changes as it warms.

I feel that this one is actually more bitter to me than Mikkeller's 1000 IBU but not quite as dry.

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Stryker from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 87 ratings