Rhinegeist Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,953
Ranked #6,485
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: Intense & refined, Knowledge delivers notes of resinous pine, dank sap, pithy grapefruit, of ripe pineapple. Chewy hops, a zesty punch; this erudite Imperial India Pale Ale sharpens perceptive depths in the studious night.
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge off-white head and ornate lace.

Aroma: Big tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus. Superb!

Taste: Big tangy hops, chewy and tongue-coating with dank oils and a bitter, dry finish. A superb imperial IPA here, for sure.

Mar 21, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gifted a can. Decent IPA; but little standout hoppiness let alone high IBU’s. Little body/backbone to really come across as an Imp IPA... pretty light on the tongue. Rey clean. Refreshing and tasty; just a good IPA leaning Mid East/Michigan, Ohio, West PA...which I guess makes sense.

Sep 29, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Knowledge brewed by Rhinegeist Brewery, with an ABV of 8.50% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz can into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness, mirror sweetness , mixed with earthy grains and malts. So far this is a nice inviting IPA. Now for the taste, it is Bold with hop bitterness at first, but the earthy grains and malts smooth this IPA right out. You also pick up a slight sweetness in this brew, witch is a nice touch. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of Knowledge is a solid medium. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cooler evening. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Knowledge a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to. Rhinegeist Brewery, did a super nice job with with American Imperial IPA.

Sep 08, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a moderate, bright white foam with good retention. Mellow, earthy and herbal hop aromas with over-ripe citrus notes and maltiness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonatuon. Light creamy feel with pleasant warmth through the middle. Light citrus notes followed by earthy, resinous hop notes and a solid malty base. Medium hop bitterness followed by ripe citrus flavors and swee malt to the end. Finished with mellow citrus flavors and maltiness with a light pine hop bitterness that quickly tapers. Mellow, flavorful, well balanced and easy drinking.

Aug 22, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 10/23/18 and 8.5% ABV. Pours a very clear orange with a two finger sticky white head that leaves scattered patches of lace all over the place. 4.5

Smell is pine resin, tangerine, kiwi, and grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows it hits you right in the puss with pine and grapefruit but not overly bitter, because tangerine and kiwi kind softens the finish a tad. 4.5

Mouthfeel old school dry, plenty of prickly carbonation, a solid medium, and at 8.5% extremely approachable. 4.5

Overall this great, 5 years ago I would have scored it even higher, before all the haze ruined my palate. @jzeilinger thanks man, you know I still dig an old school bitter DIPA and this thing dare I say reminds me of Pliny The Elder. 4.5

Dec 02, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10-23-18.

A - Medium orange colored pour with nice clarity, vibrant carbonation, and dense soapy lacing.

S - Nose is full of dank citrus and sticky, resiny pine.

T - Nose is more pungent than the taste, but still decent. Some light malt underneath juicy citrus and pine while finishing more balanced with some peppery notes. Leaves a lingering citrus resin.

M - Thick, soft mouthfeel with some light prickly carbonation.

O - Solid.

Nov 26, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden body topped with a dense, rocky, creamy head; patches of lacing adhering to the glass. Sweet, floral aroma; pine. Fruity, boozy taste; citrus rind; pineapple; mild biscuit malt tones lurking in the depths. Heavy body; warm and dense on the palate; alcohol heat and dryness.

An intensely powerful IIPA packing huge elements of hops and alcohol into the overall beer. But other aspects do rein in excess bitterness and boozy presence. Depth and complexity abound. Should appeal to high ABV/high bitterness lovers...

Oct 02, 2018
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange color, small head, no lacing. Pine, pineapple, kiss of sweet malt. Pretty well built and approachable. Bitterness never dominates. Can have a few in one sitting without fatigue. Recommended.

Jul 30, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Big piney, pineapple ladened, mildly bitter resin filled DIPA is what I get from the first sip. Malt backbone holds up enough against the alcohol and hop onslaught. Easy to knock back, certainly enjoyable enough to have more than one.

Jan 21, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack during a recent holiday trip to Cincinnati.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow with a good head and nice lacing. Very fragrant grapefruit smell. This carries to the taste which is also a bit piney and floral. Very nice double IPA!

Jan 07, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a tulip. 09/22/17.

Pours a hazy light whitish amber with a medium head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is powerful -- I poured it, sat down, fiddled around, and the aroma wafted over to me after a few minutes. Smell is guava, citrus, pineapple.

Taste is guava citrus pineapple bitterness -- interesting, and very tasty. Finish is a bit too sharp, but I'm still digging it.

Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Overall, this is a quite good beer.

Nov 02, 2017
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woemad from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from one of WesMantooth's BIF boxes. Dated August 31, 2017 on the bottom of the can along with "You Know Better..." Sadly, I usually don't.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a somewhat chill-hazed dark golden shade of amber, with a pillowy, off-white head that left lots of lace.

Massive, jucy hop aroma to this. Citrusy, grapefruity, and with a touch of pineapple.

Big, hoppy taste at the beginning, but with an ample malt backbone. The hops are the stars of the show, certainly, but the malty backbone is coconsiderable. Finish is slightly dry

Body is somewhere a little north of medium. Big, thick, resiny, sappy mouthfeel to this.

This is a big beer. I know midwest IPAs tend toward a bigger malt backbone, and this definitely has that, but the hops have been amped up to still overpower them. This seemed to pack ever bit of it's 98 IBUs. Good stuff, but I'm grateful it comes in a 12oz can. 22oz of this might've been too much of a good thing.

Oct 19, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feels dated. Too malty for a DIPA from 2017. Appearance is yellow with a tinge of orange and a half finger white foam head. Malt, pine, and a touch of savory hop on the nose. The savory hop and resinous undertones of the palate are undercut by a predominant maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium and appropriate for the beer.

Sep 29, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at the brewery. Pint pour served in a goblet. It pours a honey-orange color with a foamy, milk-white head and lacing. The nose features pineapple, peach, resinous pine, and floral hops. It taste opens with a blast of bitter hops and grapefruit, with just a hint of sweet tropical fruit, but the finish is dominated by the wheat malt that gives it some additional sweetness. To me, it doesn't drink like 98 IBU. I has a creamy, almost silky mouth feel with moderate but pleasant carbonation, and its 8/5% ABV gives it a punch. Overall, this is a really good DIPA with a nice blend of hops and malt, sweetness and bitterness. It's worth seeking out.

Sep 25, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

98 IBUs. Poured from a can into a Woodburn tulip. The pour is a hazy pale gold with 2 fingers of fine white head. Good retention. The nose has a bit of everything one would find in a IIPA: fresh toast, fresh lemon, grapefruit, cigar box, and pine.

Medium body with a firm feel and a nice hoppy flavor. Not much malt sweetness, just enough to support a salvo of grapefruit rind, lemon zest, cedar, and rose petals. A little citrusy, a little dank and resiny. The hop bill appeals to both camps. Finishes dry and bitter with hoppy oils coating your mouth.

So what do I think of this beer? I'll put it this way - I've been drinking it ever since it first came out and never got around to reviewing it, saying "I just want to enjoy this one - I'll do it next time." The fact that I always knew there would BE a next time indicates I have every intention of buying (and continuing to buy) this beer. I think it's terrific. It's bitter as hell, but pleasant-tasting with just enough extra malt to allow the brewer to ratchet up the hops. Is it the best IIPA I've ever had? Don't be silly. I'm just very happy that it's world class and easily found all year long. That's good enough for me.

Sep 15, 2017
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Rufus1 from Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw color in a nonic pint glass the same temperature as the beer. Leaves two and one half finger of foamy head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with very little lacing.

Smell is of citrus hops, ripe white grapfruit and pine. A little dank but that doesn't follow to the flavor which is big citrus hops, grapefruit rind and pine. Grapefruit and maybe a little mango add a little sweetness.

Light effervescent mouthfeel with a dry finish. Lingering pine bitterness on the palate.

Quite a nice IPA. Very drinkable. Cheers!!

Jun 20, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Cincinnati. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Clear golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus. Pine and resin.

T/F: Malts and cracked grains form the backbone upon which is layered citrusy hops and tropical fruit. Some pine... decent bitterness. Medium in body.

O: A solid Midwest DIPA. Good flavor and bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

Jun 13, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/8/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/drying finish. Very bright, juicy, and dank hops; nice solid malt backbone that is never sweet or heavy. Great classic American IPA hop combo that comes together wonderfully. A highly enjoyable offering.

May 06, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange body, largely clear, with a thick white head that fades quickly, and lots of lacing.

S - Mango and pineapple in front, pine and a honey malt note.

T - The front is fruit, mostly pineapple and papaya, a bit of mango, and a strong, resin and pine bitter close.

M - Brisk feel, with sharp and dry close.

O - Good flavor and a bitter but not brutal back make for a solid DIPA that I enjoyed.

May 04, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored, with a sticky, short cap that leaves a smattering of lace

Smell: Pineapple, grapefruit and pine tones

Taste: The sweeter tones of pineapple lurch forward, with grapefruit adding a bit more robust bitterness; after the swallow, the hop flavors add a piney dimension; some sweetness from the pineapple lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A new brewery to me and a darn good start; nothing earth-shattering, just a very enjoyable DIPA,

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

May 02, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.Canned on 3/08/17.

L- Thin soapy white head that stands 1 finger tall,with low retention and sticky lacing.Hazy gold / straw colored body with moderate clarity,and slightly distorted light showing through the glass.Medium amount of carbonation,and medium amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get mango and tangerine,with some grapefruit citrus hops,mixed with trace notes of pine hops.These are balanced with just the slightest hint of sweet biscuit malt.

T- The palate follows the nose with grapefruit and pine hops up front.Mango and tangerine in the middle are balanced by biscuit cracker malts.Grapefruit and pine return on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is medium bodied,with moderate amounts of oxidation on the tongue.Dry and chalky on the finish.

O- This is a pretty good IPA.It probably would have been even better fresh,but still very good.I would definitely drink this one again.And once again,I would recommend all the hop heads give it a try.

Apr 29, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - great golden slight tan color with an incredible head and very sticky lacing
Smell - super dank with lots of pine and some yellow grapefruit and pineapple
Taste - tropical, lots of grapefruit, pineapple some pine, very dank but less than smell. Pretty bitter
Feel - medium body but cold use more, medium light carbonation
Overall - fantastic! I wish I had a saber tooth to compare it too

Apr 27, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is no lying, this is a good looking DIPA. Clean and clear liquid gold with a foamy white head that stays as a ring around the glass with patchy islands on the surface. Lacing is exceptional! Smell couldn't be described better than what's on the can: dank pine and grapefruit for days. Flavor follows with mild hints of tropical fruit that along with the sappy pine and grapefruit, you have to search for the clean malty sweetness that lies beneath. A touch of earthiness on the aftertaste. The feel is spot on. Slick and smooth, but crisp enough to take sip after sip, medium carbonation, and the 8.5% is well hidden. A nice stickiness stays between sips in this bitter as f wonderful brew! Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA in the old school spirit (which is my kind of DIPA by the way). I would gladly have this in my fridge 24/7. Cheers!

Apr 11, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/9/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

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

Apr 09, 2017
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to see this in a four pack of cans at my grocery. Very decent "American Double," but nothing to blow the mind. All the beers from these folks are made with quality, and this is no exception. Drink it.

Apr 05, 2017
Knowledge from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 144 ratings