Truth | Rhinegeist Brewery

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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rare are moments of truth, when you've struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire-times when you feel infinite. Our truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit & mango notes and a dry finish.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a hazy amber. Nice fluffy white head.

S: Noticably malty. Hoppy but no distinguishable hop character.

T: Bitter and very drinkable. Solid.

F: A touch watery. Maybe slightly undercarbonated?

O: Good but not great. Very respectable as an every day kind of beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Attractive amber with oversized head of foam from can. Heavy wall of lace.

Aroma: Citrus, floral, and tropical hops goodness here. Shows great promise already.

Taste: Strong and bright on the citrus and tropical all the way, with a refreshing malty backbone to balance it all out. Fresh hoppy taste with a pleasing finish that makes me want to drink more. A delicious IPA and one I’d love to revisit.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at beer/wine/liquor store in KY, no receipt hence pricless
Dating on bottom of can smeared, illegible; at 42 degrees into a Shiner Bock shaker
Aroma – strong spicy hops aroma; fades away by the end of the glass
Head – large, off white, frothy; slooowly diminishes to a three mm ring and layer
Lacing good; small islands and archipelagoes of tiny bubbles, and some dragged froth
Body – amber, slight chill haze
Flavor – both malty and spicy, well-balanced; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Very enjoyable – would like to find it in the Youngstown/Pittsburgh area

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/27/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, passion fruit, papaya, mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero hop astringency lingering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing though the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So this is one of the beers I picked up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio while visiting my buddy for the weekend. This looks and smells awesome, with a big rocky head and a complex citrus blend in the nose.

This is a really solid drinking IPA with lemon and grapefruit wrapped around a solid malt backbone. Really pleasant bitterness level, and goes down really easy for 7.2%.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

canned 6/14/16 "chill out have a beer" so a day older than a month. there is a nice grainy malty thing going on but overall, surprised it is an ipa and not a pale. not really my thing but far from a drain pour.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired from a trade with the wonderful BuckeyeBeerhead. Drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: Lighter amber color, three fingers of eggshell head. Moderate head retention, spotty spiderweb lacing, many tiny quick down-up bubbles of carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruit cocktail in syrup, pineapple upside-down cake, sugared dried papaya, a touch of resin and citrus. Great smelling IPA.

Taste: Strong malt backbone, light tropical fruit and citrus, a passing touch of resin without being bitter. Could actually use a bit more bitterness for balance, right now it's there's the unchecked sweetness of the malt and somewhat one dimensional hops without a balance of bitterness or hop bite. Still, a good beer for Summer and the beach.

Feel: Light medium body, a tad drying. A bit thinner than I prefer.

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Photo of Slack
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with some head that settled to none with little lacing.

Pine, malt, a bit of tropical fruit, and some sweetness on the nose.

Taste is pine, hops, mild tropical fruit, and malt.

Mouthful is light to medium, oily but crisp. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is a bit dry and lingers.

This is a spot on IPA through and through. It's better than average but nothing outstanding. Try it but do not seek it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 2016 - served on tap in Columbus OH. Pours penny colored copper, white foam, active bubbles. Visual appeal. Tropical fruit notes throughout - mango, guava and the like. Sharp fruity bitter flavor that swirls in with a lightly sweet malt. Strong bitter fades out. Firm carbonation. Solid IPA, really tasty.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange. Aroma is of grapefruit, pineapple, and just sweetness. Taste is real similar. Has a bit of a belgiany yeasty character to it that drys it out a bit. This is not a real bitter drink. Refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, this could stand up to any IPA pretty well. I'm always thrilled to have it on draft in cinci.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Truth shall set you free....this one is good. It poured a clear copper with white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste was evenly balanced and finishes slightly bitter. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned April 29th 2016. Keep it Geisty.

Deep dark amber red, with excellent clarity and fine carbonation. Glassy and nearly crystal body appearance, with a big foamy four finger tan head, that settles uite a bit to a finger, and creamy top. Real nice looking amber IPA.

Crisp mxing brown sugar malts, and fruity citrus to dank hop like aromas come out nicely. Hits with a bit of pine, but a real toasty and crispy sugary malt sense that isn't overly sweet. Real nice balance, a bit of lime slightly as well. Nice balance but not an explosive hop bomb.

Palate is a real nice balance. Full rich bodied malt depth, light toast, thicker controlled caramel but with a lighter sweetness, with an excellent hop accompaniment. Mid palate almost a woody juiced flavor of pine and citrus qualities. Finishes exceptionally clean with an excellent balance on sweet malt and light hop bitterness.

This a real nicely balanced and great easy drinker for an IPA, a real nice balance between malt and hops. Comes of like a sessionable but far fuller beer that I could see myself pounding back a lot. Great work.

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Photo of jawnmh
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Truth will set you free. This stuff has decent lacing (whatever that means). Especially like a pint on tap. Tastes great, gets you there fast, and usually doesn't result in a hangover. Overt hoppiness recedes after the first one. My go-to for the past year and-a-half. Hate lugging bottles to the curb. This canned stuff is good. Just about the same as Sierra Nevada Torpedo but more expensive and slightly better. Must be the local water purification system which is one of the highest-tech in the world. Cincy water is good. Try a taste/smell test next to Northern KY some time if you think I'm BS-ing.

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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler filled at Save-On Craft Beer in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and solid lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus and tropical notes. I feel like I'm picking up some citra hops. Nice amount of orange along with some peach and lime. Slightly floral. Some cracker malts in the mix as well. The flavors are clean and refreshing. Lots of hop flavor. The bitterness is subtle. More orange notes along with some grapefruit. Subtle hints of pine along with some fresh grass. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very light, fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very solid IPA. The hop flavors shine without being bitter. It's a fun beer to drink, I like it.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honeydew nose. That's the most distinguishing characteristic of this IPA. Decent texture, mild bitterness (fewer than 70 IBUs, I'd guess), dry finish. Perfectly fine, but based on this and the other beer I've had from this brewery, I don't see this up-and-comer coming up too far.

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Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Fox & Hound, Beavercreek, OH. Great light amber color with decent head and good lacing. Wonderful pine/citrus/stone fruit aroma. Similar flavors. A very good American IPA.

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Photo of 98green
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can to snifter. Look is medium orange and clear. Smell is juicy hops, pineapple most noticeable. Taste is superb, citrus juice and a strong hop punch. Malt backbone is well balanced and cuts the hop bitter. Overall I'm very impressed. One of the higher ratings I've given to an IPA in a while

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: pour from 12oz can was deep yellow with a bright white two finger head that dissapated to a white ring and left moderate lace on the glass.

Smell: light fruity kick in the front of the nose followed by thick hoppy pine notes

Drink: light fruity notes in the front followed by nice oily hops that linger throughout he drink with a clean finish, only minimal hop aftertaste

Feel: crisp and clean for an IPA, quite drinkable

Overall: could be a goto IPA for me, quite enjoyable but at 7.2% could be dangerous

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Photo of beerchic
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A benchmark for a beer for me is if after I've had it, days, weeks later, I remember exactly how it tasted, and I crave to drink it again. This is one of those beers. I've had it a few times now and am ecstatic they have expanded distro to NW Ohio. This isn't a complex brew to contemplate, just a really tasty, super balanced IPA. If you can get some put it in your beer hole and love it!

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Photo of Alex_Hams
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh can picked up in Cincy this past weekend. Canned on 3/18 and drank on 3/30 (actually had some at less than 10 days old but forgot to review).

Poured a little at a time into a Belgian-style tasting glass. This one pours a deep, almost orange-gold that's very clear with about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing with this one (not that I personally care too much).

The noise is juicy. This is maltier than a lot of the "west coast inspired IPAs" out there. Definitely notes of ruby red grapefruit commingled with caramel malt.

This is a balanced IPA reminiscent of... dare I say it... Bell's Two Hearted. Loads of grapefruit-ey hops balanced with caramel malt sweetness and body. One thing I will say is that this one does finish dry and clean... Which I appreciate!

Visited the brewery and met one of the owners. It's a very cool spot making some very good beer in a cool neighborhood in Cincy. If you're a fan of good beer and visiting Cincy... You gotta stop by!

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really tasty IPA that I had never heard of two weeks ago but drank a whole bunch of last week on vacation in OH and KY. Smooth, tasty with moderate bitterness. Easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can canned 1/25/16, "The truth is out there" on the bottom of the can
A: Burnt orange with a one-finger head
S: Malty, some caramel but definitely citrus/tropica fruits from the hops underneath. Nice balance
T: Matches the nose- malt/caramel up front, a citrus/tropical fruit midpalate then an earthy finish
M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation
O: Solid IPA. Not the most intriguing I've ever had but one of the best balanced

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color. Aroma is pine and resin. Flavor is citrus and pine hops. Balanced finish with a smooth clean mouth feel. Overall a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Chill haze amber with a large khaki, uniform foam head.

Smell is orange, grapefruit, campire/charred pine, with faint biscuit mint and onion in the background.

Fruity orange, cracker, grapefruit skin, pine in taste. Maybe a little taffy on the backend.

Truth is pretty bitter, yet crisp dry and drinkable. Mostly a traditional IPA, with a modern twist.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep honey color. Citrus and mango (props to gopens44 - I couldn't put my finger on the mango until I read the review below) nose. Really nice balance taste -- citrus, bitter, clean in equal parts. Carbonation is spot on -- flavor lingers, but not too long. Overall,this is one of my favorite IPAs -- plenty of flavor, but not so bold that your struggling with the aftertaste 30 minutes later. Definitely an every day beer. Hoping their distro will work its way a little further east in the future.

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