Truth | Rhinegeist Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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.

Added by eyeenjoybeer on 07-08-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
827
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
28.4%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
296
For Trade:
5
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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 Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent drinkable beer. The look and smell don't excite but don't put off either. Taste and feel are fine. But in no way this is an exciting IPA. The beer doesnt't stand out in any way to me.

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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 jasonpeckins32
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Edited 7/19/16:
The consistency of this product and it's quality, seems to be taking a bad turn. The last maybe 7 or so of these that I've had over the past couple of months (from different sources) have varied quite differently from the first few I had a while back. A few of them were huge butter bombs, mouth-coating, and full of diacetyl. Even the recent batches that I didn't notice diacetyl in weren't the same Truth this place used to make. It appears they are mass-producing this stuff to keep up with demand, and any form of quality control has gone to the wind here. Ratings adjusted.

It's a shame when you see a capable brewery care more about their marketing campaign than the quality of their beer.


*First rating / sometime in 2015*
Pours somewhere between golden and copper in color. Frothy head. Piney, resiny aroma. Somewhat citrusy nose also. The citrus comes out in the flavor a bit more than its smell. This is a very hoppy, citrusy, herbal, rustic, and nearly intense rendition of an american IPA. In fact, its one of the best IPA's right now I can think of.

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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 mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Soft melon and tropical fruit character up front. Light honey blossom notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with golden edges. A lot off-white head retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More melon and grapefruit character. Flavor is supported by firm and earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with powdery hop resins.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. No astringency, oiliness, or heat detected.

Overall impression: An easy drinking well crafted American IPA. I'm not sure it stands above the crowd given the options we have here in Central OH. Worth a try.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Citrusy hops with large portions of orange and mango. Pineapple underneath. Malt gives a strong caramel and just a touch of breadiness.

3.5 T: Like the nose, orange, mango, and pineapple hop flavor. Moderate bitterness. Caramel and bready malts.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.5 D: Good beer without any real faults.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Truth is a nice IPA, one that focuses a lot on tropical flavors and citrus. it pours a shade darker than straw, rather clear with very little head retention. smells of tropical fruits. the smell is somewhat subdued. when tasted, the sweet tropical notes hit the front of the tongue. clean malts support but do not come into the forefront. bitter piney hops wash the middle of the tongue with a dry, crisp finish.

overall, this is a decent IPA with pleasant tropical flavors. my biggest complaint is the thin mouthfeel and subdued aroma. bolstering those areas would likely make for a great beer!

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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 bobhits
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Oh ohio, a nanny state if we ever had one, yet so many breweries trying so hard to get it right. Rhinegeist is without a doubt trying their best to make it work! So is this beer the truth about IPAs?

Pour provides light ruby colors, solid if not great head and retention, though sadly a bit clean, I know technically good but visually for a beer geek kinda disappointing. Breweries, cloudy is ALWAYS better! Floaties are as good as clear. OK maybe I'm going too far but I was hoping for more body here.

The nose isn't much to speak of. Citrus, oranges, grape fruit, light bready caramel notes.

The flavor really is a tick up from what I expected. Very good citrus and fruity flavor. Very citrus, but as others have said, malt runs the opening and then gives way to fruity hops.

Truth is sadly a very big and heavy beer to drink. At 7.2% it's at a weird place of being too big for an IPA and breweries don't want to call it what it is, a double. It drinks like a double but tastes like a single. All and all not the best here.

Truth is this is good beer. Just not great. That said it's readily available so drink up cincy people.

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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 mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfect run of the mill IPA. If you just need a quick can of a hop forward IPA to satisfy a need, this is a good one to grab. Nothing unusual or special, just solid all around.

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Photo of Seejae
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA, but not overly spectacular. The piney hops dominate and do not give way to the floral and citrus hops as I would like. The finish is too harsh, all sting/ no dance. Good beer, just too one dimensional.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can date: 4-27-15. From a DFH 10 oz. Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange-gold with 1 finger barely off-white head. Active carbonation. Moderate retention.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, resin, malt.

Taste: Light, crisp, hoppy and not overpowering arrival. Clean, slightly malty, refreshing mid-palate. Lingering hoppiness is light, clean, piney and slightly fruity. A little alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of mid-weight. Well carbonated, but not excessive. Not slick. Really the perfect IPA texture in my book.

Overall: This is a remarkably refreshing IPA. I was quite surprised that this is a 7.2% ABV beer. I would definitely buy this again, and despite my disdain for cougar, I am absolutely eager to try more beers from this brewery. Very similar to my memory of Commodore Perry, but way less malty. Simcoe is not my favorite hop, and this makes reasonable use of it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Kain05 (thanks for the sweet surprise box!). No canning date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a rich amber with three fingers white head. Thick retention and some good clumps of lace.

Smells of citrus peel, a little tropical, vague pine and a hint of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus pulp, piney, tropical mango, bread, zest/peel and just a faint tickle of alcohol. The is a smooth and easy drinking IPA that has a nice subtle bitterness and pleasant citrus and tropical hop flavor.

Slick, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste os a blend of citrus, mild tropical notes and slight crackery malt.

Truth is my first brew from Rhinegeist and is quite a good, easy, smooth IPA. Perhaps not as robust as my favorites but I sure wouldn't turn it down, if offered.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The beer is hazy and light amber in color and sports an impressive 2 fingers of coarse white foam. Good retention and nice clumpy lacing. Very hop-forward nose (obviously).

Medium-light body and dry flavor through and through. Very sharply bitter and a bit out of balance, but still very tasty. I get some citrus notes, but also some herbal, woody, grassy notes as well. Cedary, quinine-like bitterness could use a bit more malt to balance it out and improve the feel.

A good local brew that I'm glad I have access to, but not what I would consider top-shelf. Because I can get it so fresh, I'm sure I'll buy it again and my appreciation will likely improve over time.

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Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Pours a yellowish-amber color. Transparent and light. Fast head that holds a completes ring of lacing around the edge.

S- Citrus fruits, lemon, grapefruit, a little mango, some alcohol and bitter soap. Not much in the way of malt aroma.

T- Grapefruit, pine resin, and bitter soap, with a crisp honey finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. No sign of ABV. Has a resines finish that lingers for sometime after each sip.

O- Great IPA that made for a good extra in a recent trade. If I find myself in Cincy I'll know for sure I can count on this one.

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

Aroma is resiny, tropical fruity, dank, and piney. Mango, body odor, and a touch of onion are evident.

Flavor is pretty bitter, but the tropical fruit sweetness counters. The finish is a bit biting and carbonic.

The fruity flavoring hops pale in comparison to the bittering hops. Not my style of ipa.

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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 minterro
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer came in a trade with BA pkthebuckeye. Poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Lively transparent light copper colored beer. Head is fizzy and off white in color. The head doesn't retain very well and leaves spots of lacing. Not getting a ton of grapefruit citrus, but as the can advertises the aroma is full of tropical fruits (mango, kiwi, and pineapple).

T&M: Similar to the aroma you get tropical favors upfront, then citrus midway through the taste. The heaviness of the palate doesn't make it super drinkable, but a good bitterness punch at the end. Carbonation is on the low end of medium, and body is medium, a bit watery.

Overall: Good IPA, glad it was part of the package. Look forward to trying some of the other Cinci stuff.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 12/18/14

A - Hazy dark orange with a 2.5 finger foamy white head. Thick collar and partial cap with a heavy amount of webbed lacing.

S - Big amount of citrus, floral hops and pine. Some caramel sweet malt mixed in.

T - Hops are dominant with citrus (orange and grapefruit), floral aromas, and piney resinous notes. Nice amount of sweet malts really balance everything out. Finish is mostly bitter pine hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oily with some dryness on the palate.

O - Pretty solid IPA from Cinci, OH.

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

Thanks to meanmutt for this extra.

Pours a layer of off-white head. Color is an orange hued copper. Looks like autumn. Some lace left.

Flavor profile: Very juicy and hoppy. A lot of fruit and citrus. Grapefruit up front with mango. Very tropical. Floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied. Ends dry with a hop resin aftertaste.

Overall, a very solid ipa. I enjoy how tropical this one is. Very flavorful with out an overpowering bitterness.

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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 screamking
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into snifter.

Pours copper with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. The nose has some nice tropical notes, mango and pineapple being the most prevalent. Some grapefruit in there as well. Not much malt in the aroma, but there is a slight breadyness. The taste is bit lighter then I expected. Most of the tropical notes are gone, some grapefruit and orange come through but there's A lot pine. Middle of the mouth is where the malt starts showing up, the breadyness fits in well. The finish is dry and bitter, oddly bitter for how clean the front end is.

This is a solid IPA, but not at the top of the heap of IPAs available in the area. The aroma seems to suggest something that just isn't there in the taste. If they can this in the near future I will give it another go.

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