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Truth | Rhinegeist Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States

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 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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Photo of gopens44
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Nose is of pine and mango as well as the taste.
After mango / pine fun we get a little earthy pungent thing that balances well with a sweet, nearly muted malt before a dry fall away.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Sort of a dark, golden color with quite a bit of white head and really nice lacing. Smell is a big, clean burst of pine with maybe a hint of fruit and citrus. The taste is well balanced and it seems like a cross between East Coast and West Coast (maybe because it's from the Midwest?). Piney and bitter at first with a sweeter, maltier finish. Alcohol is not very apparent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Club sandwich

If you like this beer then you should also try: Bodhi

Overall: 4.0 (This is a good beer and I may or may not drink it again) I wasn't expecting too much out of this and I was pleasantly surprised. Well balanced, widely available (at least in Ohio) and at a reasonable price point, I could see this beer becoming a "go-to" or everyday kind of beer. The flavors aren't overpowering which I think is a good thing in this case and make it a pretty versatile IPA that could pair well with most foods and occasions.

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Photo of Cubslover
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic IPA. Crisp and clean. Citrus heavy in the nose and grapefruit on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry, exactly what I look for. Top 5 IPA in my book.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can untro pint glass, canned on date worn off

Thanks to cynic-ale for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, 3 plus fingers width of off white colored head that's dense and has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of citrus, some pine, herbaceous floral notes, touch of booze. 4.25

T: Piney bitterness, floral, citrus rind. 4

M/D: Full bodied, nice smoothness, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Nice IPA 4.25

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a pint glass. Pours light red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of bright citrus with a slight hint of pine and flowers. Tastes of citrus hop notes but a tad watery, decent grain. Beer is light bodied and extremely drinkable, little more than average carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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

Enjoyed straight from the can within a few weeks of canning. Opens with a slightly pungent, piney aroma. Nice imbalanced hop/malt flavor profile with a sticky, bitter aftertaste. Notes of mango, grapefruit and orange. Drinks easy without any noticeable alcohol; the hops leave just enough room for the slightly sweet malt to break through and smooth out the bitterness. Nice dry, almost saison-like, finish makes this one stand out.

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Photo of nonpo
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewhaus glass pour with 2 finger head... Golden clear pour with nice carbonation.... Smell is amazing!!! Floral hop aroma!!!! Taste is balanced with mild bitterness from hops that lingers in after taste.... Mouthfeel is solid and opens up tastebuds.... Overall nice beer with lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This American IPA hits the bullseye with the 7.2%ABV, and 75IBU's. Stronger than most session AIPA's, yet not as intense as the 2XIPA offerings.
Rhinegeist has a number of these 'bullseye' brews in my book, and I rank this one as my second favorite of their offerings, behind 'Hustle', the seasonal Rye IPA. If you're a west coast hop-head, give this Cincinnati favorite a try; you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice deep golden color. Aromatic fruity pine in the nose. Really soft bitterness in the body with a restrained bitter finish. Really nice and refreshing.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is my first from this brewer (although I think that frequently and then I am wrong). A nice intro - there should be more good Cincy brewers. We can't get this in Northeast Ohio - I got this at Crafty Drafts in Ghana.

It is very pretty n the glass. Nice ample head and deep golden color. Kudos.

The aroma is a very nice slightly skinky hoppy smell, right for the style, and plenty strong. The taste is bitter more than piney hoppy, and slightly malty. A nice balance for an AIPA. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are a little less perfect - somewhat foamy, but still good.

This is a very good AIPA and right where I like it in the ABV range - this is a session beer for me. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Canned 7/01/15

A - Poured a clear golden honey hue with a fat two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket. Nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of light pine, lots of citrus zest, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit is very light, super light on the mango, faint passionfruit too. Malts are present too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice citrus peel, little bit of caramel from the malts. The orange flavour is quite nice, nice light citrus pith bitterness on the finish. The malt sweetness pokes out, faint faint generic tropical fruit notes too. Quite balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, bit smooth. Nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, this was a surprisingly solid IPA offering from Ohio. While it doesn't beat out a fresh Fat Head, this can is still damn good.

Serving type: Can

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Photo of Roby923
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This "Cincy" made IPA has plenty of west coast hop notes and character. Well-rounded in taste and bitterness. Well worth the drink! Canned from TJs-Columbus, less than a month old.

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Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a white head. Aroma offers some resin, citrus, baked bread. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, definitely seems to have a west coast style going to it. Ohio with another really good IPA.

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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 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 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 do_ob
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a snifter. Clear amber with loads of carbonation. A 2 finger head of sticky, white foam resulted from a steady pour. Sweet grapefruit and mango on the nose along with strong citrus and hop notes. Medium weight with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Sweet tropical fruit up front with an increasingly bitter flavor as it warms on the palate. Lots of citrus and pine on the back end. Finishes smooth and creamy and leaves a bittersweet hoppiness on the aftertaste.

Definitely an outstanding beer. One of the best balanced IPAs I've had in a while, although it drinks more like an APA. I'd put this beer right up there with Sculpin and Anti-Hero anyday.

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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 woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The real Truth is that The CANQuest (tm) CAN be a daunting proposition at times. Between travel, sickness and malaise, I CAN end up with a backlog like I have currently. I am working diligently to get through each and every CAN as quickly as possible and that's the double Truth, Ruth!

From the CAN: "Cincy Made"; "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."

Upon Crack!ing it open, I was getting some foaming action through the vent, so I decided to let it play out and transcribe some information while I waited. Once it calmed down, I could see what had transpired - the CAN was filled to the lip and when the Crack! took place, there was nowhere for it to go but up and out! A gentle Glug so as not to lose any of the precious liquid followed. I got two fingers of foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was redolent with the scent of grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, kind of big on the tongue. The other thing that was big was the alcohol heat! Phew. At 7.2% ABV, this was on the cusp of being a DIPA. Once I became accustomed to it, I began to get the mango sweetness coming through, but initially, it was just a burn of fusel alcohol and grapefruit. I put on my big boy pants and my hophead and got back to work. Warming, it a) got clearer, suggesting a chill haze and b) allowed the tropical fruit esters to become more prevalent. Finish was dry, of course. The grapefruit flavors lingered well past the swallow and the heat really made it seem more like a DIPA. I would need to have something else in between if I were having multiples of this one.

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