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Rhinelander Thumper American IPA | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rhinelander Thumper American IPARhinelander Thumper American IPA

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BarrytheBear on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.32/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy coppery color with ruddy red highlights and an off-white single finger of foam for a head, medium levels of lacing.
Smells lightly of pine resin but most of all of a general heavy caramel malt with an odd kind of 'wet pennies' sort of coppery aroma. The disturbing 'wet pennies' make an unwelcome return in the finish of the flavor, which is mostly comprised of rather intensely sweet honey bread (or perhaps raised donut batter) with a few sprinkles of generic pine resin and grapefruit peel way off in the background noise. Body is medium, texture is pretty good, but I wouldn't really call this an IPA of any sort at all. At best I would call this an APA and at worst I'd call it a hoppy amber. But because the bottle label explicitly advertises the contents as an IPA, I'm forced to subtract points for raising false expectations.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.37/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish hue with a big sticky white head.

Smells sweet from caramel malts I'm assuming with some citrus hop notes although not very aromatic overall.

Taste is also way too malt forward for an IPA. I highly doubt the IBU claim on this bottle as I hardly taste any hops. Not completely horrible, but not for a hop lover and there is a slight metallic finish.

A bit too thin, but good carbonation levels.

Well this beer isn't anything great. If they'd dose it with some more hops, it may be better, but it's only $2.99 for a bomber. That gives it a bump in a major way because anything drinkable in that price range is a win.

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Photo of powerss13
2.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Mid dark level amber color to it. Decent size head on the pour.

Smell: Little hop smell. By smell, would not expect to be a big beer in hops for an IPA.

Taste: Just like the smell, little hop taste to it. For an IPA, they definitely could have done much better. Other than that it was an ok beer.

Mouthfeel: Light notes to hops, but very little. Very clean and light. Not cloudy or heavy at all.

Overall: Worth a try. Give it a good taste and enjoy what you can. Thereare some pros to this beer, but I believe that there are more cons

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my trusty Lakefront Brewery pint glass, a clear orange blossom honey amber color with a good deal of visible carbonation. An inch of eggshell head has good legs and leaves some cling down the glass. The aroma of this one consists of muted citrus notes mingling with caramel and sweetbread--it's pleasant, but not memorable. The taste is a bit of a letdown, insofar as it fails to provide the hop character I expect from American IPAs. The first flavor on the palate is a rush of caramel malt, with more subtle tones of pine, citrus, and clear alcohol vying for attention as the sweetness of the malts dissipates. The bitterness of this beer only really asserts itself after all other flavors have gone; at that point, it has a hint of that medicinal, cough-syrup quality. The feel of this beer is pleasant enough. There's a good deal of carbonation and nice smoothness at the fore, with some definite bite at the end.

As others have mentioned, one of the problems with this beer is its apparent improper classification as an American IPA. If anything, it does seem more reminiscent of an English IPA. As an American IPA, it just doesn't bring the liveliness of those floral citrus and pine flavors that should be leading the charge across the palate. Without thought for categories or labels, this is a beer that's worth trying, as it does have a unique flavor profile that I wouldn't have expected from a Minhas subsidiary.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.8% ABV, 12, 11[unreadable], 14 on the neck. 79 IBUs

A - Deep amber in color, this clear beer has a dense and tall off-white head with thick, sticky lace clinging to the glass.

S - Malt-heavy, Thumper IPA has some resiny, bitter-smelling notes going on with a citrus splash on the back end. Thumper is predominantly caramel malt-filled with a touch of biscuit notes. it's immediately apparent much larger hop additions are necessary.

T - Decisively malt, Thumper seems to fall into an amber category rather than an IPA, especially an American of all. While there are citrus and resin characteristics in the background, it lacks a strong hop forward profile. Metallic finish.

M - Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, this "IPA" has a low touch of bitterness despite it's 79 IBU claims. Rather harsh on the tongue, it's got a metallic finish.

O - I so badly wanted to love this brew. My aunt and uncle live in Rhinelander and it just appeared on the shelves at my local Woodman's. Either this beer is completely un-fresh, or it's got nowhere near the alpha acids in the hop additions it needs. More of an amber than an IPA, this brew is heavy on the malt - a good base for additional hopping. The metallic finish is fairly off-putting too, but it's a decent beer overall (aside from not fitting style).

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle. My tongue awaits tantalizing from a truly unexpected source...

This beer pours a clear medium brassy amber colour, with two fingers of foamy pale beige head, which leaves some decent branched lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of sweet and acidic fruit, in a white wine sense, a bit of citrus that slightly evokes hops, and very pale malt. The taste is light caramel malt, counter-top wash lemon citrus, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, some acrid pine needle, and a slight edgy booziness. The carbonation is a bit below average in strength, the body medium weight, and generally IPA-like in its prickly smoothness. It finishes sweet and tangy - neutered caramel malt and hops that seem destined for the dark, skanky side.

Of the new craft-esque bombers from Minhas/Rhinelander, this is the best of the lot thus far - nothing off-putting, but nothing really resembling a prototypical American IPA either. Like a run-of-the-mill IPA with the bitterness surgically extracted - I have no idea where the label-purported '79 I.B.U.' measure actually wound up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a balance that's much more indicative of English Pale Ales, but with a caramel backbone and citrusy hops that claim American characteristic this undescriptive ale proves appealing enough even though a bit lackluster.

Pouring a caramel golden color with a bright yet slightly hazed hue, the beer's ample carbonation keeps the white froathy/fizzy head going. Light on lace, the beer seems IPAish except for the terse head character.

Hop aromas are present with a notion of orange peel, citrus acidity, and grasses; but these don't command any prevailence against the moderate caramel malt scents. Balanced for sure, but IPAs aren't supposed to be balanced.

Flavors fare similarly with simple caramel sweetness and medium maltiness holding serve. Grapefruit zest, orange zest, and lemon zest all have a turn at hop flavor mid way throught the drink before turning to a grassy bite in late bitterness. A very simplified flavor spread where no hop notes taking command, yet leaving an abrasive hop bitterness in finish.

Medium rich and lightly sugary, the beer holds onto the sweetness until very late in the finish; not allowing the hop character to develop the bitter dryness that IPAs deserve. Lightly warming in finish, the malty sweetness overshadows the otherwise crisp and clean finish to the beer.

This IPA is too one-dimensional caramelly sweet and the hop aroma, flavor, nor bitterness aren't nearly bold enough to qualify for the style. But still, the beer fares well with few flaws outside of over sweetened, mild graininess, and slightly bitey hops.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pint at some airport bar in San Fran

A clear bronze with a very short lived thumbs width of foam that somehow leaves a ring of lace

S pretty basic with a little hoppy citrus with some toffee and booze

T a little lemon rind on top of what I smell and a few other tropical notes but pretty faint

M full bodied for the color with a little bite too it, decent carbonation

O nothing special but I had no issues finishing my beer

when there's nothing other then yellow fizz maybe, but other then that I wouldn't bother pretty basic stuff here

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Label reads Rhinelander Brewing Company...but a quick search reveals no results, but a connection to Minhas. If I am misinformed hopefully this is moved to the correct place.

22 oz bottle with an orange label featuring a cartoon rabbit and the wording Thumper American IPA. Purchased for the low low price of 2.50 at Woodman's west in Madison.

Pours a medium orange with a pinkie deep off white head with some caramel colored flecks. Barrage of steady bubble rise from the bottom of the glass after an angry hiss from the bottle being opened. I feared an over carbonated mess.

Smell is soft and soapy with some light watery melon lurking in the background along with some residual sugars. An uninspiring second act.

Taste is similarly muddled. The bottle claims 79 IBU but there's hardly any bitterness to speak of. Hops play lightly on the tongue and smack of pear and white melon: almost a white white hop profile if that makes sense. Finish is very sugary and seems quite out of place. This seems incomplete....a sort of sluggish hop sucrose batter that hasn't had time to do it's thing or needs an re-evaluation of recipe or a tweak in the brew process: just out of sorts.

The price is right but the result is...well....not

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