Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,925
Ranked #32,829
3.74 | pDev: 16.31%
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Notes: Named after Fritz’ German Wire-hair Pointer, Schnapps, Drahthaar is a big, bold, assertive, American Double IPA. It is everything you would expect and unexpect. Hops dominate, but a sweet maltiness is there just enough to compliment and balance. Extra sugar is added to increase the punch while lightening the body so the hops can shine.

A hop lover’s dream. This puppy is double dry hopped to give an aroma that will linger with your tastes buds until you open the next bottle. A dose of sugar is added to the kettle to up the alcohol, while letting the hops show their true potential.
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puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a small glass. Nice golden color, slightly cloudy. Nice head and lacing. Slightly sweet and earthy smell. The taste is strong and sweet, fruity and piney. A decent double IPA.

Jul 17, 2016
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Atlas1 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit nervous about this when I first saw it. Not because I don't like Rahr & Sons (I like some stuff they do, but not all of it), but because sometimes breweries that specialize in German style beers can make a misstep when they venture out into IPAs or, in this case, the much bolder Imperial IPA. But what the hell. No reason not to try it.

Poured from a bomber to a barrel pint glass. Pours a pretty copper-amber color with a healthy two-finger head and plenty of lace. The nose is quite nice, with lots of sweet citrus and candied sugar. Not as much pine as I would hope from the style, but still indicative of a big IPA. The taste is in line with the aroma as well, but perhaps not as appealing. Not bad, mind you, but not as distinguished. Sweet up front with a heavy caramel flavoring, but with a nice bitter finish. Good, not great. Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery.

Overalll, this is a fine outing from Rahr & Sons. I actually think it's a step up from some of their year-round releases. I'd revisit this in the future. Cheers.

Apr 02, 2016
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed dark gold color - think tortoise urine - with a massive cap of off-white head that sticks around forever.

Nose is very citrusy and caramely sweet. Alcohols abound. Its a bit sugary smelling, but lets see what it tastes like.

Its big, thats for sure and almost malty enough to push this into barleywine territory. In fact, I think it would rate higher as one. The hops and malt are well integrated and the final product is surprisingly smooth. There is not a whole lot of bitterness here, but there is plenty front end aroma and flavoring hops. Its a good beer, but thinking of it as a double IPA isnt quite fair. The mouthfeel is really full and chewy, too much for a IIPA but just about right for a barleywine.

Dec 08, 2015
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2.05/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful. Extremely sweet, lack of malt especially for a double IPA. Perhaps I purchased a bad bottle, but there was an extreme lack of carbonation even with a decent amount of head present

Oct 31, 2015
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nizzle8287 from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at 55F. Pour is beautiful burnt orange-red with big beige fluffy head that dissipates down to a thin patchy film with flecks of lacing around the glass. Smell is caramel, butterscotch, apricot, and fig. Mouth feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation up front and slightly resinous at the end. The alcohol is hidden extremely well for a 9.2% ABV beer. Very nice indeed. Taste is malt forward with butterscotch, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. When hops are considered, it tastes a bit like an apricot/caramel pie. This would go great with any type of pie I think, considering that it's sweet like an aged DIPA. That being said, I believe this beer would cellar with the best of them, and already has an aged feel to it as it warms and starts to feel like rich candy. Undoubtedly a delicious DIPA. Some people want to compare this to west coast DIPA's when in reality this is more in the family of the Dogfish Burton Baton Oak Barrel Aged DIPA. Thanks Rahr, keep up the amazing work!

Sep 24, 2015
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galuskan from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too sweet. Smells like and IPA. Very malty. I'm not an IPA drinker and not a hop head and I like malty beers and this beer is too sweet and malty.

Sep 12, 2015
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RobTheKnob from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Rahr website:



Rich Gold

Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe

Pale Ale, Vienna, Melanoidin, Corn Sugar

A hop lover’s dream. This puppy is double dry hopped to give an aroma that will linger with your tastes buds until you open the next bottle. A dose of sugar is added to the kettle to up the alcohol, while letting the hops show their true potential.

Aug 31, 2015
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akward from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

somewhat sub par DIPA compared to west coast styles. Mostly what I would expect from a DIPA though. hopefully Rahr will give this one more comb over, other wise it should be looked over.

Aug 06, 2015
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