Stormcloud IPA
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,137
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3.36 | pDev: 15.48%
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA
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TheSixthRing from California

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 09/21/17, had on-tap at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in the Dallas, TX Airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint. Fair clarity and golden orange in color. Good amount of lacing sticks to the glass in broken sheeting.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of orange and grapefruit with fair breadiness beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange bite with a touch of grapefruit rind. Light, generic white bread sweetness. Aftertaste lingers with fair bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Goes down well enough with a dry finish.

Overall - A run-of-the-mill IPA that doesn't do much to excite the taste buds- fairly plain as far as the style goes. It's drinkable in the least.

Oct 24, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[Reviewed from notes taken in Fall 2014.]

$4.50 per 33cl on-draught at Cricket's Bar in Lubbock, TX.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger in height. Off-white colour. Creamy, smooth, even, soft, and nicely frothy. Leaves a perfect coating of thick even lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Good (~6 minute) retention.

BODY: Dark murky copper of average vibrance. No yeast/sediment is visible within. Translucent. Barely transparent.

Looks okay for an IPA.

AROMA: Pale malts, caramalt, floral hop character, and hints of grassy and herbal hop character.

No overt yeasty notes or off-notes are detectable. I find no overt booze.

An inoffensive aroma of below average intensity.

TASTE: Pleasant bubblegum phenols and floral hop flavours. Pale malts. Caramalt. Bubblegum dominates to its detriment. Hop pugency is lacking. It's quite simple for an IPA, erring on the maltier side.

No yeasty flavours, off-flavours, or overt booze comes through.

Enjoyable for what it is, but imbalanced on a fundamental level - needs more hoppy flavour and less malty & phenolic flavour.

Average depth. duration, and intensity of flavour.

I'm not a big fan. Lacks cohesion. Not a gestalt whole of a beer.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and a bit too thick and hefty on the palate. ABV is poorly concealed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, scratchy, or astringent.

Has a poor overall presence on the palate, failing to complement the taste well to any real extent.

OVERALL: A poorly executed stab at an IPA from Rahr & Sons. I wouldn't touch this again, and its low quality reduces its drinkability.


May 21, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in Dallas, Texas, into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear gold to amber color with a one finger, off-white head, decent retention, and solid rings of sticky lacing.
S: Very minimal aromas, but can imagine grapefruit, caramel, and pine.
T: Semidry and citrusy. More orange than grapefruit on the palate. Bitterness lingers to achieve dry and crisp finish.
M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.
O: A decent, if unremarkable IPA.

Jan 29, 2017
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txmilligan from Texas

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aesthetics of this beer are exceptional. Great color, almost purely golden rust in its hue. Quality head and a fantastic aroma. The drink is somewhat underwhelming. Not a full IPA taste, wrong feel to the bite, and and the aftertaste is far too coppery. A capable IPA, but nothing more.

Aug 13, 2016
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60sFolks from Texas

2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I am not an IPA fan, but Rahr and Sons, my favorite brewery, has a tasty one. It pours into a frothy, white head. Very drinkable despite being an IPA. Color is darker than most IPAs, too.

May 20, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid shelf IPA. Not a lot of hop character on the nose, but an easy drinker. Not too bitter and a decent mouthfeel. Great for a hot day BBQ, but not something to drink any time else.

May 02, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft into a pint glass. Decent head and very nice lacing, all the way to the end of the pint. Clear yellow color. Lemony peppery taste with nice hoppy after taste. Not a bad IPA.

Dec 12, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 09815 at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of pine, doesn’t last
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to seven mm ring and layer
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor weak, slightly malty and bitter, minimal hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Sep 02, 2015
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TBoneJones from Texas

2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Was on clearance for .69 cents for the single bottle at the grocery store. Let's find out why!
Pours cloudy copper, white fluffy head.
Smells of light bread and perfume, not much hops except for distant pine.
Taste is mostly mineral malts, harsh, with bitter hops buried in it.
Feels creamy and medium-full, quite syrupy/ sticky for this style.
Dank after a few more sips, albeit in non-refreshing way.
Pouring the remainder.
It should get marked down even more.

Mar 28, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - golden tan color with a frothy white head
Smell - piney citrus tangy smell with a sweet carmel malt backbone
Taste - slightly bitter with slight citrus and piney but like the smell it has that sweet carmel backbone
Feel - slightly creamy fuzzy beer
Overall - descent beer

Feb 03, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance of malt and hop characteristics all around.

Jun 04, 2014
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance, orange and clear with a great, lasting head and tons of sticky lace.

Aroma and taste are piney, citrus pith and rinds, lemons in particular, a little dank and some grass, with a good balancing malt backbone that's a little more pronounced after the initial impression.

Body is medium, fairly dry, pretty easy drinking with a bitter hop finish.

Overall I'm finding it quite enjoyable, no complaints here.

Feb 26, 2014
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a0lbudman from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light amber with a large off white head that gives a great lace
S-strong hop aroma that has a pine and citrus smell also
T-hops is the main taste with a grassy pine background that shows a nice malt hint
M- medium body with medium carbonation
O-Great beer to start off with. Great balance and not an overpowering IPA

Jan 08, 2014
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dking1525 from California

2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper color with plenty of head that disappeared quickly. Lacing was possible for the top quarter pint.
The smell of hops is fleeting, probably because its overpowered by malt.
Feels like it could use more carbonation.
Finding a beer this drinkable at an airport during an extended layover is like discovering silver. Glad it's here & not going to turn my back on it.

Jun 24, 2013
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pasdachuri from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap during a June 15th brewery tour.

Pours a deep gold with nice lacing.

Big floral nose with plenty of citrus and yeast scents.

Very tasty and sweeter than i expected. Sweet banana bread like malty flavors upfront, followed by some earthy hops that provide a nice clean finish

Light bodied with good carbonation.

Very good IPA and probably my go-to Rahr brew

Jun 16, 2013
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Premo88 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass

L: murky caramel with definite amber highlights; almost orange, actually ... kind of cool. love the murky opaque look. slight off-white fluffy head that laces; not a ton of lace but definite clingings on the glass wall.

S: molasses mixed into a typical hoppy American pale ale; in fact, the sweet/malty/molasses smell is very on balance with the hops, to the point that the hops do not stand on their own in the nose.

T: follows the nose almost to a T. wonderful and interesting spin on the American IPA ... that sweet taste in there is very different and hard for me to place exactly. the bottom line is there's a lot of balance here between the barley and hops.

M: crisp, clean, a wonderful lightness that is not watery. would be perfect but it's actually over-carbonated, which doesn't bother me at all because I love carbonation -- but even I can tell this one is just a hair overboard from the mythical "perfect."

O: absolutely LOVE it! I don't overscore it here because it's not going to change your life and cause you to declare Stormcloud is the only beer you will ever drink again. No. it's very, very good, not necessarily a classic, but what I love is the BALANCE ... loads of interesting tastes besides hops, yet enough hops (and ABV) to push it past the American pale ale category into the American IPA.

for a Texas comparison, I think this tastes almost exactly like Karbach's Rodeo Clown ... maybe just a bit toned down across the board -- taste, smell, ABV, et. al.

a damn good option when you're out and about in the Metroplex and/or other Texas spots.

May 07, 2013
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GossageBrewery from Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced an average off white head, poor retention and it left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of light malted grain and a slight hint of oranges. Medium bodied, there is a slight malted grain base, gives way quickly to sweet oranges. Some what floral with just a touch of bitter hops. Overall, its a nice session beer- in terms of an AIPA , its rather simple- a little watery/thin- Could use a more generous helping of hops.

Apr 12, 2013
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer as part of the brewery tour. Served cool, on tap and in a pint glass

body and golden yellow with a nice white head

faint earthy hops smell but mostly german grain smell.

taste is not hoppy at all. very faint citrus american hop taste but it is overwhelmed by a german grain taste.


Just doesn't work. The german grain backbone here is drowning out some paltry hop flavor. It just doesn't taste like even a traditional IPA. Disappointingly non hoppy

Mar 21, 2013
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Dusty6467 from Texas

2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I keep trying to like Rahr beers since I live about 6 minutes from the brewery, but it's just not my style. For an IPA, the heavy malts just don't work.

A: good 2 finger head, great lacing, not a lot of carbonation bubbles, amber copper color

S: strong Carmel with hints of hops

T: strong malt heaviness, Carmel, breadiness grain, slight hop bitterness

M: decent carbonation, sessionable

O: unbalanced, too much malt and not enough hops! unique but not my personal style

Mar 03, 2013
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Labeorphile from Texas

3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. One finger sticky head with a mix of small and larger bubbles. No bubble support from underneath. Appealing darker copper color, darker than a typical IPA. Good lacing all the way down.

Smell is kind of light. Not as much hoppiness in the aroma as I expected. A little underlying maltiness, likely due to the push toward a more German inspired IPA.

Flavor matches nose. Lacking in hops, heavier in malt. Plenty of bitterness, but again, weak in the hops. Mouth feel is about right for an IPA, good carbonation.

Not bad, very drinkable, but feels like an "IPA for the masses".

Feb 15, 2013
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours to a copper/tan color with a nose that is fruity and malty. The head of foam looks nice and there is a good deal of lacing that continues to the bottom of the glass

This ale has an interesting flavor profile that includes a few surprises for the style. There is some caramel malt, some earthy hops, vanilla, citrus, toasted malt, and a touch of pine. Searching for more flavors reveals a little bit of toffee and other fruit such as lemon. The body of the beer is medium overall and fairly easy drinking for the style.

Stormcloud IPA is a different type of IPA- a beer that has some obvious IPA qualities, but also some German notes that add up to a unique flavor not usually associated with an IPA. Some may even wonder why the company decided to place IPA on the label since this beer isn’t like the typical IPA. I wondered the same thing at first, but I gradually grew to respect this beer for what it is- a German/IPA hybrid that is unlike most products I have tried previously.

This IPA may be a letdown to those looking for some intense hop flavors, but it is still an interesting beer in its own way. It isn’t easy to find, but I recommend sampling a bottle or two if you get the chance, just to find out what such a combination of German and IPA will taste like.

Dec 31, 2012
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kyleelton from Texas

2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It looks really nice. Beautiful foamy head and golden, clear. It's got a weird sweetness in the nose. Can't place it, but its a little funky and unpleasant, even if its not strong. It might be diacytl, but I'm not sure.

Too much bitterness and not enough balance. Love hops, but sometimes they bitter too much and don't bring the flavor. That's what we got here. A little sweetness, I guess from the malts but it doesn't feel right. Mouth feel it full. Over all its not too bad. Its problems don't make it undrinkable, but probably won't seek it out.

Dec 11, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color in the glass. Pleasantly carbonated with a nice mouthfeel. Foam is ample. Some malty richness, but a thin body.

An unassuming amber ale sort of brew. It might be a stretch to call it an IPA. Fruity, dark flavors emerge along with the hops. Some leafy, herbaceous taste as well as an earthy touch. Not much actual bitterness, but a resiny taste in the back of the mouth. Quite drinkable, and the mellow hops are rather pleasant as long as you're not expecting a whipping from the Hop Dominatrix.

A nice change from the ubiquitous Texas blondes, but no trophy wife. From the 12 oz bottle bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene..

Nov 20, 2012
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Tone from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of cracker, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt, hint of yeast. Overall, aroma and taste were muted to begin, but slowly came to life as this warmed. Still, rather average for an AIPA with good appearance and feel.

Jul 21, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clean amber pour with 2 fingers foamy white head and great lacing.
smells a bit strange - piney with a slight hint of vegetables (broccoli/sugar snap peas), honey
taste is an earthy bitter up front, followed by a sweet frosted flakes like backbone, slight hop bitterness in the background, a bit of honey/caramel in the finish.
a very lightly carbonated medium body ipa.

this is a pretty average ipa, seems like it wasn't fresh, maybe that's the reason i didn't get much hop profile out of it. as far as the malts go, they are a nice blend of bitter and sweet.

Jun 22, 2012
Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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