Stormcloud IPA | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerdiablo on 03-11-2007

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5/5  rDev +50.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a short white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is fresh grain, sweet malt, and lightly floral hops. Taste is quite crisp with floral (not citrusy) hops along with just the right balance of sweet malt. Very refreshing and highly drinkable. I’ve never heard of a “German IPA” before, but whatever you call this, it’s a winner.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright gold coloring, slightly cloudy. Not much head at all.

S- Not too strong of a scent, but what you can smell is sweet and hoppy.

T- Very settle amount of hops in this beer. Has a very nice sweetness with a slightly dry finish.

M- Very smooth beer with a slightly dry finish. Medium body.

D- Extremely drinkable. Great session beer.

Overall an excellent IPA. Not too overpowering and very smooth. I highly recommend trying one if you can get your hands on it.

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden straw-colored beer with a modest white head. Aroma is disappointing, with almost no hop presence, just a grainy malt. Good flavor though: crackery, crisp malt taste with a solid but not heavy bitterness and a lot of floral hop taste. Clean yeast character make it a nice dance between malt and hops. Finish is pleasantly dry. Ordinary carbonation, neutral texture.

By no means is this an "extreme" beer. But it is a very quaffable IPA. One might reasonably compare it to Sierra Nevada PA, but with a different hop quality.

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4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a sort of strange combo of colors. It's sort of a darker version of your average Pils. Gold on top, yellow on the bottom. Fluffy white head on top that seems to want to stick around awhile. Lots of carbonation clearly visible, very fast moving. The combo of colors and the big bubbly head let you know this is something different.

Pineapple, grasses, straw and a little lemon round out the first sniff. Stepping back a little, it's definitely on the fruity side, non-citrus, with some herbal and floral notes in the mix. Doesn't seem to want to go much deeper than that. Not bad though.

Sweet caramel followed by toffee and distinct bread flavors make up the backbone of this brew. There is an almost delicate bitterness that sort of floats on top of it all. Grapefruity bitterness that is. Seems to get a little more bitter with each sip, but that malty backbone comes right back in as soon as the grapefruit starts to get a little wild. As it warms, you can get a little sweet candy sort of flavor at the sides of the tongue.

I don't know that I could call this well balanced, but it's uniquely balanced. There's a wonderful play of flavors going on above the bed of sweet vs bitter mouthfeel. It's not over the top or exotic even. It somehow feels familiar, yet very unusual at the same time. Honestly, it's a little hard to say if I like it or not, but I do think it's pretty tasty and certainly interesting.

I love the idea, unique character and creativity of this beer and the execution is pretty spot on. Worth a pour for IPA fans who are looking for something a little more subtle and definitely different.

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4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery during their Saturday tasting/tours at the unveiling weekend for Stormcloud, a.k.a. Stürmwölke.

This pours a deep gold with a small head and minimal lacing. A slight nose of hops and malt accompany a solid, IPA taste with a thicker mouthfeel than most IPAs. Not a hop bomb, just a solid beer with a nice malt backbone to support the hops.

They've termed this a German IPA, since it was brewed using all German ingredients. No such style is listed on BA but perhaps a new entry can be made. Most interesting is that they used Kölsch yeast, which gives this a unique flavor and finish.

I recommend that those trying this not judge it compared to American IPAs, especially beers from the West coast. This is a different beer.

This is one of Rahr's best beers to date and I see it being a hit.

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4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Honey amber hue with a fuzzy thick off-white head that lasts forever. Solid lacing along the glass.

Herbal hop aromas replace the normal citrus aromas that is common in American IPAs. Earthy yeast aromas mix with the bready malt scents. Some butterscotch is present.

Lightly toasted malts set up the leafy hop flavor. The hop variety used doesn't create a lot of bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the hops with a very herb-like lingering flavor.

This one wasn't bad for what it is. I've had better American IPAs, but this one isn't also your typical AIPA. The use of German hops removes some of the bitter citrus flavors of the Northwestern hops. Recommended.

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4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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

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4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer I've tried from my local brewery in Fort Worth which I look forward to touring in the near future. Was very curious how the German ingredients would work with the IPA.

Poured from bottle into pint glass, lighter than typical IPA. Highly carbonated. Nose not as strong as American style IPA which is to be expected.

Taste is exceptional, much less hoppy than typical American IPA but more than typical Euro as well. I am very impressed. This is highly drinkable, different IPA that I will definitely be buying more of in the future!

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4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank fresh from rahr brewery

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Photo of Premo88
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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