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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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
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 +27.8%
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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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
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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Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
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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Photo of beerdiablo
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
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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Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
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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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of elniko
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of Premo88
4.01/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a cloudy amber color / dark orange, has a nice off white head had nice lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and earthy hops.
Tastes of toasted bread, toffee, and piney hops with a hint of lemon.
Feels light and smooth, it's very balanced and solid, perfect for someone new to IPA's.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Aroma- Has a VERY skunky, hop aroma from the beginning and Americans hops towards the finish. Doesn't hit the nose hard but on the contrary, have to search for these attributes.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger, bubbly head that dies fairly quickly. Has a dark reddish copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Very complexed and tough to break down all of the flavors... Tons os citrus and pine mixed with American hops. Medium-High Bitterness. Couldn't find any malt present either.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a very pleasant grapefruit finish.

Overall Impression- A very hoppy American IPA but not balanced. Needs more malt and not too many types of hop that you are not able to distinguish between any of them. Still enjoyed and would have again but many more at this festival to get to!

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Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy copper. Topped by a foamy, beige head that thins to a film.

Smell: Herbal and grassy hops, with undertones of toasty malts.

Taste: Toasty, lightly sweet malts upfront, moving into a citric, herbal and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, a little oily.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced, not too sweet.

Overall: A nice IPA.

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Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!
Poured from 12oz to pilsner glass, foamy white head, nice carbonation, hazy golden orange

smells of germanic skunky malts, apricoty hops, biscuty malt pulls through too

tastes bitter, malty, crisp, reminds me more of a different german style with a hop boost than an ipa, which is a nice take, citrus peel, melon, spiciness

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation, easy to drink
a unique ipa

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Photo of fjordhook
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: was a light golden brown beer that has a good fizz and head

smell: had an intense smell of hops with hints of fruit also hidden in it

taste: surprisingly the taste wasn't as hoppy as the smell! can taste the fruit and has the unique bite that rahr beers seem to share

mouthfeel/drinkability: light in the mouth which made for a smooth finish

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium straw color with only a slight head presence. Aroma is somewhat subdued for an IPA.

The label touts this as a "German-Style IPA". Taste has a rind like hop bite with a sufficient malt backing. Some graininess evident in the otherwise slick mouthfeel. Overall a pretty one dimensional IPA. This is okay, but not great.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. They had a special rare tapping of a Stormcloud cask. Here's an interesting story, as I was holding up the beer to see its color in the light I noticed two weird-looking and sort of fuzzy little pieces of...something in the bottom of my glass. I immediately thought the glass had something in it, obviously, that wasn't supposed to be there so I had my waiter see it and get me a new one. I saw him talk to the owner and then the guy at the bar. When my waiter came back with a new Stormcloud he explained how they had just finished off the cask and the beer in it was dry-hopped so what were in my glass were little pieces of hops! Cool! I kind of wanted to have the other glass back and drink it! :P Anyway, now to review (and I'm not sure if they nitro-tapped it).

I received my Stormcloud with a nice two finger, creamy-bubbly, and off-white head that had some good retention in the glass and left plenty of lacing. The beer itself was an amber-copper color that was a bit hazy.

This dry-hopped version of the Stormcloud smelled fantastic. Extremely floral, very hoppy. Pine resin and a bit of mango were there and I think the overt hoppiness brought out a spiciness that tingled my nostrils a bit.

When I first started drinking the Stormcloud I found it to be much like most of Rahr's beers. They sacrifice flavor for drinkability. Now, I'm all fine with drinkability, especially when it's so damn hot in Texas, but I want my IPAs to have some kick to them. However, after I let it sit out a bit I enjoyed it more. The flavors came out more. There's a medium hoppiness and bitterness but the more I drank the more the taste lingered on the back of my tongue. There's a bit of mango/pineapple fruitiness and caramel sweetness. The pine resin has a presence throughout. Malts make a bit bready.

The mouthfeel isn't too impressive. Good carbonation and drinkability but it's simply too light-bodied for me. Pretty smooth throughout.

The look and smell of Stormcloud were excellent while the taste and mouthfeel let it down. It's too drinkable, too light, for an IPA in my opinion. Like most Rahr beers, it's a good one but it sacrifices flavor and body too much for drinkability.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from draft tap at the brewery into a Stormcloud IPA 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours very little head, but the deep amber/orange color is awesome. Laces the glass fairly well too.

S: Smell is nice. No overpowering hop bitterness, but the hops are nice, clean, and refreshing. Good for the style, but pretty mild in comparison to other IPAs I'm familiar with. I don't mind it though and like it.

T: The hops are nice, but they're not quite enough to overpower the "signature Rahr malt bitterness" that seems to prevade the flavor profile of all their beers. There is some sweetness that comes through though which is nice.

M: Decently carbonated, decent weight and oily stickiness, but could use more of everything.

D: I had 2 of them and enjoyed them both. Could have had more so pretty high on the drinkability.

Rahr is not making world class beers, but being our only true brewery in the DFW area I enjoy going there regularly for some fresh beers and good atmosphere. I'm not sure I would seek this out to buy, but if Texas craft is what I was after it's not bad. I do enjoy the beers every time I go to the brewery and the atmosphere is always fun.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is yellow hazy and thick with good carbonation. The head is big thick white and leaves very good lace.

The smell is ok not real hoppy, malt makes a nice showing.

The taste is ok again not real hoppy, but I do like the malt profile. Beady and nutty like a good Hellas. Kinda chewy as well.

The mouthfeel is nice, good better then medium body and a ok carbonation.

The drinkability in good this beer was a nice extra provided by Jason Lewis, Thanks Bro!.

Prosit Mk

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Photo of goochpunch
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 fingers of head with a rocky top and tons of carbonation in the body. Light honey color. Smell is almost nonexistent in terms of the malt, but the hops give off a nice earthy and herbal aroma. I pick up some grain too. A weird gummy worm taste is prevalent in the foreground of the beer, along with some weak light malts. Herbal hops flavors are great in this, but there's some harsh aspirin that comes along with it. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight and has a great, smooth carbonation. This is odd enough to interest me into continuing to drink it.

An interesting experiment that doesn't perform as well as I'd hoped, but it's pretty intriguing, nonetheless.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow with a huge head - tight bubbles. The aroma is citrus and fruity...nice hop notes. The taste is bitter and fruity/floral. The mouthfeel is just shy of medium, but well suited. Overall, this is an easy to drink IPA. It is interesting and worth a shot

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Photo of briman
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Huge, fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and tons of lacing.

Aroma is hoppy, notes of floral, citrus, and spice.

Flavor has some grainy malt upfront, followed by a dose of
hops. Bitterness is moderate in the dry finish and lingers nicely into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance, nice clean flavor & finish. Not your standard IPA since it's made with all German ingredients, so makes it tough to judge against what you're used to. Kind of a style all it's own. I, like other reviewers, occasionally get a buttery note in the aftertaste. It's not prominent, and not always there....but may be indicate some tweaking is needed. Full flavored, but easy to drink. Session material.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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