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 randal
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am trying to get into this beer but I keep getting a large red flashing sign that does not read "Don't Panic" - instead it insists:


I just start to enjoy some interesting herbacious or citrus notes when that buttery demon stomps on everything. The malt bill seems pretty straightforward and the hops are doing their best to lend an interesting counterpoint but ... Agh. I just cannot get past this butter-bomb of a beer. Someone else notes butterscotch - that's the diacetyl for sure and to me it is overwhelming. A flawed execution of an interesting idea.

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Photo of Reagan1984
1.96/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Almost no head formed on top of this beer. And once it was there, it vanished. The beer is surprisingly light on color. A bright yellow gold. A fair amount of visible carbonation is present. No lacing to be seen anywhere.

The aroma was actually terrible. Wet cardboard and sweet. Not a hop aroma to be detected.

So far, doesn't look like and IPA nor smells like one. Here goes...

Wow, I think we have an official worst, IPA I've had in quite some time. It tastes light, sweet and mineral like. The sweetness is way too much. There is a flat bitterness towards the end.

Mouth feel is light and watery. This is really a macro beer with a tiny bit more hops.

It reminds me of Busch.... Just a sweet mess.

This is really not an IPA by any stretch of the imagination. To say that this is supposed to be the same as Blind Pig or Smuttynose Finest Kind is a joke.

How did this score higher than their Ocktoberfest?

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Photo of crusian
1.98/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

fresh bottle...
NOTHING on the nose. when I say nothing, I mean nothing.. IPA is supposed to have some hops on the nose. shove this under my face, blindfold me, and I dont know a beer is in front of me. it is THAT absent and lacking.

taste... well... kinda tastes like it smells. nothing. While I am excited that Rahr put out a beer that is over 5% (can tell because the label actually says Ale rather than beer) this is a real failure. I can see what they are trying to do here, make a beer that the mass oblivious texans would buy in place of the BMC products, but for someone that likes beer, dont buy it.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to see an IPA from Rahr but….it was a little let down. Pours very light with a decent head that disapates quickly. Very light aroma of citrus and hops. Has promise then the first sip comes… interesting. At first the hops come at you then you get something like butter? Yeah, odd. The website calls this a "German IPA" whatever that maybe but this is an off attempt at the style. Draft is better from what I remember. I like the hops but finishes just a bit diff. Maybe it will get better with time since this is their first shot at the style. Also hoping it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of chicano4craft
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to slimchill for the extra.

Poured into tulip. Clear and light orange with a hugh fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing. Looks the part.

Not much going on in the nose. Some grass and subtle citrus. Malt doesn't contribute much.

Taste follows the nose. Where did the hops go? Taste more like a weak pale ale. There's a generic bitterness with some subtle malt sweetness. The flavors aren't gross, there just not there.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Good carbonation.

Overall I was left wanting. With a low abv I guess you could call it a session IPA. This was my second beer from Rahr and Sons and so far I'm still looking for a winner.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stormcloud IPA is a German Style IPA? Alright, I'll give them some creativity points.

The beer however, is below average from the thin light golden color to the mild hoppy aroma to the almost not existent IPA taste.

I didn't get it. Not a bad tasting beer but not an IPA and not really worth your time. The beer was named after the stormclouds on a sea voyage....perhaps as they a Sea of Sorrow.

See ya in Munich, October 2007. Prosit!

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Photo of pwoods
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jasonjlewis for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

Bottle says German style IPA, not American IPA

A: Certainly doesn't pour like an American IPA. Pours a dark shade of yellow with lots of visibility. 1 finger of head forms and dies within 30 seconds to some chunks on the surface. Some lacing. Millions of bubbles running all around and some even clinking to the sides on the way up.

S: Smells like a European IPA. Big floral notes dominate instead of mostly citrus and it has plenty of yeastiness. Malts don't let off any sweetness, instead a dull bread/grain.

T/M: Very very yeasty. Malts taste a bit like banana bread. Hops have an earthy, floral taste. No bitterness, nothing that I'd call juicy. Body is pretty light and carbonation is extremely high.

D: Just pretty bland and uninspiring.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.52/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There are a ton of IPAs available in the US market, and this is not among the best. In fact, it is in the bottom half. Very mild and lackluster flavor make it both inoffensive and uninteresting.

Poured a very light amber color. Aroma was decidedly not hoppy, and was rather malty and faint. There was some light-struck aroma and flavor (this beer is in a brown bottle and bought from a cooler). Flavor was a bit cardboard-y and offered some maltiness, but the hop that was present was very mild and not enough to hold my interest nor really balance the significant malt presence in the beer. It wasn't undrinkable, but I won't be having it again.

Not recommended.

I bought this as a single from the Grapevine Market wine shop in Austin, Texas.

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Photo of Dusty6467
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of dking1525
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of obrike
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a sixer at Specs in Round Rock...around 7 bucks.

Decent amber orange color...Head disappears quickly...leaves spotty lacing.

Is this really an IPA? I can't smell much of anything other than adjunct lager...maybe a slight hint of pine on a deep whiff. What up?

There's a hint of hops in the taste...but not much more...fairly average.

Wow...not a good IPA at all. If I ever see anyone in Texas giving this rave reviews, I'll know not to take them too seriously. This will be my last purchase ever of this mundane brew.

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Photo of bmwats
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pub glass.

A: Deep copper hue. Pours about 3 finger, foamy, whitish head. Crumbles away slowly, leaving lots of dry, sticky residue behind; and a blanket of lingering foam. Sporadic but persistent lacing remains.

S: Baked Italian bread, with a little lemon citrus, and honey. All on something of a woody tone.

T: Earthy and very piny. There's some hints of bubble gum, and dish soap, too.

M: Mouth puckering hop. Dry finish. An off-putting aftertaste.

D: This one does not go down easy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Very deep copper color with a big foamy head, and some nice persistent lacing. Nose is woody baked bread with some citrus and and sugar. Flavor is a very off-putting combination of pine with maybe some pine cleaner. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The label calls this a traditional IPA with "German influence." I have no idea what that means, but I'm willing to give it a try.

Pours a pale, clear straw color. Decent head retention but little to no lace. Heavy carbonation with lots of bubbles. In fact, I wouldn't call this an attractive beer at all, but it does save some face with sturdy foam retention. Aroma leaves a lot to be desired. Malty, with some fruity, citrus esthers. Some lemon, some strawberry, but it's all very weak. Faint alcohol scent in there. Another faint yeasty straw scent as well. But on the whole, it's a weak aroma. The taste is unique. Malty but with a sharp tangy hop flavor to it. What the hell kind of IPA is this?!? Apparently, it's a German IPA. Rubbish. This is just a weird beer. Finishes bitter, but not necessarily a pleasant bitter. The malt and hop combination here, in my opinion, just doesn't work. It's not that they're disproportionately applied, but rather they just don't mix well here. Perhaps there's a reason the Germans aren't known for their IPAs. The mouthfeel is surprisingly solid, but this beer walks a fine line between unique and undrinkable. I can see myself trying this beer again, mostly because it confuses me, and coming up with the same conclusion again next time. No more German IPAs for me, thank you.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Robert for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head and some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is rather mild with some sweet orange notes as well as a bit of sugar and light malt.

T: The sweet, orangey sweetness is in the forefront with perhaps floral notes. Other than the rather "light" hoppiness, there are bready malt flavors and a touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation and bit of a "flat" mouthfeel.

D: This was not a very impressive example of an IPA. Lackluster flavors and aromas, and I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel either.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow color with a decent head to start, but it fades very very fast and retention is minimal.

Smell is of german hops. Saaz hops? I don't know. I know mainly american hop styles. Pale malts come out. I am used to a a little caramel malt presence. It's really hard to smell anything though because the smell is faint. I got whiffs of beer in my nose a few times trying to get a smell. The smell that I get is decent, but faint.

Taste is of weak pale malts and german saaz hops. I'll be honest I don't reall know what hop variety this is. I'm just putting it up to check later. I just can detect that it's german.
Very weak flavor profile. Crystal malts are weak and sweet. Little to no caramel malting and the hopping is weak. The hopping is slightly perfumy and a little citrusy and mildly earthy, but nothing out of the ordinary. A pretty lackluster IPA.

Crisp mouthfeel with a lingering pineyness from the aftertaste. Not bad, but not that great either.

Judging for the style, I wouldn't bother if there were any other ipa available.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike for sending this my way!

A- This is one beautiful IPA- uniformly translucent light murky amber hue. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger soapy white head. This has perfect retention at 1 finger and leaves lacing behind all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is mild but pretty standard for an IPA. Herbal hops, pale malt, and a hint of citrus.

T- Taste is much milder and less exciting than the nose. Only pale malt and a hint of herbal hops upfront. The finish adds a mild touch of pine-but mostly pale malt sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness and hop resin.

M- Medium carbonation and light to medium weight moderately smooth body.

D- This isn't a very good IPA and its an "eh" brew overall. Glad I tried this-but wouldn't be reaching for it regularly in TX.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent enough offering from DFW's only well established brewery as far as I know. Its touted as an IPA with German influence.

A- Not bad looking, super clear, crystalline even. Nice tight white head.

S- It didn't have a pronounced aroma at all.

T- Nice hops, tasted like Saaz, they were really spicy whatever they were. OTher than the hop character this isn't much to say about the taste. Very average.

M- Nice and crisp, some good carbonation but not too much. Fairly full bodied.

D- This would make a good session brew.

A pretty average beer all around, its price puts it in the same range as some really classy brews though. I probably won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some grassy hops and some floral notes. The flavor is heavy on the floral hops and biscuit malt. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and some malt that makes the beer taste a bit like unsweet iced tea. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of cartdan
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a crystal clear medium straw color into a tulip glass. The head was thin and left some light lacing as it dissipated. The aroma was of citrusy hops, not as pronounced as I expected for an IPA. Body is medium light. Overall it's a good beer, but I find it to be more of a pale ale than an IPA. I want more aroma and bitterness from the hops.

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