Stormcloud IPA | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Stormcloud IPAStormcloud IPA

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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a one finger head that does the job and leaves some shards, too

Smell: Lemony/grassy hops waft above the clean, bready malt

Taste: There is an underlying biscuity sweetness that persists throughout, though the lemony/grassy hops really dominate from mid-palate onwards; after the swallow, there is a bit of sulfur that joins the other flavor elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I cannot say that the concept of a German IPA is a winner to my tastebuds

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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..

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more orange than amber with lemon peel borders. The good-sized crown is ivory in color and has a firmly creamy texture. It's becoming softly rocky as it melts... and is taking it's sweet time doing so. A pleasing array of lace leads me to be (probably too) generous with the appearance score.

Rahr & Sons refers to this beer as a German IPA because it uses all German ingredients. Hoppy beer is great, but they'll have to prove to me that this is a good idea. The nose is less than IPA-like when it comes to the hop load. It smells like pale malt (no toast), musky fruit skins and a modest amount of Tettnang... or one of its friends. Underwhelming.

The one and only thing about Stormcloud IPA that is the least bit IPA-like is the amount of bitterness. I get the sense, however, that it's due to a lack of supporting malt more than an abundance of little green cones. Good hop flavor is in relatively short supply. This isn't bad beer by any means, but it's no IPA.

An above average flavor score is tempting because my tongue is squirming in delight at all the alpha acids. This must be a relatively fresh bottle (thanks mhewes), which is why the shortage of hop flavor is so curious. To be fair, the grassy-floral-herbal spiciness of the Euro hops is becoming more pronounced as the beer gains a few degrees.

Although less than IPA-like, the mouthfeel isn't bad at all. Sure, it could use more heft, but it drinks easily enough, as long as a slight tongue sizzle doesn't rub you the wrong way. The additional energy is a positive as far as I'm concerned.

It appears that Fort Worth's Rahr & Sons Brewing Company brews solid, drinkable beer that falls short of being considered impressive beer. I applaud them for thinking outside the box and for not releasing yet another C-hopped American IPA. Trouble is, I love C-hopped American IPAs. Bottom line: the bitterness is the silver lining in this Stormcloud.

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Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Finnman, cheers!

First off this unlike any AIPA I've ever had, since it didn't really stick to the profile the review reflects that reality

Pours a way too effervescent hazed straw color with crazy foaming 4+ fingers of meringue-like head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Slight floral & citric hops, plus a bit of soapyness as this warmed

T: Astringent grainyness, some grassyness & lots of lemony & peppery hops up front. Beer balances out better as this warms with peppery, plus grapefruitty hops & a slight fruityness (pears, appleskins & apricots). Finishes with crispness & apple skins, kind of refreshing, but strange

MF: Medium bodied, overgassed & not very good balance at first

Drinks alright, but I could've embraced this more as a bastardized Kolsch/Pils hybrid. Still would work as a summer-time sipper if you're not too hung up on styles

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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 GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours a crystal clear, orange-straw coloring with a foamy, airy, big bubbled head that leaves a great lacing along the glass. Heavy sweet aromas that muddle the hoppy characteristics in the nose. Some citrus highlights present in the smell, also. The beer has a smokey sweet flavor to start, with spicy, peppery, bitter roasted hops on the main palate. Some toasty and citrusy flavors blend the end flavors together very well. Good finish that subtly lingers with citrus and spice. Slgiht toasty aftertaste. Very tasty, despite slightly watered down initial flavors. This beer finished strong.

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer pours a warm bright yellow crystal clear body with a good strong sea of tiny bubbles and a meringues of off-white head that last a good while.

S- The dry crisp hop aroma has a light sulfur note to it with a green lemon quality. There is a light dry buttered corn note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The light dry pale malt flavor leads into a lightly pungent hop note with a light bitter noble hop finish. The bitterness lingers only for a split second.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight clean fizz finish.

D- The Noble hops and sulfur hints and some interesting touches to this IPA but it was really light in flavor and aroma with not much depth.

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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 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 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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep golden color with a medium-sized white head, which retains quite well. The carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Pale malt and quite prominent pine tar hop notes. The hops utterly dominate the aroma.

Taste: A burst of sweet pale malt opens the taste, which is soon vanquished by metallic and medicinal hop notes. The hop notes linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with lively carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Generally well-made, but I found the use of the bittering hops to be a trifle heavy-handed, even in the context of the style. The use of more citrus hops would provide balance. Still, this is an interesting offering from a brewery that has previously tended to emphasize German-style beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle i received as a extra

A=pours a clear golden amber color wit a 1 finger head

S- was malts and pine hops sweet bread

T- sweet bread malts first followed by a nice amount of pine hops with a bit of citrus

M- was crisp with oine hops medium carbonation a good amount of malts

O- a good ipa that leans towards malts but still has that bitter pine needle bite..not bad

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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 wagenvolks
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Stormcloud pours a nondescript, unassuming golden-copper hue with a scant wisp of taupe foam on top. The head quickly retreats to an inwardly-sloping ring of bubbles; no help from below, because there's no visible carbonation. Mild aroma--what little hops are present suggest mandarin orange and mango. Sweet notes of cane sugar and a biscuity presence from the malts back up a crisp mineral profile.

Very interesting, unique flavor for an American IPA. Cotton candy and vanilla bubble-gum provide a subtle, juicy-sweet canvas upon which a crispy, bitter hoppiness is painted. Lots of early addition hops, but if Stormcloud could have one major improvement, it would be to add some hops later in the boil to get more aroma and hop flavor. A raw, leafy lingering bitterness lasts long into the finish alongside tropical fruits from the yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, with a medium-light consistency and lighter carbonation level. All in all, a pleasant surprise from Rahr & Sons. It could stand some minor tweakage, but Stormcloud is a fairly solid IPA.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Great label showing the ship “Storm Cloud” that brought the first Rahr family member to the New World.

Aroma: Hops! Nice blend of citric and earthy and grassy hoppy goodness. Faint clean malt base.

Appearance: Steely gold glass holds a frothy white head that leaves finger drags of lace as the level quickly drops from thirsty pulls.

Flavor: Full load of bitter, but enough malt to keep it on the rez. Earthy noble hops carry the day but as a personal preference I prefer the West Coast citric flavors more.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium heavy body nears a chew.

Overall Impression: Hit what they aimed at, but I would choose another target. This is the best German IPA I’ve ever had.

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Photo of portia99
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with mattisloco. Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear medium amber color with a thick finger of fluffy off-white foam with good retention. Some foamy lacing left on the glass as the beer disappears from the glass.

S - Not much for aroma overall and distinctly lacking in hops. The bottle calls this an IPA with a German influence (not exactly sure what that means, but apparently it at least means lower than typical hop levels. I'm getting some sugary sweetness, a touch of caramel, and some flowery and perfumey hops...rose petal-like.

T - Flavor resembles the aroma. Lower hop level although the bitterness is more assertive than the aroma would indicate. Hops are floral and earthy. Malt balances, adding some graininess, a bit of caramel and a small amount of sugar sweetness. Not bad tasting at all, but not exactly what I'd expect out of an IPA.

M - Body is mid-level with a medium carbonation too. Grainy and a bit metallic. Very tingly and leaves some tingle behind after the swallow.

D - A decent sessionable beer, but not exactly what I'd call an IPA...more of an amber ale in my opinion. I enjoyed this, but it isn't something that is going to wow you. I'd consider getting this again if I saw it in a store or at a pub, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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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 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 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 facundoCNB
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.

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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 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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