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Stormcloud IPA | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerdiablo on 03-11-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,937
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
314
pDev:
15.62%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

light

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 Joeyroush
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of johnnyb4
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Dusty6467
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Stevotex
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jealousmonk
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Labeorphile
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
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".

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Photo of Phil8352
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of KZE80
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ShameAndFailure
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of kyleelton
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tubeyes
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DennisBryant
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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 BigRedEye
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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