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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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer only poured to about a one finger head. The color was a pale straw that was kind of a surprise because I figured something called Stormcloud would be darker.

Is this an IPA? I have been on an IPA kick lately and was surprised when I got a flowery smell, but did not get a good bold hops. I was a little bit disappointed.

The taste was not very complex. It was very crisp, but I was expecting a little bit of a hop taste. I didn't get much at all. I am not trying to say that it didn't taste good, just not much like an IPA. I did get a slight bitter aftertaste after a couple of drinks.

All in all, an average beer. I have had worse, but plenty that are better. I could drink a sixer if I bought it, but I am not going out of my way to get it.

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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 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 mhewes
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head

S : Faint hops aroma (mainly floral) along with some bready malt

T : It's a unique flavor. There's some floral hop flavor with some bready malt. It also has some fruit flavors in the mix

M : Light and crisp

D : Don't really see it as an IPA. Not one that I would seek out but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snifter. clean and clear orange-yellow color. white head, with good retention and lacing. nice light citrus hop aromas. smells like pilsner malts. decent flavor. some citrus hops and breakfast malts from the german-style IPA. smooth and crisp. easy on the carbonation. mild body. big pilsner flavors. easy to drink, but slightly confusing palate.

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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 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 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 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 RickSawyer
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whiskey honey brown with a pillow white head made up of larger bubbles and tight small bubbles holding well to the glass. Smell is suprisingly malty. Faint hops in the nose, bready sweetness dominates, not what I was expecting.Taste is very similar to the nose, hops take a back seat. Honey, some wheat bread, maybe a touch of rye. Its really a struggle to pull some hops from the finish. Also, a little strange, a bit of metallic finish. They are there, but they are on life support. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. This strikes me as more of a pale ale than an IPA. Overall an ok offering from Rahr, but doesn't have but a hint of IPA in it at all.

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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 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 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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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 hiikeeba
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up straw with gold highlights and a thin white head.

S - Smells slightly floral with a hint of malt.

T - Taste and hop bitterness are well balanced, but the hops have an odd finish. Maybe because this is a German IPA. (?)

M - High carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D - A nice beer. A few of these wouldn't be too much work. Overall, It's a good beer. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to send back, either.

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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 bboven
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Screw top- bottle

Light gold slightly hazy body with a small but lasting head, decent lacing.

Lots of malt for the style but the hops are there. Just a little out of balance on the malt side. Touch of alcohol, which for such a low ABV is odd.

Big peppery taste from the hops saves it from malt mediocrity.

Quiet, smooth mouthfeel that really good considering it's from a bottle.

It's alright, but not what I look for in an IPA.

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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 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 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 sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Decent white head, provided nice lacing.

Nose is floral, noble hops. I smell the german style with the hops, but bigger than most german styles with the floral hops. Still a bit understated.

Smooth entry, decent mouthfeel. Not quite full, but smooth and somewhat silky. Lots of hops hanging around out there - but certainly not what our american palates are trained to. It does not provide huge bittering - but plenty here. Plenty of hop flavor, and really like the noble european hop flavor. Just enough malts. The finish has an almost metal it the water or the hops? Grassy hop bitterness builds as this beer opens.

Another example of an american brewer creating a style. Don't expect an american ipa with this - let the flavor go and judge it on it's strenghts - not what it lacks compared to a huge american ipa.

Nice job by an improving brewery.

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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 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 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 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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Stormcloud IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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