Grab A Beer: Great Divide Rumble

October 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Beer Reviews

Great Divide Rumble
Alcohol by Volume: 7.1%
Find this beer and more at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown.

Intro: When it comes down to it, I’m an IPA man. It’s my go-to style, and I just can’t get enough hop extract into my bloodstream. When breweries try to add another layer of flavor with wood-aging, it can turn the style into a whole new beast. That beast can be fantastic, but I’ve had plenty examples of the style that just don’t work.

Description: Pours a pale golden with medium head that goes away quickly. Significant caramel malts mix with flavors of tobacco and vanilla. Very little flavor from the hops comes through, but there is a significant bitterness matched by a moderate syrupy sweetness. The wood flavors are really quite strong, especially the vanilla. Almost too strong. This has turned into a balanced IPA with complex flavors, but keep going if you’re looking for your usual dose of NW hops. For 7.1% ABV, it is insanely smooth and drinkable. No hint of alcohol flavors whatsoever. It’s an interesting beer, and it’s definitely worth trying.

Verdict: Worth Trying
Availability: Available in six packs

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Commercial Description/Press Release:

Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV

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