Great Divide Brewing Co. Rumble: An Oak Aged IPA

Great Divide Rumble

I am no stranger to brews aged in oak barrels, but my experience with them up to this point has been mostly with stouts and porters. When I popped by my local beer and bourbon boutique (they have more than that but those are usually what’s on my shopping list) I came upon Great Divide Rumble IPA, an oak aged India Pale Ale. This was a new offering from Great Divide that I hadn’t yet run into, so I gladly picked up a sixer for some research.

Great Divide Rumble

Every beer I’ve ever had from Great Divide Brewing Co. was a beer I thoroughly enjoyed, especially their Titan IPA. This oak aged India Pale Ale is no exception.

Appearance: Copper gold and completely transparent with two fingers of fluffy head. Even though the height of the head disappears rather quickly, a steady film remains long after it’s poured.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness is the first noticeable scent, followed by a nice citrusy hop aroma and a bit of … pineapple? Yep. That’s pineapple there in the nose. Interesting!

Taste: Heavy in the piney and citrusy hops, yet balanced, just like a good American IPA should be. There is a hint of that caramel sweetness I noticed in the nose, presumably from the aging. Nice desiccation in the back of my throat after each sip, along with a good dose of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: One of the smoother IPAs I’ve had, which I expected from the aging process. Rumble is medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. I like that it’s not over-carbonated—each sip is smoother than the last as it warms up a bit—but honestly, there is more carbonation than I expected, being aged and all (not that that’s a bad thing).

Overall: The alcohol is really well hidden here for a 7.1% ABV beer, making it a great session beer (at least in my opinion). This is an IPA I can see myself picking up again.


1 Comment

  • Billy Broas October 5, 2010 @ 1:43pm

    Great review. I love this also and you’re right, the alcohol is really well hidden. I was at the Great Divide release party where they debuted this beer and it was a big hit. It’s one of the smoother oak aged beers I’ve had, since many of them tend to have an edge to them. Great Divide sure does make great beer. Cheers!

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