Welcome to Tap Talk, the beer review blog from White Horse Wine & Spirits in Absecon, NJ. Here you will find reviews on various beers that we sell in the store. We hope our reviews will help to educate you, and more importantly, aid you in selecting a great tasting beer. The world of craft beer is immense; there are over 100 different styles of beer in the world. Knowing what flavors to expect before purchasing can help you quickly discover your favorite style.
We will first rate the beers on our personal taste, 1-10, 10 being the highest. Then we will give another rating out of 10, based on the style. This will help you to see through any bias towards certain styles (....we love HOPS!!!).
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Great Divide | Rumble IPA
Poured into a pint glass, Rumble has a deep orange amber color and a frothy finger of beige head. Full on sticky lacing coats the glass.
The aroma is an even blend of slightly bitter citrus and spicy hops mixed with a very biscuity/doughy malt character. The oak adds a hint of vanilla to the mix, but there isn't too much else to notice from the oak.
The taste starts with that hint of vanilla becoming a little more prominent, and it mixes up front with resinous hop bitterness. The doughy malt flavor takes over with some nuttiness and more vanilla thrown in. Rumble regains its bitterness in the finish, but still relatively smooth. Great mouthfeel on this beer, a good summer sipper.
Rumble is an interesting beer. It's an oak aged IPA, but the oak isn't very strong, and the hops aren't too intense either. The end product is more like a complex pale ale with a hint of oak. Definitely worth a try, since just about everything Great Divide brews is good, but not really a home run.