I’m sitting on my back deck out in the fresh air of a near 70 degree day in…late November??? Wait…what??? Yep…that is correct…near 70 degrees is the temperature today so I figured why not enjoy beer #363, Rumble IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company, outside.
Rumble IPA is brewed in Denver, Coloroado and is an American IPA with an ABV of 7.1%. Of note here is according to the label, this is an IPA that is oak aged…I love me some oak.
I broke out my Starr Hill glass for the pour. The color of Rumble was an amber with orange highlights to it. It had a nice off-white head. The nose was very light almost to the point of it not really smelling like anything…odd. If anything, I got more of a malty, caramel like aroma and maybe a bit of an herbal smell, again all of that was very faint. Where was the citrus, where was the hops??? The taste was very subdued with a bit of pine and a bit of just a tad sweet caramel malts. It had an herbal almost vegetable like flavor near the back end. Very strange. The bitterness was fairly light in the medium bodied brew and the carbonation was fairly low.
I’m not sure what I was expecting here but I really didn’t get this. I didn’t get any aromas or flavors of the oak aging…none of that nice woodsy vanilla buttery smooth flavor. This wasn’t horrible…I just didn’t think it was all that good.
And then there were 2…