Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stormcloud IPA by Rahr & Sons

Well, I hope everyone is doing well, and drinking quality libations this afternoon. Today I am gearing up for the short drive to Rahr & Sons Brewery, located in Fort Worth, TX for a tasting and tour of their brewery this weekend by enjoying the first taste of their offerings via a six-pack of their Stormcloud IPA.

With an aggressive dispensing a wonderful amount of head was created. While this frothy cloud of a head is impressive, it dies down significantly, but in its wake leaves a thin head with lots of robust lacing.  Tucked under this head is a crystal clear light copper hued beverage with oodles of active carbonation.

The aroma coming off the beer is forward with generic citrus accented by a sweet matiness. 

Once consumed, the flavor of lemon zest flavor is prominent, but slightly tempered by a malt body. Unfortunately after the extreme hop bitterness, neither the citrus notes nor the light caramel flavors from the malt are as vigorous, creating what I feel is an unevenness that is ultimately detracting from full enjoyment of the beer. 

Ultimately I think there is more potential with the quality of the ingredients than is being realized, and would probably suggest that the (512) IPA, the only other IPA from Texas that I’ve had before, is a much better example of an American version of this style of beer.


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