ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stormcloud is a clear-bodied bright orange-colored brew with an off-white head thatís kept thin, but steady, by moderate carbonation. It has a sweet, hoppy aroma thatís gentle, but still stands up to the style. In the mouth itís a little creamy. The bubbles from its healthy head and airy body pop on your lips and in your mouth a little.
I expected a harsher hop punch from this, but itís actually very gentle. I know many American Pale Ales that are heftier than this. You can definitely tell that their attempt to Germanize this IPA was a success. Its flavor reminds me more of a German lager than an IPA, and its body also puts on such an act. A hint of bitterness remains in the finish, but not enough, in my opinion, to hold up to what I expect of an IPA.
Donít get me wrong - itís a great beer. It should probably be more properly labeled, however. If it was, youíd go in to this beer with a completely different set of expectations and would probably end up enjoying this beer more. Then again, thatís assuming youíre a hop head.
Overall, this is a very smooth and gentle IPA with an interesting twist that should be acknowledged when drinking this beer to fully appreciate what the brewersí intentions were.
brotan1 (12) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I normally have problems drinking IPAs as they are so hoppy that I am reminded of grapefruit juice. I have avoided the IPA out of respect for grapefruit juice. Until today... Rahr and Sonís has changed my mind about the Indian Pale Ales with Stormcloud.... Pours light copper, with a beige-ish head... The flavor reminds me of summer with light grassy and hay overtones, and a touch of malt. I think this would be best drank ice cold on a hot day, while BBQn with friends. Rahr and Sons is a wonderful beer.. unfortunately they have not made it out of Texas... yet..
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle while enjoying some barbecue in Dallas. Light amber color with a medium white head. The nose is pretty faint, some sweet grains, light hay and some floral hops. The taste is moderately sweet,some light grass. Relatively strong malt presence, rain water. Medium body, easy-drinking. Overall, this was refreshing as it was 100 degrees outside, but without much flavor to speak of.
djd07 (3514) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Texas Beerfest. Pours a cloudy amber with medium off white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is pine and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and rich malt flavor. Easy to drink, a good IPA from Rahr.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012-04-28. Lightly hazy dark orange amber, near headless ring of beige. Mild aroma, light caramel malt, mild pine and resin. Flavour is similar, mild resin, light bitterness and a dusty quality to the malt, sweet caramel touched core. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate is lightly carbonated. 3+ Okay, pretty mild for an IPA. Bottle courtesy of Blankboy
jhamp9 (1040) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear copper with a lasting off white head. Faint bready aroma with a hint of peach. Taste is bready with faint pine. Slight bitterness.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
[4404-20120428] 355mL bottle. Light grainy cornbread aroma has some wet malt goop notes. Clear, bright orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. More grainy bread malt in the flavour with an unpleasant mouldy finish. Medium body. Fair. (6/3/3/3-/9-) 2.3
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with rougeau13 - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is a real light toasted malt. Thatís it! Flavor is pine and citrus hops, and toasted malt. Finish is kinda astringent. Medium body. Worth a try. Thanks Jared.
vyvvy (3962) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Schlafly 2012 Repeal Fest. Pours clear copper with a small off-white head. The aroma has dry caramel, very mild hoppiness and an overall muted quality to the aroma - not much I picked up. Medium body with light graininess and mild carbonation. I expected the flavor to pop out more than the aroma, but its very minor as well. This is mainly caramel malt that is a bit on the sweet side and really doesnít showcase hops for something called an IPA. The finish has a small bit of spicy / spicy hops, but this is still very malt forward. I wondered if this was an old keg they brought.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.
Aroma- Has a VERY skunky, hop aroma from the beginning and Americans hops towards the finish. Doesnít hit the nose hard but on the contrary, have to search for these attributes.
Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger, bubbly head that dies fairly quickly. Has a dark reddish copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.
Flavor- Very complexed and tough to break down all of the flavors... Tons os citrus and pine mixed with American hops. Medium-High Bitterness. Couldnít find any malt present either.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a very pleasant grapefruit finish.
Overall Impression- A very hoppy American IPA but not balanced. Needs more malt and not too many types of hop that you are not able to distinguish between any of them. Still enjoyed and would have again but many more at this festival to get to!