DrVertebrae (3) - Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2012 does not count
I enjoy many IPA’s but this one is slightly different. I love the aroma as it is hoppy but you can smell the grains in this one, too. Its nice, like the smell of a brewery. To me, it smells fresh. The flavor is mild with a combined hops/malty flavor. It is one of the more enjoyable beers I have tasted and as with all, it is best from the tap. A great one for the tours they have on Saturdays. Judes (29) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
well.. not the biggest bitter beer fan but i didn’t really enjoy this. gold, with good foam and a bold bitterness and a strange back taste. not a fan of this beer at all. blahbobbyblah (112) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2012
It is not your typical strong ipa. It is probably a good beer to introduce someone to IPAs. I will agree that this is a good barbeque beer. Keep it cold. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Stormcloud is a clear-bodied bright orange-colored brew with an off-white head that’s kept thin, but steady, by moderate carbonation. It has a sweet, hoppy aroma that’s gentle, but still stands up to the style. In the mouth it’s 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 it’s 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.
Don’t get me wrong - it’s a great beer. It should probably be more properly labeled, however. If it was, you’d go in to this beer with a completely different set of expectations and would probably end up enjoying this beer more. Then again, that’s assuming you’re 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 brewers’ intentions were. brotan1 (12) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
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 Son’s 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 (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2012
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 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2012
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 (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
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 (2008) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2012
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 (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
[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