Rule G

Virginia
United States
Smartmouth Beer Rule G IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Rule G is the railroad industry’s policy against drinking on the job. With tracks running right into the brewery, we spite Rule G daily. Outrageously dry-hopped, this beer has a big hop nose and a dry clean finish that accentuates its citrus and grapefruit undertones. It is a bold beer that can stand up to bold flavors. Drink it alongside spicy food and it’ll ratchet up the heat. We enjoy it with Mexican, Sichuan and Indian cuisine. A classic cheese pairing is with Stilton Blue Cheese.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
88
Hops: 
Ahtanum, Chinook, Palisade, Summit, Zythos
Malts: 
Carapils, Crystal 20L, Pilsner, Two Row, Victory
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruity aromas are dominant initially in this American IPA, seeming to come from both hops and esters, of which apricot and peach are most noticeable. These aromas fade quickly, though, into moderate resinous and berry aromas. It pours a very clear, light amber color with a low white head. This IPA's hop flavor is resinous and piney with moderately high bitterness. It contains a clean, lightly sweet malt backbone and low fruit flavors. It finishes dry but never harsh, aided by an enjoyably higher-than-expected carbonation level. Both the aroma and flavor take on progressively higher fruit characteristics as it warms. Overall, this example is a worthy addition to the loaded arsenal of IPAs to choose from.