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Monday, February 23, 2015

Rhinegeist Brewery's Truth IPA

  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 7.2%   75 IBUs  Yeah.  Wheelhouse = mine
  • Ease to locate: Do you live in Cincinnati?  Do you know some one who does?  Do you at least have a car? This is a Cincy only distribution right now, but one can dream
  • Color: Golden amber with orange ones
  • Head: Huge 3 finger ivory head with lots of gorgeous lacing
  • Aroma: Grapefruit, Mango and some tropical fruit. Solid nose
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body; dry and clean
  • Finish: Medium with a lingering grapefruit hop bitterness
  • Food friendly: Yes, with your typical IPA friendly food: sweet sauced barbeque, pizza, hamburgers, paninis.   You know the drill.

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Rhinegeist Brewery is a small, but growing, brewery from the magical land known as Ohio.  They take their name from a historic section of Cincinnati know as the Over-The-Rhine area, which was once home to a large German population.  Since Germans have been known to brew a beer or two in their time, it didn't take long for a group of like minded Ohioans to find a small former brewery and return it to it's original glory.  Almost like awakening of the brewing spirits of the past (if you haven't already checked your Google Translator, I'll save you the finger poke. The Rhine is a  famous river located in Germany and Geist translates to "Ghosts or Spirits") They self distubte to the greater Cincinnati area and possibly a bit further.  I. Can. Not. Wait. For. Chicago. To. Be, A. Bit. Further.   Beyond brewing incredibility taste ales, I love that they can their beers.  And while, yes, canning is more environmentally friendly, cans also make it extremely easy for my Ohio connection to smuggle me back a few beers every trip home.  The environment is of course important, but lest not forget the forest for the trees people (the trees being Mother Nature and the forest being ME of course.)  Just being honest here.   

My Rhinegeist Truth poured a golden amber liquid glass of goodness.  I could detect orange tones when held to a light and a hazy, non see through appearance.  A huge (I'm talking HUGE) three finger head of ivory foam quickly formed.  It left behind great Styrofoam-like coatings of lacing.  I tried to explain the term "lace porn" to a person the other day.  I so wish I would have just had this photo to demonstrate why it is such a wonderful thing.  Clumps and clumps of foam lingered in the glass, eventually forming an island of foam in the center.  This was the sort of IPA that I could be happy just to gaze at for a while (stop judging me.  It;s art, not exploitation!)  The scents of grapefruit, mango and a bit of pineapple mingled pleasantly on the nose.     Truth is brewed with Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops.  Nothing crazy, but when those four horsemen are put together in just the right way, magic can certainly happen. I could really taste the Citra note, but it certainly didn't overpower the other hops in any way whatsoever.  The taste was well balanced with similar characters as I found on the nose.  Grapefruit with distinct qualities of mango and a nice sweet tartness of the pineapple in the forefront while a subtle cracker note round the taste out.   It was bright with a crisp cleanness that I absolutely loved.  A moderate body and medium finish with the needed amount of dryness made this an all too easy to drink IPA.  The grapefruit note lingers on the tail of the finish in the best possible sort of way.  

I would pair Rhinegeist Brewery's Truth with your typical citrus friendly IPA friendly foods.  I drank mine with a steaming bowl of Chicken Torilla Soup (OK, truth be told, my bowl might have come from Healthy Choice, but I'm eager to prepare a pot of this recipe and try the pairing again.  I sacrifice and sacrifice for you all...)  But say that you aren't craving Mexican that night.  I feel you.   What about pouring out a can of this dryly clean IPA with  a plate of Slow Cooked Pulled Pork .  The Citra and Simcoe notes will cut through the sauce's sweetness (I'm considering trying it but replacing the bourbon for a can of Truth to see where that will take the taste.)  I say, let the spirit take you where it will.  Unless it's an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town.  Then run like hell and don't look back.