Brewer Preview: Rhinegeist
today at 11:25 pm
I’m going to go through some more beers and beverages that have been sent to me for comment. Some of these have been provided in several different brews. So I’ll try to pick the flagship, or most-reviewed beer of each, do one of my videos, and then update this article as I drink more. A tough job, but it’s gotta get done.
Rhinegeist Brewery began making beer and cider in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in 2013. Their brewery occupies the pre-Prohibition bottling plant of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. They’ve expended distribution into several neighboring states, and have been found in Indiana and Wisconsin. This month they’re bringing cans and taps to the Chicago market, in partnership with Windy City Brewing.
They sent me six different brews. I decided to start with their most-reviewed flagship beer, the Truth IPA. It’s a 7.2% abv ale, with a tilt to West Coast IPA styles from Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops.
Sitting out by the grill, where the wind kind of interfered with my video, I pooped the can. There’s a nice amber color under a foamy head. The head left some legs on the glass after I had finished most of it. The nose had hops to it of course; a little bit of tropical fruit and plenty of pine resin.
The taste had plenty of malt to back up the aggressive load. Again, bitterness and some pine and resin, plus a little bit of passion fruit and mango. I do catch a little bit of sodium, like from a Bohemian Pilsner. I’ll see if I catch this in the other beers to find if it’s from the Cincinnati brewing water. A decent start to my Rhinegeist journey.