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Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 07-05-2010)
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Adamostella, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

KenC, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jpbebeau, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

teamwiggum, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BillHilly, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopmodium, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of adaham
4/5  rDev +4.4%

adaham, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Chucks, mason-pint

A lightly hazed orange body - aroma of bitter grapefruit and lots of other citrus. Pine and caramel mingle nicely. A bit big bodied, especially after a bucket of Pho - probably the best Old Schoolhouse brew i've had to date. The hop profile is quite solid.

dirtylou, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of caseyscarb
4.25/5  rDev +11%

caseyscarb, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As if three different beers. The first and third a hop forward attack on the palate, with the middle drinking (immediately after some food relief) a wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus combo. Very good orange and grapefruit aromas. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Light orange with some lasting head. Recent NJ trip.

Sammy, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

baklo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Cold
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Med. Amber/orange, slight uniform haze, no discrete suspended particulates. Thick, pastey off-white head.

S: Typical IIPA citric/fruity hop nose.

T: Strong citric/herbal, slightly floral hop bitterness throughout, backed up by modest biscuity malt bill that is careful to avoid compromising the hop profile.

M: Typical IIPA resinous, slightly syrupy thickness, smooth carbonation, with a touch of alcohol warmth from a respectable 9% ABV which, in all honesty, is fairly well masked, though by an impressive and tenacious lingering hop profile.

A: Honey sweetness mixed with hop bitterness.

Overall: It's certainly a good beer that any IIPA fan will enjoy...though at the same time, few IIPA fans will be terribly enthusiastic about this fairly typical representative of the "Big IPA" style. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing really stands out to separate it from the pack either.


Cold, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, amber/copper colour, with a tan head. Aroma of pine and resins, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, caramel. Good upper medium bitterness, citrus, light tropical fruits, and a good bit of pine. Slick, creamy feel, oily and medium body. Pretty good drinkability given the ABV.

EgadBananas, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep orange with good carbonation and a small white head, light bubbles and lacing

S: Plenty of dry, bitter pine hops and bread with a whiff of smoke

T: Starts out with bittering hops, pine and some light smoke? caramel, bread and dry with some booze

M: The body seems to be a bit chewy, big malt bill, almost to big

O: Average.

barleywinefiend, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Tawnos
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely surprised to find a beer this great from a small brewery I had not previously encountered. It gives Pliny The Elder a strong run for its money, and is truly world-class, yet thus far, underrated.

A clear amber with red notes and a sticky lace start this beer off. The smell has notes of alcohol (minus point five), but is dominated by a sharp and deliciously fresh hop nose. Pine, citrus, and floral vie for domination, changing in precedence as the beer warms.

The first sip bites my tongue then immediately apologizes with a well-balanced malt back. The aftertaste is neither vinous nor absent, but pleasantly refreshing hops. The mouthfeel is a bit dry, but is overall a pleasing experience (especially for a 9% beer!).

I had this the first time on tap at the Brewer's Festival, and was delighted to see it at the local Whole Foods. Both were just as good, and this is my new go-to IIPA. Hopefully I can get a keg of it!

Tawnos, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of bstave
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep copper with a two finger white head. Nice lacing. A really nice looking beer. Looks malty.

S- Smell is nice and bright citrussy hops. Some biscuit malt.

T- Taste follows nose and provides a big hop bite followed by a nice malt backbone. Citrus and Pine up front. Long bitter finish.

M- Nice full body. Easy to drink. Not getting the alcohol heat that others talk about.

O- This is a solid NW DIPA. It leans more towards a balanced DIPA, but provides a punch of hops too. Recommended!

bstave, May 29, 2012
Photo of Tiriansdoor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Tiriansdoor, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The black, white, and grey label makes it look like a haunted old schoolhouse. Very cool.

Tarnished copper body. Heavy haze. Four fingers of rocky white froth. Very good stretchy lacing.

Heavy aroma of pine, orange, and grapefruit.

Thick caramel foundation coats the tongue. Bread. Small wave of citrus. Big bitter bite. Alcohol smack as it enters the aftertaste. Lingering pine.

Thick meandering mouthfeel with some prickliness. Tank treads come to mind.

All the sensations suggest blunt instruments as opposed to scalpels.

Definitely worth a try, though overall I'd take their Ruud Awakening IPA if I had to pick one.

RonfromJersey, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a one finger head that falls quickly. Some mild lace develops.

Smell: dominated by grapefruit, some pine and caramel.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, pear, hearty bitterness, and some alcohol are the most prevalent flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish with a dryness. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent DIPA with a nice flavor. Worthy of a try.

Gavage, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent sunset orange has a heavy dose of effervesce within. Oatmeal colored head is frothy, fair on the hold, and generous on the lace coverage.

S: Sweet orange candy and caramel on the nose with a faint herbaceous scent of parsley and grassy notes. More malty sweet then bitter.

T: Good malt base, light grassy notes notes but the hops seemed muddled and out of harmony with the malt. Musky pine hop cones, lemony sourness and a pungent flowery hoppiness with some woodsy and toasted pine highlights. The hops are strong in strength, just not all that tasty. Bitter, dry but lacks hop definition.

M: Aggressive carbonation brings a lively sense of tingle to the mouthful. Frothy texture, dry with a stringent bite of alcohol and sour hops.

O: Overall has the hops, decent toasted malt support just not all that tasty and rather blah. Limited complexity, muddled hop bitterness with more alcohol warmth and sour hoppiness then anything. Afterwards I couldn’t resist to look up this beer and low and behold a mes-mosh of 6 different hops that more or less became homogenized and muddled in the pot. More hops are like more spices in the soup, doesn’t lead to complexity rather only works against it. 3 hops is fine while still maintaining a sharp hop profile. This was a muddled mess flavor wise, the ipa of hobos for those who only care for a hop bitterness shock and nothing more.

beerthulhu, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PacNWDad
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 22 oz. bottle poured into a large tumbler.

A: This is a thick beer for an IPA. It pours somewhat cloudy (cannot see a light bulb through it) with an amber, almost ice tea colored hue. Lots of bubbles stream fromt the bottom. Nice head, and lace that clings very well to the side of the glass.

S: The initial hit is piney, grassy hops, with a bit of a floral (elderberry?) character as well. Then I get some orange julius like flavor, and a hint of maltiness. Overwhelmingly an astringent hops character. They have not scrimped on the hops.

T: At the start, I get some roasted malt and sweetiness briefly. Finishes bitter and astringent with the hops.

M: This is a thick, creamy beer. It has a strong alcohol character in the mouth. Well-carbonated, and the carbonation lasts a long time. It is a good one to let warm up a bit.

O: Overall, this is a big, chewy beer with a lot to offer. It stands up very well to food, particular sharp cheeses. Well done - I enjoyed it a lot.

PacNWDad, Jan 14, 2012
Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.