Cruising With Ruben & The Jets - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by Blybloke:
2.4/5 rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Purchased this bomber at Princeton's Liquors in Maple Grove, MN.
Firstly, I was quite surprised to see that this is categorized as an Double/Imperial Stout.
I had no idea of what kind of beer this was when I purchased it. The bottle doesn't say - there's just a note that it commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Frank Zappa album (apparently entitled Ruben and the Jets).
It goes on to say it's a 'BoppaDooAyDoo Style Ale'
It poured a very dark, rich red with about a half inch of light tan head. I thought it was a bit odd to see such a color combo - tan head with a dark ruby body. The head stood for perhaps a minute and fell almost completely. Little to no lace.
Aroma was not very assertive. What I could smell was dominated by sweet, bready malts with a little nudge of coffee. Maybe some caramel too, but nothing too strong.
Taste was sweet, too sweet - not enough bitterness to balance. I found the first couple sips to be flavorful with molasses and raisins, but sweetness got pretty old, pretty fast. It was distracting.
Mouthfeel was decent - smooth from relatively low carbonation. Drinkability was low.
This seems like it wants to be an Imperial Red Ale more than an Imperial Stout. To me an Imperial Stout should be black and thick, with tons going on - this one was too red and one-dimensional imo.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2008 03:24:14 | More by Blybloke
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3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Found this '08 oddity randomly. "BoppaDooAyDoo Style Ale," poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Pours a brownish-black with a small tan-head. A little bit of lacing.
S: Molasses, brown sugar, a bit of mushy dried fruit like prune, a bit of chocolate.
T: Tastes more like a dark barleywine than an RIS. Smooth dark fruit (fig, prune, raisin), roasted grain, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, a little bit of alcohol. A bit of oxidation and metallic notes in the middle.
M: Very fine carbonation with a relatively thick body.
O: Not nearly as bad as I expected. Obviously past its prime, yet still pretty tasty.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2012 23:07:47 | More by Etan
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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