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Imperial Rye IPA - Reuben's Brews

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Imperial Rye IPAImperial Rye IPA

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-23-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-04-2014 19:08:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with a small white cap, decent head retention leaving some faint white lacing

S: Tangerines, rye bread, orange peel really shine here. There is a little booze sting on the nostrils. This smells promising.

T: Promising. Initial rye punch to the taste buds, boo ya! Orange peel and tangerines come into the picture and really provide a nice bitterness balanced with a little bit rye pepperness. The finish has a pronounced booze sting, dry, lingering bitterness and loads of IBUs!

M: Definitely a fuller bodied IIPA. Just the way I like it. Bitter, loads of promising citrus and rye really crash the taste buds. Party in my mouth.

O: A very fine Imperial Rye IPA! I would highly reommend this for any hophead or rye beer nutjob.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 22:29:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-15-2013 04:34:41 | More by rab53
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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Reuben's. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a small white head that lasts for a long time. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of citrus, some orange, tangerine, and a bit of orange peel, it really smacks you in the face. A little bit of spicy rye.

T: Again, tons of citrus, rather intense. Mostly orange, with some tangerine, orange peel and zest, and a little grapefruit. There is a nice spicy rye component and some pepper that balance nicely with the fruity hops.

M: Medium-full bodied for style with moderate carbonation. Slight hint of alcohol, but drinks rather nicely.

O: A very nice DIPA, would happily drink this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 02:05:02 | More by mdaschaf
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, at the brewery

I've enjoyed this ale a number of times on past visits to Reuben's - a nice glowing orange body with a nice white froth. Bitter, citrus peel, candied orange. The rye provides nice spice, additional bitterness, and a nice compliment to the grapefruit-y hops. Dig this stuff - glad the source is only a few blocks from my bed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 21:27:11 | More by dirtylou
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.11.13

A - Pours a hazy very dark orange-brown with floaters. A one inch off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing forms.

S - Hop pine and fruity. Sweet malt with some orange citrus.

T - Bitter pine, orange peel. Odd finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of bitter hops and lots of malts. Odd finish and bitter throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:03:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger, bright white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, light citrus hops and faint rye. Very interesting flavor of bready malt, orange and other citrus, other undefinable, but pleasant fruit juice, citrus hops and rye spiciness. Finishes with nice citrus, lightly pine hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The aroma and initial taste were slightly dissipointing because of the lack of intense hop flavors up front, but the excellent complexity, off-beat fruit flavors and rye combined into a delicious pale ale. This is unusual and very pleasurable to drink. The second of their first batch of bottled beers I've tried and they live up to the hype they have generated locally. Glad they started with a batch of rye beers as this style is uncommon and welcome.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:04:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-25-2013 13:37:03 | More by ShanePB
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in a snifter taster glass.

Appearance: light amber hue with a large amount of haze and a pretty sizable ivory head and a good level of retention. Impressive considering the context! I like it.

Smell: very fruity, alcoholey, busy, spicy, peary, appley, tangeriney aroma. It's a great mélange of hop, yeast and rye contributions. Messy and busy, but alluring nonetheless.

Taste: flavor is similar to the aroma, but much more rye-centric. There's quite a bit of spiciness to the flavor, along with a bizarre strawberry-like character that I have noticed in a lot of rye beers. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and unusual, and I tend to really like unusual and novel beers. I would definitely like to try this beer again; it's worth having if you come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 21:16:12 | More by flagmantho
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first sample was a snifter at the brewpub

a: served in a branded snifter, the beer is a medium amber in color, sporting an off-white head, retains a low ring and surface coating

s: full, sweet rye and light toasted malts on the nose, caramel, smooth spice, fresh orange hops, heady nose packed with grain and hop character

m: carbonation around moderate, smooth on the palate, with a medium body

t: nice blend of malty rye and lightly toasted sugars, good spice and pepper, deliciously bold rye flavors well complimented by a fresh, sappy pine hop profile with citrus rind notes, fully bittered and oily finish

o: loved this beer, big on the rye but not overwhelmingly so, nice hop profile to boot


Bomber from Lou into Reubens glass. I get lots of dense pine and grapefruit here, alongside a full, starting sweet but eventually dryingly spicy rye presence. Big, citrus oil bitter. Alcoholic heat. I preferred the in-house draft a bit more - but really, can’t beat the source. Leaving original scores.

4, 425, 425, 425, 425

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:49:44 | More by blackie
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate321 for hitting my joy-buzzer with this extra from a brewery that's new to me. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a hazed & confused dark orange with carbonation appropriate to an adult beverage called 'beer'. Nose is heavy on the spicy rye with a side salad of fruits, loaded up with oranges & tangerines.

Reuben's Imperial Rye IPA is like a hook echo of the Road Warrior I've been slugging down the past few days. Just like RW this has a big, thick mouthfeel that's fairly rare on the rye side of things. Dragon-size bite of spicy rye, but then it veers off into a southern orchard, bringing the fruity nose of oranges, tangerines, & finishing up with a touch of pine cone bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable. Enjoying drinking this one.

Very good rye that peaks with the river delta thick mouthfeel. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 03:11:48 | More by maximum12
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Hazed dark orange with a moderate-sized off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left down the glass. Very pretty IPA.

Aroma of pine, citrus zest, and dank marijuana. There's a bit of a spicy, lemon note as well, especially when taking big inhalations.

Moderately bitter, sticky pine and marijuana flavors, along with lemon citrus zest accompanying hop notes. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Excellent, and it paired fantasically well with a reuben from Tina's Deli.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:38:46 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Imperial Rye IPA from Reuben's Brews
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