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Roasted Rye - Reuben's Brews

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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
Rye Beer | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Adamostella on 03-24-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 45
Photo of Mehinaman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Strong tastes of fruit and citrus, but not extremely hoppy which for my tastes is a good thing. In my opinion it tastes better when it warms up a bit

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016-01-23
22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. 112315 is stamped on the label.

Pours a dark amber-brown, translucent, moderate head which fades somewhat slowly, leaving quite a bit of chunky lacing. Smell is roasty/toasty grains and a little bit of citrus or tropical juiciness. Interesting, and a little confusing. Smells a little bit like Sucks, actually, but roastier.

Taste is super tropical juicy -- where'd that toastiness go? I'm not sure, but this beer is delicious. Searching for it after a few sips, some rye and toast show up in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky and a little flat. Overall, very tasty beer with some flaws. Give it a shot if you get a chance.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean crisp cherrywood body capped with a persistent little half finger capper. Much more red than I was expecting.

From the table it exudes a sweet caramel and citrus but draw it to your face and it takes on a much grainier domination. A touch of chocolate on the outside edge. Roasted rye indeed.

Flavour is not what I expected. This is a much maltier beer than I was expecting. It draws true to its aim with rye driving the lorry and pine bitterness dragging the muffler. There's hints towards some sticky resinous hops, but lets their presence mostly be fleshed out in the bitterness that pervades. There's some gunpowder in there as well and an almost chocolate-ness in there as well. This is a tough ball of yarn to untangle.

There's some different things going on here, and they are interesting and come together nicely, but they are... odd in some ways. The label calls it a 'winter warmer india pale ale,' and, frankly... yeah I see that. There's definitely IPA-ness in there. And there's certainly some bones of a winter warmer. Maybe even some red and certainly a huge field of rye. An interesting, unique, and ultimately enjoyable beer, but not going to be for everyone.

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Photo of antott0523
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown with a thick, light brown head. Streaks of lace across the glass. The head sticks around the entire drink. No visible carbonation.

S: Pine, bitter grapefruit, citrus pith, spicy rye, and a hint of nutmeg.

T: Typical west coast style ipa flavors of pine and grapefruit. First and foremost an IPA, followed by a hint of bready malt, some caramel and nutmeg sweetness, along with the quintessential spicy rye flavor.

M: Well carbonated, yet super smooth. Slightly dry on the finish. One or both the rye and hops leave a spicy tingle on tongue.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. Nice rye flavor profile and spice coupled with typical west coast style IPA withnotes of pine and grapefruit. Overall a very nice beer, take on the IPA, and the winter warmer. This is second beer I have tried from Rueben's. The first was their Crikey IPA. This beer is like a Crikey IPA with the addition of rye spice and mild winter warmer sweetness that all work well together. Delicious.

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Photo of mabermud
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: This beer has a lighter Dr. Pepper colored body, that has hardly any carbonation. The head is beige, short, and creamy looking.
Smell: This beer does not smell like much. Or, I should say, the aromas are muted. I get smells of a spicy IPAness.
Taste: IPAness with some spicy ryeness. Nothing to write to mom about.
Feel: Substantial and smooth. This has medium to low carbonation and a slightly heavier body.

Overall - Nothing really stands out here. Not bad, but I do not think I would have this again. I definitely love their Crikey IPA and their Imperial Rye IPA.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like rye beers, and wish there were more brewed around here, so I'll put my biases up front in this review. And this beer is brimming with "ryeness". The hoppiness that you'd expect from an IPA is pretty understated. Reuben's says this beer has 80+ IBUs, but it didn't seem so to me. If you like a spicy malty beer with a pretty unique flavor profile, you'll like this.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Huge roasted smoky rye aspects to this beer that I am really digging... Almost porter like in places, this beer is both unusual and quite delicious... Had the look of a red with the spiciness of a rye and the hop punch of a moderate IPA...

Very unique and quite well done... Long slow smooth hop finish that fades into rye earthiness and cocoa...

Very very nice beer...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.30.13
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A - Pours a murky medium brown with a small foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, barley, wheat-grains.

T - Roasted malts, some hop bitterness. Very malty.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Roasted is nice, I wish there was more of the IPA side.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a cola color with good carbonation leaving a nice frothy tannish cap. Head retention was good and some spotty lacing was observed after it settled and as I drank.

S: Not much to speak of. Some rye, faint grains and chocolate with a piney hop bitterness

T: Initial hop bitterness overruns the beer. The flavors of chcocolate, caramel and rye seem to be afterthought. The finish is a lingering, dry hop bite

M: Medium body. Well carbonated, somewhat creamy but the bitterness just sordove lingers on the mouth and tongue providing a not so desirable sensation for this style

O: Not among my favorite Reubens beers thus far, nor is this a prime example of a Winter Warmer, or a Rye Winter Warmer...in a category of its own for sure.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The label says "Roasted Rye IPA" and "winter warmer India pale ale". This beer evidently is trying to fit a lot of styles in!

Appearance: chocolatey amber-brown with a light haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like the look of it!

Smell: toasty and lightly spicy with earthy and citrusy hops. The rye underneath really gives the hops a bite. These guys know their way around rye, I'll tell you that.

Taste: toasty and biscuity, almost like an amber ale, but with that piquant rye character and a fairly high hop bitterness. This type of thing is not usually my style, but I find it working for me now. Maybe because it's 38 degrees outside despite being 3 in the afternoon? Who knows.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: it doesn't taste roasted, it's too malty for an IPA, but it is definitely a good rye beer. Absolutely worth a try if you like this particular grain.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses colored brown with a dense silky light tan colored head. Looks like a Scottish ale in the glass.

S: Smell is faint but complex with a lot going on. Initially hoppy, finishing with sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Hop bitterness upfront. Sweet Caramel, toffee, and vanilla.

M: Medium body. Moderately light carbonation. Creamy. Oily. Bitter with some boozy warmth.

O: Definitely a unique beer. Drinks much more like a winter warmer than an IPA, as noted in the name on the bottle. Very complex, but not very reminiscent of an IPA. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew pint glass. Pours a hazy medium chestnut brown with a fine one finger light brown head. Aroma of biscuit malt, rye, slightly nutty with light citrus hops. Flavor is an excellent blend of toasted and biscuit malt with light rye sourness, finishing with satisfying dry malt and lingering citrus hops bitterness. Great mouth feel with light creaminess. A very nice malty ale with a well integrated rye twist. Verging on old ale territory, but bringing in spiciness from the rye. I really liked Reuben's imperial rye IPA, but this is even better, well integrated and interesting.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ the brewery

100+ IBU, "Citrus, Chocolate, Smooth, Bitterness"

Reuben loves some Rye - while i'm partial to the imperial rye, this is a pretty fierce pint as well. Big spicy rye loaf - not for the faint of heart, bitter citrus, dry cocoa. Paired nicely with a kickass falafel from "A Taste of Istanbul"

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Photo of Adamostella
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color with minimal head. Makes a very nice "glow" in the glass.

Smell- my lowest rated attribute of this one, don't really get a ton on the nose, isn't overly pungent, a bit of sharp rye comes through almost like the edge of a young bourbon.

Taste - drinks excellently clean and smooth. Something that if you had on tap available in the fall at a football tailgate would make your afternoon. If you want to talk about balance this beer has it in spades. Could drink these for hours.

Mouthfeel- creamy and extremely easy on the palette. Just the right amount of carbonation to make it pleasant , but at the same time not boring.

Overall- did a flight at the brewery today of several o Reuben's offerings and for me this was a standout among many excellent offerings. Will most definitely be back soon to have some more!

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Roasted Rye from Reuben's Brews
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.