Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Brewers Reserve Imperial IPABrewers Reserve Imperial IPA
81 Ratings
Brewers Reserve Imperial IPABrewers Reserve Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 07-05-2010

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Tawnos
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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!

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Photo of pagutus
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of dwitt24
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of beerinmybelly
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ja5onM
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rogerlb
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Head quickly disappeared, leaving a thin white head and lacing that rings the glass above the beer. Slight haze but no sentiment. Beautiful amber orange; it's a perfect visual.

Aroma is hoppy, with citrus and pine along with some flowers in there. Very promising. The taste is more leaning towards the pine and hops, juicy but without an overpowering citrus. I do get spoiled orange peel in there, but it's really more concerned with balancing (very well) the hoppy complexity (there's 7 hopes involved according to the paperwork) than the citrus. Slight dank, pine and onions, yet never does it get too piney or too bitter, because a balanced caramel is keeping a lid on things. They claim 90 IBU but I'd have guessed 40 at most. Thanks, Old Schoolhouse.

The booze is there but it's pretty subtle for 9%. As user mactrail says, it verges into the sharp and acidic territory but managed to keep it out of the "too much" area. Smooth, baby. Aftertaste is clean and light. Pleasant bitter lingers but nothing to scare away the uninitiated. For fans of juicy pine but don't like extremes. Great example of Northwest IPA style. More sippable than your mother's DIPA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy light orange toned amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of herbs, orange, citrus, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and pine.
Taste is of the aromas with a blast of bitter hops taking control over the sugary hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, juicy, and packed with piney resin in the finish.

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Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of caseyscarb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of slavall
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Ivegotmule
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Mages64
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle chilled in a tulip glass.

A- golden, hay, visible carbonation, with a head with larger bubbles that disappeared quickly but returned with agitation.

S- Greener, piney, and perhaps wet wood(not sure what wood)

F- smooth, not sticky, but hot with alcohol from start to finish.

Taste- without knowing the right answer I have to say there is smoke somewhere in this beer. Yes it's hoppy with pine and resin but the malt is confusing. It's ultra light for a DIPA but some fire, smoke, or burned something. Weird.

D- I'd drink this with smoked spicy fish, or just as a tasting beer with friends. I'd rather not drink a whole bomber.

I'd love to know if anyone else picks up on the smoke thing.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of bstave
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. no bottling date apparent.

pours a dark copper color with a 2 inch thick white lingering head. citrusy northwestern hops on the nose, but not too strong. The taste is much more balanced than i was expecting. malt and hop character are both apparent, but its no hop bomb like most west coast ipas. i', very much digging the flavor of this one. citrus, pear on the backend with a tad of bitterness. very enjoyable. medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down smooth.

overall i'm a bit more impressed with this beer than i was expecting. it has a great balance between hops and malts and i'd definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Poured gently, so it didn't overflow the glass with head. Fridge temp, maybe 40 F. If there's a date or a code on the bottle, I can't find it.

Pours slightly hazy, lots of carbonation, medium head, creamy, dissipates slowly. Smell is pretty strong, not quite arm's length strong, but I have long arms and a weak nose. Really smells good, bright and grassy, spicey, piney. Smells great.

Taste has a nice healthy bitterness, grapefruit rind and pine, I think. Lots of malt, not a bright and lovely as the aroma, but good.

Mouthfeel is medium body and a little sticky. Overall, very good.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a clear orange amber color with a thin head of white foam. Very thick and sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

S: There was an aroma of apricots, tangerines and pine needles. There was a slight hint of caramel malt, but for the most part this is completely dominated by the hops.

T: There's a sweet caramel taste upon initial sip, but quickly transitions into hoppy bitterness and strong citrus flavors. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M: The beer has a has a sticky mouth feel with medium body and carbonation. There is a really nice bitter finish that lingers.

O: This was a really nice Imperial IPA, my only complaint is that the booziness is a bit much at times. Nice blend of apricot and tangerine citrus flavors along with some caramel and pine.

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Photo of Rivenin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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