Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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Brewers Reserve Imperial IPABrewers Reserve Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 07-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
19.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
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9
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 76
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome amber color with a long-lasting head in the tall Pilsener glass. Enticing big aroma of flowery and piney hops. Not as malty as you'd hope with the high alcohol content. Initial flavor with each sip is a melting caramel mouthful which is quickly replaced by the jet fuel hop and booze flavors. Tangy, spicy, and bitter.

Brewer notes that seven hop varieties are use and rates this at 90 IBUs. It's not terribly bitter, though it verges into the sharp and acidic territory. An interesting hoppy sipping beer, but it's a little thin and harsh with all the bitterness and alcohol. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

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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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Found this at Bottleworks over the weekend and shared it with COOP Matt tonight..

Pours a dark golden with a nice white head that shows sheets of lacing.

Nose is tropical fruitiness and hints of pine... Not nearly as hoppy as I would hope for a DIPA...

Flavor has hints of EtOH... the bitterness shows mainly on the finish... The hops are again tropical/pineapple, but they are still pretty light.

Body seems a bit heavy without enough carbonation...

I had REALLY high hopes for this one after talking to the fella at Bottleworks... but it was a huge letdown... Decent, but I would never buy again without knowing there was a BIG reworking of the recipe.

4/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of John_M
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of surprised to find a bottle of this at State Line in Elkton, Md.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showing orange citrus, light pine and some underlying sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet, malty DIPA. The beer has good bitterness in the finish, but with a noticeasble alcohol bite as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability isn't bad, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract from it a bit.

Not terrible, but I'm not a huge fan of this DIPA style, and it's a bit more boozy and sweet than I care for in my DIPA's.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

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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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with just about a half-inch of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was predominately pine hops with some floral behind and just a trace of citrus lurking around the edges. No noticeable malt or yeast scents. On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, pine and floral, with the citrus having a bit more of a presence. No real malt flavors came through.

The body was typical for the style, medium-light, without a solid malt presence. Drinkability was good, for a 9% beer it went very easily.

Overall, a pretty typical example of the style. Worth trying if you see it and certainly worth a visit to the brewery if your on the dry side.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque to hazy medium orange color with a one fingered head that eventually subsides to a soapy looking layer of white foam. Carbonation is mild to none. As the beer warms, the color becomes more hazy rather than opaque.

S - Bready malt with very, very faint caramel and hop spice, nothing more.

T - Bready malt, faint spicy red grapefruit, some alcohol warming on the way down, a little toasted caramel. Balance is there, but the nod goes to the malty, spicy side.

M - Medium body.

O - Must be an old bottle. The faint flavors are nothing less than boring and mundane, if this were a fresher bottle, I'm going to venture a guess things would have been dialed up on the palette making it a more interesting beer. Unfortunate...I'd like to try this one again, this bottle didn't do it for me. However, it did get better as it warmed up to room temp.

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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.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. a finger Pours a nearly clear amber-gold with a finger of almost white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Pineapple, pink grapefruit ans some pine. Caramel and a little roasty grain too.

Taste. Oranges, pineapple and grapefruit rind, some pine sap, caramel and some toasty grains. Just a little booze. Lasting pine and yellow grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little warming.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to NB globe.

A: Amber ale with two finger head. Excellent clarity. This fades to a thin white foamy layer. Spider web lacing.

S: Pine and citrus are the dominant hop characteristics here. Nicely malted background.

T: Very super standard IIPA flavors. Very nice finish which matches the same.

M: Medium/heavy mouth with lower carb. Very nice. Slicking and satisfying.

D: Quite drinkable, however, not too nice given the price point. I could just as easily pay $7 and get two Ninkasi Bombers.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours an amber golden color with little head. Nose is sweetness from the malts, pine and some citrus. Taste is much the same with the pine and malts being the most prominent. There is some bitterness on the finish, which fits the high ibu.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 +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.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear pale amber with hints of honey, a thin white head and sticky lacing.

S-Sweet apricot and tangerine hoppiness and a hint of orange zest with some nice malt.

T-Sweet malt with a very nice hoppy bitterness not far behind. Tangerine and orange with a hint of booze.

M-Medium bodied, fine carbonation, good lingering bitterness.

D-Quite tasty. Not familiar with this brewery before now but this is a good DIPA.

HV

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Photo of froghop
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark amber with a very small white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, malt, and some spice.

taste is oily, pine, grapefruit, caramel, spice, malt, hops, some citrus, and earthy, ends a little thin and nicely bitter.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Rogerlb
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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 bstave
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Mages64
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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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