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
oldschoolhousebrewery.com

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
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 meatyard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 NHSTEVE
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Rivenin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ivegotmule
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 bifrost17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of repkovalev
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a very nice amber and gold with good head and moderate lacing.

Nose was very off-putting. Surprisingly bad egg-like. Not totally gone. Not sulfur-like but on-their-way-out kind of scent. Stale scented. I first poured this into my usual Unibroue tulip glass. I was quite surprised at the unpleasant smell, so I poured it out, rinsed out the glass and poured another serving. No change in smell. I typically enjoy big, bold IPA's in this glass and it magnifies the robust hop and malt character of those beers. However, the nose of this beer really turned me off, and probably informs the rest of my review. As it probably should. I wound up pouring a smaller amount in a 6oz taster glass shaped like a mini-pint glass. I felt that made tasting improve...

Taste revealed a large amount of hopping, but didn't convey the boldness that I'd expect from the style. Kind of ash-like resonance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel was nice. Much brighter than expected from the style. Soft. Went well with food.

Overall, it's very difficult to get past the smell of this sample, and the taste doesn't convey "fresh" at all. Since I'm a WA beer guy, it left me wanting to try this on tap and compare the difference, as this bottled sample tasted a little below average for a representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of benbjb
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of KenC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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