Blimey That's Bitter!
Reuben's Brews

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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #275
Ranked #1,832
4.29 | pDev: 8.16%
Apr 09, 2021
Feb 21, 2014
Blimey That's Bitter!Blimey That's Bitter!
Notes: An Intense citrus, pine and tropical aroma are followed by a smooth medium full mouth feel. First brewed in early 2014, Blimey That's Bitter has become a loved brew! Using ludicrous amounts of hops - about 6lbs per barrel - we focus on hop flavor and aroma, with 90% of these hop additions are in the last 10 minutes of the boil and later.
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Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very small bubbled, thick and sustaining head. Crystal clear amber gold color. Malted, spiced orange peel aroma. Full, concentrated orange peel flavor with distinct sharpness but not unpleasantly bitter. The malt is making the body full but not really noticeable flavor wise. In the finish, there is orange peel with the tiniest malt note with it at the end.
Apr 02, 2021
Rated: 3.44 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by RedBalloon from Washington

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
16oz can dated 2/3/21 poured into a Teku on 3/6/21.

Pours 1" of frothy white head. Slightly translucent yellow-orange.

Assertive aromas of melon, pine, biscuit, honey, and citrus.

Taste follows the nose with an eponymous bitter finish. Emphasis on melon and pine flavors.

Sticky, oily, and resinous mouthfeel. Astringent and medium-heavy in body.

Delicious and delivers on its promise of strong, bitter flavor. Between this and Gobsmacked!, this is my preferred Reuben's TIPA. Exceptional.
Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Rueben is one of Seattle’s finest and this brew is one of their best, IMO. Delicious orange marmalade spread on graham crackers. I love how the rich caramel malts temper any kind of bitter finish. This is a beast of a brew, but it is far from bombastic, lovely!
Feb 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pint can poured in to a nonic glass. Pkgd on 02/04/20.

Look- Clear golden amber color, large pillowy bright white head with great retention and thick lacing. heavy carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Huge hits of bright citrus, tropical and stone fruits, a bit of melon, faint pine and light white pepper, honey and bready malt, other spicy/herbal notes.

Taste- As the nose eludes to with a very hoppy/herbaceous finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, very crisp and dry, starts out sweet with a lingering bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- Reuben's nailed this one. A great DIP/TIP. Despite the name not really bitter at all. Yum.
Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

May 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
$ 6.29 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.393/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 4/16/19.
Date smeared on bottom rim of can but Tavour says it was packaged 2/7/19. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Yellow, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None, but not unexpected for a 10.5% ABV.
First pour – Bright yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Strong citrus and floral which slowly weakens.
Flavor – 3.75 – Moderately bitter with some weak generic citrus. No alcohol (10.5 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Decent aroma but little flavor or bitterness. A very weak gastric warming eventually occurs. OK but not great.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by davidsonte2 from Washington

Apr 10, 2019
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Golden with a little effervescent haze, this left about an inch of stark white head. Nose is piney, veggie and honey in equal parts. Taste is tongue scrapingly bitter pine, a touch of honey and another blast of damn bitter but this wave contains some undeniable heat, not unlike that mouthwash burn. Medium bodied and little aftertaste.
Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 7th Feb, purchased at Market of Choice.

A clear orange with a large white head with good retention and lacing. The house is deliciously bright, fruity and bitter with pungent pine, citrus peel, mandarin, clementine, ripe peach and some melon. Mildly boozy as well but the alcohol is well integrated into the nose. The palate opens bitter, pungent and resiny with pine, weed grapefruit, before peach and melon notes appear. The mid palate has a mild sweetness, but really, as this warms up, this takes on a brash, boozy note that is strangely appealing.
Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by WA_Brian from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16oz can (canned 02/07/2019) poured into a nonik pint at 49°F. The 2019 recipe shows 10.5% ABV, 80+ IBU, and six pounds of Amarillo, Citra, Azacca, and Simcoe hops per barrel.

L: Pours a pale golden color with white head. Crystal clear. Small head on this one, although I had one last night from the same pack which had a huge head that lasted forever.

S: Citrus and pine. Not very strong, but a very clean aroma.

T: Tropical fruit and citrus. Pine comes on the finish and there is a very long finish on this beer.

F: Medium body but much lighter than you would expect for a triple IPA. Good carbonation, not sticky and syrupy like many IPAs.

O: Excellent triple IPA. Good hop flavors and good balance without being thick and sticky.
Feb 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Brennan27 from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased a 4 pack of cans from the brewery (first time this beer has been packaged in cans!). Packaged on 2/7.
Pours as a typical NW IPA, shining clear gold.
Smell is a bit underwhelming for a tipa, but I get notes of citrus and pine.
Flavor is big and bold, starting with loads of tropical fruit, but shortly followed by loads of citrus like sweet grapefruit, orange peel and lemon. It ends with plenty of that pine bitterness and it sticks around in your mouth a while after your sip, in a good way.
Not too thick like some tipa's, just a nice medium and smooth beer.
Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by NWer from Washington

Sep 25, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Apr 04, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear, deep gold body; thick, rocky head. Heavy pine resin scent with notes of caramel. Heavy sweetness with a strong resinous and bitter flavor. Heavy and coarse body; oily.

An outstanding TIPA, exuding lots of malt grain backbone with a strong yet balanced hop bitterness and oily quality. Deep, complex, and very inviting.
Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. Dated 02/01/18. Given to me by my kids for my birthday.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium to large head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is refreshing, mostly pine, a little tropical juice.

Taste is primarily pine bitterness, with some floral / citrus on the outskirts. It has a brief flash of honey sweetness when it hits the tongue, but it's quickly drowned out.

Mouthfeel is resinous. Overall, good, solid beer.
Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by mecmd from Tennessee

Mar 19, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by SteveO419 from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by DrIPA21 from Arizona

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by DamienI from Washington

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by VashonGuy from Washington

Feb 16, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Noles9585 from Washington

Nov 10, 2017
Rated: 4.01 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Aug 30, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Mar 31, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by erickc from Washington

Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by drone from Oregon

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 4.52 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington

May 31, 2016
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Reviewed by spoony from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 650 ml bottle (dated February 1, 2016) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 21, 2016.

A-The beer is honey-orange in color and nearly clear with about one finger of lightly tinted head on top. The foam is dense and retention is pretty good. Lacing clings to the glass.

S-The aroma is pretty dank and resinous compared to many hopped up beers I have had recently. Caramalt sweetness is higher too. Also some toast in there. A little bit of alcohol heat goes along with hop notes of orange, light pine, and light lime. Nothing crazy.

T-The taste offers a bit more than the nose. I pick up more citrus flavors like zesty orange, some lime, as well as vague melon notes, and a bit of white pepper spice. Bitterness is moderate and there is more malt happening here than on many newer style IIPAs.

M-The body is slightly slick with lower than average levels of carbonation. A bit of an oily feel on the tongue.

O-This is a nice, balanced IIPA. It doesn't melt my face with hops or bitterness and for 10.5% ABV beer, the alcohol is pretty well concealed. Glad I got to try this one (thanks Joe!), but I wouldn't go hunting to the ends of the universe to drink it again.
Apr 16, 2016
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