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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #448
Ranked #2,871
4.26 | pDev: 5.63%
Nov 13, 2021
Mar 30, 2015
Notes: Brouwer's Cafe 10th Anniversary
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Rated: 4.45 by aarenas1

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by RedBalloon from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16oz can dated 1/19/21 poured into a Teku on 2/7/21.

Pours 1" of off-white head. A bronze, orange color.

Pungent aromas of tropical fruit, skunky cat musk, and a little pine.

Taste follows the aromas with emphasis on pine and melon. Strong bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Medium-bodied and astringent mouthfeel. Some drying in the finish.

Very strong in punchy hop aromas and flavors. Juicy and delicious. Excellent.
Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by redresonatedragon from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is a fantastic Imperial IPA! Very reminiscent of Melvin’s 2x4 but even a tad better with the fantastic Rueben malt profile. Intense marmalade, citrus, and candied fruitcake mingling with green fit boughs. Definitely sweet, right on for the style, but there are some bitter oils that slick back on the tongue. This brew is excellent for the winter season, a perfect sipper! World class, high tier, pretty close to exceptional
Jan 26, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by MattSn from Oregon

Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned on July 27th. A faintly hazy light amber. Very light head and lacing, viscous looking. Nose is rather subdued. Sip carefully.....it's potent. Full body, moderate bitterness and smooth finish, impressive for a triple IPA. After a bit of warming, you can start to pick up more layers of fruit and residual sweetness, far from cloying. It's a well crafted ale, falling a little below the top tier in our opinion.
Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Can from New Seasons.

A clear orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of peach and booze. Tons of peachy hops with nectarine, honey, a touch of Crenshaw melon, mandarins and a little sugar. There's a moderate alcohol (which, i guess, is unavoidable). The palate opens mildly bitter, moderately boozy and hella juicy. Loads of peach juice with mandarin and a little mango, bright and clean fruit character with a firm slap of booze to remind you this isn't child's play. The bitterness also tempers the sweetness some. The sweetness here is intriguing. Remarkably simple with cane sugar/simple syrup notes, it shouldn't work, but does in a way. Perhaps it's the way it pairs with the melon notes, or calls to mind a good peach dessert, but it's fascinating to drink. The booze does get a bit harsh in the finish, lending an astringency that's unlike the aforementioned peach dessert. Medium light in body with soft carbonation, this finishes mildly bitter and quite juicy. Quite good, this is the 2020 vision for a classic triple IPA
Aug 24, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by cherche from Washington

Aug 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can served in a nonic glass. PKGD on 07/27/20.

Look- Clear darker amber color. Modest off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring of foam, some decent. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (grapefruit, orange and lemon/lime), tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), peach skin, dank pine, caramel malt, light berries, floral/herbal notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, Pithy citrus and light tropical fruit, peach, light berry and floral hop notes.

Feel- Medium/heavy bodied, sticky and sweet up front with an aggressive bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- Pretty nice as far as TIPAs go, not something I would actively seek it out again though.
Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Magnificent_Bastard

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Lovely beer. pours golden, with little head.
Nose: Abricots , lime and sweet banana, cloves and nutmeg. Some sour creminess as well that i cant quite figure out. on the palate it gets real interesting. At 100 IBU im expecting a punch in the teeth, but it is more an iron fist in velvet glove type of feeling. bitter entry with Pinecone, gren leafs, raw cabbage, mineral and crushed stones is all there drying you out with a chewy and full density on the bitter palate, but it ends in a balanced creamy velvety finish with citrus and lemonpeel. Alcohol is well integrated. Very nice indeed
Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by Roadking1979 from Indiana

Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Amazing appearance and great head production/retention. Golden hue and crystal clear. On the nose there is YUUUUUGE pine, grapefruit, pineapple, sweetness, orange, lemon zest. On the taste, huge pine resin smacks you as the name suggests. Very bitter at first. Some grapefruit and lemon zest. Finish is insanely bitter. As I acclimate to the beer, the bitterness and initial harshness does down and the underlying sweetness makes its way through. Although not too much so as it is perfectly balanced by the pine assault at the front when it warms. The mouthfeel is fuller than medium, sticky, and not creamy but kind of slick? I’m at a loss for words on that one. Overall I really liked this beer and it’s a different take on a TIPA than I’m used to.
Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by gopens44 from Virginia

Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by eddiefl from New York

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I may someday return to Tavour, but my current shipping address & their inflexible shipper led to a parting of the ways. Do I miss them? Kinda, but I still have a backlog to which they were CANtributing + SO much beer keeps showing up here in central PA that I am solid as it is. Frankly, I'm Gobsmacked!

From the Bottle: "Imperial series"; "thanks! Thank you for choosing Reuben's! We hope you enjoy drinking this brew as much as we enjoyed crafting it. Come visit our taproom to imbibe our tasty brews, meet our brewers and become a part of the Reuben's Brews family. [undersigned] [X, X]"; "Our beers are unfiltered and unfined. Please pour gently!"; "Peach notes in the nose, with a cane sugar sweetness in support. Tangerine comes through in the mid palette [sic], with grapefruit in the finish. A smooth, soft and juicy body provides balance in the finish."

I Pop!ped the cap & IAW their directions, began a slow, gentle pour into my awaiting glass. It was kind enough to return the favor by forming just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention, leaving beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled like liquefied pineapple upside-down cake! Yes, the hops had begun to be overtaken by the malts due to my foot-dragging, but I like this sort of thing. In taking HomeEc during high school, I learned to really love cooking & my favorite was baking. While baked, usually. I thrived on desserts & pineapple upside-down cake with its bed of pound cake & layer of caramel atop which rings of pineapple rested was one of my faves. Here, it was a sweetish bready, caramel maltiness accompanied by both a strong pineapple & pine resin hoppiness & an unrelenting fusel alcohol heat. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite achieving the hoped-for fullness that generally accompanies the style. The taste pretty much followed the nose, not leaving me much to add, if anything. I must say that it had aged beautifully, really giving the pineapple & caramel a pungency that may not have originally existed. It was akin to an English Barleywine, IMHO. Yum! I live for these sorts of things.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jan 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
1/4/19 bottling featuring Mosaic hops...

Clear medium-gold beer under a finger or two of white foamy head... showed nice persistence as a white cap, leaving some lace clinging to the glass as it passed... solid nose and flavor profile - the appropriately-named Mosaic hop brought together sweet tropical fruits, resinous caramel, some oniony chewiness, and a bit of brightening citrus... Nice bitterness, moderate sweetness - almost honeyed - but that gets pulled under the bitterness for an almost drying finish (save for the sticky resin and pine)... Medium-weight but full-bodied feel, with a soft, round shellacking effect... Very impressed - unexpectedly good, and something of a throwback to the DIPAs of 5-10 years ago...
Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by WA_Brian from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottle date unknown, but it was released 7 days ago) into a nonik pint at 47°F.

L: Pours a pale amber color with rich white head. Good head retention.
S: Fruit, pine, a bit herbal.
T: Fruity and grassy with a bitter finish. Lots of mosaic hops in this one and it shows.
F: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth with almost an oily feel.
O: This is like a mosaic love-song. Bitter, very herbal and still fruity. Very much a West Coast IPA in style. Strong, powerful hop flavors, bitter, and yet easily drinkable despite the 10% ABV.
Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Jul 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 25, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

May 04, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida

May 02, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2018
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Reviewed by dertyd from California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color, with 1 finger of off white head------------- the aromas are of peach rings, peach syrup, citrus and dank weed(smells like a big beer)-------------- the flavors are of peach syrup, pine, grapefruit, oranges and lesser onion, the beer has a full slick mouthfeel with a pine and pithy bitter finish----------------- overall I enjoyed this one a lot I'm usually not a fan of triple ipa's, but this one was well executed it is big bold and hoppy as fuck---
Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by WesMantooth from Ohio

Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by mecmd from Tennessee

Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear orangey amber with plenty of fizz. Medium body with plenty of sweetness but nothing sticky about it. Somehow this is about the highest octane IPA I”ve ever sipped. The combination of clear malt and hot alcohol mixes with the clean mango fruit to make an eau de vie. It’s so much better than a barley wine, minus the sugary syrup feel.

This is ferocious yet not overly bitter. The alcohol fumes lift the aromatics right to the brain. The aftertaste is plenty bitter but the warmth lingers along with the pine forest nose. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline.
Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. 02.15.17 appears to be the date on the bottle.

Pours hazy dingy amber color with a largish fluffy head and a moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is nice -- juicy and floral.

Taste is powerful -- strong hop flower flavor, slap of resinous bitter that sticks to the palate, lots of juicy flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Overall, nice beer.
Mar 17, 2017
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Reviewed by jakecattleco from California

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle of unknown age into a snifter. Pours bright orange bronze with 0.5 finger of low density white head with minimal retention but slow to fully dissipate, left minimal spotted lacing. Nose is heavy on candied pineapple and caramel malt, subtle grapefruit rind and orange peel. Taste is 100% grade A West Coast TIPA punch of pine and citrus, loved it! Finishes with almost enamel-peeling bitterness true to the style, hint of citrus zest lingers on the palate. Moderated bodied with tongue tingle from the ABV and higher carbonation. Solid West Coast TIPA!
Mar 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by twelveinches from Washington

Mar 05, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 54 ratings