Gobsmacked!
Reuben’s Brews

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Reuben’s Brews
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 5.63%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
54
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 13, 2021
Added:
Mar 30, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  3
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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
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