Imperial Rye IPA | Reuben's Brews

Imperial Rye IPAImperial Rye IPA
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Imperial Rye IPAImperial Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-23-2012

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 20
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of beercam
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another super slick concoction from the masterful Reuben's here in Seattle.

L: Fine! Very fine.
S: Sharp, intoxicating, exotic citruis and grain wafts into a bready melange of spice and rich malt, all very familiar, yet all brand new.
T: Clean, balanced, strong rye IPA with its own stylistic twist. It's really exquisite and resides above any verbal jabs which fall short beside the experience itself.
F: Feels like a dream. This is where the beer takes off and really becomes its own. It's one of those that upon first sipping you think, you feel, "this is a beer," and in this moment, do you in fact forget its style entirely. Trumps (lol) Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye by a tiny margin with a more artful flavor and feel arc, and with ever so slightly less bitterness.

O: This is a good one guys. Strong, strong Rye IPA. imperial, in fact. Reuben's on a roll, and so is its Imperial rye ipa

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Photo of Aleforme
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ijaap for this bottle in a NOOBs BIF.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fremont Brewing Snifter

A: Murky copper, dark orange color with an initially thick eggshell white head that quickly dissipates (no surprise with it being over 8%).

S: A lot of grapefruit, orange, tangerine notes. Lots of citrus coming through with some dankness. Also getting a bit of malty biscuit aroma

T: Lots of bitterness, citrus flavor. Oranges and pine. Mild spice from the rye

M: Well carbonated with a dry finish. A tiny bit of alcohol burn at the end of the sips.

O: Very drinkable DIPA. Lots of citrus notes (assuming some Citra hops used) and balanced enough where the hops aren't over powering this beer. I would definitely have this one again

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Photo of Tenny
4.52/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of fsck
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with a small white cap, decent head retention leaving some faint white lacing

S: Tangerines, rye bread, orange peel really shine here. There is a little booze sting on the nostrils. This smells promising.

T: Promising. Initial rye punch to the taste buds, boo ya! Orange peel and tangerines come into the picture and really provide a nice bitterness balanced with a little bit rye pepperness. The finish has a pronounced booze sting, dry, lingering bitterness and loads of IBUs!

M: Definitely a fuller bodied IIPA. Just the way I like it. Bitter, loads of promising citrus and rye really crash the taste buds. Party in my mouth.

O: A very fine Imperial Rye IPA! I would highly reommend this for any hophead or rye beer nutjob.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Kind of ugly caramel brown color body with 1 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Wow. Nice. Tropical fruits, orange, sweet malt. Not much rye tone noted.

T: Very well balanced. I get the spice from rye towards the mid-end. Tropical fruits, tangerine, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of piney bitterness towards the end. A tad bit of alcohol notes.

M: Very smooth. Alcohol heat can be noted but not overpowering.

O: This one was a surprise, didn't know what i was getting into. Quite nice brew from a new local brewery (for me anyways).

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Photo of JISurfer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenverLogan
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle via Letspour.
Poured in a medium Duvel tulip glass.
Pours copper with small head and significant lace.
Aroma of grassy hops, sweet malts and floral hops.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, white unsweetened grapefruit juice, cream of tartar, robust malts, rye. Overall quite flavorful, lots of malt body, significant bitterness but good malts to balance this fine brew. An interesting dry and sweet finish...tasty.

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Photo of gandres
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass at the brewery on Friday before thanksgiving
Appearance: ruby to brown, Cloudy
Smell = hoppy no alcohol smell, smell of rye or gains or bread
Taste = good bitterness
Mouthfeel = not a lot of carbonation
Overall = really good beer of the three breweries tonight(all IPAs), this is the best

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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, at the brewery

I've enjoyed this ale a number of times on past visits to Reuben's - a nice glowing orange body with a nice white froth. Bitter, citrus peel, candied orange. The rye provides nice spice, additional bitterness, and a nice compliment to the grapefruit-y hops. Dig this stuff - glad the source is only a few blocks from my bed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger, bright white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, light citrus hops and faint rye. Very interesting flavor of bready malt, orange and other citrus, other undefinable, but pleasant fruit juice, citrus hops and rye spiciness. Finishes with nice citrus, lightly pine hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The aroma and initial taste were slightly dissipointing because of the lack of intense hop flavors up front, but the excellent complexity, off-beat fruit flavors and rye combined into a delicious pale ale. This is unusual and very pleasurable to drink. The second of their first batch of bottled beers I've tried and they live up to the hype they have generated locally. Glad they started with a batch of rye beers as this style is uncommon and welcome.

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Imperial Rye IPA from Reuben's Brews
Beer rating: 91.3% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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