Imperial Rye IPA | Reuben's Brews

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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

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Added by barleywinefiend on 12-23-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 102
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.11.13

A - Pours a hazy very dark orange-brown with floaters. A one inch off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing forms.

S - Hop pine and fruity. Sweet malt with some orange citrus.

T - Bitter pine, orange peel. Odd finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of bitter hops and lots of malts. Odd finish and bitter throughout.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with the hazy copper liquid capped by an inch of foam; a few strands of lacing linger

Smell: Caramel and rye underpin the pine

Taste: Caramel is dominant, up front, with the piney hops and spicy rye tones developing through the middle; sticky through the finish with the malts challenging the hops through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Overly sticky, for my palate, though the hoppy bitterness combines nicely with the spicy rye flavors

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate321 for hitting my joy-buzzer with this extra from a brewery that's new to me. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a hazed & confused dark orange with carbonation appropriate to an adult beverage called 'beer'. Nose is heavy on the spicy rye with a side salad of fruits, loaded up with oranges & tangerines.

Reuben's Imperial Rye IPA is like a hook echo of the Road Warrior I've been slugging down the past few days. Just like RW this has a big, thick mouthfeel that's fairly rare on the rye side of things. Dragon-size bite of spicy rye, but then it veers off into a southern orchard, bringing the fruity nose of oranges, tangerines, & finishing up with a touch of pine cone bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable. Enjoying drinking this one.

Very good rye that peaks with the river delta thick mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Hazed dark orange with a moderate-sized off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left down the glass. Very pretty IPA.

Aroma of pine, citrus zest, and dank marijuana. There's a bit of a spicy, lemon note as well, especially when taking big inhalations.

Moderately bitter, sticky pine and marijuana flavors, along with lemon citrus zest accompanying hop notes. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Excellent, and it paired fantasically well with a reuben from Tina's Deli.

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Photo of hreb
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in curved pedestal glass. Beer pours brilliant orange in color and forms a more than healthy white head. Sniffing reveals bitter, grainy rye and a load of piny C-hops. Flavor reveals exactly the same, just as promised on the label. This is a PNW imperial rye IPA which executes what is rapidly becoming a new classic style, and one of my favorites. Respectably delivered, Reuben.

Note: My bottle was among the most sedimented commercially bottled beers I've seen in years. Pour carefully!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large mug. I stopped pouring when I saw heavy sediment start coming out. 155 D-1 1703 is printed on the bottom, which is meaningless to me. Might be from the bottle manufacturer instead of the brewery. 07.07.16 is printed on the label.

Pours slightly hazy amber with tiny head and a surprisingly large amount of carbonation. Smell is nice spicy rye-ness with nice hoppy aromas. Honeysuckle, floral, and citrus rind. Some pine.

Taste is dominated by the piney bitterness for me, but with a nice rye accent. Surprisingly strong sweetness to balance the bitterness. Nice and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but a little flat. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle from 02-09-15
Rich honey amber body with a massive foamy off white head. Ye gods that is gorgeous. Wonderful lacing and retention.

Nose starts out with rye spice and pine with a sweet caramel and grain underpinning. I don't get as much of the citrus they mention on the label, but more of a deep woods clean fresh green. PNW!

Jumping in with a bitter pine that is quickly backed up by toasty rye biscuits. Round and warm through the finish. Deep resin and rye on the finish with a bit of pith. Medium sticky body and a lasting bitter finish with some toasty malts escorting the rye and pith into the night. Fine pinpricks of carbonation. Into it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in a snifter taster glass.

Appearance: light amber hue with a large amount of haze and a pretty sizable ivory head and a good level of retention. Impressive considering the context! I like it.

Smell: very fruity, alcoholey, busy, spicy, peary, appley, tangeriney aroma. It's a great mélange of hop, yeast and rye contributions. Messy and busy, but alluring nonetheless.

Taste: flavor is similar to the aroma, but much more rye-centric. There's quite a bit of spiciness to the flavor, along with a bizarre strawberry-like character that I have noticed in a lot of rye beers. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty and unusual, and I tend to really like unusual and novel beers. I would definitely like to try this beer again; it's worth having if you come across it.

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Photo of mabermud
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark amber body with an off white, pillowy, soft, sticky head. The body and head appear rich and sultry.
Smell - Sweet hoppy, pine aroma.
Taste - Nice balance of hop and pine. Light malt. The rye takes a backseat. This may be because I had a FW 17th Anniversary before this.
Feel - Nice.
Overall - Splendid. The is a quality up and coming brewery. I would like to have this on a clean palate first thing in the morning.

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Photo of blackie
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first sample was a snifter at the brewpub

a: served in a branded snifter, the beer is a medium amber in color, sporting an off-white head, retains a low ring and surface coating

s: full, sweet rye and light toasted malts on the nose, caramel, smooth spice, fresh orange hops, heady nose packed with grain and hop character

m: carbonation around moderate, smooth on the palate, with a medium body

t: nice blend of malty rye and lightly toasted sugars, good spice and pepper, deliciously bold rye flavors well complimented by a fresh, sappy pine hop profile with citrus rind notes, fully bittered and oily finish

o: loved this beer, big on the rye but not overwhelmingly so, nice hop profile to boot


Bomber from Lou into Reubens glass. I get lots of dense pine and grapefruit here, alongside a full, starting sweet but eventually dryingly spicy rye presence. Big, citrus oil bitter. Alcoholic heat. I preferred the in-house draft a bit more - but really, can’t beat the source. Leaving original scores.

4, 425, 425, 425, 425

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Reuben's. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a small white head that lasts for a long time. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of citrus, some orange, tangerine, and a bit of orange peel, it really smacks you in the face. A little bit of spicy rye.

T: Again, tons of citrus, rather intense. Mostly orange, with some tangerine, orange peel and zest, and a little grapefruit. There is a nice spicy rye component and some pepper that balance nicely with the fruity hops.

M: Medium-full bodied for style with moderate carbonation. Slight hint of alcohol, but drinks rather nicely.

O: A very nice DIPA, would happily drink this one again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 gandres
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of DenverLogan
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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 sukwonee
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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 barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Pecafaced
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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 beercam
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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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