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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 12-24-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 64
Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep hazy amber that glows orange in the light. John Hammond could build dinosaurs from this brew (EDIT: quick image search reveals that the amber he used was significantly lighter coloured than I remembered. This is not that amber! But I'm going to keep the allusion because I like it). Foamy finger of head settles down into a nice little white picket fence on several acres. The fence is the lacing and the halo. The acres are the residual layer left on top. Basically, this is what you want your IIPA to look like.

Nose is decidedly sweet. Caramel/honey predominates, with some sweet floral and tropical hops, though not really fully committing to any of that direction. Maybe a bit of pine a bit of grass and something like soap perhaps? I really like IPAs with a sweet backdrop, so this works for me. Many people do not, so YMMV.

The sweet notes take a backseat on the flavour letting the pine play the front. There's not as much depth and layering here as I had hoped/I've become accustomed to with their stuff. There's an overaching strongly bitter catwalk which brings that pine and some citrus, and a support network of that aggressively sweet malt backbone. These are components that I like individually, but I feel like there's a missing link in the fossil record: they're just disparate enough to need a little more of... something to bridge the gap.
The finish brings this clash to the forefront as the dominant notes I mention both carry through: strictly bitter and candi sweet tripping over one another to carry the train. Medium body, fairly creamy, but also shows the alcohol a little more than I like in my big IPAs. Bottom line it's a good beer, but not quite as great as I was hoping/expecting based on the (absolutely earned/deserved) reputation Reuben's has for churning out top flight tipple.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color topped by a foamy head the leaves quite a few dots and shards

Smell: Passion fruit, pine and caramel

Taste: Caramel backbone established, up front, and then the piney hops take over, bringing passion fruit, as well; the caramel sweetness linger into the finish underpinning the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice DIPA though the backbone is a bit sweeter than I prefer

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 10.29.13

A - Pours a clear darker orange with a smaller light tan head that lingers around for a bit.

S - Very piney and grassy.

T - Grass, pine, earthy, dank.

D - Good carbonation with a mediumb body.

O - A nice hop forward IPA, lots of earthy and leafy traits.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and light piney hops. Flavor is pine and citrus hops, citrus rind, rich tropical and orange family citus, full flavored and well balanced; long lingering piney hop flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess, nice mouth feel. A intensely flavored malty and fruit flavored IPA that also packs a piney hop punch. Well balanced and nicely made, like the other ales from this brewery.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I a free with Dirtyal on his assessment. Right away the Hops are uo front and the Bitterness hangs with you. They knew what they were doing when they brewed this one. I was discussing IPA's with a long time Seattle beer drinker and his opinion is a lot of brewers are hoping up beer to much... I think it is a matter of new taste and those enjoying it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ the brewery

Have had this many, many time - my favorite Reubens beer (narrowly over the Imperial Rye) - dank citrus hops, sugary grapefruit, candied orange peel, pine - bright, clean and balanced. Booze present, but in check. Body is a little big, but only a minor flaw - this is very good stuff.

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Photo of draheim
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a 4oz sampler glass @ the brewery. Pours a clear coppery golden color.

Aroma is a burst of grapefruit and orange, some pine too. Smells tantalizing.

Taste follows nose. Tons of citrusy tropical hops laid upon an abundant backbone of neutral pale malt. Alcohol content is evident as a warming toward the finish. This is maybe a little sweeter than most DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and balanced, typical DIPA.

Overall a big, flavorful beer that packs a punch.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: The beer was a golden orange color with a foamy white cap on top with decent retention. Streaky lacing formed down the sides of the glass.

S: Really nice tropical fruit aroma. Some grapefruit, oranges, and orange peel. There is a little bit of faint caramel and a hint of pine right at the end.

T: Again, quite a bit of citrus up front. Grapefruit, passionfruit, and orange predominantly. The fruit flavors really drown out any sort of malt presence with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice bitterness on the finish.

O: A solid DIPA from Reuben's, lots of fresh fruit, not overly balanced, but thats fine with me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light goldenish orange color with a nice white cap which fades leaving behind some light lacing

S: Wow, if IBUs could smell....I picked up a good dose of passion fruits, huge citrus notes in the way orange peel, grapefruit and a genrous amount of pine needles

T: Initial blast of bite and citrus, grapefruits and orange peel, underlying passion fruit appears but really sordove buried under the bashing of copious amounts of bitterness and citrus. A booze sting is really appears about midway as does some very light pine. The finish is more bitterness, booze sting, citrus, clean and dry.

M: Medium bodied, this beer is all hops with just enough backbone to keep it legititmate as a IIPA. Very clean, yet very bitter, a growler of this leaves the taste buds demolished and dead.

O: Very well executed.

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Imperial IPA from Reuben's Brews
4.1 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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