Imperial IPA | Reuben's Brews

Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BA SCORE
4.07/5
65 Ratings
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
reubensbrews.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,334
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
65
pDev:
6.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 9
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwalkup
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DamienI
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dshansen1184
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coon_Hopster
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaximus
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of camarocrazy67
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of erickc
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this one. Pine and citrus notes.

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Photo of The_Golden_Spruce
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boozecamel
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Erik-P
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Imperial IPA from Reuben's Brews
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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