Roasted Rye
Reuben's Brews

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Rye Beer
Ranked #46
Ranked #14,095
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Very Good
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep, dark amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells of grainy, bready, caramel malt and citrus hops, with a certain spicy/earthy aroma as well. Taste is dominted by the slightly toasted, grainy, bready, caramel malts and spicy rye character, but still with a good dose of citrus hops as well, with grapefruit standing out in particular and just a hint of pine. Finishes with a medium, spicy bitterness and some citrus and earthy rye notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I quite enjoyed this and think it does exactly what it says on the tin. Reminds me a little of a cross between a Red and Rye Ale, with a great malt complexity, good dose of citrus hops and that typical rye character, as well as a great overall balance. Kinda reminds me of Arrogant Bastard with an additional rye kick, actually, lovin' it.

Apr 13, 2019
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hreb from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant brown color, though nearly transparent. Big, sturdy white head. Mellow, bready, rye aroma. Flavor is immediate and bitter, with graininess and hops. Feels rich on the palate. Pleasant and flavorful, but not at all subtle. This is a beer that looks roasted, tastes like rye, and has the profile of an IPA. The label says winter warmer, which I'd give it only in the sense that it's dark and tastes strong (as American winter warmers tend to). But as an IPA, rye bitterness dominates hop flavor, so it doesn't quite fit there either. It's not malty -- it's grainy. BA's appellation of rye beer is probably the safest bet.

22oz bottle served in pint glass.

Mar 18, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i liked this beer pretty well, but i have a hard time calling it an ipa. it has a huge malt complexion, nice layers and a lot going on with it, but the hops arent particularly flavorful to me, and while it finishes bitter enough, this is more of a balanced beer, far maltier than i know any ipa to be, and the flavor of the hops is sort of missing for me. this bottle may have been the victim of some time on the warm shelf, so i will have to reevaluate if i find it cold or on draft in the future. for now, i really dig how lively this one is, lots of airy tan head from the bomber, and a rich indian red color, caramelized looking and autumnal to the eye. the aroma really shows the rye, spicy and earthy with a cool toasted almost cooked note to it. its not sweet, but has a richness, more than just rye in here too, i would think some crystal type malt providing a lot of this color and body. the hops come on pretty late, especially for an ipa, and its mostly bitterness. i like the round earthy grain aspect, and find the hops sort of disruptive and not all the way congruent, like the would be fine shutting them down all together here and just letting the malts do the work. i liked this one, something a little different, but also understated like all the beers i have had from these guy.

Oct 08, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful brownish amber pour with lush, fine-grained foam in the Timmermans goblet. Roasted malt aroma with cedar and fermenting pineapple. There is a hint of sweetness along with the grain. It definitely tastes like rye bread but with an unaccountably bitter bite and a lingering herbal tea taste.

The label calls this a "Winter Warmer India Pale Ale" but it tastes like an over-sexed "Cascadian" IPA with a side of rye toast. There is a spicy note but more of the rough grain. Impeccable sudsy mouthfeel and complex aroma. Alas, the bitter finish turns surly and lingers like the smoke from the neighbor's yard trash fire. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood.

Sep 22, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty red body with huge foaming off white head that pretty much sticks
Nice freshly sawn wood and sherbert aroma
Flavour is like that with slight sourness
I really like this

Mar 23, 2017
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BarisMotonaga from Hawaii

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice color of the roasted grains. smells of roasted barley tea. Hops of a level that don't fight with the spicy rye. they work well together. I am not a hop head but it is right in my wheelhouse. at 7.0 abv it is not one to drink a large glass with but it is spicy,hoppy, and very refreshing.

Dec 27, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great rye beer. There's a distinct toast and spicy finish that gets lost in too many hoppy ryes. The hops still stand out with a big grapefruit, pine, and (just a little) peach. Give me another. Great balance.

Sep 13, 2016
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imagine the familiar summery-fresh citrusy goodness of a regular IPA very deftly converted into the lightly candied and spiced fruitiness of fall and winter, then touched by a whisper of cocoa. One of the more unique, and uniquely delicious, beers I've had. And one of Reuben's best.

Aug 28, 2016
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PintGuy from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excuse the hackneyed phrase, but OMG! Pours straw, amber with moderate head. I have come to totally enjoy the rye bitterness that sneaks up, lands squarely on the tongue, and does linger appropriately. Bread-like and not a poke-me-in-the-eye american hop tang, but an old-world flavor and smell. Have only tasted from bottle - but is enough to make one make the journey to Ballard. This brew has become one of my favorites - totally ready to go with barbecue or just a way to wind down the afternoon.

Apr 20, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a bomber into a nonic, a winter warmer ipa. Strange (to me), but I'm game and Reuben's tends to be reliably good, so...pours a deep reddish amber with a beautiful 2 finger khaki head with great retention (I've still got a half a finger crown after five minutes) and substantial lacing. a little strange on the nose...somewhat faint citrus hoppiness and quite a lot of caramel and chocolate malts, with some toasty bready goodness too...not getting the spiciness some rye beers have. Taste brings out some of the brightness of the citrus a little more, especially on the front and middle of the mouthful, mixed with caramel and breadiness...the chocolate comes on strong at the end, together with a little more zip which might be from the rye...chocolate lingers. The mouthful is pretty rich and creamy and smooth, but there's also some liveliness. Medium to low carbonation, substantial body. A lot here, and it all fits together nicely for me. If I had regular access to it in the fall/winter, I'd drink it often; seems like a great seasonal.

Feb 27, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Strong tastes of fruit and citrus, but not extremely hoppy which for my tastes is a good thing. In my opinion it tastes better when it warms up a bit

Feb 12, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. 112315 is stamped on the label.

Pours a dark amber-brown, translucent, moderate head which fades somewhat slowly, leaving quite a bit of chunky lacing. Smell is roasty/toasty grains and a little bit of citrus or tropical juiciness. Interesting, and a little confusing. Smells a little bit like Sucks, actually, but roastier.

Taste is super tropical juicy -- where'd that toastiness go? I'm not sure, but this beer is delicious. Searching for it after a few sips, some rye and toast show up in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky and a little flat. Overall, very tasty beer with some flaws. Give it a shot if you get a chance.

Jan 24, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean crisp cherrywood body capped with a persistent little half finger capper. Much more red than I was expecting.

From the table it exudes a sweet caramel and citrus but draw it to your face and it takes on a much grainier domination. A touch of chocolate on the outside edge. Roasted rye indeed.

Flavour is not what I expected. This is a much maltier beer than I was expecting. It draws true to its aim with rye driving the lorry and pine bitterness dragging the muffler. There's hints towards some sticky resinous hops, but lets their presence mostly be fleshed out in the bitterness that pervades. There's some gunpowder in there as well and an almost chocolate-ness in there as well. This is a tough ball of yarn to untangle.

There's some different things going on here, and they are interesting and come together nicely, but they are... odd in some ways. The label calls it a 'winter warmer india pale ale,' and, frankly... yeah I see that. There's definitely IPA-ness in there. And there's certainly some bones of a winter warmer. Maybe even some red and certainly a huge field of rye. An interesting, unique, and ultimately enjoyable beer, but not going to be for everyone.

Jan 17, 2016
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown with a thick, light brown head. Streaks of lace across the glass. The head sticks around the entire drink. No visible carbonation.

S: Pine, bitter grapefruit, citrus pith, spicy rye, and a hint of nutmeg.

T: Typical west coast style ipa flavors of pine and grapefruit. First and foremost an IPA, followed by a hint of bready malt, some caramel and nutmeg sweetness, along with the quintessential spicy rye flavor.

M: Well carbonated, yet super smooth. Slightly dry on the finish. One or both the rye and hops leave a spicy tingle on tongue.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. Nice rye flavor profile and spice coupled with typical west coast style IPA withnotes of pine and grapefruit. Overall a very nice beer, take on the IPA, and the winter warmer. This is second beer I have tried from Rueben's. The first was their Crikey IPA. This beer is like a Crikey IPA with the addition of rye spice and mild winter warmer sweetness that all work well together. Delicious.

Dec 17, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: This beer has a lighter Dr. Pepper colored body, that has hardly any carbonation. The head is beige, short, and creamy looking.
Smell: This beer does not smell like much. Or, I should say, the aromas are muted. I get smells of a spicy IPAness.
Taste: IPAness with some spicy ryeness. Nothing to write to mom about.
Feel: Substantial and smooth. This has medium to low carbonation and a slightly heavier body.

Overall - Nothing really stands out here. Not bad, but I do not think I would have this again. I definitely love their Crikey IPA and their Imperial Rye IPA.

Dec 04, 2015
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like rye beers, and wish there were more brewed around here, so I'll put my biases up front in this review. And this beer is brimming with "ryeness". The hoppiness that you'd expect from an IPA is pretty understated. Reuben's says this beer has 80+ IBUs, but it didn't seem so to me. If you like a spicy malty beer with a pretty unique flavor profile, you'll like this.

Jan 01, 2015
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Huge roasted smoky rye aspects to this beer that I am really digging... Almost porter like in places, this beer is both unusual and quite delicious... Had the look of a red with the spiciness of a rye and the hop punch of a moderate IPA...

Very unique and quite well done... Long slow smooth hop finish that fades into rye earthiness and cocoa...

Very very nice beer...

Dec 06, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.30.13

A - Pours a murky medium brown with a small foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, barley, wheat-grains.

T - Roasted malts, some hop bitterness. Very malty.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Roasted is nice, I wish there was more of the IPA side.

Dec 16, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a cola color with good carbonation leaving a nice frothy tannish cap. Head retention was good and some spotty lacing was observed after it settled and as I drank.

S: Not much to speak of. Some rye, faint grains and chocolate with a piney hop bitterness

T: Initial hop bitterness overruns the beer. The flavors of chcocolate, caramel and rye seem to be afterthought. The finish is a lingering, dry hop bite

M: Medium body. Well carbonated, somewhat creamy but the bitterness just sordove lingers on the mouth and tongue providing a not so desirable sensation for this style

O: Not among my favorite Reubens beers thus far, nor is this a prime example of a Winter Warmer, or a Rye Winter a category of its own for sure.

Dec 13, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The label says "Roasted Rye IPA" and "winter warmer India pale ale". This beer evidently is trying to fit a lot of styles in!

Appearance: chocolatey amber-brown with a light haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like the look of it!

Smell: toasty and lightly spicy with earthy and citrusy hops. The rye underneath really gives the hops a bite. These guys know their way around rye, I'll tell you that.

Taste: toasty and biscuity, almost like an amber ale, but with that piquant rye character and a fairly high hop bitterness. This type of thing is not usually my style, but I find it working for me now. Maybe because it's 38 degrees outside despite being 3 in the afternoon? Who knows.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: it doesn't taste roasted, it's too malty for an IPA, but it is definitely a good rye beer. Absolutely worth a try if you like this particular grain.

Nov 20, 2013
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Justin_Neff from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses colored brown with a dense silky light tan colored head. Looks like a Scottish ale in the glass.

S: Smell is faint but complex with a lot going on. Initially hoppy, finishing with sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Hop bitterness upfront. Sweet Caramel, toffee, and vanilla.

M: Medium body. Moderately light carbonation. Creamy. Oily. Bitter with some boozy warmth.

O: Definitely a unique beer. Drinks much more like a winter warmer than an IPA, as noted in the name on the bottle. Very complex, but not very reminiscent of an IPA. Glad I got to try this one.

Nov 13, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew pint glass. Pours a hazy medium chestnut brown with a fine one finger light brown head. Aroma of biscuit malt, rye, slightly nutty with light citrus hops. Flavor is an excellent blend of toasted and biscuit malt with light rye sourness, finishing with satisfying dry malt and lingering citrus hops bitterness. Great mouth feel with light creaminess. A very nice malty ale with a well integrated rye twist. Verging on old ale territory, but bringing in spiciness from the rye. I really liked Reuben's imperial rye IPA, but this is even better, well integrated and interesting.

Nov 04, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ the brewery

100+ IBU, "Citrus, Chocolate, Smooth, Bitterness"

Reuben loves some Rye - while i'm partial to the imperial rye, this is a pretty fierce pint as well. Big spicy rye loaf - not for the faint of heart, bitter citrus, dry cocoa. Paired nicely with a kickass falafel from "A Taste of Istanbul"

Apr 07, 2013
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Adamostella from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color with minimal head. Makes a very nice "glow" in the glass.

Smell- my lowest rated attribute of this one, don't really get a ton on the nose, isn't overly pungent, a bit of sharp rye comes through almost like the edge of a young bourbon.

Taste - drinks excellently clean and smooth. Something that if you had on tap available in the fall at a football tailgate would make your afternoon. If you want to talk about balance this beer has it in spades. Could drink these for hours.

Mouthfeel- creamy and extremely easy on the palette. Just the right amount of carbonation to make it pleasant , but at the same time not boring.

Overall- did a flight at the brewery today of several o Reuben's offerings and for me this was a standout among many excellent offerings. Will most definitely be back soon to have some more!

Mar 24, 2013
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