Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Brendan's SIP: Reuben's Imperial Rye IPA

Type: Imperial rye IPA
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Price: $7.99 per 22 oz
ABV: 8.4%
NSP: 6.83

Second IPA of the Seattle IPA Plow and a huge improvement over the last one. Ann pointed out Reuben's Brews to me on a walk through Ballard because their website was completely dominated by rye beers. They even make a rye hefeweisen. Ever since, she has been pointing out their beers in stores, so I finally had to buy one. I knew I was in for a treat when the bottle cap smelled like it was soaking in some dank weed. After the pour, I smelled it and knew it would taste great, just like we knew the winners of some rounds of the California IPA tournament by smell alone. The taste reminded me of the first time having a San Diego IPA: complete hop overload, almost to the point of not liking it. After smacking myself upside the head for such a foolish viewpoint, I thoroughly enjoyed this.  The hop character is solely pine with almost no citrus notes to speak of.  It does have quite a boozy whollop and is slightly unbalanced (especially comparing to Alpine Nelson), and smelling intently gives a paint thinner quality to it. For my first foray into Reuben's Brews, I am most certainly impressed and will definitely try everything else out, especially their normal Imperial IPA to include in the 'plow'.

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