Sunday, December 3, 2017

Reuben's Brews - Life on Mars Imperial India Pale Ale

Cold Case Space Invader?
Has anybody else noticed that there seems to be a significant lull in the number of new beers offered at the supermarket? I wonder what that's all about? I'm thinking perhaps there are now SO many popular local beers that the empty space in the cold case is getting mighty sparse. I find myself in the specialty bottleshops more and more, especially when I'm looking for a new release.

Now, more than ever, it's nice to find a new-to-me beer in the supermarket cold case. It's a special surprise!  Recently, I found a bomber of Reuben's Brews Life on Mars Imperial IPA at Green Zebra Grocery. $6.99 for the 22 ounces. Hey! That's a decent price.

Reuben's Brews is stationed up in Seattle, Washington. I've had a few of their beers and I've  been very impressed with those. Thus, I was pretty enthusiast about drinking their IIPA. How was it, you ask? Let's get to it...

Life on Mars poured into my glass a deep, clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that rose up to more than two fingers thick with no coaxing. Thick, webby lacing was left all over the glass after the head slowly dissipated.

Aroma was citrus and pine. Sweet caramel malt. Hints of ripe mango in the background. Nice!

Taste followed the nose. Sweet malt balanced nicely against some big, bitter hops. Flavors of orange, tangerine, tropical and stone fruit. Resinous pine. Excellent!

Medium mouthfeel with a smooth, clean finish. Both malt and hops flavors took turns reannouncing themselves on the palate after every sip.

This Reuben's Brews website describes this IIPA as follows:

A DEEP RED BREW, WITH A BRIGHT NOSE OF CITRUS, TANGERINE, AND PINE SUPPORTED BY A MEDIUM FULL BODY AND SMOOTH CARAMEL NOTES. JUST WHAT THE LUNAR LANDER ORDERED!

Life on Mars certainly has the malt profile of a red ale. ABV comes in at 8.2% but I didn't get any hint of booze or alcohol sting. Overall, this a stellar brew. I would drink it anytime if found on a tap list. I'm giving this one a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4. Good stuff!


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