Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Reuben's Brews - Roasted Rye IPA

Along for the rye'd?
I've been regularly toasting a small, unorganized group of beer nerds on Twitter. Somebody drinks a beer, takes a picture of said beer and tweets a photo out to the rest of the crew. This morning, I proclaimed today #RyeTuesday. I seriously doubt any of the other folks will drink a rye beer, but I made the commitment, dammit!

Recently, I've become a fan of Reuben's Brews out of Seattle, Washington. Every one of their beers that I've tried so far has been excellent. Good stuff, Maynard! I spotted their Roasted Rye IPA in the cold case of my local bottleshop yesterday and decided that it would be the perfect subject of my #RyeTuesday tweet. Is it? Let's find out!

The label declares Roasted Rye IPA to be a "winter warmer India pale ale." Here's what Reuben's Brews' website had to say about this beer:

"ABV: 7.0% IBU: 80+
Citrus and tangerine in the nose, supported by chocolate, roast & caramel, with a full and warming mouthfeel. The best of an India Pale Ale and a winter warmer wrapped into one brew."
The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, deep, ruddy amber color with a thick, clumpy, off-white head. The head rose up to two inches thick and dissipated slowly. Thin, webby lacing was left behind on the glass and a thin spotty cap remained throughout the entire drink.

Aroma was sweet malt and toasted grain. Indistinct citrus hops with chocolate and caramel notes, as advertised.

Taste was less citrus hops than the nose belied and definitely malt forward. Roasted, toasted maltiness with the spicy, herbal notes of rye. Some pine and light fruity flavors in the mix. This is a big malt beer. I'm not so sure I would call it an IPA. Definitely a winter warmer, though.

Medium mouthfeel with a smooth, creamy finish. Good carbonation. Spicy rye finish.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. I really like it. I'm giving Roasted  Rye IPA a very respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4. I would definitely drink it again.

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