By Iron Chef Leftovers
I have called Reuben’s Brews on of the 5 best breweries in the state in this space and that is not an exaggeration. They make some of the best hoppy beers in the state and they elevate those when they are on cask, a true treat for any hophead. The only unfortunate thing about the casks is that they tend of be a one-time deal. In the early days of their cask program, they gave the cask treatment to their Imperial IPA, a beer which I thought was outstanding to begin with. The cask version clocks in at 9.4% ABV and 100+ IBU.
The beer pours hazy orange in color with a touch of a fizzy white head. The beer is a major hop bomb on the nose with lots of citrus and grapefruit, which are much more pronounced then the regular version of the beer, and a slight resin hop character in the background. Drinking the beer brings a major flavor explosion – heavy on the grapefruit and citrus with a very long finish – a very mild, almost barely there bitterness plays hide and seek on the palate with the citrus and peel notes, adding a nice balancing contrast to the citrus flavors. The beer drinks like a much lighter beer with incredible balance – much smoother and more subtle flavors than the regular version of the beer, it is double dry hopped with Simcoe. Probably one of the 5 best beers that Reuben’s has put out.
Reuben’s Cask Conditioned Imperial IPA rolls in with a spectacular 5 barrels out of 5.