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Beer – #1,064 – Emporium – Reuben the Red 2019

Emporium Brewing Reuben the Red – I liked the idea of a Spiced Red Ale, it’s sounds like an Anti-Flanders Red type of beer, but spices and Star Anise made me do it, and I’m quite looking forward to it

340kg was the magic number

Reuben is a 375ml bottle of a beer that is 9.5% ABV and 65IBU things, this would be 2.8standard drinks in New Zealand

Reueben the Red is a Red Ale – Imperial that is brewed by Emporium Brewing in 🇳🇿 Kaikoura, New Zealand

Just Like Eric but redder

A beer for Finney’s 40th birthday!

Finney just wanted to see how much malt he could get in the mash tun and 340kg was the magic number, although Finney reckons there was still room 🙂
A lovely imperial red ale malt base spiced with Cinnamon, Star anise and coriander.
This is a big beer so take your time and raise a toast to Finney’s 40th birthday

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Aroma is malty malt, a gentle hiss accompanying the opening of a very tight cap. It is a nice aroma.

Pour is a deep deep red, but I couldn’t get anything other than a small film of a head on this. Aroma is the glass, unsurprising, is mostly a malt thing.

Oh gosh that’s a full mouthfeel of a toffee explosion, it’s outstanding, unexpected and delicious. There might well be spices in this, they seem to be very nuanced and in a supporting role.

There’s a lovely after heat with this, it just sits there warming at the back of the throat. Again unexpected and quite delicious.

This is a very tasty, if at the sweeter end of things, big beer. All that malt clearly paying out in this, with the great mouthfeel and that decadent feeling that goes with it. I’d have liked more spice work or course, because that’s what I was hoping for, but this isn’t the worse for having it drinking like this. For me this is right on the number.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. This is a glorious thing of much gloriousness.  This is a sweeter beer, but has a great mouthfeel and drinks really easily. There might be spices, I couldn’t pick them, but this does not suffer for the hints at what might be. I really enjoyed this.


The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The BeerJerkNZ store – the Fridge and Flagon
  • Am I enjoying it? It is outstandingly good
  • Would I have another? If I can get one I’m going to get one
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this is a really nice example of someone doing something they love well,  it’s not just a hammer of one thing, it has been thought about and it comes over as a lovely drinking balanced, if at the sweeter end, of beers. Loved it.

Music for this:  This Is James Brown  a play list of the music of James Brown on Spotify. I was in the car getting a beer when the BfM were playing some of this. It’s just the thing for an early evening.



American red ale brewed at a higher strength and hopped like an IPA. Typically, redder in color than an IPA, with deep ruby hues.


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