The meeting of a resinous India pale ale and a toasty winter warmer sounds odd in theory, but Seattle, Washington-based Reuben’s Brews doesn’t just make it work; it makes the combination sing. What began as a homebrew recipe back in 2010 is now available through January 2017 in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles, pleasing fans of both rich, complex malts and earthy, sticky hops. Toasty, pretzel-like scents reach the nose first, eventually revealing pine needle and tangerine. The flavor segues from toasty rye bread and soft caramel sweetness into deep pine bark and resinous, moderately bitter hops that hint at spruce. It delivers some of the intriguing maltiness of winter warmers, but at 7% ABV, it’s a beer that promises a just-right level of holiday cheer.
Reuben’s Brews Roasted Rye IPA
$4.99 per 22-ounce bottle
Pair it with: Pecan pie, glazed ham, duck a l’orange