With two noteworthy craft beer events taking place in Seattle this Saturday, June 11th with Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America stop and Elysian Brewing’s 20th Anniversary, Seattle’s Reuben’s Brews will release it Crikey IPA in 12 oz. cans on Friday. Pronounced Cry-Key, Crikey IPA will complete Reuben’s lineup of 12 oz. cans as it joins the year-round Gose and seasonal can that is currently Summer IPA. Crikey IPA is also available year round in 22oz bottles and on draft across its distribution footprint of Western Washington.
“Crikey was the first traditional, American-style IPA we ever brewed and we’re very proud of it,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews in a news release. “When I designed the recipe, I wanted Crikey to be different and intriguing so we focused on a fruity hop profile with underlying citrus, and a malt backbone to provide balance. Crikey has since gone on to win a number of awards and has become a firm favorite among our customers. We’re excited to add Crikey to our year-round can offering.”
Crikey IPA uses judicious amounts of the brewery’s favorite hops that includes Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe. Its hop profile is described by the brewery as being led by notes of citrus, tangerine and tropical fruit with a little pine in the background. Through the years Crikey IPA has received a handful of awards that makes this 6.8% ABV and 53 IBU beer one that craft beer fans will seek out.
So what is the meaning of Crikey? Robbings ventured back to his English upbringing to use a lesser-known word here in the States that essentially means an expression of astonishment, surprise or amazement. We will drink to that!
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.