Saturday, July 16th, 2022

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Ruse Beer Flight


In July 2018, founders and brewing partners Devin Benware, 31, and Shaun Kalis, 37, opened Ruse Brewing in the old Iron Fireman Collective building in Portland, Oregon’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Benware and Kalis began brewing their Ruse beers on a big system before Ruse was a thing. When not brewing for Tomas Sluiter at Culmination Brewing, whom they originally worked under at the Old Market Pub & Brewery in Multnomah Village, they used Tom’s tanks to make their Ruse beer. Initially focused on farmhouses and IPAs, Ruse now brews styles across the spectrum. This past April, Ruse opened their pizza spot, Crust Collective, on the Vancouver, Washington, waterfront. Just in time for Ruse’s fourth anniversary, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go beer flight of Ruse beers — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Ruse Beer Flight.

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Ruse Beer Flight

Ruse Introspector Pale Ale

5.3% ABV

Ruse’s fourth anniversary beer is a pale ale version of their mainstay Translator IPA, reimagined as “Introspector,” aka Translator Light. This beer is a smaller version of Ruse’s original 2015 recipe with the same base malts as Translator of premium Pale Malt, a dash of Munich malt, Carafoam specialty malt, and a sprinkle of Crystal malt. Hopped with Citra and Simcoe, Introspector is fruity and slightly savory.

Ruse Translator

6.6% ABV, 60 IBU

Speaking of Translator, Ruse brought back their true West Coast IPA for their fourth anniversary. This medium-bodied, well-balanced IPA uses dry-hop additions to achieve tropical fruit flavors and aroma, including orange and caramel malt. Expect a clean, dry finish with a big-hop punch.

Ruse Fields of Time

8.2% ABV

A collaboration with Holy Mountain Brewing, Fields of Time imperial hazy IPA is brewed with a slightly untraditional base — 2-row, Pilsner malt and rolled oats lay down an ultra-pale appearance with an uber soft, yet dry mouthfeel. The brewers dumped a huge blast of hot side Simcoe and Mosaic hops. After that, they got crazy with a dry-hop blend of Strata mingled with even more Simcoe and Mosaic. The result is mind bending flavors of mandarin infused pound cake with sweet pine needle whipped cream and sticky strawberry sauce on top.

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