IRA (India Red Ale) - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
This is a particularly beautiful shade of coppery amber. Nice lacing with a clear white foam. Plenty of spritziness in the mouth. Orange marmalade aroma with piney hops.
Both malty and hoppy flavors vie for supremacy here. Sweet with a peppery touch. The malt is quite rich with a caramel base. There are a lot of malt flavors going on. An orangey citrus taste with some woody notes. Hints of melon with that sweet malty taste. This is rather bitter with an acidic touch at the finish.
This starts to seem overly bitter, but the malty sweetness is quite beguiling. I think it's better than a lot of other Red/Amber brews. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.
05-29-2014 06:48:01 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into my slim tulip glass with a white head that dies very quickly... the brew is a clear orange.. only the random spot of lace.
The nose nicely balances some light caramel and even hints of toast with a standard PNW citrus hoppiness... and a bit of spicy hop.
Flavor is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, but the malty essence is still plenty present. Decent bitterness helps balance... a lingering citrus hoppiness begins mid palate and finishes with a dry toasty element.
Body seems a touch heavy for the style... but the carbonation is right and the slightly resinous hoppiness help cut through the residual malt.
Pretty drinkable, but Boise is going to be topping 100 soon and I think this will be too much for me with the heat.
05-30-2012 04:38:18 | More by JohnGalt1
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a typical dense amberish-red color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated into a ring that had good retention and light lacing.
The aroma started out with a nice dose of piney hops forward then melded into some basic-ish malt scents in the background. the flavors were pretty much the same and the hops and malt were nicely balanced against each other.
The body was good, a solid medium, that was smooth. There was a a bit of stickiness on the finish however. Drinkability was good, I might stick a sixer of these in the fridge. Overall, a good, solid brew. Nothing special, but certainly worth a try if you see it.
07-26-2012 18:01:33 | More by beertunes
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: dark tawny-brown hue; not really as red or amber as a "red ale" ought to be. There's a pretty thick haze and a head that pours a thin finger of frothy tan foam. It's not bad, but redder would be nice.
Smell: standard red ale malt characteristics: caramel, some toastiness and a hint of biscuit. Hops seem very earthy and woody. Overall, it's not bad, but I'm not in love with it and I'm not sure what the brewer was going for.
Taste: malt is biscuitier than the aroma, which is not a big plus in my book. There's also a sweet, vinous character which doesn't really fit in my opinion. Bitterness is on the high side of medium, and I have no complaints there, but really this beer just doesn't suit my palate.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and actually a rather nice, smooth texture. I like it.
Overall: this isn't a bad beer, and it may be enjoyable to some, but it just isn't to my taste. I don't see myself having this again.
09-17-2012 02:01:38 | More by flagmantho
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Ale Pint glass. Pours a hazy medium orange amber. One finger fine off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuity, almost toasted malt with light hops. Flavor follows with the same biscuit malt with toasty elements, neutral hops bittering, hints of citrus. Finishes with malt and light lingering citrus hops. Quite a bit more subdued than other red ales from the West, but nice flavor balance. Body is medium with some creaminess and an overall very satisfying mouth feel. I'd like a bit more flavor and forward hop presence, but this is a well made, laid back, pleasant malty red ale I would try again.
07-24-2012 04:23:13 | More by LiquidAmber
3.39/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head that has a little retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a dark amber that glows a mostly medium, but a little pale, amber when held up to the light. Thin sliver of sheeting is left around the surface of the beer.
Nose- This is a odd one. Starts off with some traditional IPA notes- grapefruit, melon, with some muskiness- but then veers off course. Some notes of banana. Then a mixture of cherry, strawberry, raisin- some kind of red fruit with a spice or piquancy to it. Then it moves into weak tea and hints of caramel. Very odd. Not bad, just don't know what to think of it. No that I think of it, more berry than those other fruits. Raspberry is probably the closest. Caramel grows.
Taste- Starts off a little thin. A little too thin, in fact. Some tea which seems to hint at pine and resin, some other woodiness. Slight notes of orange which move into caramel and more tea (more of a black tea with some green aspects). Moves back into pine and resin, with some slight spice on the finish. The spice lingers a bit as well with a tiny bit of heat. Not bad but really weird. Caramel with slight citrus notes start to move forward a bit and matchstick notes appear on the finish. I was thinking the odd flavors were a result of age but if I'm reading the bottle code correctly, this was bottled on 8/20/13. If you're not trying to pay attention the flavor profile, it becomes very mellow. I would say that it lacks a little bit of presence but is till quite drinkable. Definitely above average, not quite good.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a fair amount of zip that seems to fit well with the overall character of the beer.
Drinkability- Easygoing but a little too easy to ignore to really compel one to drink it. Reasonable price but there are many better beers for that reasonable price.
Overall- Not bad, but not particularly memorable. I'd give it a shot: it's an okay beer in a vaguely defined style. Even then, it still seems a little off to me. For the amount of IBUs and the claim that it was a red IPA, it seemed to come short.
09-26-2013 02:49:28 | More by artoolemomo
3.43/5 rDev -2%
light reddish brown, could be a bit more red, getting close to golden there. one finger head dies to show spotty lacing. hops are there, a bit milder than i expected. earthy, woody, hint of papaya, malt is there and feel is decent. a pale ale with some sweetness goin' on . . . nothing great, but nothing really wrong, either.
06-05-2013 06:39:08 | More by lighthabit
3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
Nice looking pour. A hazy amber color with a pillowy head. Long lasting bubbles leave moderate lacing.
The label on the bottle says that the IRA is "inspired by the IPA category." Sure enough, the smell like a trusty Northwest IPA dominated by citric and piney hops. Very little malt aroma is discernible, just a faint sweetness that doesn't come from the hops.
Flavors and feel are just like many of the good IPAs to be found around Oregon brewers. Mild are hoppy with just a little malty sweetness. Not much backbone but nothing offensive. I was expecting more substantial flavors with the substantial look. In fact, I cannot taste anything differentiating it from an IPA. Medium body and short-ish finish don't end up leaving a lasting impression for me.
Overall, it's a middle of the pack IPA with a nice red look in my opinion. I would have liked the flavors differentiate it some from its paler brethren. Most brewers would just call this in IPA in fact. Next I'm I'll reach for a true IPA or amber.
10-02-2013 02:14:43 | More by josiahschlender
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 6/29/12.
Appearance- Slightly hazy dark orange color with a small head. Just a tad bit of lacing.
Smell- Caramel malts with some piney hops as well. Smells like it it will be hop forward.
Taste- Some piney hop bitterness initially hits the palate, then gives way to a weak caramel malt flavor. Doesn't finish with a lot flavor. Leaves a slight lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation and a stickiness to the aftertaste.
Overall- I have really enjoyed hop forward red ales (red IPAs if you want to call them that), and this one just didn't seem to have the same flavor or drinkability. Just okay.
06-30-2012 04:39:21 | More by mfavoino
IRA (India Red Ale) from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.