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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. AleDawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale

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very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-03-2014

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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some tropical fruit and metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with tropical fruit and a good amount of resiny hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nicely balance hoppy red.

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous clear amber body with a half finger of bubbly white head. A very nice looking amber/red ale, true for form. Scents of cedar, pine resin, citrus peel, tangerine flesh, cinnamon, tropical fruit with notes of pineapple and sweet caramel and bready malt, all balanced together quite nicely. Overall impression of aroma is of a very hoppy, yet also malty beer, intense in aroma, yet balanced. Very appealing. Flavor begins nicely bitter with notes of cedar and pine resin, mingling with flavors of mango and melon and light alcohol with a light malt backbone. Middle opens up flavors of grapefruit peel, mixing with pine resin and a high level of bitterness and a light malt sweetness in the background. Finish is bitter with notes of grapefruit peel, pine resin, juniper and a lightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of grapefruit peel and bready malt with lesser amounts of pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy, bright flavor profile bursting with tropical fruit, citrus and fresh pine flavors. Balancing this is a pleasant malt backbone that keeps it from being overwhelming. Quite nice, a good example of malt complementing hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel, befitting a hoppy beer. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, easily drinkable hoppy beer. Overall this is a fantastic hoppy red ale. It gets the hop intensity just right in aroma and flavor where both are intense, but not overwhelming as they are balanced quite well by the malt. An excellent hop-forward beer.

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Nice label - throw 'em up, while I throw this down.

This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just straight-up bubbly off-white head, which leaves a splendid array of mushed cobweb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat dank pine forest floor, mixed 'n matched tropical citrus and fleshy fruit notes, dark sugary caramel malt, and further earthy, spicy, and leafy hops - all with a touch of alcohol warming pulling at the outer reaches of my nostrils. The taste is more of the same - big and piney, with a thankfully understated dankness, some mango and papaya south seas fruitiness, more generic grocery aisle orange and grapefruit, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, and consistent floral, perfumed hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their plainly supportive measures, the body a decent middleweight, and actually quite smooth, the tropical nature of the hops not the sort to flippantly mess with an otherwise good thing. It finishes off-dry, the inherent caramel malt seeming bent on reasserting its provenance over the lingering and varied fruity hop esters.

A tasty example of this proto-style, hopped up with the lucre of a foreign land, and generally on spec otherwise. Easy to drink, an enjoyable Friday afternoon tipple, and yadda, yadda, yadda, Imma gonna go find some old school rock/metal to crank now - gee, I wonder why?

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CWVegas
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always a challenge for hoppy reds to balance the hops and malt, but this one does a fine job. They work together with a dry, toasty biscuit backbone and aroma, but then there's a biting grapefruit flavor and bitterness, plus a light floral edge in the aroma. Cool beer. Drink some.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear copper colored body.
The aroma is pine at first, then lots of tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. Really nice.
The taste is moderate pine and grapefruit bitterness, with a big malt bill to balance it out nicely.
The texture is crisp with soft and fizzy edges.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of brewjockey
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mmmm-beer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a price $6... It pours a glowing polished orange... 2 finger foamy white head rises up and drops back nearly as quickly... only spotty lacing.

Nose is tropical fruitbowl of melon, citrus zest, something I associate with papaya... light toasty maltiness.

Pithy bitterness from the front to a long lingering finish... the tropical fruit hoppiness shows meshed with a light toasted bread maltiness mid palate and lasts to the finish, but is ultimately blown out by the bitter bite.

Definitely hop centric, but I don't personally think the amber ale qualities jive super well here... but most people will probably like it. I doubt Ninkasi was going for finesse here, and I think they succeeded.


Photo of SierraJosh
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Slippinghalo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: More of a light amber look than a red, but nice color. Two finger head.

S: hoppy and balanced with a malt undertone.

T: Grapefruit and grassy upfront, Malt characteristics in the middle (slight biscuit), a touch of bitterness at the end.

M: Very light-bodied and refreshing...a good lawnmower beer.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I don't know if it's like any reds that I would compare to, but it stood on its own very well.

Photo of grnmtnman
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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