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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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-03-2014

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

A: clear medium amber ale, a fat finger or so of ivory foam left some lace down the glass while I drank

S: herbal and floral, with suggestions of grain sweetness, perhaps some citrus fruit and honey

T: pleasant mix of grains like bread and biscuit, lightly done and slightly sweet, and fruitier characteristics of fruits with some pine resin chew

M: medium-light, moderate carbonation, slick and slim-feeling; smooth with a mild bitterness

O: a nice amber ale, IPA-styled with a good hop representation. Enjoyable and recommended to fans of red and amber ales; worth checking out for IPA fans, too.

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 Audiodrome
4.91/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Red IPA!! Solid taste and texture.

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 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 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 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 tzieser
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an English imperial pint.

Look: not nearly as red as I was expecting. Pours a deep amber/copper with almost 100% clarity. Good carbonation and head retention. A few points off for the underwhelming red color but still a nice looking beer all the same.

Smell: beautiful hop aromas featuring grapefruit, tangerine, passionfruit and a nice sweet malt base.

Taste: lovely citrus hops up front nicely balanced by sweet, caramel malt flavor. Lots of grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange peel and quite bit of tropical (passionfruit, dragon fruit, mangoes) hop flavors. Mosaic really shines here and the modest malt bill keeps it all balanced. Hop candy, practically.

Mouthfeel: sticky at first yet finishes nice and dry.

This is quite a wonderful red/amber ale. It's easily in my top 5, up there with Nugget Nectar, Hop Head Red, Marble Red Ale and Maine Beer Co.

Well done, Ninkasi!

Photo of DuckFan83
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. I live in Eugene, and frequent Ninkasi's Brewery, and this is my favorite out of all that they have made.

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 OrestesMethuon
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Starting with the lesser, and worker upward: this "India-Style Red Ale" could be sharper in the moutfeel: it's decent appearance of effervescence isn't quite met by the crispness one might expect, as there is a definite thickness belied by pale-red-inflected golden-brown hue. Indeed, while Dawn of the Red does a fairly good job fulfilling its label's promise of "bursting with tropical notes," and presents a solidly "juicy" texture throughout, I wouldn't quite calls its "malty backbone [...] subtle": while the outward hue is almost shockingly not red—as aforementioned, there are but the merest hints of red in the coppery burnish—it is, inwardly, much truer to the designation, possessing a fairly sturdy, deep-sugar skeleton on which the prickly, piney spines of the hops are fastened. The final, swirling layers are all that famous juice the back-label boasts: papaya, grapefruit, orange-blossom, orange-pith—but all balanced and blended and well-built into the fundamentally red-malt flavors that form the broad underbelly.

Overall, Dawn of the Red is something I'd like to try fresher, and à la fût, to discern how much more clarion those upper-bodice astringent floral-&-juice sound out—though it's a very solid six-pack, for sure (and better decanted into stemware or tulip-pint than a straight shaker).

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

Becoming one of my favorite styles this was a steal at $.99! Didn't expect the grapefruit juicy ness. Smooth, balanced.

Photo of kpoole25
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into glass from 12 oz bottle. Look is more like a pinkish-orange, maybe pink grapefruit. My sample was slightly cloudy with some small yeast particles floating about. Fairly typical IPA aroma, piney and fruity. Taste was fairly big and a tad sweet, kind of hit me harder that I expected, very bright fruity / citrusy flavor, again I'd go with pink grapefruit. Decent bittering level but mostly tons of late addition hop flavor and aroma. Would be interesting to discuss recipe with brewers to better understand how they got the brightness.

Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from "Habits" beer and cig store in S.Salem $3.59 Light amber coloured beer with a nice thick and creamy off white head ( about half an inch). Balanced aroma, deep caramel malts and floral type hops. Taste is also balanced with the juicy hops just winning out. Nice mouth feel medium with good carbonation( soft). A nice enough simple IPA.

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a clear, coppery red with a thick, foamy off white head.

Malty, toffee, biscuit, bready notes well balanced by tropical, fruity, floral hops.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

Certainly more malt balanced than an IPA, though with still a sufficient, tasty hoppy balance.

Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Somewhat hazy with light carbonation.

Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, and candy sugar.

It has a burnt caramel maltiness yet remains dry and rather heavily bitter. Sun-dried pine needle, passion fruit, and onion. Lighter notes of pineapple, papaya, and mango. Resinous finish sticks around with some onion.

Medium bodied. Starts juicy but finishes dry and bitter.

It's aggressive enough to remind you that it's an IPA. There is some noticeable alcohol flavor.

Photo of x0darap
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best IRA I've had. Perfectly balanced beer.

Photo of ssteakley
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my third red Ale, I think this is is as good as the other two I tried this week and it is just as good or better than the other two that was rated 90 and higher. Excellant aroma that matches the taste, starts and endes well with a very full body and a satisfying follow through. IPA's have been my preference but I really like these red Ales, Surprised me!

Photo of Raverj
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, plain and simple. If you like reds, you will too

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

This is a big, rustic, and bold mouthful. It's more of an orange-tinged amber in color than red, with a creamy white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Substantial body and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Sudsy and aromatic.

Taste starts with an appealing sweetness with tropical fruit flavors followed by as bitter hoppiness. Some mango, apple, and tangerine. Bitterness takes over the aftertaste with a lime peel flavor, but the juicy tang stays with you.

This is more of a hopped-up Red Ale than the usual, at 75 IBUs according to the brewer. Since we're getting into a color spectrum lately with white and black IPAs, let's call this a red IPA. It's almost a Double, at least it tastes stronger than the ABV. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Encinitas.

Photo of Vinster171
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amber colored, with foam that clings to the glass. Caramel malts and citrus hops mix very well on the nose. In mouth, smooth sweetness if followed by a distinct, mild bitterness. This likely represents the perfect balance between the hops of the IPA and the malts of the amber ale. Very well done, and much appreciated.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear red color with off-white soapy head that left minimal lace.

S- Pretty pungent grapefruit and piney hop notes, and some sweet fruity/malty notes.

T- Lots of pungent grapefruit and piney notes balanced with a big juicy malt backbone with red apple and other fruity notes. Finishes with moderate bitterness.

M- Dry, smooth, medium body, and prickly carbonation.

O- A really nice hopped up red ale with great hop character and a strong malt backbone.

Photo of camarocrazy67
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enough flavor just average

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

A Good thrist quencher bit hoppy.

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