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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | 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: 148 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
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 +25.3%
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%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 -4.8%
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 -2.8%
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.

3.75/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of Slippinghalo
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +6.9%
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 Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 x0darap
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
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 +13.3%
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 +27.6%
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%
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 +25.5%
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 +7.9%
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 Ringdocus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Good thrist quencher bit hoppy.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer tumbler.

A - Slightly hazy orange with a one-finger white head that dissipated quickly. Polka-dot spots of lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of pine, caramel malts, and tropical fruits.

T - Rich, juicy tropical fruits forward; mango, guava, papaya. Spucy finish with a slight mineral astringency. Toasted caramel malts provide a base, but the hops carry the flavor here, and this beer lacks some flavor balance.

M - Medium bodied with lower side of medium carbonation. Slick, oily finish.

O - I expected a bit more malt balance in an IRA; there really isn't much that distinguishes this from a fruity IPA. A decent effort, but a few too many flaws. Not a rebuy.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, pineapple, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, citrus zest, and pineapple flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the smell is better on this one in my opinion.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: For a perfectly copper colored beer, this is about as transparent as it can get. There is not a trace of sediment or haze, just crystal clarity. The head is stark white and the full finger and a half of it last for about 45 seconds. Once it settles, the cap creates a ring around the edges with a nearly flat, but very thin, white coverage of the surface. It almost looks like a white, foamy pizza. The lacing is foamy with about 80% of the back of the glass covered. One of the prettiest beers I've seen.

SMELL: Gorgeous pine aromas hit the nose first and they’re surrounded by light citrus and a touch of grass. Hints of brown sugary malt and some floral smells also creep in, but they are very subtle and only serve to round out the nose. Would be perfect, but not nearly enough intensity.

TASTE: All of the big citrus and floral notes from an IPA are here, but there is absolutely none of the harshness, instead there is a subtle wash of slightly sweet malts that takes its place and balances this beer perfectly. Again, I’m getting a touch of brown sugar here along with caramel, pine, tangerine, grass and grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Perfect balance for this beer with the dial landing just barely on the sweet side of the spectrum. There is just enough bitter bite to make this worthy of the “India-style” tag, but easy enough for non-IPA drinkers. Medium body, mild tickle and velvety mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This is an ideal gateway beer for those looking to convert a newbie Craft Beer drinker to the hoppy side. But it can also be fully appreciated by hop heads as what it is, a phenomenal example of a hoppy red beer with a little more malt and balance than usual.

Photo of RJLarse
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Dawn of the Red in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color, not red, with a modest white head. A little chill haze.

Smell is a sweet floral aroma, lemon blossom and pine needles.

Taste is very good, and nice sweet bread flavor up front, followed by a citrus orange and lemon favor,and then a zesty wet bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly cloying.

Overall a good IPA. Nothing really red about it, but good IPA with a solid malt backbone.

Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a soft, red-tinted copper, opaque, but light comes through, with a short off-white head.

S: Nose is faint, but peach, mango, orange, grapefruit peel and a bit of sweet, tropical fruit in the form of papaya and passionfruit.

T: Grapefruit peel, orange, and a touch of tangerine come through first, fading into malt. Also present are lemon (not tart, though), lime, grass, pine, and in the finish, a touch of kiwi and perhaps mango and papaya. Aftertaste is bitter, like sucking on a hop, but far less intense.

M: Medium bodied, slightly less than average carbonation for an IPA (a good thing).

O: I'd recommend this beer. I'd prefer the tangerine, mango and tropical fruit were stronger in both the nose and the taste.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have no idea what makes this a red beer. it pours basically golden from the tap, a really nice white head on it, looks more like a pils than a red or amber, way way lighter on the malts than that style asks for, but i dont care at all, because ambers rarely move me, and this beer is delicious! reading other reviews suggests mine might have had some batch variance, way lighter than the copper described by others. the nose and taste are great, really really hoppy, bright clean pine without all the west coast style oils and textures that often accompany that aroma and flavor profile. the yeast is interesting too, almost belgian in its flavor, effervescence, and ability to dry out anything. the finish is cracker dry, with only the vegetal hop bitterness remaining. seems delicate in taste and feel for its abv, and drinks like its closer to 5% abv. sessionable for me, but im left wondering about the red part. i dont miss it, but it really isnt there in this one. one of the better ninkasi beers i have had all up though, looking forward to drinking some more of this one, really solid addition to the denver beer market!

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 159 G 0020 2013 and JAN 09 13 16:36:59 are both printed along the bottom edge of the bottle. Not sure, but I would guess it was bottled on January 9th 2013 (more than a year ago), with a best by of 150 days after that (more than half a year ago). So...take this review for what it's worth (which is very little, even under the best conditions).

It's a pretty beer. Big creamy looking head, beautiful rosy/amber color, lots and lots of carbonation. Clear. No sediment or haze at all, despite an ungentle and thorough pour. Smell is amber/red more than Imperial (or India, whatever they think the I stands for). Fruity, bready, slightly yeasty, little in the way of hops except a moderate grassy aroma. Smells good, but not phenomenal.

Taste allows more of the hops through. There's a little citrus rind bitterness up front, and some piney bitterness as it finishes off. Still lots of fruitiness, some of the bread. Tastier than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry. Not sticky or thick. Overall, this is a good beer.

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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.