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

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3.9
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. AleDawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An IRA bursting with tropical notes, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. After one taste, it’ll leave you wanting more. It doesn’t take brains to know this IRA is a delicious choice any time of year!

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-03-2014

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 367
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.79 (10 pct. off)
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 27, 2016
Misc.: Reviewed as an IPA, but Amber/American Red Ale was another option

Not particularly looking forward to this one for some reason. I mean Ninkasi is perfectly fine, but just bought this because I hadn’t reviewed it yet. Here’s to meh…

Poured a honey, orange, semi-clear color with three fingers of frothy, white head. Pretty funky underneath the head, mostly looking like standing pulp and a few bubble streams. Very good spideweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Wow, pretty interesting nose. Getting artificial lemon iced tea, passion fruit, rye, lemon zest, peach, red apple, caramel malts, papaya, pineapple and other tropical notes. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was pretty close to the nose, getting that artificial lemon iced tea mix up front. Also rye, red apple, tropical hops, mango, stone fruit, lemon zest and earthy grassy hops. Alcohol is very well hidden. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was not a bad beer at all. Hard to really classify this as something specific. I think a Red IPA or an Amber IPA would work. Either way, pretty decent. (Overall - 3.75)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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Photo of sicilian
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Audiodrome
4.91/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Red IPA!! Solid taste and texture.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of innominat
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T505
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of voduh
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel honey/ golden light brown into a pint glass. Nice 2-3 finger head that stuck around a while. Really good clarity. Looks very tempting. Good sticky lacing till the end of th glass.

Smells "oh my god!" good. Pronounced, sweet caramel malt. Piney-fruity hops. Bright. Balanced nose with some booze. Can't wait.

Tastes bitter for a red. Interesting... Big gulps serve up a caramel sweet taste while sips excentuate the hops. Again, pretty much a sugary ipa to me. YUM!

Moderate mouth feel. A little hot on the tongue. A rush of carbonation in the beginning. Almost, but not quite slick, near the end of the glass.

I really like this one! At seven percent, I shouldn't session this, but I want to! Love the caramel sweetness and piney smell. I've realized after a few, the smell is what makes this beer what it is. Taste doesn't quite follow suit, but it nearly does. I feel this is scored a touch low on BA. Try it!!!!

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Photo of Skabiski
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CWVegas
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Ninkasi Dawn of the Red is described by the brewer as a Red IPA. The color is more of an orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet toasted malts and tropical fruits. The taste begins up front with with a good dose of sweetness from the malts and finishes with a good dose of bitterness to help balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with prickly carbonation. Overall, a solid brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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