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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

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of brewjockey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Mmmm-beer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -2.8%

Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Slippinghalo
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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 DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hophopandaway14
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jakewatt135
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Ogonzalez
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.