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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

India Red Ale (I.R.A.)India Red Ale (I.R.A.)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%


Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"The "IRA", as it's known around here, marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an enduring favorite."

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner malt, imported crystal malt, Simcoe and Brewers' Gold hops. 6.8% ABV, 55 BU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-13-2007)
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ssteakley

Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Red Ale so nothing to compare it to except all the other brews I have enjoyed here in the PNW. The Aroma popped right out of the bottle and the color is an interesting hazy "red"? Just taste differently good to me. great start, the body holds up well and finishes well. My next three buys will be red ales so I can learn a bit more about these brews,

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 02:50:18 | More by ssteakley
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RJLarse

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of IRA in a bottle shop. 1 pint .9 ounces. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an amber gold color, not sure I would call it red, with a bit of chill haze. Thick creamy white head.

Smell is a faint fruity citrus aroma.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor up front, with a mild bitter citrus finish, with a dry bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel is light in body, crisp and clean.

Overall a pretty good brew. I would have it again, even though I am not crazy about the size of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:37:35 | More by RJLarse
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Spikester

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy red with a big off white head and very fine lacing.
Smells of floral hops and grains. Slight pine aroma also.
Tastes of lightly sweet malt and plenty of piney fruity hops. Plenty of depth to the flavors.
Full bodied with good level of carbonation. So well balanced that the finish is moderately bitter.
Overall a fine beer and even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:18:24 | More by Spikester
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a very healthy amount of head which appears to have excellent retention. The head is a light tan to light beige while the body is a dark amber with slight maroon hints that appears as a medium to dark amber in the light.

Nose- Very subdued with a hint of creaminess to it. Maybe mild peach or melon, slightly vegetal even. Slight notes of citrus- orange, lemon, maybe even tangerine. Really hard to get much as it's very subtle. Swirling really adds nothing to the picture.

Taste- Starts off a lot breadier than I expect an IPA to, followed by heavy notes of grain and cereal. Some hop notes come in but they are mostly of the pine and resin variety. Slight bitterness that has a little bit of linger. Some citrus (orange mostly, then grapefruit) but it transitions quickly into bittering hops. Lots of earwax. Not bad but I'm getting the sense that this might have a little age on it (maybe 2,3 months on it) because the hops do not have that pop. Above average to good beer but mostly above average. Not really the style of IPA or IRA that I like but competent with no obvious flaws. Grain notes but bitter hop notes remain consistent and rounded. Nice balance and integration but lacks complexity and presence.

Mouthfeel- Flirts with being medium bodied and has a good level of carbonation that hints at a zing but fortunately doesn't deliver. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but also a little boring. Pretty subdued for an IPA/IRA that tends toward the bitter end of the spectrum. The 4 bucks a bottle, however, will probably render this a one time buy for me.

Overall- Above average to good beer but mostly above average. Very competent but not all that interesting. If this is fresh, it's more of a sessionable ale (at least taste wise) with a bit of a kick. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:08:32 | More by artoolemomo
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anarchia

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light red/dark amber with a thick, frothy head that leaves lacing all over the glass. On the hazier side. Aroma is heavy citrus from the hops, some floral notes. Smooth malt profile hides in the background, very hop-heavy but not overwhelmingly bitter. Thick in the mouth, almost chewy, but with a pleasant dry finish. Leaves a nice mellow bitter hop aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:48:47 | More by anarchia
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish amber. Slightly hazy. Nice head.

Smell - Grapefruit hop aroma. Some malt, but mostly grapefruit hop.

Taste - Strong grapefruit hop. Malty. Gets spicy in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Monotonous hop flavor that masks a lot of malt. Rye comes through.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:28:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a reddish amber orange colour. Nose offers deep, rich malt notes with a hint of citrusy hops. The ripe citrus and marmalade notes come through on the palate up front, followed by robust malt notes in the middle and a seriously bitter finish. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 22:43:34 | More by CookstLiquor
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan 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, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 04:37:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream- to light tan-colored head that settled slowly and plenty of lace. Color is a hazy moderately deep amber. Aroma is hop, resin, hint citrus, then malt, grain, toffee. Flavor's like nose, Hop flavor and bitter up front, then some tang and finally a bit of sweet. Body is decent; carbonation good. Finish is like flavor but has some medicinal and smidgen metallic.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:58:49 | More by drpimento
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mactrail

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear and coppery red in the tall glass. Big foam-up on pouring, every time, not just the first. Handsome head of coarse foam. No bubbles to be seen. Thin body. Big sudsy mouthful.

There is a pleasant nutty flavor at first sip. The bitterness comes on rather boldly. Plenty of malt with a dark roasted flavor. Quite hoppy and tangy. This is a little on the sweet 'n' bitter side for my taste, but it's a big gulp of flavor. Quite drinkable if you don't mind the coarse and funky side of the red category. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:55:03 | More by mactrail
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vkv822

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz : SN IPA Glass

Lightly hazy, coppery, amber red with a thick foamy off white head with thick lacing.

Floral, lightly sweet fruit notes initially, along with light biscuit, crackery malt backing. It ends on a slightly earthy, herbal note. Interesting flavor transition.

Medium+ body, with foamy carbonation.

A good IPA, one I would like to revisit. Pleasant hop profile, I'm assuming is attributed to the yeast strain they mention in the description, though I would be interested to know just what type of yeast it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 08:02:27 | More by vkv822
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium ruddy coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipated to patchy islands and a ring around the glass. Aroma of bready malt, grassy hops; earthy and spicy. Flavor is dominated by grassy, earthy hops, herbal spiciness, finishes with citrus, some toasted malt notes, long residual hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Named as India Red Ale and has the strong malt body of the red ale style, as well as some additional hoppiness. Pleasant and interestingly flavored for a red. I think this is miscategorized here on BA; the intent, name and finished product is all in red ale territory.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:28:42 | More by LiquidAmber
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Murrhey

Montana

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler (filled April 26 at the taproom) into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A_ Three finger cream-colored head with two-minute long retention. Sticky veins of lacing down the glass, dark-amber color with high clarity. Fine looking beer.

S- Musty hop-oil scent. Earthy and a stronger yeast character than is typically found in American IPAs. Different, appealing smell.

T- Musty, slightly sweet, mostly bitter malt-forward IPA. Little funky, but easily drinkable. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- A medium-bodied beer that finishes dry and metallic. Not in an off-putting way though.

O- Above average beer. Not the best American IPA I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying, but certainly one that is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2013 04:13:49 | More by Murrhey
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. 65 IBU
A: deep copper; slightly hazy
S: clean, simple balance of malt and hops. Nice.
T: Rich, well-balanced; develops very nicely with a long slightly bitter finish. They've really balanced the malt and hops to create a taste that is full-flavoured and lingering.
M: full-bodied with crisp carbonation
O: I really like this beer. Big but balanced flavours. Nice line of bitterness. Flavours and mouthfeel like an Imperial IPA but thankfully without the high alcohol. How can this be the same brewery behind the bottle of The Vaporizer I had which really was not good. Must be the way Trader Joe's handles the beers as other have said.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:27:41 | More by EspressoGuy
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Served a hazy dark orange color with frothy off-white head that left lace that coated the entire glass

S- Pretty mild aroma. I got some earthy and piney hop character and some caramel and red malt character.

T- Big cereal grain character, red ale malt, and caramel notes. Some earthy and piney hop notes on the finish. Overall pretty malt forward with a nice burst of hop character on the finish. Moderate bitterness

M- Dry, pretty smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O- A solid red ale, but lacking the hop character to be considered an India Red Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 01:54:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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scottfrie

California

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into snifter. Thanks Abe!

A: Pours a murky dark amber with a thick, greasy, light cream colored head that slowly faded into a think and lasting film. A complex network of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: Bitter hop resin and simcoe notes mixed with caramel malts and roasted grains. Faint sulfur as well.
T: Follows the nose with bitter herbal and simcoe hops, earthy finish, balancing sweet caramel malts, and toasted grains. Flavorful, malty and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, slick, greasy, oily hoppy mouthfeel with soft and smooth carbonation.
O: A great drinking beer, somewhere above average on the scale. There’s nothing really wrong with this beers it’s just not that amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:09:47 | More by scottfrie
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 1.25.13

A - Pours a cloudy, brownish-orange with a two inch cream-colored foamy head.

S - Sweet wheat, hop-citrus, bready malt, nutty, corn.

T - Sweet corn, nutty, bitter hop grass.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Bitter hopped up red. Hmph.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:59:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Trader Joes in Salem. $3.79 Amber coloured body,slight haze, with a nice sized bubbly white head. Spicy semi sweet maltiness with a slight but obvious resinous hop. Taste is very balanced..between the toffee flvoured malts and the resinous/spicy hop. Nice Good mouthfeel low carbonation and great after tastes. A good beer..but i have this IMO as an amber ale!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:12:32 | More by Reidrover
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jellikit

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: red and cloudy. Intermittent lacing.

Smell: not much there.

Taste: slightly sweet up front. Malty. Toasty. Hop bittering is piney.

Mouthfeel: Medium low carbonation. Full bodied. Think j-lo.

Overall: good IRA. Great representation of style. But needs more hop aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 03:31:19 | More by jellikit
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR.

Pour looks suitable from the start. Yep: it's red in the body, with a decent, intricate, almost English style head that leaves good lacing. Smooth and firm in consistency, with an off-white sheen to it. Decent body that holds carbonation nicely. Looks very decent.

Nose is earthy, but a little too much. Hops come through as a touch of basil or something else sweetly herbal. Some dough or plasticene. It's not bad, but it's not exemplary of the style.

Taste is, unfortunately, similar, if not more disappointing. Very light body is apparent from the start, leaving very little sweetness or even any roast character from the malt. At least, the bitterness is tempered, meaning the beer doesn't feel unbalanced overall. Mostly it's based on that doughiness, and the slight fragrant herbal character, which gives a brightness on the finish. But it's pretty weak all up. Feel is very light, and slightly too carbed up.

Underwhelmed by this brew. Red Ales have great potential for balance and complexity, and while this beer doesn't become unbalanced, it sure isn't particularly interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 01:57:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me with a tall off-white head, that settles to a dense rocky foam. Body of the beer is a hazy dark amber color. As I drink the head leaves concentric rings of lacing in the pint glass. Smell is primarily of pine hops, with a touch of citrus coming in too.taste starts clean and sweet, then quickly transitions to the hops, after a moment I get another taste of the Caramel malt. At the bery end of the taste I think i get a bit of a floral flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with average carbonation. The building blocks of this beer aren't spectacular, but when assembled it makes a great beer for drinking with a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 01:33:38 | More by gkunkle
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a cloudy copper color, with a moderate white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was barely noticeable: bready, with some nice floral hops in there. Taste of crisp, dry hops, providing a distinct bitterness throughout the session; citrus notes, and caramel sweetness for a good balance. Medium in body, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 08:31:57 | More by Rifugium
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with some frothy edges, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, with a touch of leafy spice, and features fresh citrus character that mingles with notes of caramel and bread, giving this a green tanginess in the back of the nose.

The taste has that same flat green bitterness as the nose, balanced by some sweeter caramel flavor and then a bit more of a toastier feel that is coming out from the malts as well. The hops finish this strong with pith and resins that sticks to the tongue with some light warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness the whole way through but this does loosen up a bit the longer it sits in the mouth. The alcohol is well hid, with just that aforementioned light warmth hanging in the finish a bit.

Well this was better than the Hop Lava IPA (thanks mostly the extra bit of complexity that those caramel malts brought to this) but the overall hop flavors here just didn’t bring it like they should have. There was just too much of a flat green bitterness that features plenty of aggressive notes of pine and spice but little else. I’m not sure what’s up with the hoppy offerings here but none of them got the job done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 14:33:18 | More by Kegatron
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Academy Theater in Portland, OR

A> The IRA is a good looking beer, a small one finger head that leaves nice lacing and seems to last forever. This beer is not red, more of a dark orange/rust color and very hazy.

S> The smell is subdued, faintly sweet malt with bursts of ripe grapefruit that come through every so often.

T> Delicious! The only knock I have is that the flavor is not too complex but when a beer is this delicious it's hard to complain. The IRA is perfectly balanced, just a wonderful play between the malts and citusy hops!

D> Very drinkable, wonderful mouthfeel. For me, this could easily be a session beer.

Overall the IRA is an incredibly enjoyable beer, striking a great balance that should please almost any fan of craft beer. In my opinion this is a beer that is not meant to be over analyzed, simply enjoyed, and double mountain accomplished this and created a wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:24:20 | More by alexrichman
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dgilks

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber colour with a patchy off-white head. Fair head retention.

Light orangey hop aroma with a piney resinous edge. Sweet malt. Not bad.

Quite malty with a slightly fruity, orangey hop edge. The claimed 60IBUs does not present against the distinctly sweet malt. Okay.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent IRA but 8wired Red Poppy still takes the prize for me. This is just a touch weak on the bitterness and hop aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 10:36:21 | More by dgilks
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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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