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

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

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-13-2007

"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
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Reviews by Elimination:
Photo of Elimination
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very cloudy red brown, not see through at all

Smell is pine citrus hops, sweet, grapefruit

Taste is similar to smell strong citrus orange very flavorful hop presence

Good mouthfeel thick, a very drinkable actually one of my go to beers for when I go out

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pint on the increasingly warm patio of the Bread and Ink cafe on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy, muddy orange-brown colour, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves some broken bluff lace around the glass in its wake. It smells faintly of leafy and bitter citrus hops, and soft sweet toffee. The taste is mildly bitter vegetal pine hops, pale caramel malt, and a bit of mustiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and kind of chalky, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a recovered malt and bitter pine hops.

Not a bad idea, this combining of IPA and red malty ale - here, though, the malt seems to get lost, and the IPA gets sort of muddled, but the overall result is still fairly drinkable.

Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: glowing reddish orange, wall of lacing at the very top, near white head.

S: tart-to-sweet floral hops, acidic fruits mostly in the nose. All lightly encompassed by sweet caramel

T: hop hitter and yet malty with caramel sweet...an amalgamation of things. Not a typical IPA I guess is what I am trying to say, something unique about this one. Malts are different or almost as if it has a very light bread character to it

M: great feel and mild body, hops hang and linger

D: nice drinker and overall well balanced.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the brewpub. This is a great example of this American substyle. It has a great balance of caramel malt and citrus hops without weighing too heavily on the palate. The malt is smooth and tasty, almost like candy without being too sweet, while the grapefruit and citrus rind peel hops provide a perfect counterpoint. This beer really sums up the hop-oriented ingenuity of the region and is a must-drink beer for anyone stopping by the brewery.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jellikit
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of EspressoGuy
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An IRA, eh? Hmm!

Ruby red color. Well, maybe terra cotta is a better discription. Small head, dissapeared pretty quick.

Aroma is floral, citrus, grapefruit. Lots of hops in this one, thats for sure.

Taste is the same. Good blend of citrus (notably grapefruit), and agressivly hopped. Finish his heavy on the resin, to the point of being chewy. But hey, I love IPA's so give me all you got IRA!

Love this brewery and its experimental/hybrids. Along with their BPA (belgian ipa), this one was a favorite for the night.

Photo of Roby923
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Personal favourite out of Double Mountain. A perfect mix of hops and toffee malts. A distinct taste and style that I wish was more widely available. Bottled from the tap room and consumed the same day. Time your visit to coincide, you'll be in for a treat.

Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of alexrichman
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ssteakley
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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,

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

The multitude of IPA on the market can leave brewers and buyers scratching their head trying to come up with unique taste that's not overkill. Double Mountain brewers provides just that taste as its foundation is of amber ale but its overlay of hops show its true IPA demeanor.

Its deep amber glow gives the ale a sturdy garnet appearance that promises aromas of caramel, toffee, pecan, toast and grain to come. Its juicy malt sweetness is justified with those gently seared barley sugars while a waft of citrus and pine swirl above.

Toasty, bready and nutty- its toffee-laden start begins to dissolve just as the taste of candied almonds pull forth. Hints of bitterness peak through the fledgling sweetness, carrying with them the clean acidity of grapefruit, orange peel and a spruce character ahead of the finish.

Malty-dry to close, the ale's sweetness trails with a bready substrate to support the growing bitterness. Extended pine resins and citrus pith are acute and nearly peppery as the IPA tendencies shine through its competing malt structure.

Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At OBF.

A - Pours copper with a one finger off-white head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Pilsener, honey, and flowers.

T - Pilsener, honey, flowers, and bittering hops.

M - Moderate-bodied and well-balanced.

D - Good overall. A good beer, nothing to write home about, but a very sessionable beer.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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