India Red Ale (I.R.A.) - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
07-13-2011 06:19:32 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-18-2008 19:07:41 | More by Magpie14
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
04-21-2010 01:40:10 | More by tempest
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
10-26-2013 03:28:24 | More by Alieniloquium
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-14-2011 14:33:18 | More by Kegatron
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-31-2012 03:31:19 | More by jellikit
3.76/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-09-2014 02:18:24 | More by Spikester
3.91/5 rDev +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.
05-11-2013 03:28:42 | More by LiquidAmber
India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.