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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States | website

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: 44 | Hads: 148
Reviews by ithinkimasofa:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SudsSurfer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Marius
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber pour, with decent head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and roasted nuts. The taste is what you'd expect from the smell, with caramel slightly overwhelming, followed by roasted pecans, almonds and a very mild bitterness.Too sweet for my taste, but a decent brew for what it's worth. Not sure this is an American IPA, though - it tastes more like a brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MB4slow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 16oz (how quaint) Yankee pint on the increasingly warm early afternoon patio of the Bread and Ink cafe on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, whiling the time way as my girlfriend does whatever it is she does trolling the hipster shops nearby.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, orange-brick brown colour, with one chubby finger of weakly puffy, somewhat rocky, and eventually soapy ecru head, which leaves some broken distant bluff lace around the glass in its more or less swift wake.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, subtle earthy nutty notes, some hard water flintiness (is that a thing around here?), and prominent leafy, citrusy, and kind of perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is more gritty, grainy caramel malt, some faltering toffee sweetness, mildly bitter vegetal and piney green hops, an indistinct earthy citrus character, and an unexpected suggestion of yeasty mustiness.

The carbonation is quite moderate in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent enough medium weight, and though kind of chalky, still smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a recovering malt and some still good 'n bitter piney and citrusy hop bitterness.

Overall, not a particularly bad notion, this idea of combining an IPA and a red malty ale - here, though, the malt seems to get kind of lost, and somehow the IPA bitterness remains sort of muddled, but the end result is still fairly drinkable - the locale playing a large part, of course.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jellikit
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.