1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
India Red Ale (I.R.A.)India Red Ale (I.R.A.)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
"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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by olfolxholme:
Photo of olfolxholme
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

olfolxholme, Mar 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

chossboss, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +6.4%

kevwcamp, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ste5venla, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of MB4slow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MB4slow, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Sargully
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sargully, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -20.2%

mdaschaf, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
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.

Magpie14, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of jellikit
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.

jellikit, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mdillon86, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

n2185, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Spikester
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.

Spikester, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Booner818, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of rogerthegill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rogerthegill, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jds16, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jaydoc, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Hopmodium, May 22, 2013
Photo of Cheld
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Cheld, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Dcbelkot
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.