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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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Reviews: 44
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Roby923
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-amber with a finger of creamy white head. Nice aroma balancing caramel and citrus hops.

Very smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation (from the cask). Full-bodied flavors of biscuity caramel malt and floral hops with a nicely bitter citrusy grapefruit finish.

Well-balanced and extremely easy-drinking.

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Photo of Elimination
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer twice on-tap now, once at Belmont Station and again at the recent North American Organic Brewers Festival.

A tough one to categorize, this beer lists at 55 IBU and 6.8% ABV, brewed with Gambrinus organic pilsner malt, crystal malts, Simcoe and Brewers' Gold hops. It's a sort of hybrid between an IPA and Red Ale with some interesting characteristics imparted by the Belgian yeast used.

A: Reddish in color, a little murky with a finger-worth of off-white creamy/soapy head. Good amount of sticky lace.

S: Awesome smell of citrus hops, sticky-sweet caramel, a little yeast funk. A blend that draws one in immediately. I poured this beer for Charlie Devereaux (brewer) at NAOBF and had to resist the temptation to stick my nose in the pitcher repeatedly.

T: Good complexity: lots of orange/citrus pith hops, sweeter malts and a floral yeastiness. Dances between sweetness, fruit, and dryness. A nice set of balanced flavors.

M: Medium with good carbonation. Zesty citrus is softened by sweeter malts. Has a pleasant aftertaste that sticks around awhile.

D: I liked this beer quite a bit and will look forward to another.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressed by these guys while I was in Portland. Their IRA has what I want from the style, lots of hops but countered with a rich malty backbone and full almost thickish mouthfeel. Super food friendly and very easy drinking this is style I hope to see more of in the future

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 djbreezy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a red/amber with a nice head, good lacing and retention

smell - pungent hops and breadiness

taste - big nw hop profile, grapefruit and pine, some undisguised alcohol in the finish is really the only flaw

mouthfeel - full body, excellent carbonation balance

drinkability - despite the present alcohol notes, this is a great hop forward ipa with a unique touch to make it an ira

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Photo of alexrichman
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint at the taproom, IRA is a chill hazed copper with a creamy white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is strong piney hops, sweet bread dough malt

Taste is pretty good, a nice malty amber with a big hop blast and firm but balanced bitterness. Still, every time I have this (which is fairly regularly throughout the year), I'm left a bit unsatisfied, craving more blistering hops...DIRA anyone?

Mouthfeel is slick but chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, straddling the line between malty IPA and hoppy amber...I'd personally prefer more zing from the hops to match the maltiness, but nevertheless, a nice beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half pint at Russell Street BBQ in Portland for two dollars and some change, reviewed from notes, medium red color, thin ¾ inch white head, decent retention, great lacing, aroma consists of hoppiness, toasted malts, light citrus, pine needles, caramel, earthiness, and floral accents, flavor starts off with grapefruit, some faintly sweet caramel in the middle, finish is hoppy with a nice floral and pine flavor, dry, earthy and slightly malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, very balanced, good amount of carbonation, dryness lingers a while, could drink a few more of these easily, nearly seven percent and hidden well, smooth and balanced overall, would drink this again, worth checking out

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Photo of ssteakley
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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,

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham, WA. Poured more of an orange/amber than red with just less than an inch of light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving between minimal and moderate lacing.

A nice hop aroma features a blend of scents with the floral and citrus components most noticeable. The flavor follows along as expected without the malt backbone most red ales have.

Typical IPA body and drinkability. This is not such a tongue burner that you'll suffer from palate fatigue if you have more than a couple.

Overall a solidly above average IPA. I don't know why it's called a Red Ale but listed as an IPA, but this beer is certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good IPA. Nothing more, nothing less. Pours very red and I was hoping for a taste maybe more synonymous with that color, but it really just tasted like a standard IPA. Still, it's a good one

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Photo of anarchia
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can’t honestly call this a red ale. At best there’s a faint red blush to its otherwise coppertone body. But it’s hardly “ruby red” as the menu indicates. No matter. This is a very tasty IPA with a soapy head, a vibrant hop bouquet, and big balances between hearty malts and green-sweet hops. IRA has a heavy temperament and will satisfy anyone craving a bold IPA. I did note a distant whiff of chlorine rising from the glass, but not enough to cause trouble. Given a choice though, I’d pick Double Mountain’s pale ale or Hop Lava above this one.

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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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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