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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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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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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 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR.

Pour looks suitable from the start. Yep: it's red in the body, with a decent, intricate, almost English style head that leaves good lacing. Smooth and firm in consistency, with an off-white sheen to it. Decent body that holds carbonation nicely. Looks very decent.

Nose is earthy, but a little too much. Hops come through as a touch of basil or something else sweetly herbal. Some dough or plasticene. It's not bad, but it's not exemplary of the style.

Taste is, unfortunately, similar, if not more disappointing. Very light body is apparent from the start, leaving very little sweetness or even any roast character from the malt. At least, the bitterness is tempered, meaning the beer doesn't feel unbalanced overall. Mostly it's based on that doughiness, and the slight fragrant herbal character, which gives a brightness on the finish. But it's pretty weak all up. Feel is very light, and slightly too carbed up.

Underwhelmed by this brew. Red Ales have great potential for balance and complexity, and while this beer doesn't become unbalanced, it sure isn't particularly interesting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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 beertunes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber colour with a patchy off-white head. Fair head retention.

Light orangey hop aroma with a piney resinous edge. Sweet malt. Not bad.

Quite malty with a slightly fruity, orangey hop edge. The claimed 60IBUs does not present against the distinctly sweet malt. Okay.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent IRA but 8wired Red Poppy still takes the prize for me. This is just a touch weak on the bitterness and hop aroma.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream- to light tan-colored head that settled slowly and plenty of lace. Color is a hazy moderately deep amber. Aroma is hop, resin, hint citrus, then malt, grain, toffee. Flavor's like nose, Hop flavor and bitter up front, then some tang and finally a bit of sweet. Body is decent; carbonation good. Finish is like flavor but has some medicinal and smidgen metallic.

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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 RedDiamond
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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 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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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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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.