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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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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 42
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)
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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.

Kegatron, Sep 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Iamleoromo, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

GrantBrennan, Oct 13, 2014
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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.

BEERchitect, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jds16, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Booner818, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Osskjc, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Cheld, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MarisaB, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MB4slow, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BreweryRun, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BrewtalHonesty, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

gartlesby, May 12, 2014
Photo of ssteakley
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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,

ssteakley, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

chossboss, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

RJLarse, Mar 23, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Micros32, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

linnymtu, Feb 17, 2014
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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.