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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

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 Sargully
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jtosch
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hoolihan
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of gkunkle
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of alexrichman
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of djbreezy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Elimination
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of beer348
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yeah it was good. um i didn't know what the IRA stands for but it's just red apparently. Yes quite drinkable . I think it would have gone well with food too. I just had a pint and it was fine. Tasted a bit on the bitter side especially toward the end, kind of like grapefruit.

Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At OBF.

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Magpie14
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.78/5  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.

India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.