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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

117 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of artoolemomo
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a very healthy amount of head which appears to have excellent retention. The head is a light tan to light beige while the body is a dark amber with slight maroon hints that appears as a medium to dark amber in the light.

Nose- Very subdued with a hint of creaminess to it. Maybe mild peach or melon, slightly vegetal even. Slight notes of citrus- orange, lemon, maybe even tangerine. Really hard to get much as it's very subtle. Swirling really adds nothing to the picture.

Taste- Starts off a lot breadier than I expect an IPA to, followed by heavy notes of grain and cereal. Some hop notes come in but they are mostly of the pine and resin variety. Slight bitterness that has a little bit of linger. Some citrus (orange mostly, then grapefruit) but it transitions quickly into bittering hops. Lots of earwax. Not bad but I'm getting the sense that this might have a little age on it (maybe 2,3 months on it) because the hops do not have that pop. Above average to good beer but mostly above average. Not really the style of IPA or IRA that I like but competent with no obvious flaws. Grain notes but bitter hop notes remain consistent and rounded. Nice balance and integration but lacks complexity and presence.

Mouthfeel- Flirts with being medium bodied and has a good level of carbonation that hints at a zing but fortunately doesn't deliver. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but also a little boring. Pretty subdued for an IPA/IRA that tends toward the bitter end of the spectrum. The 4 bucks a bottle, however, will probably render this a one time buy for me.

Overall- Above average to good beer but mostly above average. Very competent but not all that interesting. If this is fresh, it's more of a sessionable ale (at least taste wise) with a bit of a kick. Worth a try.

artoolemomo, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

yancot, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev +6.4%

TaborTime, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of trytoketchup
4/5  rDev +6.4%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

604growler, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of anarchia
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

anarchia, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jaydoc, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Gobzilla, Oct 27, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a reddish amber orange colour. Nose offers deep, rich malt notes with a hint of citrusy hops. The ripe citrus and marmalade notes come through on the palate up front, followed by robust malt notes in the middle and a seriously bitter finish. Medium bodied.

CookstLiquor, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Kylemif
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kylemif, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

drpimento, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

2beerdogs, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

akttr, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -20.2%

mdaschaf, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

mactrail, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of sjanowiak
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sjanowiak, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +13%

seanchai, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Derek, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Soumya
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Soumya, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of PortlandSunDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

PortlandSunDevil, Jun 12, 2013
India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.