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Killer Red - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
89
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
“Fresh Hop Strong IRA”

"It’s harvest time again, which means using just-picked hops straight from Sodbuster Farm in the Willamette Valley. Our choice of hops for the Killer Green were a little late this year, so we decided to craft a sister brew with fresh Perles to fill the thirsty void. Killer Red has distinct apple/pine/orange notes from the hops, and pulls that biscuit/caramel character you find in our India Red Ale (“IRA”). Drinks like it’s IRA, but the extra strength is worth respecting."

7.2% ABV, 88 BU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-19-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

20mmf17, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

leftoverburrito, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kurmaraja, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight pine aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

NickyT, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wiltznucs, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

NickThePyro, Nov 18, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a hefty brown bottle with no dating that I can find. However, this is definitely the 2013 vintage--enjoyed on Halloween, because this beer is a real KILLER. I'll be here all week, please tip your waiters and waitresses... ...poured into the fancy Speigelau IPA-specific glass from SN/DFH.

Appearance - A glowing orange and yellow body, with some hints of ruddy red/burgundy as well, but subdued. Atop the body sits a positively massive four+ finger head that begins receding immediately, but at a snail's pace. The foam begins to sink right around the edges at first, creating a little moat-like trench between the thick sheets of lacing and a mound of foam in the middle that is still going strong. Eventually, the bubbles start to expand and burst, leaving a cobweb of foam, and thick, leopard-print sticky lacing. Another beautiful one, just like it's "twin" Killer Green.

Smell - Notes of apple, citrus orange and even some pineapple and a healthy backbone of fresh-baked bread and toasted caramel notes. However, make no mistake, on the spectrum of "red IPAs" (or "IRAs"), this one leans more towards hop dominance of the IPA than the more caramel-infused characteristics of an amber ale.

Taste - Again, the hops are on full display, but now the caramel malts provide a nice rustic counterpoint to the more pungent hop characteristics. Again with orchard fruits--orange, apple, even some bosc pear and maybe nectarine. However, I really enjoy the nice biscuity and rye bread tasting element to the malt backbone. Some more generic floral notes float over the top and give this one a depth of flavor that I don't typically find in a standard "red IPA".

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and toothsome, with good carbonation and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, while I like both of Double Mountain's fresh IPAs, I think I slightly prefer this one, just because it's a bit more unique than a lot of the fresh hop IPAs that are out there due to the caramel and roasted malts. Would gladly have again and hope that they continue to produce it.

LambicPentameter, Nov 06, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Perle hops are interesting and I can't say I've had a single-hop beer brewed with them. After this warms up a little the aroma is really distinctive, like a ripe canteloupe and alfalfa. Pleasantly carbonated with an attractive bright, clear coppery color in the St. Bernardus globe. Appealing sudsy mouthfeel.

Starts with some warm malty notes and a tang of citrus. Some sweet orange along with green papaya in the flavor. Moderately bitter but so fruity and mellow it's hard to put down.

This is really quite drinkable, but it's more like a different sort of Pale Ale somewhat hopped up, rather than the acidic and bitter IPA style. A taste of cedar and something like cilantro add to the interest. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

mactrail, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bozodogbreath, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lsummers, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Adamostella, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

mattsander, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pour a reddish coppery amber with a fine half finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus, piney and herbal hops with light caramel malt that is overwhelmed by the hop goodness. Flavor is also dominated by fresh piney, citrus and herbal hops with a light sweet malt body. The hops are aromatic and flavorful, but not heavily bitter. Lingering citrus and grassy hops aftertaste. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A nice IPA that showcases the hops without a lot of bitterness. The malt body is supportive, but not present enough to be a real red ale; I think the BA designation of American IPA is spot on. Both the red and green versions were quite nice and had distinctive hop flavor profiles. Tasty.

LiquidAmber, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hoppy_McMalt, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

elcrawl, Oct 07, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is lots of juicy and citrusy hops with an underlying sweetness.

Taste is bready and sweet with a nice sharp bitterness and tons of ripe pink grapefruit. Loads of alpha acids attack the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and resinous. Bitter aftertaste sticks around.

Overall a very nice, balanced fresh hop beer.

draheim, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

shelby415, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

rab53, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

strongaf, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kylemif, Oct 04, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had 2013 version in a bottle. have had previous years out of the tap

appearance - copper with white foamy head

smell - hops galore, floral and sweet.

mouthfeel - standard IPA/IRA

taste - SO delicious. by far my favorite fresh hop beer. the only one that comes close is Deschuttes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, but honestly this one is hands down the best. much better than Killer Green too. Just a fresh floral beer that you can tell is made with high quality fresh hops. very well balanced, not bitter at all. Double Mountain is a fantastic brewery and this is one of their best. Not even a huge Red Ale fan, but this one is just great. Hoppy, drinkable, and lots of pine balanced with the malt. well done!

derftron, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CoryR, Oct 01, 2013
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Killer Red from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.