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Killer Red - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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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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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.

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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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On tap at Claudia's sports bar the other day. I was about to take off after watching the morning football games, but then saw that they'd just put on a keg of this bad boy.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is all fresh hop goodness, but in a reddish ale package. The beer displayed considerable roasted malt, smoke, dry citrus and that beef buillon aroma I associate with certain fresh hop beers. Flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer; there's some noticeable roasted malt flavor, but then the fresh hops come on strong, leading to a dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ilght to medium bodied, but this beer is incredibly well balanced (for a fresh hop IRA/IPA), and drinkability is terrific. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile (I wasn't sure what the abv. was, but the listed 7.2% makes sense).

It was very hard not to order a second glass of this at Claudia's, but I had a long drive back to Eugene, and so opted against it.

Excellent stuff. I rarely drink red ales any more, but if more of them tasted like this, I likely would drink little else. Can't wait to try this year's version of killer green at the fresh hop fest in PDX next weekend!

John_M, Sep 30, 2013
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Aroma is lots of juicy and citrusy hops with an underlying sweetness.

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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.

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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!

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From a bottle (16.9 oz/500ml), new for the fall 2012 release; poured to a Breakside pint glass. Have had the bottle about 5 weeks. Will it still be 'fresh hop' fresh? Let's see!

As an aside: I love the new DM bottles. They're a great size and the label encourages one with: "Don't crush me!!! I'm refillable!", giving a website and QR code to learn they can be redeemed. A novel approach on the bottle bill...

A: Moderately hazy pour of rusty red, with a very steady carbonation. Head is gorgeous, a full THREE fingers of ivory cream - long-lasting with loads of sticky/filmy lacing. Once it winnows down, the scant head remains fluffy and pock-marked with spongy bubbles. Very close to a '5', looks-wise. Nah, it's a '5' - absolutely gorgeous 'autumnal' color, great head/retention and perfect lacing.

S: Purchased on 9/29/12... as mentioned above, I feared that this 'fresh hopped' beer was held 'too long'. Not the case! Awesome hop aroma, as if freshly picked comes were rolled and crushed seconds before the first sniff. Minutes later, aroma is still vibrant - grassy and green, spicy and earthy. Again, so close to a '5'.

T: Malty, rich, tannic, green. Lots of mild roast, stingy spice, grass, bark. Flavor rounds off as woody and a bit tea-like. A mild citrus juicing, sweeter like naval orange and tangerine. Hops share LOTS of lupulin, flavors are oily and pungent and green. I like it a lot, almost love it.

M: Feels luscious, smooth. Carbonation is creamy, body and thickness is medium-full, but wanes a little as it warms.

O: I really love this beer for its drinkability. IRA is a beautiful medley of savory/tangy/juicy India Pale Ale and brassy/malty Red Ale; this fresh hop 'Killer' version kicks it up several notches. Very tasty, well-balanced, so seasonal. Highly recommended --- I hope this bottling makes it into wider distribution in 2013 (as such, it was $5/bottle; picked this up in Hood River before the Fresh Hops Festival and saw it it in only a couple places in Portland)

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Killer Red from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.