Dark Red IPA - Six String Brewing Company

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Dark Red IPADark Red IPA

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84
good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Six String Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: laituegonflable on 03-20-2013)
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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Today’s bruview is from a new Aussie brewer (for me at least) whom are based on the NSW central coast, a place called Erina (between Sydney and Newcastle), which makes them sort-a local to me (being in Canberra). Anyhow, me being me I went directly for the most challenging brew they make: A Dark Red IPA - based on a West Coast Red Ale, this one promises hops and I hope to soon nod my head in agreement of said hop promise.

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Body is more a cloudy dark brown than dark red, I’ll forgive it though as I just got a whiff of a nice big floral hop bouquet, yum! It presents with a boisterous beige 1 inch head that soon subsides to a foamy centimetre head. 6/10 - that’s for the false advertising.

S: Lashings of floral hops with some tropical notes as well (papaya mostly), some citrus characters along with a sweet caramel base. Quite a nice hoppy aroma, that is lacking juuust a little bit more punch for a perfect score. 8/10.

T: Definitely a Red Ale (with West Coast hops!) - classic Red Ale notes of earthy/nutty/roasted malt with a hop hit towards the finish, less papaya and more citric/grapefruit. The aroma promised bolder flavour than received... a bit disappointing considering the 6% ABV. Finish is also a little too bitter for the subdued hop characters you get. I suspect however this IPA would warm up well. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a nice dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: This brew is lacking a bit of finesse, especially with that overtly bitter aftertaste, hence the overall score. If this is Six String’s signature beer I probably won’t end up getting around to their other brews (too little time, too many beers I’m afraid). Aside from my quibbles I think the style and idea is cool (I’m currently brewing a Stout with Mosaic hops - a new hop variety used in IPAs) so I can appreciate the blurring of style lines, I just expected a bit more from this Red IPA. 6/10.

Food match: I would approach this with the same food that you would normally pair with an IPA - Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese are all winners here.

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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of craftworkamber
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of chogm54
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml can, poured into a pint glass

L - mahogany, slightly hazy. Pours a creamy pale brown head that forms a long lasting ring around the glass.

S - sweet fruity (dark grape, plum) aromas with a huge dollop of coriander. A hint of malts in the background.

T- reasonably sweet, with a cloying slight dry hoppy bitterness and strong notes of plum and dates and hint of chocolate. But the roastal crystal malts make themselves known, reminding you that it is more of a red ale after all. Personally I don't think the hops are as evident as the 51IBUs suggest.

F - low carbonation, medium bodied, buttery texture.

O - not too bad, it didn't have a hint of metallic that I find most other canned beers have. The roasted malts and fruity bitterness are an interesting mix, but its not a perfect balance - too bitter for a red ale, a bit too sweet for an APA. But well worth a try.

Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IrishPaleAle
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried on-tap at Pumphouse Bar in Sydney.

Pours a genuinely deep red with good clarity, but a really nice depth of colour—it's definitely living up to the "dark red" of its name. Head is beautifully creamy, just off white, but rich. Full, streaming lace. It looks awesome.

Mild neutral hops on the nose. Clean and crisp citrus takes the bulk of the interest above a slight malt character that doesn't really add anything flavour-wise, which is a bit of a shame given the dark colour and the body. It just ends up being a little more generic and a little less powerful than it should be.

Very clean entry on the palate, but again, this just underlines how neutral and limited the malt character is. Smooth plasticky note from the hops balanced with a slightly rounded character. Some crispness on the back, but almost no bitterness. It is all in balance, at least, but it's balanced in a rather bland way. This could be twice or three times as aggressive and be five or six times as interesting.

Feel is good, following through on the promise of the body and that beautiful creamy head.

Overall, this is clearly well-made stuff: it's crafted well, balanced, and without anything out of place. But it should be bigger for what it is. If the flavour was just upped across the board it would be a really top-notch beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. I'm aware of how hideously offensive the term 'Dark Red IPA' is. I don't care.

Pours a nice burnt earth colour, red tinge up to the light. Head is beige, and pleasant. Nice density with awesome lace left behind. Looks a treat.

Smells pleasant. New world hop character with pine, passion and a touch of lime. Chocolatey malts complement the hops well.

Taste is big and hoppy. A bit of chocolate and roast from the malt, then big hop characters, earthy bitterness with notes of green pepper, pine wood and citrus. Very decent IPA structure, with a nice malt character. It's not quite roasty like a black IPA, but certainly something darker, sweeter to prop up the hops. Nicely done.

Feels alright, goes down nicely enough. Decent body doesn't leave too much hanging despite the obvious and abundant hop oils.

Nice IPA with a good twist, well constructed.

Dark Red IPA from Six String Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.