Dark Red IPA - Six String Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
09-01-2013 20:15:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-20-2013 01:05:21 | More by laituegonflable
Dark Red IPA from Six String Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.