RIPA - Carson's Brewery

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carson's Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-21-2013

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Monumental Insurance, short, snub glass.

A: Poured infinitely cloudy, somewhat on the blood-red side, and without much of a head, but so, so much lacing left behind.

S: Nice deep, rich, red velvet cake batter-esque scent. Sorta reminded me of Port "Shark Attack."

T: Definitely rye based due to the bitterness, but the hops broke that down somewhat. I'd say it's about 70/30 in favor of the rye.

M: The bitterness was the same type one might find biting into a WASA cracker. The carbonation was pretty much in the standard IPA range.

O: This was only my second Carson's brew and it was a really nice one!

More User Reviews:
Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, deep red-amber, with a very limited amount of carbonation. Lacing is also quite minimal on this pouring.

Nose is caramel maltiness and a snap of lovely floral hops. A good start, for sure.

Taste is similar -- a fine melding of a session-worthy, toasty amber or red malts ale with an abundance of citrus and floral hops.Very solid, enjoyable, and worthwhile, as everything from Carson's has been so far.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint at Map Room.
Dense, rich and creamy foam, murky reddish body, long lasting head retention.
Dried apricot and sweet malt aroma, malt dominates.
Dry bitterness atop a significantly burly malt body, with a mild undercurrent of citric hoppy fruitiness. Some earthy spice as well. Smooth and medium bodied with a significant malty heft to it. Overall pretty good, interesting to see this show up here.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It wasn't bad but it's not breaking any barriers here. Kind of a cross between their red wheat and an IPA. A beer that doesn't know exactly who it wants to be.

Would not seek out again, probably would not purchase either.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Have I just been mispronouncing this acronym all these years, or are we going for some sort of slant rhyme thing? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, light caramel, light rye spice, grass, and a hint of Connecticut tobacco. The taste brings in more of the same, though now everything has taken on an herbaceous, almost resinous character that puts me off rather quickly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, the aforementioned off-tasting character ruins what seems like an alright RIPA. Another one I'm not gonna have again.

Photo of jeremy3311
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one was a drain pour for me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much heavier malt base than I was anticipating. Nice rye tones, but not enough. Too much malt. An okay beer.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and citrus fruit initially, becoming piney and resiny late. Notes of grapefruit are contrasted by lightly toasted malt. Rye spice surfaces late. Flavor reveals a toasted, nutty malt backbone, which is slightly sweet, but finishes resiny and bitter. Peppery rye spice lingers in the aftertaste. Notes of grapefruit add complexity. The rye becomes more pronounced throughout as it warms. The nutty malt counters rye spiciness well, and it's just a touch overly bitter. Like the malt character, though.

Photo of dmgeng
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at the Beer Bourbon Bacon Festival in Fort Wayne, IN.

A - It is a dark red color heading toward brown but still red in nature. Clear beer with white head and decent lacing.

S - American citrus hops with the sweeter smelling caramalt. It is a fine blend but there could be so much more for this beer.

T - Very good mingling of hops and malts. It has the flavors from the smell that include the slight citrus, pine, and herbal tones from the hops along with the sweeter malt and caramel. The ale yeast provides a slight fruitiness. No alcohol or harshness but not as flavorful as some.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel. The carbonation was moderate. It finishes pretty crisp with the bitterness and carbonation queuing you up for another sip.

Overall, a good beer that is a nice hoppy red without being too much on either side of the fence. If you like sweeter IPAs then I would definitely recommend this one but this is not the most flavorful if you are looking for a kick in the tongue.

Glass- 4oz tasting glass

Photo of PaleAleForever
4.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Red Pale Ale's that i've ever tasted.

RIPA from Carson's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.