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India Red Ale - Landmark Brewing Company

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India Red AleIndia Red Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Landmark Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-13-2004)
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Reviews by John:
Photo of John
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red/amber color. Head is minimal with vigorous pour. Aroma is faint but some notes of toasted grain and pine needle hop are detected. Even though head was minimal, lacing is steady and decorative. Taste is big on piney bitterness with some lightly caramelized grain to balance. Flavor (and aroma) take on a fruity character as it warms, hops shift from the traditional coniferous element to citrus grapefruit pulp and orange zest. Malty sweetness becomes more evident too. This evolves nicely from start to finish with a multitude of interesting charateristics. A solid brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a nice big two finger off white head that clings nicely to the glass,big citric hop presence in the aroma heavy on the grapefruit and pine with a hard water element in there as well,so far so good.Wow very dry tasting beer almost to dry,very earthy and raw hops hit at yeah held up by a firm dry bisciut malt backbone leaves the mouth bone dry after drinking.Now this is a good ale and unique in its self if you like dry very dry brews this is it for you.

Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at Glenville Beverage. Very tasty looking pint - deep amber/orange with a foamy off-white head that hangs arond awhile. Good carbonation level, but then I waited a whole hour between buying the growler and cracking it open, so... Piney citrus hop whiffs over a sweetish bread/grain/malt aroma. Appetizing.

Seeing as it's Olympic season, this one would score a 9.5 on the balance beam. Starts with a caramelly, Pekoe tea and maybe a hint of graham flour maltiness then the hops come in - a solid, solid bitterness alongside an in-check citrus-spicy flavor (gotta love the Centennial-Cascade combo) and some nose-enticing aromatics, with the bitterness lingering on at the end of the sip along with the tea and faint cocoa notes. Very slight astringency in the finish the only drawback I can come up with. Body is medium-light, akin to a good English bitter. I've had three pints out of the growler so far and that's after a massive dinner - what does THAT say about the drinkability?

One of the most well-balanced brews I've tried in a long time. I can see this one becoming a staple in the fridge because of that balance - I can't think of an occasion where I WOULDN'T be in the mood for a pint of this one. I would love to see how this one would be cask conditioned. Excellent effort.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Big rolling foam off of a medium pour, very close to spilling over the glass. Brandishing a reddish, almost brown color, clarity is fine as well.

S- Steely caramel, toasted husk and watery citric hop.

T- Hops and toasted malt intertwined, malt sweetness and hop bitterness battle back and forth and neither seems to gain any ground. The hops put a blanket of flavor over the beer in the finish.

M- Creamy and smooth within a moderate body.

D- Maybe not session beer material but drinkable enough to have a couple without hesitating.

This beer reminds me of the old school hoppy red ales that everyone was pumping out in the mid to late 1990's. Lots of flavor for a beer of only 5.8% abv.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Pours reddish amber, clear, with an eggshell color head, leaves some lacing. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. Label talks about how this really is a blended/hybrid style (Red ale and IPA). Packs a respectable hop punch, almost respectable for an IPA. Nice malty base make this brew, nicely balanced, drinkable and worthy of a try

Photo of warriorsoul
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for this unexpected addition.
Pours a dark orange, almost brown w/ a finger and a half of beige head.
Lacing is real thin as the head disappears fairly quick.
The smell is mostly malt with a touch of grassy hops...nothing really jumping out at me at this point.
Taste is a real nice flavor...ambers/reds are not my favorites, but I could put back a couple of these in a night. A bitter malt takes over, but the hops are making more of an appearance as this one works it way to room temperature.
The mouthfeel is decent...no complaints here. Not too thin, not real slick...aftertaste lingers a bit.
Glad to have tried one of Landmark's Brews...hope to see them produce a few others.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed by River Horse Brewing Co. in Lambertville, NJ; this clear, deep-copper ale has a reddish-orange cast to it, and reveals glowing ruby-amber highlights when helds to the light. The head retention is fair, and it does leave some thin lace about the glass. The nose reveals an interesting combination of deeply caramelized and somewhat toasty malts infused with piney and citrusy (grapefruit or lemon rind more than anything else) hops. In the mouth it's quite smooth with a medium-light body and restrained carbonation. As the aroma suggests, the flavor delivers an equal amount of malt and hops that's balanced well enough that each component can come through on its own. Drying citrus rind-like hops appear upfront, immediately followed by a wash of caramelish malt that receeds to allow some more juicy hop flavors to come through. It dries quickly in the finish with a rising bitterness; some residual toasty and chocolate-like malts; and then more lingering citrusy and piney hops. It's not complex, but there is a distinct flavor progression that leaves it with a decent amount of character. Worth trying!

Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark bronze with coppery influences around the edges and dare I say amber highlights. The head was off-white; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was excellent; it slowly faded to a thick cap. This cap lasted the entire consumption. The lacing started before I took my first sip, I love to see that. However the lacing was spotty at best. The appearance of the beer is very good.

The nose is airy with a hoppy backdrop that is vaguely flowery/citrusy. This aroma sits on top of an Irish Red-like malt foundation; I guess this is the reason for the name. There are light caramel aromas, toffee, and a hint of toast spring forth from the malt. I need to work too hard to really figure out what this beer is saying. The bouquet is okay… it is not inviting, what ya saying?

The palate is harsher then the nose indicated, this harshness isn’t pleasant or a derivate of hops. Or course I realize this is an IPA or sorts but I’d like the hops to be more assertive yet more focused. The hop bitterness is lingering and mostly found at the finish. Most of the beer is blessed with a caramel/toffee/toasty malt foundation. I like this aspect of the beer. So many IPAs lack any malt base, this one lacks in hops! Odd. On the whole, the palate is okay; it seems confused, a little dull and too clean. Where is the ale fruitiness?

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is low and flat, the mouthfeel is average and uneventful.

It is drinkable to a point but this beer needs tweaking. Fair overall but it needs a bigger punch for me. Thank you shippos for the opportunity. My 12-ounce bottle arrived via the Secret Bunny Beer Exchange.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, glowing copper hue, with some definitive ruby red highlights. Throws a medium sized tan head, large offerings on the nose – toasty malts, biscuits, pine and some tender citrus hops. A near perfect combination of an APA and a red; a nice layer of crystal hops, large and full malt tastings in the background; somewhat thick, yet near medium bodied; finishes a little bit dry, yet on the juicy hop side. Highly tasty and very quaffable; this was a treat!

Photo of TheJudge
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap House in Bedford Hills, NY, as the name implies this pours a nice red/orange color, with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is excellent, strong hops, making you want to taste it. Then you do. Oh my God, is that good. Smooth. The hops that you smell are definately present, and nicely balanced by the malt. I do not believe I have ever given a beer a 5 for taste before, but this one just screamed I WANT MORE! Smooth going down from the malts, there is a bitter hop aftertaste that was worth savoring.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper and bronze mix with a big off-white head that left a small straking of lace around the pint.
Aroma has some flowery, citrusy, and grassy hop tones with some base of caramel.
Flavor was one-dimensional withamber matl really dominating to such an extent that it blocked all other flavors.
Mouthfeel just below average as the feel and a really gritty and almost soap-dishy quality to it. (reading other reviews I'm not sure this bottle is a good sample.
Drinkability was average at best with a very one-dimensional quality and no real kickker on the back end to give it any points for remembering.



The nose is airy with a hoppy backdrop that is vaguely flowery/citrusy. This aroma sits on top of an Irish Red-like malt foundation; I guess this is the reason for the name. There are light caramel aromas, toffee, and a hint of toast spring forth from the malt. I need to work too hard to really figure out what this beer is saying. The bouquet is okay… it is not inviting, what ya saying?

The palate is harsher then the nose indicated, this harshness isn’t pleasant or a derivate of hops. Or course I realize this is an IPA or sorts but I’d like the hops to be more assertive yet more focused. The hop bitterness is lingering and mostly found at the finish. Most of the beer is blessed with a caramel/toffee/toasty malt foundation. I like this aspect of the beer. So many IPAs lack any malt base, this one lacks in hops! Odd. On the whole, the palate is okay; it seems confused, a little dull and too clean. Where is the ale fruitiness?

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is low and flat, the mouthfeel is average and uneventful.

Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark amber with a light tan foamy head. Scattered lace is left around the glass as it is consumed. Nice fresh hoppy aroma with an almost equal caramel malt backing it. Pretty balanced with an edge on the hoppiness, yum. Taste starts with a sweet maltiness before a big hit of citric and floral hops. Some notes of earthiness and an iced tea like flavor are there as well. Bitter piney hop finish wraps this up. Medium and creamy smooth. Easy drinking and tasty. I’d have another.

Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" beige head, with average to good lacing. A clear copper hued brew, with an aroma which pits citrusy hops and big doughy malt character against each other. Taste is upfront strongly with the biting hops, which is immediately smoothed by the ample malt, and then tends back toward the bitterness for the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. This was made in six packs for a reason, just wish I had more than the single...

Photo of wailingwench
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Amber-garnet red. Pillowly 2 finger head with outstanding retention. Lacing present on the glass from the start. Pours like a pale ale instead of the malty reds that I ahve been accustomed to (Flying Bison).

The Nose Knows: Typical flowery nose with sweet malts intermixed. As IRA warmed, the initial hop character gave way to the deeply placed roasted malts.

Tongueland: Extremely complex over warming. Thick mouthfeel throughout. Initial taste briefly encounters the malts, the flowery hops overpower with a pine finish. The malt character emerges as IRA warms- overtakes the hop notes/character in both nose and mouth. IRA transitions to a roasted malty red/amber as the hop intensity steadily decreases. The hop aftertaste accumulates until it overpowers the rich malts at finish.

Bender Factor: Incredibly complex. NY brewers need to take note of this. Three letters: WOW. Sampled at Empire Festival, superb. Sampled at Rochester: metallic (due to lines, I believe). 12 oz bottle poured, I certainly will purchase more.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, yellowish cream colored head never amounts to much, but leaves a bit of lace. Caramel malt and piney hop aroma. Definitely has that red ale smell. There's some medium sized bubbles floating up through the transparent copper beer. A bit of malt in the flavor, mostly hops and fairly bitter, even into the finish. A nice offshoot of the hoppy beer category.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malty scent that balances well with the floral hop aroma. It boasts of pale and crystal malts. The taste is good. It is extremely bitter and hoppy with a malty base and a dry bisquity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew. It has a good aroma, but the taste is good for only true hop lovers. It's a good thing I am one. This drinks well despite it's lingering hop aftertaste.

Photo of shippos
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a growler at fingelakes bev center.
In case everyone didn't know this is sybeer's creation and what a glorious one at that.

pours with a nice amber red color and excellent slightly off white head, great carbonation. dry grassy aroma with a definite piny woody aroma but i have to say it was hard to pick it up at first, it took a few sniffs. has a good malt character in the nose. first thing you get in the taste is a good malty mouthcoating then a good kick of some mouthdrying hoppy bitterness. definetly a decent malty center for this beer with a dry lingering bitterness that just makes your mouth water craving more.

Photo of Naes
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ones appearance is a mix of brown and red with a small cream colored head. There is no lacing to speak of.

Its aroma is a blend of malt and hops. It is a very faint smell though.

The flavor is like a cross between India pale ale and red ale. The name of this brew does a good job in the description department. It’s a mellow hopy beer.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit oily. It’s highly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of yen157
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sticky, nearly rocky head on a reddish amber body. It has that River Horse house character aroma (not a bad or biased thing, it just is what it is), a little piney, and a touch of freezer burn. Some grainy malt, too. Beer has a firm bitterness, sweet crystal malt, and a hint of milk chocolate. Not overly carbonated, good weight in the mouth.

Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I smell grapefruits and cookie dough mixing surprisingly well. Good, though not unique even here in the east coast. Big candylike body conceals a healthy carbonation that bursts out a bit. Resiny bitterness rides all the way through as the hop flavor becomes a pleasant acidity. The caramel malt and juicy hops play nice, but really do not belong together. Finishes with sugar-hop-teeth ala Stone. Tasty.

Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, dense off white head that leads to some ringed lace once it settles. Condensed lace with good strength down the glass. Deep brow in color with shades of garnet.

Caramel malt sweetness; light coffee and sweetened tea. Dark, musty floral hop aroma with hints of cascade hops.

Sweet toffee flavors at first that are overwhelmed by husky and dark hop flavors. The hops are reminiscent of an unsweetened, bitter chocolate with hints of lemon, apple, and grape. This ale finishes dry and with a dark bitterness. The aftertaste is a bitter tea and coffee flavor.

Medium bodied; harsh and abrasive in describing how the hops feel on the palate: which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This version is heavier than most Reds due to the hop profile.

An interesting take on the style; reminds me of St. Rogue's slightly immature, younger brother. Worth a try on its uniqueness alone.

Photo of UnionMade
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label states that it's contract brewed by River Horse. I like their beers, so that's cool with me. Nice graphic design on the label. Plain, brass colored bottle cap
The beer itself pours an odd, earthy reddish brown. I guess it's something like dark copper. I've seen regularly labelled IPA that's darker than this. A slight haze, with suspended yeast clouding things up and a short ivory head. Good head retention, keeping a thick collar throughout. No lacing.
The aroma is fairly neautral at first, just a slight whiff of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Some toasty, biscuity malt comes through with a swirl of the glass, pretty clean, with only a vague floral, appley esteriness. I'm guessing a good amount of the hopping is cascades. A fresh citrus and floral aroma.
The flavor starts with a subdued malt profile, mostly caramel with a hint of dry grain and biscuit. Some soft notes of baker's chocolate, moving quicky into a hoppy, citrusy finish. Astringent floral notes lasting into the aftertaste. Fairly dry in the finish. Medium bodied, with average, unassuming carbonation. Pleasantly dry and grainy in the mouthfeel.
Nicely hopped in the finish, somewhere on the sharper end of american pale ale. Pleasant red ale malts and drinkability, with strong american hopping and drinkability of an IPA. Altogether a great pair. I wish there were more experimentation with malt in IPA, rather than boosting the hops to ungodly levels all the time.

Photo of ithacabaron
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the brewery's only product, and last I knew it was still being contract brewed.

It pours a nice burnished red, with a thin head that, even as it fades, proves to be well constructed. Many tiny bubbles rim the flass and leave what for this ABV should be considered decent lacing.

Aroma is clean, approachable hops, floating on top of a clean rock-candy malt base.

Taste reveals a whole other layer of depth to this brew's profile. Hops here are a conduit for the malt, a handmaiden to carry the caramelized goodness of the barley. I like this...an IPA/Red Ale that shows off the malt instead of the hops. I would almost argue that this is more in the British tradition, but a clean kick of hop at the finish lets me know I'm still back here in the States. There might be a little adjunct twinge in here -- but don't quote me on that. The finish is cleaning, and drying, with a slight astringency.

Mouthfeel is a bit higher than I'd like, but serviceable.

Drinkability is pretty good -- I could imagine sitting down for a few of these.

All in all, not bad, not great, but very good. A solid 4.0 across the board.

Photo of ybnorml
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean very dark copper colored beer. Has a small cramy light brown head. The aroma has a strong floral hop nose with an almost equal chocolaty roasted malt character. The flavor starts with the roasted malt bittersweet chocolate note and then ... wham the roasted bitterness becomes a hop bitterness with a nice grapfruit hint. I really liked that seamless move from roasted bitterness to hop bitterness.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Tri labeled 12 oz’er. No freshness info. A picture of a public square motif label. Back label explains the blend of styles with Crystal and Pacific NW hops.

Deep amber orange hues with scant bubbles rising up to a quickly fading spotty khaki head cap cover that started as a ½” dense foam that leaves some solid lattice lace.

Slight mixed fruit sweet nose. Orange citrousy hop characters, and sugary malts.

First Swigs: Soft sugary malts and easy hops. Sweet cherry and fresh orange notes. Well balanced. Lingering powdery flour and hops citrous aftertaste.

Gentle carbonation and almost powdery feel. Thin to medium body.

Last Swigs: An easy going citrousy hopped pale with sweet raw pancake malts thrown in for balance. Nothing special here but interesting mix of styles. A quaffable session brew and not much more.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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India Red Ale from Landmark Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.