Double Rainbow Ale | Iron Horse Brewery

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Double Rainbow AleDouble Rainbow Ale

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by philbertk on 02-28-2011

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange, quite ruddy and with a fine two finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Classic red ale aroma profile, with lightly caramel malt, mixed fruit, piney and dank hops, citrus. Flavor is lightly caramel, and somewhat bready malt, citrus and piney hops, citrus and mixed fruit, great orange citrus and lingering lightly resinous hops bitterness. Nice mouth feel with a light creaminess. This is a great red ale, hoppier than traditional (but it claims to be a hoppy one), but with a spot on malt base with good fruit flavors. There is a mildly estery, vaguely orange citrus flavor that hits just before the hoppy finish that I found to be very satisfying. Iron Horse often surprises me and this is another of their ales I wish I'd tried sooner. A well made and flavorful hoppy red ale.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Double Rainbow Red Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, clear with a thin off-white head.

smell is a caramel candy aroma with a bitter pin scent along side.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor up front, with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying.

Over all a good red ale. Sweeter and heavier than some, but good.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can into a tulip glass: OK you nailed the color- deep red mahogany. Mostly toasty malt on the nose. Taste follows- caramel and toast initially with the hops kicking in later. Good amount of carbonation for the style. An excellent well balanced beer!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer served a very hazy reddish-orange amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a toffee and caramel smell mixed with some bready aromas and a good showing of some hop. The hop are mainly of a more dank pine and earthy nature, but it also contains some other aromas of grass as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and malty taste mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness and some nice hop flavors of a pine and citrus nature. As the taste advances the citrus fades while the pine grows stronger and is joined by some earthy hop. With a little bit of a decrease in the sweeter caramel and an increase in the hop, one is left with a nice more dankly hopped bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of breadiness, dank hop, and sweet the feel makes for a very flavorful and easy drinking brew overall. Overall, the feel was rather nice.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable and nicely hopped red ale. A good go to overall.

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Photo of ezra_shroomer
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew from Iron Horse. Great feel, smooth body. Had a couple of these and grilled some burgers with my gf and our friends. Goes well with a crisp, late winter evening in WA. (:

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It says it's a red ale on the label, but it pours to a mud brown in the glass. Smallish but heavy head with nice bubbles running up the sides of the glass, the aroma is a mix of sweet malts and citrus. Taste is nice up front, carmel and malty yet not overly sweet. It closes with a blast of not entirely pleasant bitterness, which feels a little out of whack with the rest of the brew. Not bad, but probably not one I will seek out in the future...

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Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap Albertsons. 32 oz grunt fill. Dark amber, slightly muddy small creamy head, streaky lacing. Malts on the aroma, hops in the background, but take over the taste, where malts are in the backseat. Pretty well balanced beer, kind of light for a strong ale. Subtle warmth.

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Photo of PnwJimmies
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance of this beer is a Thick dark amber color with little transparency. Had a 1 finger white head which reduced to a thin layer of foam, Lacing is webbed all the way down the glass.
The aroma of the beer is musky pine with hints of citrus, very little sweetness from the malts.
The taste is full and quick, The pine sits on the tongue and the citrus is minimal but still there. once you swallow the taste is gone and makes you go back for more.
The feel of the beer is smooth and medium bodied. No warmth of alcohol at all. Just a SMOOTH beer.
Great beer I will get this beer again, and soon. The one thing that stuck out besides the musky pine aroma which i loved was the smoothness of the beer. The bottle says "Red Ale and a red IPA" I was expecting a thicker IPA but this beer is very well balanced with a good mouth feel. If you havent tried this, I would strongly recommend this... Thanks for reading , CHEERS!!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is deep, dark grain, copper and forest.
The taste is moderately bitter, a big malt profile but not sweet.
The texture is thicker.
A big malty and hoppy beer, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber appearance. Not a major head of foam on this one. Smells of northwest hops, a very enjoyable part of the experience of drinking this beer. Upfront, very smooth, pleasant taste of citrus hops and hints of caramel. The finish is really offensive; a very unusual bitterness that I am not really familiar with. This beer has some balance but it comes out in a weird way. Not a lot of carbonation. For the style, it definitely works. This is a really weird beer. I love the aroma and look, and I like the bottle and packaging a lot. The experience of drinking such a fun experiment was also very enjoyable, as I was really in the mood for something new and different. This definitely fits that description; It's an unusual brew!

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Photo of ga64121
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bold wiff of hops as you open the bottle mellowing to a pleasantly mild aroma, bold flavor balancing hops with earthy malts. A very pleasant drink. I applaud Iron horse's unwillingness to be forced into tightly defined types and definitions and stretching the boundaries of flavor and style in the micro brewing community! cheers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy reddish amber in appearance. Very nice foam that lasts well and adds some nice swirls in the glass. There is a little sweet malt with a tang of cider. The sudsy mouthfeel is the best quality. Some citrus in the nose.

The flavors are as murky as the way it looks. Leafy, muddy, and moderately bitter at first. Somebody called it a "red IPA," which is as good a description as any. A little orange and grapefruit peel from the hops. There is a mineral flavor that seems to come up with each sip. Oddly hot after some sipping, and then overly bitter. This isn't as unpleasant as lots of other dank and herbaceous brews, but I can't see the point of this. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

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Photo of khensley
4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I go to Ellensburg often to sample the brews on tap at the Iron Horse brewery. Its always a treat when this one is on tap

Looks like a plum colored sparkling brew with an off white head which dissipated half way through the drink.

Smells like fresh pine forest, with a hint of tropical something.

Tastes like a caramel peach dipped in grapefruit juice, slight hints of grassy bitterness, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was acceptable, as it was on tap, much fuller as I have tasted in the bottle.

Overall, this beer is more of a strong ale than anything else, and is a great stepping stone to those longing to appreciate the awesomeness of beers like Arrogant Bastard. I will be cloning this one soon! My friends and I all agree, this is the best beer on tap at the Iron Horse, and one of our all time favorites.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a mostly clear (just a very faint haze) reddish brown color with over 1/2 inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, mostly citrus with some floral, and a solid malt base. The taste was a bit malty at first, but then those hops jumped in and dominated. There was a sharp, bitey finish.

The body was nice, just a bit fuller than medium. Drinkability was good, I could have a couple of these. Overall, a very nice brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Braz
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean citrusy aroma. Some light vegetation scents too. Very pleasant and inviting. Deep ruby bronze color, completely opague. Off white head leaving splotches. Citrus fruit, hops and spices up front. Lightly sweet though has a dry finish. Almost a bit tangy. Decent feel and nice body. Has some interesting flavors to it, I like this.

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Photo of DanChristensen
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a little bit confused about the harsh reviews for this beer. I like the fact that they don't define what type of beer it is. It's an ale obviously. A hoppy ale with a light brown and slightly red tinge. There that's all you need to know. In addition I would say that it has a great malt presence with slightly toasty, toffee tones. If I had to guess I would say there is some Simcoe hops in there. Hops were earthy, resinous and very prominent. Good overall taste and smell

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Photo of ElGordo
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rather cloudy reddish brown color, topped by a small amount of slightly creamy head. Aroma of sweet, bready caaramel malt and a mild fruity note from the hops.
Palate is big on caramel malt, with big notes of bread and mild dark fruit. A touch of hoppy bitterness comes through before the swallow, leading to a well-balanced finish. Body is creamy and smooth, and is probably the nicest thing about this beer. This isn't particularlly subtle, and there's quite a bit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle that requires a careful pour. Not the best option on a crowded beer shelf.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6ozs brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's two rainbows coming out of a pot of gold!

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered, dark orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass...nice lacing :~)

Smell: Very pronounced citric hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Hmmmm...The 'A' and the 'S' don't match the 'T' for this beer... There is some good hoppy moments, but the sour ending notes kill this one!

Mouthfeel is fair, not much carbination,creamy with a malty/medium-body. The initial taste is a nice malt/hop combo on the palateA spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances come throught...Unfortunately a sour 'back-drop' takes over for the remainder...

Notes: This is an OK beer...I liked the name and label better than the beer that's never a good sign :~(
7.0% abv. Chasing-Cheers,

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark hazy copper amber color having a light head leaving nil lace. Smell has a nice balance of caramel malt having a sweet bready aroma and citric hops. Taste has a nice sweet malt fruity flavor that is moderately hopped leaving a bitter dry aftertaste on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated. So what is it? Seem to me it's a red IPA, but that's the beauty of it, you take from it what you taste and intrigue the taste buds to explore it's findings.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely murky amber hue with one thick finger of frothy tan foam. Not too bad.

Smell: mild, bready malt character with a dash of citrusy and earthy hops. Cascade, maybe? It's not too bad.

Taste: bready malt flavor with a hit of citrusy hops. This morphs into a more yeasty character and the hops subside into a more earthy blend. Bitterness is relatively low. There's a bit of an acidic sourness, unfortunately, which mars the flavor a bit; other than that, though, this is an amber I actually quite like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. There's something in here that lends a nice, smooth creaminess which I quite like.

Overall: contrary to a the other reviews for this beer, I rather like it. Perhaps I just have bizarre taste when it comes to ambers. The sourness in the flavor isn't quite right, but it's not *that* off-putting.

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

141st Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. I opened this bottle at bspringer's birthday celebration. An epic night for sure to celebrate his golden day of birth! Compared side-by-side to Double Rainbow from Trinity.

A: Hazy, reddish tan. Single (burnt tan) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Burnt leather, fig, pepper, and caramel. Faint hops that are swallowed by orange zest.

T: Loads of sweet malt followed by caramel, vanilla, oak, and raisins. Hint of orange zest, apple peel and pear rind, but not too memorable.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: This beer was slightly better than its counterpart from Trinity, but I enjoy the YouTube video much more. A valiant effort to replicate the "double rainbow" experience, but this just doesn't get it done for me.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the micro pub. It pours out a reddish brown with little head but some lacing.
s the nose smells of hops but seems faint

T flavor is dominated by hoppy bitterness with hints of pine

M thin but not bad

Overall this isn't a bad ipa but there is nothing here that makes it stand out

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Photo of loren01
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a reddish brown color, decent sized head good lacing
S: smells slightly caramelly with earthy hops...also seems to smell of diacytel.
T: slight caramel butter flavor followed by big earthy piney hop flavor
M: medium bodied beer carbonation seems fine
D: I was expecting more out of this one...buttery flavor in an ipa wasn't what I wanted...also way too harsh with the bitterness.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, cap pryed off into my favourite wide flute. Body is a gorgeous if slightly foggy deep copper, going yellow around the edges. Head is thin and ivory, leaving a surprisingly nice lace.

Smell is big, fat, and rich. Could have fooled me for a barleywine of twice the malt bill and a year of age. Sweet caramel and blood orange zest bright pine needles, maybe a touch of thyme. Can't get enough of that candied-fruit malt.

Taste is a little bit of a disappointment. The all the sweetness fades away in an instant, ending up quite dry and a touch bitter. Unsweet iced tea. Tiny, tiny bit of chile. Dark german bread. Good, honest hop bitterness, all fruity in nature. Maybe a little bit of cedar smoke at the very, very end.

Feels really quite odd on the tongue. Slippery and sticky on the lips, but powdery and drying on the throat after the sip. Only that gorgeous nose is enough to keep you going for more.

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Photo of aaron12
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, this is a confusing little beer. when i saw it, i asked the beer dude at qfc if he knew what kind of beer it was. he didnt really, said it was a mix of two ales... so i go onto iron horse's website, to see what they called it. their website was being reformed... well i can tell you one thing, this is NOT an ipa. i think it's a red ale, and i think it's a good one. i'd love to know what two ales were mixed to come up with this. the nose is a little sweet and fruity. i love red ales, and that's what this tastes like. the hops start, the malts come in balanced, and then the hops end it very dry. (not to mention it's their spring seasonal, so an irish red would make sense.) the 7% is not to noticeable, this goes down really smooth n easy. very drinkable.

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