Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. AleDawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #41
Ranked #17,410
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Dawn Of The Red I.R.A. AleDawn Of The Red I.R.A. Ale
Notes: An IRA bursting with tropical notes, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. After one taste, it’ll leave you wanting more. It doesn’t take brains to know this IRA is a delicious choice any time of year!
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque dark orange leaning red with a quick-forming head that recedes to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Grapefruit, fir needles, pine, some earthy notes, sweet malt, candied orange, and some dank
Taste: Citrus fruits, pine, and dank come out swinging and are quickly tethered by some nice rich malt sweetness. Orange-led citrus and more pine break back into the forefront and mingle before a nice bite leads to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full, a little slick, medium-high carbonation, and noticeable dryness on the finish
Overall: I dig it. A tasty, somewhat old-school hoppy red IPA that is well balanced and easy to drink. I find most of these folks’ hoppy offerings to hit all the right notes for me – pine, citrus, a little Cannabis (dank), and some degree of dryness on the finish – and this is no exception. Been drinking this since it first appeared as a seasonal many years ago (though it likely replaced another favorite of mine, Believer Double Red). Tasty and recommended

Nov 09, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber appearance with a large off white head and good lacing. Aroma of rye and resin. Spicy, herbal hop flavors up front followed by a dry, biscuit-like taste. Aftertaste showcases some tropical fruit. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

Jun 11, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a small half finger of just off-white head into my can-style glass. Retention is average and it fades within a minute. As with my last Ninkasi beer, there is a nice noticeable rim of foam around the edges, and initial lacing looks very good as a result. Body is a dark orange with some brown hues. Clarity is pretty high and there’s a decent amount of bubbles coming up. Looks pretty good, but not really like a red IPA at all.

The nose has some semi deep malts, but not nearly to the nutty, biscuity level that a solid red IPA would have. Some citrus, maybe a little alcohol. Extremely faint stone fruit. It smells ok, but there is a little to be desired for sure.

Yeah the flavor is quite bland. Drinks far more like a pale ale. No real distinct flavors coming through until a little bit of malt and maybe a nano second of fruit hit towards the end. This is quite unimpressive. Don’t put “red” or “IPA” and definitely not “red IPA” on the bottle just to sell it, because it’s not any of those things.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is medium. Body is medium. Bitterness is moderate. Sugars do not come through too much and play only a supporting role, keeping it from being noticeably dry. This is clean and well put together.

Drinkabiltiy is fine. Nothing wrong with this, it’s just somewhat boring.

Appearance turned out very nice. Even after some pretty serious agitating, a little foam remained, leaving some pretty solid lacing.

Overall there are no off flavors here, but it’s not to style at all, and it’s pretty flavorless.

May 26, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a IPA mix pack picked up at QFC in Bothell, Washington.
BEST BY 01/14/20. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Clear bright copper color, modest off-white head that recedes fairly quickly, decent lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Sweet caramel malts, citrus (grapefruit and orange rind), a bit of orchard type fruits (pear and apple), pine, spicy tea/herbal notes.

Taste- Much like the nose. Starts out malty sweet, then the pithy citrus and pine kick in.

Feel- Medium bodied, smooth and crisp with a lightly bitter finish, nicely balanced. Average carbonation on the tongue.

O- Pretty good hybrid type beer, interesting if nothing else. Ninkasi has a habit of making good but not great beers imo. Easy to drink several of these over a couple football games.

Nov 23, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours absolutely crystal clear, with a bright copper color. Excellent retention in a beige head that also has some excellent side glass lace.
AROMA: Mostly citrus with peach and mango the most prominent. Solid toasted bread malts, provide an interesting combination.:
TASTE: A little sweet caramel is added to the tropical fruits. Nice balance all around
FEEL: The 7% ABV adds some warming with a mostly dry finish.
This was a good one, wish I had more.

Jun 02, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz split two ways. Colour confusing - like a clear hazy this red ale is not red - slightly hazy orange copper with finger of off white head. Aroma is muted - as warmed got notes of grapefruit, mango, weedy hoppiness, touch of pine.
Taste is grapefruit, orange peel, touch of caramel sweetness and then wave of hoppy bitterness - grapefruit pith, piney. Medium full mouthfeel - moderately carbonated - finishes with a lasting hoppy sticky bitterness.

Apr 25, 2019
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elcaminoIPA from Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Randomly chose a beer to rate at my local craft store. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a red tint. Smells like a juicy ipa with amber notes. Smooth mouthfeel with a good balanced bite that only an IPA can give. Tastes of juicy ambery and caramel with tropical fruit. Overall solid IRA beats some of these traditional IPAs and very well impressive.

Apr 01, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a red hue, no carbonation but lots of white floaters, and topped with a finger of beige tinged head.

Smells of grapefruit candy and caramel, with slightly floral notes.

Tastes of grapefruit candy and caramel, solid malts, and a little bitterness.

Medium body with a slightly syrupy feel, and little carbonation.

I got this at Trader Joe's in Medford, OR, drinking in Redding, CA, Jan 29th, 2019. Better than I had expected.

Jan 30, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked the hop / malt balance on this one - there are some bright citrus notes that fill-out the amber malt backbone, which isn’t too bready or overwhelming

Jan 23, 2019
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timon from California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than a red, and better than most IPA! I like the balance of light sweetness with the light hops. Very drinkable at 7.0%. The stuff looks great in a glass too: nice reddish, clear with good 1/2 - 1 inch head. The one weakness, imho, is the smell. Smell is muddled and nothing special. 3.5 on that. 4 for everything else.

Aug 15, 2018
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a nice orange oak with a one finger head. Micro bubbles fill the entire glass even though it doesn't look that carbonated.

S: Citrus-y hops. Some earthy notes. Ripe tropical fruit. Some mangos, maybe papaya. A little faint, not up in your nose.

T: A split second of sweetness and then hop bitterness hits with a bang and overpowers everything else. Don't really taste any of the subtle notes. Just one singular hop note.

O: The label advertises tropical fruits, and it only shows up in the slightest way in the smell. Mouthfeel is watery and the hop bitterness is just a bit too much for me.

Jun 11, 2018
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Radome from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

L - The color is more of a golden with orange highlights than a real red. Cloudy. Head is white, sticky and oily-looking, but not overly thick, even on initial pour.

S - Strong citrus and tropical fruit hops and a backdrop of sweet malt. The hops aromas are not as overpowering and resinous as in many American IPAs.

T - Flavors are an even blend of sweet, bready malt and herbal, citrusy hops, mostly orange zest and lemon. No yeast or alcohol flavors. Very clean, but not a great depth of flavor.

F - Medium body with a creamy feel. Moderate carbonation also has a creamy impression. Strong hops bitterness provides some burn to the dry-ish finish. Alcohol presence is minimal.

O - This is a nice red IPA. This is a style I have not had too much experience with, but it appeals to me by having more malt presence than a typical American IPA.

Feb 04, 2018
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Ahypercube from California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. Not too brazen or weird. Actually just like a lot of maltier tropical IPAs (i.e. Tropical Torpedo, Fresh Squeezed, Stone, etc.) in flavor.

L: Not very much head on my pour. Not sure if that was just circumstantial. Temperatures can change that a lot. Regardless, not very much red to it; the body takes more of an orange-amber color. Lots of sediment too; that said, it's nice-looking sediment. Looks clumpy like settled miso soup, rather than loose dirt particles. A white ring lingers around the glass' edge.

S: Delicious: Orange, cantaloupe, peach, faint mango, pretzel, sea salted caramel, milk chocolate, black pepper, pine.

T: Chocolate and pretzel dominate over the fruity notes, and malty sweetness takes center stage over the hops. This is about as hoppy as a malt-forward brew can be before it starts to conflict, in my opinion. Expertly crated. Really impressed with this brewery, a well as Deschutes. Oregon with that dank beer...

F: Beautiful. Fresh, full, rich, and overall, just mindblowingly drinkable.

O: This reminds me of Red Seal Ale, by North Coast, although I don't think that beer is significantly more well-known than this. If you live on the west coast of America, and you like simultaneously malty and hoppy beer, do yourself a favor and pick this up.

Dec 13, 2017
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elNopalero from California

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a malty amber with decent foam. Caramel like malt notes on the nose, some candied orange, light bitterness. Might be faded, no dating visible on the bottle.

Aug 31, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, citrus. Taste is citrus, some pine, light malts, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

Aug 14, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper red body with good head and lace ring. Earthy, citric hoppy aroma with minimal malts. Smooth, somewhat fruity beer that balances a hoppy bitterness with sturdy malt base and a sweet edge that is reminiscent of caramel/toffee with easy finish.

Aug 10, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ninkasi Dawn of the Red has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange-red appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of red Jolly Rancher, tea-like qualities, bready malt, brown bread crust, and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ninkasi Dawn of the Red finishes medium dry.


Jul 25, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, golden red with a chunky, off-white head that has phenomenal retention. Great lacing, too.
Smell is malt, rye, hops and citrus all working pleasantly with each other.
Taste really shines with notes of malt, caramel, citrus, hops, and rye all blending nicely together. Amazing balance.
Medium plus body, slightly restrained effervescence, lightly drying and warming some after swallow. Well done.

Jul 03, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a ruddy copper hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of caramel and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jun 28, 2017
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jonnydas from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I expected this beer to be sweet and somewhat heavy like many 'red' IPAs seem to be. This one surprised me. It's refreshing and dry, very drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. I will buy more of this particular beer and more from this brewery.

Jun 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a hazy to burnt glossy red color. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. The smell had a decent amount of caramel malts with a leftover sort of stringy hoppiness, honestly, not much there. The taste was mainly oily sweet with a tad of bitterness. Slight oily aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat there but slightly subdued. Overall, I say this was an okay red ale.

Jun 09, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber orange color with a finger of a bone, soapy head with lots of big bubbles. Nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is fairly simple with musty sweet tropical fruits with some hop notes popping up.

The taste is real similar to the nose. Some rotten fruit with some hop bitters that play off of some fruit sours.

The mouth is fairly light and has a nice crisp finish.

Overall a nice IPA but not much over the other IPA's available. Is it still worth the purchase? Yes indeed my friends grab a few and give them a shot! Ninkasi does a nice job of beer production.

May 05, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with two fingers of bone color head. Head lasts about ten minutes and leaves rings of lace.
Smell is toasted malt with citrus and pine.
Taste is rich toasted malt level with a wave of bitter citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Finish is semi dry and bitter.
Overall a fine beer in a style I don't buy that often.

Mar 15, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and amber colored; strands of lacing drip from the lip of the glass

Smell: Caramel malt dominant, with overripe pineapple and spruce tones

Taste: The hops are prominent from the outset, with an overripe, almost rotting pineapple flavor combining with the spruce flavors; underneath, the caramel malt tones build; quite bitter, after the swallow, with aspirin tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Ninkasi has successfully achieved what they were seeking with this recipe and while it is not a style that I typically seek out, it tastes as it should

Feb 04, 2017
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SamQ from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap. Pours golden, aroma is fresh. High IBU led it to being somewhat on the bitter end, but a good taste all the same. The overall feel was pretty nice.

Dec 16, 2016
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 492 ratings