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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Average: 3.89 | pDev: 9.77%

Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 479

#29 ranked American Amber / Red Ale | 7.00% ABV

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 479
Photo of jadpsu
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of elcaminoIPA
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of timon
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
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.


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Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of jonnydas
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of SamQ
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of MFMB
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep Amber red. Sweet malts and citrus on the nose. A very malt forwards IPA. Taste of sweet caramel malts juicy citrus and light sticky pine. Medium to heavier mouthfeel. Not as crisp as I would want but it works.

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Photo of 98green
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. I keep giving Nimsaki beers a try because they are a respected brewery. But i am consistently underwhelmed. This one is more of the same. A bit of a malt bomb, which admittedly is not my favorite profile. But the hops are also very muted. Hop smell and taste are nice citrus, I just wish they were stronger, brighter, and more foward. Overall ok beer, but one is enough

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Occasionally venture off and explore these different IPA's. This red IPA is a pretty decent one. The smell I got was immediate mosaic citrus. The taste is interesting. Kind of a mix between a red ale and IPA (obviously). But you get a good smooth balance between the mosaic hops and malt. I like Ninkasi's offerings and would get again. In addition, love the metal tributes on their beer labels - Iron Maiden, AC/DC and of course SLAYER!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange color with a decent tan head that leaves spotty lace as it recedes. Nose has some caramel and cracker malts but also citrus hops and some yeast and spice. Dark fruit in the background, especially as it warms.

Big flavor with initial malt dominance, followed by b;lasting hops, and finally a detente of balance. Dank hop resin follows toasted and burnt malt tones. Nice, stubborn bitterness in the sftertaste. Well balanced and interesting.

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