India Red Ale (I.R.A.) | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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India Red Ale (I.R.A.)India Red Ale (I.R.A.)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
doublemountainbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"The "IRA", as it's known around here, marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an enduring favorite."

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner malt, imported crystal malt, Simcoe and Brewers' Gold hops. 6.8% ABV, 55 BU

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

The multitude of IPA on the market can leave brewers and buyers scratching their head trying to come up with unique taste that's not overkill. Double Mountain brewers provides just that taste as its foundation is of amber ale but its overlay of hops show its true IPA demeanor.

Its deep amber glow gives the ale a sturdy garnet appearance that promises aromas of caramel, toffee, pecan, toast and grain to come. Its juicy malt sweetness is justified with those gently seared barley sugars while a waft of citrus and pine swirl above.

Toasty, bready and nutty- its toffee-laden start begins to dissolve just as the taste of candied almonds pull forth. Hints of bitterness peak through the fledgling sweetness, carrying with them the clean acidity of grapefruit, orange peel and a spruce character ahead of the finish.

Malty-dry to close, the ale's sweetness trails with a bready substrate to support the growing bitterness. Extended pine resins and citrus pith are acute and nearly peppery as the IPA tendencies shine through its competing malt structure.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 16oz (how quaint) Yankee pint on the increasingly warm early afternoon patio of the Bread and Ink cafe on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, whiling the time way as my girlfriend does whatever it is she does browsing the hipster shops nearby.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium orange-brick brown colour, with one chubby finger of weakly puffy, somewhat rocky, and eventually soapy ecru head, which leaves some broken distant bluff lace around the glass in its more or less swift wake.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, subtle earthy nutty notes, some hard water flintiness (is that a thing around here?), and prominent leafy, citrusy, and kind of perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is more gritty, grainy caramel malt, some faltering toffee sweetness, mildly bitter vegetal and piney green hops, an indistinct earthy citrus character, and an unexpected suggestion of yeasty mustiness.

The carbonation is quite moderate in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and though kind of chalky, still smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, with a recovering malt and some still good 'n bitter piney and citrusy hoppiness.

Overall, not a particularly bad notion, this idea of combining an IPA and a red malty ale - here, though, the malt seems to get kind of lost, and somehow the IPA bitterness remains sort of muddled, but the end result is still fairly drinkable - the locale playing a large part, of course.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle at 6.5% ABV. purchased and consumed near th brewery in Oregon.
65 IBU

A fine looking ale with a brilliant copper colored body and beige head.
Malty and hoppy aroma precedes a solidly hoppy flavor with a faint malt in the background.
Medium body, carbonation and (for an IPA) bitterness.

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2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with some frothy edges, leaving back a rich cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, with a touch of leafy spice, and features fresh citrus character that mingles with notes of caramel and bread, giving this a green tanginess in the back of the nose.

The taste has that same flat green bitterness as the nose, balanced by some sweeter caramel flavor and then a bit more of a toastier feel that is coming out from the malts as well. The hops finish this strong with pith and resins that sticks to the tongue with some light warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness the whole way through but this does loosen up a bit the longer it sits in the mouth. The alcohol is well hid, with just that aforementioned light warmth hanging in the finish a bit.

Well this was better than the Hop Lava IPA (thanks mostly the extra bit of complexity that those caramel malts brought to this) but the overall hop flavors here just didn’t bring it like they should have. There was just too much of a flat green bitterness that features plenty of aggressive notes of pine and spice but little else. I’m not sure what’s up with the hoppy offerings here but none of them got the job done for me.

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3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear and coppery red in the tall glass. Big foam-up on pouring, every time, not just the first. Handsome head of coarse foam. No bubbles to be seen. Thin body. Big sudsy mouthful.

There is a pleasant nutty flavor at first sip. The bitterness comes on rather boldly. Plenty of malt with a dark roasted flavor. Quite hoppy and tangy. This is a little on the sweet 'n' bitter side for my taste, but it's a big gulp of flavor. Quite drinkable if you don't mind the coarse and funky side of the red category. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a cloudy copper color, with a moderate white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was barely noticeable: bready, with some nice floral hops in there. Taste of crisp, dry hops, providing a distinct bitterness throughout the session; citrus notes, and caramel sweetness for a good balance. Medium in body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish amber. Slightly hazy. Nice head.

Smell - Grapefruit hop aroma. Some malt, but mostly grapefruit hop.

Taste - Strong grapefruit hop. Malty. Gets spicy in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Monotonous hop flavor that masks a lot of malt. Rye comes through.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes in a pint glass from draft at Brother Jon's Alehouse on March 31, 2016.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium ruddy coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipated to patchy islands and a ring around the glass. Aroma of bready malt, grassy hops; earthy and spicy. Flavor is dominated by grassy, earthy hops, herbal spiciness, finishes with citrus, some toasted malt notes, long residual hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Named as India Red Ale and has the strong malt body of the red ale style, as well as some additional hoppiness. Pleasant and interestingly flavored for a red. I think this is miscategorized here on BA; the intent, name and finished product is all in red ale territory.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the brewpub. This is a great example of this American substyle. It has a great balance of caramel malt and citrus hops without weighing too heavily on the palate. The malt is smooth and tasty, almost like candy without being too sweet, while the grapefruit and citrus rind peel hops provide a perfect counterpoint. This beer really sums up the hop-oriented ingenuity of the region and is a must-drink beer for anyone stopping by the brewery.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR.

Pour looks suitable from the start. Yep: it's red in the body, with a decent, intricate, almost English style head that leaves good lacing. Smooth and firm in consistency, with an off-white sheen to it. Decent body that holds carbonation nicely. Looks very decent.

Nose is earthy, but a little too much. Hops come through as a touch of basil or something else sweetly herbal. Some dough or plasticene. It's not bad, but it's not exemplary of the style.

Taste is, unfortunately, similar, if not more disappointing. Very light body is apparent from the start, leaving very little sweetness or even any roast character from the malt. At least, the bitterness is tempered, meaning the beer doesn't feel unbalanced overall. Mostly it's based on that doughiness, and the slight fragrant herbal character, which gives a brightness on the finish. But it's pretty weak all up. Feel is very light, and slightly too carbed up.

Underwhelmed by this brew. Red Ales have great potential for balance and complexity, and while this beer doesn't become unbalanced, it sure isn't particularly interesting.

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India Red Ale (I.R.A.) from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
3.76 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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