Killer Red | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Fresh Hop Strong IRA”

"It’s harvest time again, which means using just-picked hops straight from Sodbuster Farm in the Willamette Valley. Our choice of hops for the Killer Green were a little late this year, so we decided to craft a sister brew with fresh Perles to fill the thirsty void. Killer Red has distinct apple/pine/orange notes from the hops, and pulls that biscuit/caramel character you find in our India Red Ale (“IRA”). Drinks like it’s IRA, but the extra strength is worth respecting."

7.2% ABV, 88 BU

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cknoch
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though killer red is not a bad beer by any standard, in general I can't help but feel the beer under performs for its price point. That problem may just be given that i'm Canadian (and beer is far more expensive here) but even compared to many similar beers of the same style I don't feel that this is a necessary buy. I would recommend looking around for another IRA if you're interested in this style, as though it's not bad, it's far from incredible.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really loving fresh hop season. Another great "red", not much to look at but full of hoppy aroma and taste. Alcohol pokes its head in here and there to remind you to be careful. Well crafted.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9.14.16 Exactly one month ago.

Body presents a russet copper core that really just screams fall foliage. Small soft offwhite head settles in soon..

The first thing that presents from the nose is the bright apple balanced with some malts that remind of when a bakery likes to use almonds in their sticky buns.

Flavour is somewhat malt forward with more of the bakery doughiness before the bright hop profile comes back in. Again, tart and sweet apple meld with bitter pine to make for a layered beverage. Finish holds the bitter pine, but with pinpricks of crystalline sugar blinking into existence for an instance before passing the way we all must go.
Decent carbonation and a lighter body, the biggest thing lacking to me here is just that the freshness of the hops doesn't assert itself quite as much as I'd like. It's there in some of the apple juiciness, but not in the way of many of the others I've been enjoying exploring of late. The alcohol is masked really well.
Overall a solid beer to be sure.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/10/16

A slight haze in amber liquid, just a couple slow tiny bubbles but they manage to pump out a large three finger foam that has great retention leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S orange cream, cotton candy, bruised mango and apple, sweet soft caramel, faint spruce, not as hoppy as I expected but has some balance

T more caramel, spruce and pine shows up, has some leafy herbal notes, differs from the nose but still good

M medium weight, more bubbles then visible and they soften things up, not as bitter as you expect from the 85IBU's, a little slick on the palate, spruce and caramel finish

O well rounded and balanced, fresh as can be and easy to drink for 7.3%

Not exactly what I was expecting but I liked it start to finish. Much like most American imports this one sits on the shelf with a big price tag but even so its worth a shot for sure

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the better beers I've tried from DM. Deep amber/coppery in color. Thin, bubbly, tan head with streaked lacing. The aroma is caramel malt and oranges. A bit of tropical fruit, pineapple and passion fruit. The flavor is well balanced with some malt and citrus character, some pine and herbal qualities as well. A bit watery in the finish and mouthfeel. Not as much flavor in the end. A decent beer tho, and worth trying.

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Photo of MilkLeg
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled three weeks ago. Gotta say for the first fresh hop IPA I can remember having I didn't really know what to expect but really liked this one. It's hoppy for sure, I'm not sure if its the young bottle date or the wet hopping technique but this stuff stands out as really solid.

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Photo of ricke49
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a few weeks since bottling - as it should be. Very nice balanced ale. Restrained hoppiness and nice malty autumn feel/nose. Freshness of hops doesn't strike me as much as I would hope for. Drinks exceptionally smooth. Well worth a try.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shnsajax
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 version that is 9 days old. Great smell, not over the top fresh hop but really well brewed. One of the better IRA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ghrymm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Not bad but expected more from these guys.
A: Pours a nice red amber no head or lacing.
S: A sweet hop nose
T: A fruity hop taste a nice sweetness there.
F:Medium Carbonation with a nice hop bitterness.
O: Not a bad Red Fresh Hopped IPA but missing the hop kick in my opinion.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, more fresh-hopped brew to enjoy now before the snow flies!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky and splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly and not so evenly subsides.

It smells of blood orange, red (purple) grape juice, grainy pale malt, laid-back leafy pine resin, crisp green apple, and a small yeasty alcohol edginess. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale and caramel malt, more mixed domestic fruit - orange, lemon, apple, and above all, fresh red grapes - a consistent bit of testy yeast, and more floral, leafy, and diminishing pine hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite involved via its equally fizzy and frothy twin guns, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps just a wee boozy astringency slowly picking away as time moves on. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruitiness really showing some staying power, while the malt and other typical green hop notes wander around, sort of stunned.

An interesting result for a fresh-hopped beer, where you don't always know what you'll be getting. Here, the expected pine and citrus characters play a distant second fiddle to a nice grapey and lesser tropical fruitiness. Huh, roll the dice, and sometimes you win something you didn't even know that you wanted.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chief99
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of itracy63
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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