Killer Red
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #27
Ranked #10,836
3.99 | pDev: 8.02%
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
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Notes: Fresh Hop IRA. Hops from Sodbuster Farms in the Willamette Valley are picked, transported, and put in to the brew within two hours. The exorbitant amount of fresh Perle whole leaf hops heaped in to the kettle and hop back give this juiced up IRA a wonderful ripe apple, dank forest, and fruited pine flavors and aromas.
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer every year, how have I not reviewed it before? 2020 version. 16oz bottle (dated 9/15/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear reddish-amber color with well over an inch of slightly off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

Earthy malt at the front of the nose gives way to bright hops. Mostly pine, but some grassy and citrus notes as well.

Fairly similar on the tongue; a basic "beery-ness" with bright hops on top. A slight bitter bite on the back adds some nice contrast.

The body was on the full side of medium, smooth, and had medium finish that leaned a bit towards dry.

Drinkability was very good, as I have found it to be over the years.

Overall, another visit from from an old friend that you only see once a year. Try it if you see it.

Sep 26, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

draught (fresh hop)
Amber with a lot of golden overtones to the color. Slight caramel aroma. Good amber ale characteristics in the taste, i.e. some more malt than the average IPA. Long hoppy finish but not bitter.

Nov 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very autumnal wet hop beer, not only embracing the season of the hops that all of these beers do, but also embracing a more seasonal malt complexion, which is the point of difference here. although i have not seen a lot of beer made with wet perle hops, im not sure they make this real unique. i definitely get a leafy greenness to them, a candied orange slice, some juniper, but its not specific to a particular strain, at least to my palate, and its the combination of these hops with these kilned type malts that makes this beer magic. its toasted and warming, sweet enough to pick up and carry the sticky wet hops along with it, hints of honey, baked bread, and hearty mixed nuts. its still dank and weedy on the hop side, but this grain is awesome for the fall, and the combination is great. i think i liked the killer green a little more in terms of hop complexion, but i think this is a really uniquely balanced beer, a cool take on a wet hop style that i dont think we see enough of, and it ends up enhancing, not taking away from the wet hop complexion here. really well done, great recipe! fun to drink this right next to the killer green at the brewery too!

Oct 18, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish orange-amber with three-plus fingers of rocky tan-tinted head. Solid lacing.

Lighter than expected aroma of caramel malts, light toast, light orange, light skunk, and forest floor detritus and soil.

Similar light, earthy flavors: almost-burnt caramel malt, English Breakfast tea, wet forest. A hint of red delicious apple lingers in the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

One of my favorite styles from back in the day, this one does not quite live up. It’s not all that bitter, but not particularly sweet either. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s well balanced. Honestly, I find it pretty dull. 9/11/18 bottling date.

Nov 18, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear light red color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like freshly baked brown bread, some light caramel, apple, dank hops, pine, orange, and grassiness.

That earthy and dank fresh hop flavor goes really well with the red ale base here. There's a nice breadiness and very light bittersweet caramel thing, along with fruity and mostly dank earthy hop character. It's really well balanced.

This is medium bodied, a bit creamy, with a great level of drinkability.

This is a fun beer. I love the time of year where I can drink all these great fresh hop beers.

Oct 26, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fresh-hop red ale is a rarity, almost every fresh hop ale around here is either a Pale Ale or IPA. A refreshing change Dark amber and slightly hazy pour, thick-ish head with good retention. The nose is more malt than hops. Taste is a touch sweet and clearly hoppy but far from tongue-blasting bitterness. Clean aftertaste. Nice carbonation. This is winner and well worh seeking out.

Oct 26, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Killer Red is killer beautiful, and a welcomed beverage every year. The auburn color with light orange and red highlights seem to also welcome the fall equinox in perfect fashion. Bright and clean. The cream colored foam is sturdy and stubborn, and makes sure it's fading presence won't be forgotten with ring after ring of lace.

Even the scent, though uncommon for most fresh hop ales, rings of autumn. Caramel, nutmeg, peppercorns. Spiced apples even come to mind, with a classic wet pine backdrop.

The flavor is more of a blend of all the above, but much less dinstinguishable. A spice rack with ripe orchard fruits, with notes of bread, caramel, and of course much more pine.

Like the changing winds themselves, this has a cool crispness about it. It's a bit dry, and well carbonated. A good initial balance is quickly overtaken by a sharp bitter finish.

As mentioned earlier, this is a welcomed annual beer. I enjoy it every year and you should too. I'm just sorry it took me this long to review. This might be as close as it gets to a "perfect" Red. Cheers.

Sep 18, 2018
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Todd from California

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine #130 (November 2017):

Amber with a creamy head and lace, Killer Red brings apple aromas in the nose, with a bready and malty profile. Hopped entirely with Perle, this 78 IBU beer is sweet with suggestions of tropical fruits, pine, browned red delicious apples, and a slight dankness beneath it all. A spicy finish and earthy afternotes linger on the palate while tasty apple-y notes dominate and reign from beginning to end.

Apr 30, 2018
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rarigney from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful reddish copper with excellent clarity and an off white, persistent head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and hints of apple. Taste is sweet caramel malt balanced by piney bitterness. Medium body, smooth.

Oct 04, 2017
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cknoch from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Dec 25, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Nov 14, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Oct 14, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Oct 13, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

Oct 13, 2016
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MilkLeg from Canada (AB)

4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 13, 2016
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Oct 01, 2016
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Nov 28, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Nov 09, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2015 version on tap. Huge hop bitterness with grassy pine assault on your taste buds and a tropical fruit aftertaste. Bitterness is extreme in my opinion a little more malt would of helped

Sep 24, 2015
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PacNWDad from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1%

11/8/14 - 22 oz bottle poured into an ale glass. Pours with a frothy, white head that dissipates quickly leaving a film. Copper colored and slightly cloudy. Tons of lace on the side. Spruce and pine aroma, green apple, with butterscotch and roasted malt. Starts bitter, slightly metallic, with a slightly sweet finish. Medium body, well-carbonated, rich, long finish. Very nice.

Nov 09, 2014
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Reidrover from Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Lifesource natural grocers in Salem OR $4.99 2014 . 7.2% alc and 88 IBUs. Amber coloured body,clear, with a lovely tight bubbled but large off white head. Different hop profile from the "green", more powdery and resinous..but equally fresh again caramel malts. Very much balanced in taste with mote fruitiness than the "Green", and the hops showing mote progress in the end. Great mouth feel to this one also..lower carbonation but slick. Again a very nice fresh hop beer.

Oct 11, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight pine aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence.

Dec 21, 2013
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a hefty brown bottle with no dating that I can find. However, this is definitely the 2013 vintage--enjoyed on Halloween, because this beer is a real KILLER. I'll be here all week, please tip your waiters and waitresses... ...poured into the fancy Speigelau IPA-specific glass from SN/DFH.

Appearance - A glowing orange and yellow body, with some hints of ruddy red/burgundy as well, but subdued. Atop the body sits a positively massive four+ finger head that begins receding immediately, but at a snail's pace. The foam begins to sink right around the edges at first, creating a little moat-like trench between the thick sheets of lacing and a mound of foam in the middle that is still going strong. Eventually, the bubbles start to expand and burst, leaving a cobweb of foam, and thick, leopard-print sticky lacing. Another beautiful one, just like it's "twin" Killer Green.

Smell - Notes of apple, citrus orange and even some pineapple and a healthy backbone of fresh-baked bread and toasted caramel notes. However, make no mistake, on the spectrum of "red IPAs" (or "IRAs"), this one leans more towards hop dominance of the IPA than the more caramel-infused characteristics of an amber ale.

Taste - Again, the hops are on full display, but now the caramel malts provide a nice rustic counterpoint to the more pungent hop characteristics. Again with orchard fruits--orange, apple, even some bosc pear and maybe nectarine. However, I really enjoy the nice biscuity and rye bread tasting element to the malt backbone. Some more generic floral notes float over the top and give this one a depth of flavor that I don't typically find in a standard "red IPA".

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and toothsome, with good carbonation and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, while I like both of Double Mountain's fresh IPAs, I think I slightly prefer this one, just because it's a bit more unique than a lot of the fresh hop IPAs that are out there due to the caramel and roasted malts. Would gladly have again and hope that they continue to produce it.

Nov 06, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Perle hops are interesting and I can't say I've had a single-hop beer brewed with them. After this warms up a little the aroma is really distinctive, like a ripe canteloupe and alfalfa. Pleasantly carbonated with an attractive bright, clear coppery color in the St. Bernardus globe. Appealing sudsy mouthfeel.

Starts with some warm malty notes and a tang of citrus. Some sweet orange along with green papaya in the flavor. Moderately bitter but so fruity and mellow it's hard to put down.

This is really quite drinkable, but it's more like a different sort of Pale Ale somewhat hopped up, rather than the acidic and bitter IPA style. A taste of cedar and something like cilantro add to the interest. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Nov 01, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pour a reddish coppery amber with a fine half finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus, piney and herbal hops with light caramel malt that is overwhelmed by the hop goodness. Flavor is also dominated by fresh piney, citrus and herbal hops with a light sweet malt body. The hops are aromatic and flavorful, but not heavily bitter. Lingering citrus and grassy hops aftertaste. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A nice IPA that showcases the hops without a lot of bitterness. The malt body is supportive, but not present enough to be a real red ale; I think the BA designation of American IPA is spot on. Both the red and green versions were quite nice and had distinctive hop flavor profiles. Tasty.

Oct 09, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 117 ratings