Killer Red | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-19-2011

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dshansen1184
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. Cheers.

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Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of csmrx7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cknoch
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 shoretaxi
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 wisegreensoul
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichardZen
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Brownish red
Smell - A little bit of pineapple
Taste - Pineapple, savoury and fresh
Feel - Very smooth
Overall- High quality IRA

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Photo of kemoarps
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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%
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 -5.5%
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.

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Photo of MilkLeg
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shnsajax
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ghrymm
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Killer Red from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 106 ratings