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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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,793
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
100
pDev:
8.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - red/amber, great head, great retention, mostly transparent

smell - big hop nose, very floral, resinous, dank

taste - excellent hop flavor, grapefruit, floral, fresh, pungent, just enough pleasant hop bitterness

mouthfeel - full mouthfeel, full carbonation, dry finish

overall - probably the best fresh hop beer i had this year or at least in the top 3

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Claudia's sports bar the other day. I was about to take off after watching the morning football games, but then saw that they'd just put on a keg of this bad boy.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is all fresh hop goodness, but in a reddish ale package. The beer displayed considerable roasted malt, smoke, dry citrus and that beef buillon aroma I associate with certain fresh hop beers. Flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer; there's some noticeable roasted malt flavor, but then the fresh hops come on strong, leading to a dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ilght to medium bodied, but this beer is incredibly well balanced (for a fresh hop IRA/IPA), and drinkability is terrific. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile (I wasn't sure what the abv. was, but the listed 7.2% makes sense).

It was very hard not to order a second glass of this at Claudia's, but I had a long drive back to Eugene, and so opted against it.

Excellent stuff. I rarely drink red ales any more, but if more of them tasted like this, I likely would drink little else. Can't wait to try this year's version of killer green at the fresh hop fest in PDX next weekend!

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had 2013 version in a bottle. have had previous years out of the tap

appearance - copper with white foamy head

smell - hops galore, floral and sweet.

mouthfeel - standard IPA/IRA

taste - SO delicious. by far my favorite fresh hop beer. the only one that comes close is Deschuttes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, but honestly this one is hands down the best. much better than Killer Green too. Just a fresh floral beer that you can tell is made with high quality fresh hops. very well balanced, not bitter at all. Double Mountain is a fantastic brewery and this is one of their best. Not even a huge Red Ale fan, but this one is just great. Hoppy, drinkable, and lots of pine balanced with the malt. well done!

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4.36/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle (16.9 oz/500ml), new for the fall 2012 release; poured to a Breakside pint glass. Have had the bottle about 5 weeks. Will it still be 'fresh hop' fresh? Let's see!

As an aside: I love the new DM bottles. They're a great size and the label encourages one with: "Don't crush me!!! I'm refillable!", giving a website and QR code to learn they can be redeemed. A novel approach on the bottle bill...

A: Moderately hazy pour of rusty red, with a very steady carbonation. Head is gorgeous, a full THREE fingers of ivory cream - long-lasting with loads of sticky/filmy lacing. Once it winnows down, the scant head remains fluffy and pock-marked with spongy bubbles. Very close to a '5', looks-wise. Nah, it's a '5' - absolutely gorgeous 'autumnal' color, great head/retention and perfect lacing.

S: Purchased on 9/29/12... as mentioned above, I feared that this 'fresh hopped' beer was held 'too long'. Not the case! Awesome hop aroma, as if freshly picked comes were rolled and crushed seconds before the first sniff. Minutes later, aroma is still vibrant - grassy and green, spicy and earthy. Again, so close to a '5'.

T: Malty, rich, tannic, green. Lots of mild roast, stingy spice, grass, bark. Flavor rounds off as woody and a bit tea-like. A mild citrus juicing, sweeter like naval orange and tangerine. Hops share LOTS of lupulin, flavors are oily and pungent and green. I like it a lot, almost love it.

M: Feels luscious, smooth. Carbonation is creamy, body and thickness is medium-full, but wanes a little as it warms.

O: I really love this beer for its drinkability. IRA is a beautiful medley of savory/tangy/juicy India Pale Ale and brassy/malty Red Ale; this fresh hop 'Killer' version kicks it up several notches. Very tasty, well-balanced, so seasonal. Highly recommended --- I hope this bottling makes it into wider distribution in 2013 (as such, it was $5/bottle; picked this up in Hood River before the Fresh Hops Festival and saw it it in only a couple places in Portland)

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Killer Red from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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