Killer Red | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Killer RedKiller Red
BA SCORE
88%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 92 ratings
Killer RedKiller Red
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
Ranking:
#5,472
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
92
Liked:
81
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
8.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%

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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 HuskyinPDX
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Bottle opened 10.21.14

Blah, wtf is this?

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pkalix
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Killer Red from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 92 ratings
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