Immigration Red Ale (IRA) | Knee Deep Brewing Company

Immigration Red Ale (IRA)Immigration Red Ale (IRA)
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Immigration Red Ale (IRA)Immigration Red Ale (IRA)

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GRG1313 on 11-06-2011

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a nice amber clear body. Decent lacing but minimal retention.

S: toasted malts, smokey and caramel notes

T: toasted and subtly sweet caramel malts with nice earthy hops and smokey, toffee notes making up the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation. fairly crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Not too bad for a usually bland genre. The flavor follows the nose nicely.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper with amber tones and a huge, thick, full fluffy head that simply does not fade (indicative the the heavy carbonation one later gets in the mouthfee).

Nose is medium assertive and pleasant notes of fresh cut flowers and fresh stone fruit. Closed when cold; opens as this one warms and it develops a nice "IPA" pineapple character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but heavy carbonation. A few swirls helps tone the carbonation down a bit to get to the flavors.

Flavors pleasant albeit simple. Lemon white bread flavor profile. Lots of citrus on the front palate and the flavors don't really grow in character or complexity. Very much a "light" IPA flavor profile, although pleasant and fresh. I don't get any "red ale" character except for the color. This is a pleasant effort although I would tire quickly of it and likely not finish the glass if with a meal. Refreshing, almost "summer" type of "session" beer.

Finish is pleasant, floral light bitter that is short lived.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I think I got it at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, but I'm not sure.

A: Pours a three finger head of off-white colour, decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper. Not amber, and certainly not red. Not even a little bit. This is textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Amber hops - mainly floral. Light toasted malt character. Hints of tea and cream. Pleasant and inviting, if a bit boring. A simple, moderate strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt forms the foundation, with hints of tea throughout, lending it a slight near-astringency. Amber hops and cream help round out the full body without adding any notes of true substance. The cream on the open is pleasant, but the body is severely lacking in flavour, and feels like the base for a better beer. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Built simply and without subtlety. That said, it's pleasant to drink and enjoyable. I wouldn't call it refreshing. Badly balanced.

Mf: Too dry on the climax and finish. It's soft and a bit creamy up front, but aborts this after the first act - why this is I don't know. Too light and weak on the palate, not allowing the few flavours that are there to come through. I do love the delicate softness, but I wonder why they spoiled it. Smooth throughout.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Standard fare for an Irish red. Its ABV is well hidden, and it's pleasant to drink, but it offers little to make it worth returning to. Its soft mouthfeel is notable, but otherwise there's nothing in this beer to bring me back to it. Decently priced.

A poor candidate for aging.

Ideal from a pint (500ml) glass - whether conical or nonical.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of oberon
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Cali brewery new to my area.Poured into an impy nonic with great clarity a deep rich copper/bronze with a large blooming slight off white head,just a great pour.Aromas are not on the same level as the pour sad to say with mild caramle and toast,I really had to swirl to get that.Flavors are somewhat light as well with sweet biscuit flavors dominating,mild toast and faint leafy hops in the finish.Wow this beer went way downhill after a great pour,aromas and flavors just don't measure up,it does have a nice fuller feel but there just isn't enough flavors to want much of this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Bready malt with a little bit of caramel and some herbal hops.

T - Bready malt and nutty caramel up front. Some herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with more nutty caramel and thick malt as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - A nicely done Irish Red with a good level of malt character and excellent balance. More flavorful than average with just enough hop character to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely an orange red color. Foam is not too terrific but enough carbonation to feel beery on the tongue. Clean but simple. I guess that's the point of the style. Fairly dry and not much malty sweetness. A little bit woody with a slight earthiness to the hops, but not enough to be obnoxious. Tastes better after some sipping. The aftertaste that hints of cherries and biscuits is OK. Aroma is not on the menu. A little bitterness at the very end.

Nothing to perk up the jaded palate, but it might be fine for a pint on a thirsty evening. I'm still trying to figure out what these guys are doing, but at least they seem to have the chemistry down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-tan body with a frothed, beige head. Coating lace sheets on the descent.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, a very slight edge of roastiness, with some sweetish toffee hints, bits of dried herbs, spice, and aromatic dried tangerine peel.

Taste: Sweet, toffee-accented, lightly bready, toasty pale malts. Very low roasted tone. Herbal, spicy English hops, but the Amarillo gives a little, light grassy, orange hints and extra added bite. Medium-light bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering orange/tangerine citrus taste (particularly as it warms a tad).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Though opting to use ingredients a little less than tradition, I still thought it was pleasant enough, serving well for an after-work beer. Hell, I'll take it over a snoozer like Smithwick’s any damn day of the week.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good appearance, solid red and a full inch of off white head. Muted aroma, a little bit of the red malt thing going on.

Taste was again a malt forward foray, this one seemed to kick down more than your average amount. A little bit of citrus shows up. Toffee. Bitterness higher than average.

Relatively traditional and straightforward as advertised, although the ibus seem higher. Caramel and hops are there, per average amount of style. Carbonation above average.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty faint, particularly when it is cold out of the bottle. Te aroma opens up a little more when it warms up in the glass. There is some faint fruity malt notes, caramel and just a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is fruity malts up front with some citrusy hops in the finish. The bottle says 29 IBUs but there is a little more bitterness than I was expecting.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent beer but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hearty red pour yielding a little bit more than an inch of head, that has some nice looking retention and lace. Probably the best looking beer from Knee Deep. Stays largely traditional, doesn't have a big hoppy aroma like the newer west coast styleee red ales will go with to make them less, I dunno, pick your adjective, boring, bland, ordinary etc. . .

Taste, more malt resonance, a little thicker than your average red ale. A little more citrus becomes noticeable throughout the beer. Plenty of toffee accompaniment, a decent way at pleasing traditionalists within the style. Seems like substantially more bitterness than one thinks of when they read 29 ibus.

A decently made beer that is probably something you'd hook your uncle up with, but probably not any beer advocates of your generation.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

fairly thick, if not persistent, pale copper-tan head. Malty aroma has a hoppy overtone and just a hint of pomme fruit. Flavor is more hoppy than malty, almost like an IPA, somewhat bitter, with a grassy note and subtle hints of apple and caramel. Ragged texture has a fair amount of fizz and decent body. An interesting brew, to say the least.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clean and crisp amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head which dissipated slowly and gave off excellent lacing. this looks like the perfect beer to me. a malt heavy scent profile of wheat bread, yeast, caramel, biscuits. holy crap, this is an EXCELLENT red ale. i've had this in my fridge for about 8-9 months now. i WAS saving it for the celebration of my residency, but that's taking fucking forever and i feel like if i drink this beer, maybe it'll just bring me good luck and speed the process of legalization better. it SUCKS being an immigrant in america, not being able to drive or work legally, struggling to support your wife and kid, and the other one that's on its way. but you know what? the time this beer sat for patiently, it paid off. it's delicious and is making me forget about how hard the game of life can be for some people (me). the taste is still hoppy (grassy/herbal) with lots of caramel malt and bready/biscuity profile. medium body with medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel and sticky on the lips. a delicious beer, let's all cross our fingers and hope homeland security calls us in for an interview soon so i can finally try and make some serious cash so the family can start traveling and we can start hitting up different breweries across america, such as knee deep!

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Photo of MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Philousa
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I've had this on tap a couple times at Harry's in San Jose. Only took notes on the bottle version, but I'll refer to some differences where applicable.

Pours a clear pale red/brown with one finger rocky head. Lacing is pretty good, and uniform. Lots of biscuit greets the nose first. Caramel, definitely some dark crystal malt in there too. There are some hops, but not prevalent. The hops were much more apparent on tap. Huge biscuit in flavor up front and the crystal malt is more prevalent in the taste. Reminds me of a dark bread like pumpernickel. Fades to bitter, like burnt chocolate. Grassy hops come in at the end, a nice touch to balance the malt a bit. This beer is very balanced in mouthfeel and finish.

This is a great red. I prefer the on tap version better, I'm guessing it was more fresh, as the hops play a much larger part in the taste and aroma. That said, the malt is tasty and somewhat complex. A great stand by, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of searsclone
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber bottle into a 22oz hefe style glass

good off white head that was big enough that I couldn't fit the whole bottle in the glass with one pour. the head lasted through the whole beer, and had nice lacing. deep golden red color color.

smell is chocolate and malt and hops

taste is dark chocolate, hops and a spicy finish

mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink

overall, a bit too much dark chocolate flavor for me to want another, but, easy to drink and a great looking beer. if you like the style, I would suggest you try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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