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India Red Ale | Zipline Brewing Co

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India Red AleIndia Red Ale

Brewed by:
Zipline Brewing Co
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The India Red Ale, or IRA, brings together the alluring red hue and malty body of a red ale with all the intense citrus, grapefruit, and piney hoppiness you’d expect from an American IPA. This beer features first-wort hopping to achieve a smooth bitterness.

Added by jklecko2 on 07-29-2013

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by HoppyBastard:
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4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: amber colored and clear with a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a broken layer of foam that lasted throughout, a good amount of lacing on the glass, lightly carbonated.

SMELL: caramel, flowers, bread.

TASTE: toasty caramel with a nice piney resin hop profile that lingers in a good way. The alcohol 7.1% is well hidden, combines the best of both worlds.

PALATE: creamy, full bodied with lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is why I love craft beer, somebody had an idea and went with it, I truly enjoyed this beer, was different, fun and delicious. I would buy this beer again and will most definitely try more from this brewer. Well done.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a heavy amount of fine sediment. Clearly this was meant for me to keep the last of it in the bottle. There's a half inch of tightly packed beige head. Light lacing. I smell nutty malt and lightly piney to citrus hops. The taste is nutty to bready malt with just a faint hint of pine in the back of the palate. The mouth is a bit dense due to the sediment and it is otherwise dry.

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Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RDW
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BaileysBrew
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Vanessa. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt toasty red color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. The aroma had a nice blend of caramel/toffee malts to piney/resinous hops. Slight spruce-like wood with a little bit of citrusy zest then some leather and dried leaf. The flavor rounded the previously mentioned aromas together gently, somewhat sweet with an embracing bitterness striding in. Zesty sort of popping hops to caramel malt base in the aftertaste rolling into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV felt appropriate. Bitter harshness was there but not distracting as there’s some acceptable creaminess softening along my tongue. Overall, is this what we call a Nebraska styled IPA? I’m not sure, but this was good and I’d have again.

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Photo of cmoore32
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrummyLuke
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beestin
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Originalredman
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome! Fantastic beer..possibly my favorite from them

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Photo of vidguy17
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of evilmoose
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep, auburn color with a tan, foamy head. There were some yeasty floaties in the beer. It smelled of pine, grapefruit and roasted caramel malt. Nice bitterness with a strong toasted flavor.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very beautiful amber ipa. Ruby red tones with decent clarity. Lacing is impressive. About 3 fingers worth of head with a vigorous pour, 1-2 fingers with a non-vigorous pour.

S - Quite pleasing, but subtle. Cherries and orange are most apparent in the aroma. A lot of breadiness comes through as well. Overall a sniff worthy aroma.

T - The taste extends very well from the aroma in this brew. Orange peel, cherry and peach are apparent in my taste buds. Bitterness is there, but not overbearing at all! It's refreshing and very drinkable.

M - Not too badly balanced for the style. I feel a nice balance between the malt and hops. My palate is not burned out at all after 6 of these. the 7.1% ABV is hardly noticeable at all.

O - This is an honestly well crafted red IPA. I've had Nugget Nectar, Odell's Runoff Red IPA and a few others, but this one can almost stand up among those. It's quite an impressive local brew that I'm glad I tried. For $7 for a sixer, this was a hell of a beer to come across. Worth trying for sure!

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Photo of carlmoberg
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BrettHead
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigRedN
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, dark orange body topped with a dense, sticky, creamy head. The aroma exudes bready, malty qualities with spicy and citrus-like hop qualities. Big malt sweetness to the flavor, accentuated with fruity esters and a nipping hop bitterness. Heavy body; rich with residual sugars; mostly sweet finish.

This beer delivers the sugary sweetness of red ales with notes of pine and oranges. The hops provide some nice counterpoint to all the sweetness, offering some tingling bite and general bitterness to things.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miami66
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Russ_Guill
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a beautiful red with a medium head that lingers. Great lacing.

The aroma is a balanced combination of sweet malt and hops.

The taste is caramel with medium mouthfeel. Hops are very present but not overwhelming; citrus/grapefruit. Bitter yet refreshing finish. Very balanced.

Overall this is a very fun ale. Make sure you follow the brewery’s recommendation of 46° serving temp - the malt and hops both begin to pop.

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Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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India Red Ale from Zipline Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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