Red Clay IPA | Sunken City Brewing Company

Red Clay IPARed Clay IPA
BA SCORE
3.59/5
129 Ratings
Red Clay IPARed Clay IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sunken City Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
sunkencitybeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SiriusBock on 06-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,311
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
129
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of terry33
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a nice amber color and a clear texture. There was small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Sparse lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, a lot of pine, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair bit of the caramel, light malt notes, a lot of hops (more than I generally care for), a tinge of pine, an oddly nutty quality, and a hint of citrus (grapefruit). In general, this is a solid flavor, but nothing really jumps out at you. Still, it's likable enough.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat too-bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Perhaps I've had far too many IPAs. This is not as bad as the overall score suggests, but it doesn't separate itself from the universe of IPAs out there.

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Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Seanecy
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsonta
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color and nearly clear. Decent head with lasting power. Plentiful spots on the glass.

Caramel aroma with a weedy hop nose. Balanced but not really inviting.

The Sunken City beers are earthy overall and this one fits that profile. The hop is biting and vegetal. Not as bitter as most IPAs. Body and carbonation is near average.

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Photo of rorjets
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into IPA glass. It pours an attractive reddish-amber color with one-finger of khaki-colored head and lacing. Its primary smell is malt with discernible caramel and grapefruit. Although the malt base is solid, the bitter hops are present throughout. You can also taste caramel and nuts. It has a candy bar like quality. What seems to be missing is the grapefruit. This ale is medium in body, moderate in carbonation, and the 7% ABV seems just right. Overall, Red Clay is a good example of the maltier IPA's that are prevalent in the South. If you prefer West Coast-style hop bombs, then you might want to pass on this one. If, like me, you like the maltier style, then you will probably enjoy this one. Someday I hope to try it on draught.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for an IPA, between an amber and a brown, off white Lacey head. West coast hops smell with a faint hint of BO. The taste is just slightly less intense than a true west coast IPA, but about what you'd expect. Nice, drinkable, would definitely have again.

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Photo of Stanley23
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregcordle
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigbutter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sswilliams41
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JFear
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A below-average IPA. Run-of-the-mill hop profile, coupled with a generic and too strong caramel malt taste. I understand that this is a fairly young brewery, but this tastes like a test batch that they unintentionally canned.

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Photo of Boone757
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattXT
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of florisj135
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of obywan59
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color and crystal clear with a 2 finger off white head, Thick clingy lacing makes a valiant attempt to cover the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mainly citric, but has a touch of sweet malt that's almost caramelly as another reviewer stated. A touch of metallics.

Seems pretty malty for an IPA, but I like it. Pine and a bit of sweet nutty malt that's almost more almond than caramel . Bitter hops and light citrus hint at grapefruit rind.

Medium+ in body. More substantial than a typical IPA, but then the ABV is near the high end of the range. Decent bite of carbonation and light warmth.

I picked this at the right time of the year. This seems to be a transition between the lighter brews of summer and the heavier winter beers. Not overly complex, but well rounded and interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of Loco-JoCo
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red Clay IPA is a beautifully crafted IPA, it has an amber to red color but very little cloudiness, the taste of the hops envelope your mouth providing a hoppy bitterness that appears to dissipate after swallowing and it doesn't blow you away with sappy, sticky mouth-puckering aftertastes that some over-the top IPA's tend to do. This is one of my favorite IPA's out there because you don't taste the 7% alcohol but instead you feel like you can drink 2 or 3 of them without a care. I always recommend this beer to my friends when they are looking for a good transitional IPA. Those of you Hop-heads that exclusively drink IPA's may not find this to be your style but to those out there that enjoy variety this is a great one.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Red Clay IPA from Sunken City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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