DeadHead Double Red Ale | DESTIHL Brewery

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DeadHead Double Red AleDeadHead Double Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery
Illinois, United States
destihlbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This imperial or 'Double' Red Ale has intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma balanced by high notable alcohol content, fruity esters and caramel malt character. It is dark reddish-copper in color and full-bodied.

92 IBU

Added by Sallerj on 02-09-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 57
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/amber mix with a nice fluffy two finger beige head that falls oh so slow and laces well.

Aroma is big chewy caramel malts with some fruity hops underneath with a light spicy kick maybe from the alcohol or the yeast. Smells like a nice red but since its an IPA Imperial red know it down a few points for not being hoppy enough smelling.

Taste is nice like a big chewy red lots of caramel malts with some deep fruity notes even some tobacco notes. Lingering deep hop bitterness from the hops there not bright but they are there. Good flavors big and chewy like a good old or strong ale. Favorable beer just not what I would call an Imperial IPA but I like it.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy but body is only a big medium with middle of the road carbonation.

Overall I like this beer think I would remove the IPA part and just call it a big ass red ale myself but its enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a beer generously shared out my way from a new BA friend dankacheese, the first he sent in a fantastic box of beers, i shared this one with a good buddy. it has everything i look for in the style, which admittedly is not one of my favorites in the beer world, but well made beer always has my attention, and this certainly is of very high quality. foamy amber pour from the bottle (with badass art!), a little haze, and fine lace as it drinks. an aroma of kilned nutty dry earthy toasty malts, bready and a little caramelized, but not nearly as sweet as this color would normally indicate, and a somewhat mellow hop profile that shows a little pine and some oils, but isnt too in my face. the flavor is decidedly malt driven too, especially for an ipa type, the hops seem to balance the grains rather than the other way around, with a wonderfully rich earthy grain profile, quite autumnal, hearty, and drier than expected. the hops bring enough bitterness but lag a little bit from a flavor standpoint. remarkable how well the alcohol is hidden, and it drinks nowhere near as strong as it really is. fuller bodied, well carbonated, and with a fluffiness that suggests some wheat in the mash bill. tasty stuff, a bit filling as they go, but a tasty offering from these guys, who tend to overdo it more than under, so i appreciate the moderation here. thanks for sharing chicago dude!

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beer types! Poured from a bottle into a bulb glass. Beautiful golden red orange with a nice beige head and good lacing. Smell is subdued but there are some caramel notes which go on to the taste. Nice smooth feel and a bit of a boozey taste. A good beer!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a clear, garnet red with a one-finger, off-white head. Decent lacing and carbonation
S- Lots of malt, citrus hop smell. Cherries.
T- A great example of imperial red.
Very good!

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a honey-amber colored liquid, clear and relatively still. Small and quickly fading head. The smell is a mix of malt and hot alcohol...there are a few peppery hop notes as well. The taste is sharply boozy, and there is a toasted malt and bitter hop flavor in the forefront. There is a bit of sweetness underneath, but it is still a relatively balanced beer. Sharp bitterness in the finish and full in body.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is fruit, caramel/malts, spices and slightly perfumes. The flavor is caramel malts, grapefruit, mild sweetness and a big hoppy/slightly sugary finish.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DEADHEAD Imperial Red Ipa, 9.4% abv, 86 ibus, bottled 12/1/16 (2 months out, new on shelves)

Pours a clear garnet with one finger of dense khaki foam, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, fig, pine, with notes of candied orange citrus and dried apricot. Taste: orange, note of dried dates, agave on toast, finishing with a bit of resin and candied grapefruit peel. Medium-to-full bodied with a creamy feel upfront then getting sugary midsip, with oily hop blast catching up finally at the finish. This is nice but quite sweet. It delivers more in the Double AB strong ale category than anything I would brand as IPA, though it's a pretty big grey area.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/crimson with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & very nice lacing

S: Toasty & herbal hops, & some boozeyness once warm

T: Woody hops, toastyness, biscuitty hops, with a little bit of red grape/cherry up front.? Herbal & woody hops with a little cakeyness, pine & a little grapefruit as this warms, plus toastyness. Finishes dry, toasty with herbal hops, bready with a little toffee, a whisper of pine & booze too

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation nice balance, warming as well

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavily malty Imperial Red. Not sure why it isn't a tad higher on the reviews. I think many of this style push the hops to the limit where this one is maltier than most but still a very nice beverage.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

On-tap @ Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours dark ruby with a thin wisp:

The smell is of pine and caramel with some cherry-like fruitiness.

The taste upfront is of pine/resin bitterness quickly followed by sweet caramel/toffee. Cherry wood weaves in and out. Booze shows in the sweet-leaning finish.

It hits full-bodied, but not thick. Residual sugars linger on the lips.

This is a well-made "double" red. It has a strong red ale malt with a noticeable hop presence. An enjoyable "sipper"!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review. Pours a clear read with a layer of tan head that leaves only a coating. The smell is hop forward in the form of pine, wood, along with some herbal notes. A sturdy caramel malt base is present which brings a little bit of sweetness to the party. Taste is heavy on the pine hops which brings a considerable amount of bitterness to the flavor. Not much malt backing up the bitterness here, poor balance in my opinion. Mouthfeel has high carbonation and medium body. Overall, this one doesn't stand out, a little too heavy on the bitterness and lacking in balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the midwest brewfest in Plainfield. The beer poured a cloudy, dark red/amber off-white head and some lacing. Smells of strong hops and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. A very strong bitterness present. Tastes of strong hops (citrus and floral), sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Overall, strong body, but not complex at all.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy hops, spicy hops, hint of pine, strong sweet malt, alcohol, tea, hint of candy sugar, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, sugar, earthiness, alcohol, strong resin, caramel malt, hint of tea, and spicy hops. Overall, sweet, strong body and aroma, great appearance.

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Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small, off white head that fades into a soapy collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, ripe fruit, pine, and citrus.
Taste is of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, candy sugar, and sticky hops with standout flavors of pine, orange, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is sticky, sugary, with caramel, and bitters fighting it out to a very well balanced brew.

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DeadHead Double Red Ale from DESTIHL Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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