Double Red | Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HardTarget on 10-14-2007

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Photo of Tiernan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a grolwer into a pint glass. Special thanks go to Ffej for sharing this from his recent Growling at the Moon shipment.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thin beige head. Retains with a creamy look, flaring up solidly, and leaving some nice sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral, spicy, and a touch resinous, with a sticky smelling mix of tropical fruits, bread, and caramel behind it.

The taste is moderately feeling piney hops and strong citrus character, with a backbone of caramel and assertive toasted malts that adds an extra layer of bitterness to the profile. Finishes dryly bitter with some residual sweetness lingering for a bit. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied but has some lightness to it in the middle of the swallow. A lower carbonated feel also gives this a bit of a viscous feel at times but not enough to impact the drinkibility (which is pretty good for an 8% beer).

An all around solid Imperial Red Ale. This came off a bit more toasty than hoppy bitter at times but it was a nice change of pace for the style. This was my first offering from the Draught House and I'm intrigued to sample some more of their wares in the future.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep red, burgundy hue, the faintest suggestion of head and no lacing

S: malt and hops in equal proportions, smells much sweeter than it tastes

T: hops hops hops, fresh and strong, fruit, candy (the best estimation is 'Runts'), a bitter vegetable flavor, pine, warming alcohol

M: sharp carbonation, full body, love the alcohol

D: really good, it's a total hop bomb, but that's alright with me

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Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, rather hazy, with a large persistent tan head, and thick, broken lace.

Aroma: Offers a strong punch of herbal and pine tar hops, the malt and alcohol presence are completely overwhelmed.

Taste: Intense grapefruit rind hops at the open, followed by mild malt sweetness, the hops become ascendant as the taste progresses. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop note. The alcohol, for its high content, remains artfully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, very full, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted, somewhat over-the-top example, a must-try for the hop zealot.

Sampled at The Draught House in Austin, Texas, on October 13th, 2007.

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Photo of Deuane
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ffejherb for sharing his GAtM growler with me!

A-Slightly hazed copper with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin coating that left decent lace.

S-A pleasant blast of citrus hops nicely augmented with spicy/pine notes. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt notes.
A nice hop forward aroma.

T-Aggressive spicy/citrus hops up front with a nicely balanced addition of the lightly sweet caramel malt. Make no mistake though...this is hops first and malt second. The way I like a red ale. Very similar to Humboldt Red Nectar.

M-Medium body with plenty of lingering spicy hop flavour.

D-When I first heard it was an Imp Red I thought...oh great a malty mess. But, then when we cracked it WOW! A very nice brew with spicy citrus hops up front with a very well balanced malt bill following. Well done Draught House!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Promo list notes 8.25% abv., Horizon and Simcoe hops.

Aroma: Fresh hops, citric grapefruit, and a mild allspice note.

Appearance: Murky, almost opaque red holds a finger of dirty head which laces well.

Flavor: Crystal malt sweetness with a big hop profile. Big grapefruit, rind, juice, pith and seed.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with an oily texture.

Overall Impression: Hop monster in D. House. Sweet malt, good beer! Not a session beer as the bitter builds and becomes a touch harsh later in the glass.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Draught House (BA tasting).

The Double Red pours a deep amber-mahogany body with a nicely retained patch of taupe foam. Aroma is loaded down with fruit: plum, mandarin orange, grape, and pineapple. Nice balance of hops & caramel malt, but unfortunately a bit of unsanitized-esque funk pulls through after a few sniffs.

Flavor packs a bitter burst of citrus and pine with a solid balance from the amber & caramel malt. A hint of medicinal shoe polish and leather on the finish keeps it from greatness. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with a lingering bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer that's a bit heavy to be highly drinkable, but succeeds as an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour, courtesy of Jonathan7890 as part of the current GATM BIF. Thanks for the opportunity!

A - Poured a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a bubbly albeit sparse beige head that settled into a thin, patchy veil and deposited decorative lacing on the glass. Reminds me of iced tea.

S - Spicy hop nose with some piney accents and lots of citrus fruit. Malt is sweet with caramel and bready notes, and secondary to the hops. There is a definite leaning towards Amarillo hops that lend to a spicy, leafy and fresh aroma.

T - Hops are a little more spicy than citrusy compared to the aroma, but this is still quite aggressively hopped for a red ale. The malt presence balances out the bitterness a bit with some caramel sweetness, but the hops still receive top billing here.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and an oily, though somewhat syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Finish is spicy and the hops linger for a bit on the palate.

D - Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised with this offering from Draught House, my first experience with this brewery. After taking my first whiff of this hopp red ale, I knew I was in for a treat. Nice!

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Double Red from Draught House Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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