India Red Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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India Red AleIndia Red Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 108
Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 07/19/17:

Hazy dull copper. Fine creamy tan foam, dimpled surface but otherwise uniform, with superb retention and leaving a nice ring of lace just below the rim, and more partial rings below that. Smells like springtime in a coniferous forrest, from the trees to the ground, but also metal and caramel. Palate is tart with toffee. Combined, it’s almost molasses, but balanced out by pine sap, leather, and dank, bitter vegetable broth suggestions. Medium to full in body, creamy throughout, with soft but ever sharpening moderate level of suds.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Black Canyon Brewing Supplies 1-29-17 for $1.69. Best before 4-11-17 but refrigerated since purchase.

Beer poured red with a beautiful white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of bread, toast, and citrus.

Taste is very well balanced between the toffee and caramel malt base and earthy and light citrus hopping. Getting some of that liquid bread effect which i thoroughly enjoy!

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, yet refreshing.

Overall a very enjoyable red ale, would love to see this released as a seasonal!

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/23/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, apricot, melon, pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, mint, wood, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, apricot, melon, pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, mint, wood, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, melon, pear, apple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, mint, wood, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a great IRA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Never overly aggressive; still has great hop vibrancy and a unique hop profile. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber with a finger and a half white head. Smells of sweet caramel and mild hops. Flavor is caramel, toffee, spices, and some hop bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with great carbonation. Overall a very good bitter Amber .

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

dark red in color, fairly clear, foamy cream colored head. great lacing. nice pine resin hop aroma mixed with caramel malts. taste is somewhat bitter, the flavors work okay together. medium bodied.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear reddish orange amber with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt with piney hops and some fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel apple with toffee malt and some piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent malty hoppy red.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: copper reddish amber under a 2" persistent cream to light tan foam collar that is refreshed by streams of bubbles rapidly rising to the top of the glass.

S: the aromas are spicy and malty with some herb, faint caramel, berry and faint wood.

T: The flavors start with mildly sweet berry, rich malt, and caramel. Big bitter enters mid-palate with traces of woodiness, and a touch of tropical fruit. The hop flavor is medium high and the hop bitterness is high but the malt even at medium provides balance. It has a clean fermentation character with low to no yeast derived fruit flavors. A low residual sweetness tempers a lingering hop flavor and bitterness.

F: India Red Ale has a mild alcohol warming with a creamy smooth medium body with no harsh hop derived astringency. Carbonation is medium.

O: The combination of this beer's texture and flavor make it an especially enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Beejay
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Brownish red in the glass, a tan head on top with a large number of thin frog eyes.

S: Nutty, with hint of caramel as well as a touch of pine, and some light grapefruit.

T: Nutty and herbal, a little caramel flavor, and some earthy bitterness. There is a definite tea quality to this that I don't necessarily love..

M: Medium in body with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall a bit of a miss for me.. something off in there for me. Not necessarily a flaw, but something I am definitely not digging.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, best by

Imagine a beer with red in the name and that's what is in my glass. Deep red beer with a healthy tan head with exquisite lacing.

Caramel malt and herbal, peppery hops.

Woody, herbal hops with caramel sweetness. A blunt hop bitterness helps to keep things balanced.

Full bodied with soft carbonation. The finish is bitter and then sweet.

It's a malty beer that stays pretty balanced by both hop bitterness and flavor. I appreciate the earthy approach to the hopping from a brewery that usually goes with citrus, west coast varieties of hops.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-31-17.

APPEARANCE: pours an absolutely gorgeous dark copper color with larger bits floating about, one-finger off-white head, excellent retention, heavy lacing, medium carbonation, this is what beer should look like.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread and a dank, metallic, pine note with some spice at the finish.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel and toasty bread then a strange, earthy mixture of apples and metallic pine.

PALATE: medium body and somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is a damn fine beer, one of the best looking beers I've seen, it's fun and different, definitely off the beaten path and thoroughly delicious, Deschutes is in my top five brewers, I will buy this again but now I must tell the people.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy and copper, the two inch cap firmly ensconced; streaky lacing hands around, as well

Smell: Caramel, apple and pine tones

Taste: Caramel forward, with apple and earthy tones joining; intense piney bitterness, through the middle; after the swallow, it is the bitter tones that dominate although the malts remain in the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite flavor profile, for sure, but this is well brewed for those who like the style; don't be surprised with the hop kick here - this is a Deschutes beer for sure

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, foamy, off-white head. It smelled piney and of sweet caramel malt. It tasted of sweet caramel and biscuity malt with a spicy hop bite. It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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Photo of matcris
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A hazy red amber in color. A finger of quickly dissipating Khaki head, down to a ring. Minor lacing down the glass. Good carbonation when rocking the glass. The aroma is spicy, a little citrus and tropical fruit, catty, very earthy, caramel malts. I'm liking the flavor more than the aroma. None of the ammonia/catty quality. Some caramel malt, spicy, and very earthy with just a little background citrus in the finish. Feel is medium body and very dry, with full carbonation. Not a west coast typical IPA style. Decent brew, a little different with that spicy, earthy vibe in the flavor.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours reddish copper with a frothy tan head that hangs around and leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity, herbal, woody, pine, hint of citrus, toasted malt, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Pine, spiced orange, grapefruit zest, herbal, woody, cedar, fruity notes, kinda raspberry, toasted malt, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Really wasn't sure how I'd like this one, but it's actually pretty enjoyable. Definitely a different take on a red IPA than what I'm used to, but it totally works.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Label says Best By: 11/04/16.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Classic red ale aroma with lots of crystal malt interweaving with earthy, herbal hops. Slightly sweet.

T- Well-balanced between the bitterness and malt. Drinks pretty easy though there's not much enticing me to take multiple sips. More earthy hop flavor and not as sweet as expected.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Textbook example of an old school American red IPA. Nothing crazy going on here but these types of beers certainly have their place.

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Photo of Riff
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a tumbler glass. Pours a red amber color with a thin white head. Smells of bread and a little bit of pine. Tastes of bread with a light bitterness throughout the drink. Finishes cleanly and quickly away. A solid beer, nothing spectacular but certainly a beer that won't disappoint.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got the India Red in a mix 12pck at Meijer's in Oswego, IL. The beer poured a clear deep amber with white head that left some lace. The scent has hint of pine and bitterness. The taste is bitter through the drink...there is some sweet malt presence. Hints of pine. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's good and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of mccorjf54
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have yet to try a Deschutes beer I don't like. This red ale tastes smooth. The clear redness with the slight smell of wood and fruit aromas makes this beer stand out.

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Photo of PBIU
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this in the mixer pack instead of the Armory XPA. Nice! Always like to try something new by Deschutes.

Look is a nice deep red with some off white head. Lacing present.

Smell is typical of a Deschutes IPA. Somewhat like Red Chair and Inversion. Fruity and sweet with a malt that is present.

Taste follows the nose, except there is a hint of rye in here? Adds a nice little bit.

Mouth feel is creamy and a bit full bodied for the 6.5%. Always amazes me how Deschutes does that so well with their beers between 5-7%ABV.

Overall a pretty nice offering from Deschutes. Different from what they have out there. Makes me miss Red Chair!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of a Summer Sampler 12-pack. 3 bottles of four different beers, including the Black Butte Porter, which I do not consider a summer beer. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a red mahogany color, clear with a modest off-white head.

Smell is faint, a sweet bread aroma for the most part.

Taste is good, a bread and brown sugar flavor up front with a bitter finish.

Overall a decent red ale. On par with Ninkasi Believer Red.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Red with a tinted white two fingers of frothy head that ends up lacing the glass as you drink
S: peaches plums pears
T: Toffee, caramel, grapefruit
F: Feels bigger than the abv will lead you to believe but not boozy. It's drinkable but I wouldn't call it refreshing unless you really need a beer.
O: This one grew on me as I drank it. Hopped up red ales usually go that way for me. Good beer.

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Photo of trygelski1
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained from new variety pack poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice copper to red amber color. Head on the pour was about an inch and there is lacing present with great retention.

Smell: Notes of bread and caramel with a few hints of hops present.

Taste: A nice hop and piney bite to this brew and your normal caramel, bready malts, and sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid IRA from Deschutes! Nice and hoppy along with your normal amber ale characteristics. Glad I grabbed the new variety pack from these guys as all the beers in their are rock solid! I would give this brew a shot again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/2/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper with some floaties/sediment, but still has some clarity; fluffy off-white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of fresh bread and grains. Lots of cracker notes. Malts are present with some caramel notes. The flavors are clean and has a solid bitterness to it. Lots of caramel and cherry notes. It's slightly spicy as well. Very earthy. Hints of citrus and pine. Lemon zest is in the mix. Some pine resin giving this one a subtle warmth. Bittersweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very solid hoppy red ale. It stays true to what you would expect from the style. Well crafted.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 08/18/16

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and a deep, rich copper red hue with a khaki-colored, finger width head that displays fair retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Fair lacing, made up of a few broken lines and a decent amount of spotting.

Smell - Nice aroma, hitting on floral, herbal and citrus hops with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Delicate hops upfront that hit on floral and woody, and fruity citrus character with lesser spice bite and a solid caramel malt backbone that lasts throughout. Finishes with more oak-like woodiness and a solid amount of orange pith bitterness that is counterbalanced by a lingering caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick, velvety texture that makes this beer stupid drinkable before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Very nice. Great balance, unique and well layered flavor profile and absolutely quaffable. Get this into sixers please, ASAP!

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the public house. Deep reddish copper hue. One finger head stays alive all the way through. This is a quality, tasty take on the style. Rich, sweet malty backbone with a citrusy hop (and pine bitterness) finish.

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India Red Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 108 ratings