Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

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Killer Red Fresh Hop India Red Ale, 7.3% ABV – 85 IBU, 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“It’s harvest time again, which means just-picked hops from the Willamette Valley. Notes of apple, pine and orange dominate the intense flavor profile of killer red.”

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  • Style: (Red IPA) India Red Ale
  • Taste: Solid citrusy toasted malt creamy light apple orange piney bitter hop dry dull finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.40 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a nice 1.5cm dissipating head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, lost of slow steady streams.

Nose: citrusy pine hops, toasted malt backdrop, light boozy (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine, crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), more creamy CO2, sweet light toasty barley malt, apple, orangy hop oils

Finish: soft green grassy piney off-dry bitter hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Solid malty hoppy profile with a very nice creamy mouthfeel. It’s just a touch too dry on the finish for me.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #19 – Coulrophobia IRA

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #19

Coulrophobia India Red Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Coul-ro-pho-bi-a [kool-ruh-foh-bee-uh], Noun : 1) An abnormal fear of clowns. Noun : 2) A well-balanced ruby red IRA from Phillips. This malt & hop act ain’t jokin’ around. No balloon animals were harmed in the making of this beer.”

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  • Style: (American red ale hopped like an IPA) India Red Ale
  • Taste: Almost creamy grapefruit/tangerine toasted barley malt sweetness  to dry hoppy bitterness.
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent but likely better IRAs out there

Visual: Pours clear reddish brown with a small 3mm creamy dissipating head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of steady active streams.

Nose: fruity tangerine hops, sweet malt background. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-almost creamy, incoming dry bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) tangerine/grapefruit citrus, toasted barley malt, resin

Finish: grapefruit oil bitter hops, lingering medium bitterness.

Summary: Pretty solid in terms of mouthfeel and flavour. I enjoyed the full, almost-creaminess as well as the balanced sweet malts with the citrus hops. Wished for more carry in the finish.