Description:"The 'IRA', as it’s known around here, marries a ruby red
color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain
adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an
enduring favorite." — Double Mountain Brewery Random thoughts: I'm drinking IRA as part of my series on Double Mountain's (relatively) new 500 ml. bottles.
The tasting: Reddish orange in color, hazy, with an off-white head that
dissipates very slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma of
caramel, grapefruit, and some yeasty notes. Overall, aroma is fairly mild. In
taste, caramel and grapefruit again come through, but with the addition of
bread and pine. Hop bitterness is moderate to high, but not overwhelming. Light
alcohol is noticeable in the middle. IRA is light to medium bodied, has a
slightly resinous mouth feel, and finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness and a
touch of yeast. I don’t know what Double Mountain’s house yeast is, but it leaves a nice imprint that complements the other flavors.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! IRA is a bridge between two great styles (Red / Amber Ale and India Pale Ale). I particularly enjoyed the level of bitterness in IRA, it's prominent—but not a hop bomb. At the same time, it's nicely balanced by a solid malt backbone.