Review: IRA, Double Mountain

Double Mountain Brewery — Hood River, OR

  • Style:  India Red Ale
  • Bitterness:   65 IBUs
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:   Gambrinus Pilsner, Crystal
  • Hops:   Simcoe, Brewers' Gold
  • Sampled:  500 ml. bottle
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. 

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1 comment:

  1. Julie and I went with some friends to Double Mountain in Hood River. This was a brewery that was high on my list to visit and I was pretty excited. I found out that I'm not a huge fan as the beers are Belgian style, which are not my favorite. The pizzas are great though.


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