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Dorking Red India Ale

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Brewed by Dorking
Style: Amber Ale
Dorking, England

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Red India Ale is a delicious, strong 5% hoppy beer similar to an IPA. The colour of dark cherries, this beer has a fruity sweetness like berry and dried fruits, with a smooth full bodied taste.
Inspired by several IPAs sampled at the GBBF 2009 (sigh, it seems all we do is work, work, work), we set about developing our own offering of this style. After several recipe tweaks, we think we’ve cracked it.
This ale has a beautifully balanced combination of hop and malt. The Perle hops add a rounded buttery taste, while the Centennial hops add the fruity notes, and the grains add a toasted malty depth. Mmmm Tasty.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Cask Pint at Edward Rayne (JDW), Raynes Park, London in Feb 2014 - Reddish Brown-Amber in colour. Good off-white head. Malty; toasty/roasty malts, grainy (rye-like), caramel, hint of toffee. Hoppy; citrusy and spicy hops. Fruity; orange and grapefruit citrus, slight dark fruits. Good malt/hop/fruit balance. Citrus fruity hop bitterness over sweet malts. Not bad. Very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Cask at the Ball & Wicket, Upper Hale, 09/03/14. Clear brown with reddish hues and a well appointed beige head. Nose carries light floral notes, berry fruits, some hops present, biscuit malt, very light soap. Taste comprises caramel, light summer fruit, perfumed tones, citric rind,light hops, dark berry fruit. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, subtle bitterness in the close. Ok, nothing to shout home about but inoffensive and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
20th January 2014
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Clear deep amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and very smooth with nice superfine carbonation. Smooth malt, a little dry. Whisper of banana and bubblegum esters. Little unsweet caramel and malt cream. Mild dried fruits and subtle juicy red berries. Finishes with light noble hop bitterness. Mellow bitter linger. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW - London. Pours clear, ruby-gold with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma has a surprising amount of juicy citrus, pine and toasty bread. The flavor backs up the robustness of the snout with lots of well ripened and juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, berries, plenty of sappy pine, sweet bread. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly resinous, more oine, ripe citrus fruits, some toffee, rich and lightly toasted bread. Not a bad beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1801) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
Cask. at Mytchett Beer Festival 2012. Pours a deep red ruby colour, the aroma is all fruit, the taste again is soft malts and loads of fruit with a dry bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012

Cask (gravity) @ The 17th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2011, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium brown amber colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, licorice notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110429]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
Cask at Euston Tap, London. A deep red/brown coloured pour with a medium beige head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Tastes hoppy, fruity, malty and some caramel notes. A decent drop.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2011
Tap @ The Draft House. Pours reddish mahogany with a creamy beige head. Aroma is malty, bready, a bit nutty, piny and citric. Flavor is a bit acidy, roasted, malty, fruity and caramel with nice bitter hoppyness. Thin body. Finishes watry bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
JDW, Greenwich. Robust malty ale - good use of crystal malts and a healthy but not aggressive dose of hops. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Cask. A deep red beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma is dominated by fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of fruit, malt, and caramel, as well as citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish.


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