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Dorking Red India Ale

Brewed by Dorking
Style: Amber Ale
Dorking, England


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2015
On tap @ The William Morris, Hammersmith, London. Deep coppery amber body, small off-white head. Nose is caramel, red fruits, nuts and hints of nougat and straw. Taste is grains, nuts, nougat, red fruits and hints of bread crust and herbs. Light body, soft carbonation. Not bad for a low-strength ABV amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (1324) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
One of the two beers they bottle. Had this from a 500ml bottle. pours clear reddish ruby colour. aroma is IPAesque hoppy and citrus with some caramel. smooth, tart hoppy taste with slightly yeasty after taste. good but not my style

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Cask at William Morris JDW. Dark orange or light brown, hazy, small white head. Aroma has a little resin. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, rose, peppery, resin. Subtle, nice flavours, gets a little drying and tiring though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2100) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2014
Cask. Clear chestnut brown with a medium sized off white head. Nuts, grain, wort, wood, light citrus and floral hops. Light body, soft carbonation, light sweet, light dry and bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9030) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Cask at Victoria Station Spoons. It pours deep red-amber with a decent beige head. The nose is toasty, wood, caramel, red berry and brown bread. The taste is bitter-sweet, oily, juicy, wood, caramel, red fruit, leather, varnish and berry with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Balanced and quaffable. Nice work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (809) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 6, 2014
Cask at the Edmund Tylney, Leatherhead. Pours red brown with a white head. Aroma a little fruity. Sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (2247) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Cask at JDW. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is light malt, very light sherry. Medium body, light carbonation. Light rum, fruit cake, wood, orange, lemon, caramel... A bit dull. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask gravity at Siba Tonbridge 2014. Clear deep red brown thin beige head. Some sweet malt. Some grapefruit hop. Ok.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

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