RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The IRA, as its 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. Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner malt, imported crystal malt, Simcoe and Brewers Gold hops. 6.5% ABV, 60 BU

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (3064) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle from Geers. Red/brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet nose of caramel, tropical fruit. Light bitter hoppy finish. Light notes of cardboard. Sweet and malty. Almost one year old. Too old maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8588) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2015
16/X/15 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: XII/23/14 (although it only hit the shelves somewhere this summer) (2015-1482) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear red beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive, leaving some lacing in the glass. Aroma: sourish, bit fruity, red berries. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, malty, caramel, bit fruity, bitter, sourish touch. Aftertaste: hoppy, malty, caramel, banana, fruity finish. Not sure what to make of this. Probably age has hit it hard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5300) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
(En ft The Local Peasant): Des oranges confites et du th noir dans un corps cralier et moelleux. Tout est trs propre, lamertume confortable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (23398) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
27th September 2015
post Borefts train to Amsterdam. Hazy deep amber beer, good cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Caramel malts, slightly oxidised tasting. Tea. Mild floral bitterness. Overripe fruits. Airy finish. Mild bitter linger. Okay but tastes a little tired.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (8517) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
Thanks to Erwin! 500 ml. bottle sampled @ Tims orgasmic Trillium tasting. Bottled on 23/12/14. Okay so apparently this beer supports The Cause, I will refrain from commenting upon the political choices of this brewery and as such I will limit myself to only the taste etc. of the beer. Hazy amber, creamy off-white head. Nose is floral, yeasty, sugary, sweetish, fruity in an obvious ravaged by age IPA kind of way, floral, more sugar. Taste is thinned out IPA, exposing the base, sugary, faintly herbal, malty, brown sugar ,caramel, lightly floral, Sweetish, thin, faded hops. Thinned out older IPA body. Obviously too old to properly judge. Distribution might be potentially to blame here since the guy who brought this apparently purchased this rather recently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (2011) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Very yeasty, malty smell, sweet, light bitter but I'm missing exotic fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle from Safeway. Murky brownish amber in color. Huge billowing head. Hoppy up front with a bit of citrus. Somewhat off smelling nose. Possibly the reason for the big foam. A little spicy in favor as well. Almost has a Belgian quality to it. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2120) - Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2015
500 ml bottle- Pours hazy autumn orange with a nice dense off white head that sticks around. Aroma is bready rye, some hops, caramel malts, subdued. Taste is caramel malts, rye bread, spicy hops, resinous and hop forward. I really am enjoying this, really digging on the IRAs lately, and this is one of the better ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4455) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour, thin white head. Aroma of grainy malts, spicy hops, some caramel, fruity, a hint of sugars and some honey. Flavor is quite bitter, Czech pilsener, some fruity hops and sweet caramel malts. Nice body, nice balance. Very well drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2015
50 cl bottle @ home. Aroma has reson, sweet fruitiness, some vanilla and caramel. Flavour has resin, biscuity malt and grapefruit. Also some mild and weird plastic off-flavour. Finishes with hayish grain and malt. Nice, I like the resin here.

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