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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The India Red Ale, or IRA, brings together the alluring red hue and malty body of a red ale with all the intense citrus, grapefruit, and piney hoppiness you’d expect from an American IPA. This beer features first-wort hopping to achieve a smooth bitterness.

Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Nugget
Malts: Pils, Munich, Victory, Crystal, & Special B
7.1% ABV
65 IBU
Available from February through April
Draft and 12 oz bottles

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2438) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Cloudy copper pour with a one finger soapy off white head. Aroma is citrus, tree fruit, biscuit, bread crust and some planty hops. Flavor is caramel, spicy, husky grain, seems like there might be a little rye in there, bread and lots of spicy, earthy, piney, and grapefruit zest hops. Medium body a little oily on entry, medium, but sharp carbonation and dry, slightly astringent finish. Good stuff overall, nice bitter kick without being too harsh. I’d probably like it more if it had a little more citrus presence, but it’s still nice.


3
bigcat03 (323) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours Ruby red with a small off white head. Aroma is rye bread with a hint of pine and grapefruit. Kind of odd. Initial taste is very malt with an undertone of pine and floral hops that comes to the forefront eventually. Aftertaste is just flipped around with a malt finish. Fairly full body and fizzy carbonation. An interesting brew but not really something if ever come back to.

3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Thanks Vanessa. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt toasty red color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. The aroma had a nice blend of caramel/toffee malts to piney/resinous hops. Slight spruce-like wood with a little bit of citrusy zest then some leather and dried leaf. The flavor rounded the previously mentioned aromas together gently, somewhat sweet with an embracing bitterness striding in. Zesty sort of popping hops to caramel malt base in the aftertaste rolling into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV felt appropriate. Bitter harshness was there but not distracting as there’s some acceptable creaminess softening along my tongue. Overall, is this what we call a Nebraska styled IPA? I’m not sure, but this was good and I’d have again.

3.4
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2016
On tap at Zipline in Lincoln. Pours an amber color with white head. Piney, hoppy, resiny, caramel aromas. Caramel, hoppy, resiny flavors. Well balanced hop and malt flavors. Enjoyed for a style that’s not my favorite.

3
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Hazy dark reddish orange appearance with a white head. Caramel, pine, and some pepper. Medium body. Bland caramel water with bitter, bland, piney hops. Not offensive but dull and unimaginative.

3.5
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 18, 2015
About as well balanced a beer as you can expect. Surprisingly cherry red appearance, lots of grapefruit in the nose and a healthy bitter finish.

3.6
arminjewell (9661) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, slightly hazy reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of nice orange, grapefruit, slight toast, bread, caramel into a bit of pine, slight yeast. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, red fruit, orange into a bit of grass, slight grain, hints of bread, lemon, finishing slightly dry, bitter. Nice, refreshing.

3
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into pint glass. Big creamy head that lingered for a while. Decent, if uninspiring hop aroma. Flavor doesn't quite deliver the hop pinch I was expecting. It's decent, with a moderate bitterness and a well hidden ABV. Finish is bland and yeasty. Thin body.

3.1
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pour is a red/amber with minimal head and not much lacing. Aroma of bread, caramel, toast, pine, and citrus. Taste was pretty sweet up front with caramel coming through and then the citrus hops taking over. Medium body, medium bitterness, dry finish. Not bad.

3.7
wlajwl (6809) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Aroma is fruit/candy, citrus, malts and very light pine. The flavor is tropical fruit, lime/kiwi, citrus, fruit/candy, light hop resin notes and a bitter/dry/tangy finish.

2
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2014
I was very excited to try this India Red Ale (IRA). However, I soon found it to be more weird than unique. The toasted malt aroma seemed slightly strange for some reason. The flavor didn’t really work for me, either. It started off with a creamy sweetness that was just shy of cloying. The transition into citrusy hop bitterness is sharp and unexpected. It makes for a somewhat bracing surprise. The contrast between malty sweet and hoppy bitter is rather stark and the transition happens a bit too suddenly. This ale needs some work.


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