Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Double Mountain Brewery - IRA

Tasty pint o' perfection
Another hot day in Stumptown. Gratefully, we have plenty of fine Oregon beer to help us beat the heat. If you've read any of my other beer reviews, it should be no news to you that Double Mountain is one of my most favorite Oregon breweries. Located in beautiful Hood River, Double Mountain makes some of the best beers to be found anywhere on the planet. They serve up some mighty tasty pizza in their taproom, too. If you're a tourist visiting Portland, take an hour drive up the Columbia River Highway and get yourself some of this deliciousness at the source. I highly recommend.

Tonight, I'm drinking a Double Mountain IRA (India Red Ale). I'm very fond of this particular beer. It comes with an ABV of 6.5% and can be found in many Portland cold cases in a pint-sized bottle.

The beer poured from bottle into my pint glass a slightly hazy, reddish amber color. The off-white head almost got away from me, rising up to about two fingers thick. The head was quite clumpy and creamy and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of frothy lacing was left behind.

Aroma was sweet, bready malt up front. Light citrus and piney hops in the background. Floral and herbal notes were in the mix as well.

Taste was citrus hops--orange and grapefruit. Earthy malt flavor provided a really nice balance. Decent hops bitterness but not a massive pucker. Flavor of honey and a light herbal spiciness. Pleasantly complex without any significantly over-powering components.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A little bit of a creamy finish.

This brew is a really interesting hybrid. It has the hopiness of a Northwest IPA and the earthy maltiness of a red ale. This brew has the best characteristics of both styles and it's very successful. An easy drinker but with  plenty of flavor for any devoted hophead. Good stuff and I'm giving IRA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. I'm not sure how the Wonder Beagle would react to this beer. She's too hot and miserable to even notice I'm drinking a beer tonight.



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