Saturday, March 1, 2014

Awesome Ales - Red House IRA

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One of the most awesome things about living in an awesome beer town like Portland, Oregon is that just about every upscale restaurant, taproom, pub, dive bar and eatery around serves tasty, locally brewed craft beer. It's actually difficult to find a joint that DOESN'T serve decent beer. How awesome is that?

One of my favorite places to eat in PDX is a sandwich shop called Lardo. If you ever go to either one of their locations, I highly recommend the Korean Pork Shoulder sandwich or the Pork Meatball Banh Mi. Get an order of the Dirty Fries while you're at it. You'll be glad that you did. Oh, yeah, Lardo usually has a heck of a tap list. More than a dozen choices of tasty, tasty beers.

I was at Lardo the other day and found a new brew on their beer menu. Awesome Ales Red House IRA. I don't know much about Awesome Ales, but a perusal of their website told me they are a "gypsy and tenant craft beer brand". I'm not sure what that means, but I'd love to find out more. Their beer sure is good.

The IRA was handed to me in shaker pint. It was a reddish orange color with a bright white head. The head was a good 1/2 inch thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. A thin cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was subdued citrus hops and biscuity malt. Floral, herbal notes.

Taste was sweet, earthy malt. Orange and caramel. Spicy, herbal. Nice creaminess to this brew. Delicious!

Medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Creamy finish with a good bitter punctuation note at the end. Lots of flavor complexity left rolling around on the palate. 

This beer actually is...awesome! Very nice, nice PDX brew. If I ever see it on tap again, I'll get some, absolutely. Thanks, Awesome Ales, for giving me an excuse to go back to Lardo this weekend. I'm giving Red House IRA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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