Sunday, October 6, 2013

Double Mountain Brewery - Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA 2013

Better red than dead.
Oh, the fresh hop fun just keeps on keepin' on. Today's fresh hop brew is Double Mountain's fresh hop version of their ever popular IRA. Killer Red has been released in bottles for a limited time and I got me one. It comes with an ABV of 7.2%

The beer poured from 500 ml bottle into my pint glass a hazy, reddish amber hue, with an off-white head. The head rose up to almost two fingers thick. It was creamy, frothy and dissipated slowly. A clumpy cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was grassy, herbal, citrus hops right up front. Very floral and resinous. Sweet malt in the background.

Big punch of citrus hops in the initial taste. Grapefruit and lemon. A tiny tinge of bitter dankness. Big malt taste, too. Something a little salty in the background, but not in a bad way, though. Spicy, herbal. Juicy fruity. Lots of flavor complexity to this one.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Slightly dry finish with lots of grassy, herbal hops flavors left behind. Big malt aftertaste, too.

This brew is magnificent and I do like it more than the Killer Green IPA. Way better. It is perfecto. I'm giving Killer Red a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Merry the Wonder Beagle went gonzo,  nutso over the smell of this brew, so it also earns a Droolie. Perfect score.

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