Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ninkasi Brewing Company - Dawn of the Red

Beer, not brains.
India Red Ale (IRA) is an interesting beer style. A red ale with the qualities of an IPA. Intriguing. Another Oregon brewery puts out an excellent IRA that is quite delicious, so when I saw a bomber of Ninkasi Brewing Company's Dawn of the Red Special Release, I just had to give it a try.

Ninkasi is an awesome brewery located in Eugene, Oregon, just about an hour and a half drive south of Portland. Their beers are outstanding and have been getting quite a lot of nationwide attention recently. Dawn of the Red comes with an ABV of 7% and I found my bomber at Belmont Station bottle shop in Portland.

The beer poured from bomber into shaker pint a slightly hazy reddish amber color with an off-white head. The head was creamy, frothy and rose up to about a finger thick. It dissipated slowly and left copious amounts of sudsy lacing all over the glass.

Aroma was lots of juicy citrus and resinous pine notes right up front. Tropical fruit scents of pineapple, guava and mango. Rich, sweet malt in the background.

Taste followed the nose. Sweet, earthy malt flavor gave way to a ton of juicy fruit. Wow. Just a touch of dank hops bitterness balanced out all that fruitiness quite nicely and was left pleasantly behind on the palate after every sip. No alcohol taste that I could discern.

Medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Creamy finish with a bit of a spicy bite at the end. Awesome stuff!

I'm groovin' on this beer. So good. Ninkasi rarely ever fails to delight my taste buds. I'm giving Dawn of the Red a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 and a Droolie. Merry the Wonder Beagle was drool-groovin' up a puddle for Dawn of the Red. Cool name, too.

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