IRA

Oregon
United States
IRA Double Mountain Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

The “IRA”, as it’s known around here, is Matt’s baby. It is what the brewery was built around. Many have tried to duplicate it, ours is the one true “IRA”. It marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an enduring favorite.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
65
Served at: 
41° F
Hops: 
Simcoe, Brewer's Gold
Malts: 
Gambrinus Pilsner, Crystal
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The coppery red color is spot-on, drawing the drinker into this Red IPA. The initial aroma contains a significant amount of sulfur that lingers for quite some time. As it fades, a pleasant resiny hop character, along with peaches and apricots and a bready, caramel maltiness emerges. The sulfur is at a much lower level in the flavor and allows a slightly higher level of pine and resiny hop flavors to shine through along with a toasty caramel malt sweetness. The hop bitterness is palate-cleansing and lingers into an appropriately dry finish. The sulfur character is distracting, but there is obviously a very pleasant beer sitting underneath it.