Dawn of the Red

Oregon
United States
Ninkasi Dawn of the Red Red IPA beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Bursting with tropical notes, this Red IPA captures the bright complexity of El Dorado and Mosaic hops. An assertive hop presence is carried by a subtle caramel backbone, unearthing a beer that is flavorful and juicy.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
66
Hops: 
Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Mosaic
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, CaraRed, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Black
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This self-described Red IPA sports an unexpected golden color along with excellent clarity and a small, finely-beaded, off-white rim of head. Highlighting El Dorado and Mosaic hops, the hop aroma is bright tropical fruit of mango, guava and peaches with a light rustic, cedar note; a light nutty malt lends a nice backdrop for the hop aroma. The flavor displays more balance between the hops and malt with nutty malt and hint of caramel supporting hop flavors of cherries, peaches and cedar. The beer finishes dry with a lingering nutty malt and light tropical fruit hops. This is a very good hoppy beer, but the caramel malt character seems lacking for a Red IPA. Enjoy, but don’t expect much malt character.