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IRA

IRA

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.

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