Double Mountain Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA

Reviewed by on November 10, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Double Mountain Brewery

  • Origin: Hood River, OR, US

  • Rated On: November 10, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled September 15, 2015

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Double Mountain is a craft brewery in Hood River, Oregon, on the banks of the mighty Columbia River, and they make this fresh-hopped (the Perle variety, this year) ‘India Red Ale’ to enjoy now before the snow flies!

This 500ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky, splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly and not so evenly subsides.

It smells of blood orange, red (purple) grape juice, grainy pale malt, laid-back leafy pine resin, crisp green apple, and a small yeasty alcohol edginess. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale and caramel malt, more mixed domestic fruit – orange, lemon, apple, and above all, fresh red grapes – a consistent bit of testy yeast, and more floral, leafy, and diminishing pine hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite involved via its equally fizzy and frothy twin guns, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps just a wee boozy astringency slowly picking away as time moves on. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruitiness really showing some staying power, while the malt and other typical green hop notes wander around, sort of stunned.

An interesting result for a fresh-hopped beer, where you don’t always know what you’ll be getting. Here, the expected pine and citrus characters play a distant second fiddle to a nice grapey and lesser tropical fruitiness. Huh, roll the dice, and sometimes you win something you didn’t even know that you wanted.

Brady White

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