Friday, July 21, 2017

Iron Horse Brewery Double Rainbow India Red Ale

Beer Name: Double Rainbow India Red Ale
Brewery: Iron Horse Brewery (Ellensburg, WA)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 12 oz cans; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $2.29 for 12oz can

Date Bottled: February 7, 2017
Date Purchased: April 1, 2017
Date Opened: April 18, 2017
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Released and seen on shelves from January through April.
IBU: 70

What's on the Can: "wtf does double rainbow mean? were not sure but we think it means oral euphoria delivered by the best ingestibles known to man; pnw hops and specialty malts. does a double rainbow deliver two pots of gold? this one does, in your mouth." 

What's on the Website: "Not quite red, not quite ipa but quite big. This beer is built upon a solid malt foundation of medium crystal, biscuit, and vienna for a considerable dose of toffee, bread and nutty flavors and aromas. We then laced the beer with hops throughout the process. First hops go into the first wort runoff and hops continue to be added through the boil, after boil, and then dry-hopped in our conditioning tanks at 37 degrees. Rainbow 1 = MALT; Rainbow 2 = HOPS: A double rainbow of flavors. 7.0% ABV." Read more here!

Where distributed: Iron Horse Brewery usually stays local to the Pacific NW. However, they have partnered with Malt and Vine to ship to other states.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy reddish into a pint glass. Frothy off-white to tan head, some lacing on the glass. 4/5

Smell (25%): Copious tropical pine, toffee, and malt, with biscuity notes. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose, lots of tropical pine, toffee, and malt. Bready, biscuity notes. Aftertaste provides a little octane, with pine and more malt. Has a bitterness that, if I hadn't looked at the can or website, I'd guess would be more around 80-90 IBU, Tropical and pine is nice. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium to medium-full bodied, some carbonation. Leaves a dry tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): A great IPA. This simply fits the bill of the traditional India Red Ale, reddish and hoppy, yet bready and malty. It doesn't stand out as anything majorly wonderful to me, but is still a very solid choice. Price is pretty standard. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4/5

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