Superbly aggressive IPA-designed red ale brings sharp citric hop bitterness to charred pine resin and dried leaf foliage to contrast creamy caramel malting and dark-roast amber graining. Grapefruit-seeded orange rind bite gains floral aspect as well as juicy pineapple, mango, brown apple and pear undertones, adding density to its dry piney citrus finish.
On tap at Biggie’s, brusque Christmastime red ale loads hop-forward ginger rooted orange peel bittering atop brown-sugared cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom holiday seasoning, wintry Chinook hop-inspired evergreen stint and dewy pine nut snip.
On tap at Growler & Gill, fabulous raw-honeyed dry ale surrounds red, orange and yellow fruiting with mellow candy-spiced toasted caramel sweetness to contrast grassy hop astringency. Delicate floral-pined resonance increases peachy pineapple, mango, tangerine, nectarine, cherry and apple tang that’s mildly dehydrated by local Michigan honey.
On tap at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium – Addison, amiable hop-forward red ale retains clean-watered crisping as yellow fruit spicing increases above dank earthen wood-toned herbal snips.
On tap at Growler & Gill, hop-forward winter warmer drapes lemony grapefruit, pineapple, peach and orange tang upon piney hop resin and toasted caramel malting. In recess, pear, melon and cantaloupe illusions gain luster.
Exemplary India-styled red ale coalesces piney fruited IPA-like bittering with rich cookie dough yeast and caramel-spiced biscuit malts. Advertised “strawberry jam mouthfeel” wavers beside spruce-sweetened grapefruit, pineapple, navel orange, mango and peach tang. Below, cotton-candied pastry sugaring and light ginger-cardamom seasoning allow overall flavoring to lean on the sweet side. Recommended.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, stylishly rich rye-influenced red ale utilizes citric Mosaic hops and toasted caramel-chocolate malts to deepen its conviction. Mild nut-spiced glaze, crisp tobacco roast and latent alcohol-burnt astringency fill the gaps behind rye-dried orange, tangerine and tangelo tang.
Up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a few fantastic East Coast India Pale Ales call home. One, Ipswich IPA, has been a well-received full body since the ’90s, clearly inspiring the other two, Clown Shoes’ Evil Crawfish Imperial Red Ale and Space Cake Double IPA. Despite its similar name, the ’16 version of Evil Crawfish Imperial Red IPA neatly dupes the Space Cake instead. A well-balanced update placing creamy cookie dough pastry cake sugaring and sweet peach-cherry-mango-nectarine-tangerine tang against rearranged Citra-Simcoe-Mosiac-Nelson Sauvin hop-embittered floral perfuming and sharp orange-peeled grapefruit and pineapple bittering, its depth and richness cannot be denied. Piney spruce sapping works its way into cereal-honeyed citric finish.
Brisk medium-bodied Imperial Red Ale (in canned version) lets floral-fruited hop intensity and whistling pine needling embitter the bright front end while sugar-spiced caramel malting sweetens the tingly backside. Tangy yellow grapefruit, navel orange, baked pineapple, red grape and tangerine illusions and bitter lemon rind respite fortify piney spruce resin to biscuit-y bottom.
Engaging medium-bodied amber ale provides stylish toasted caramel malting, dewy hop-roasted crisping and bright floral-perfumed fruit spice, but at a heightened 8.5% ABV level. Moderate alcohol burn caresses tangy grapefruit, pineapple, orange, peach, mango and cherry illusions as well as latent chamomile tea herbage..
Musty earthen dankness downplays floral-dusted stone fruiting, mildly pine-hopped citric smudge and light molasses rye breading as dark-roasted caramel malt continuance slowly subsides. Tart apple-cherry-pear musk and recessive orange-pineapple-grapefruit drizzle lightly penetrate the surface.
“Cleaner, meaner and less bitter” dry-hopped medium body utilizes Citra, El Dorado, and Mosaic varietal to help differentiate from brewers’ similarly detailed Evil Claw Fist Imperial Amber. Approachable hop-spiced fruiting receives creamy caramel malting as IPA-like orange-peeled yellow grapefruit tang gains strength alongside tertiary red apple, red grape, red cherry, mango, tangerine, pear, pineapple and peach tones.