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21ST AMENDMENT TOASTER PASTRY INDIA-STYLE RED ALE

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.

CLOWN SHOES EVIL CRAWFISH IMPERIAL RED INDIA RED ALE

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. 

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MISPILLION RIVER HOLY CRAP! IMPERIAL RED ALE

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. 

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CLOWN SHOES EVIL CRAWFISH IMPERIAL RED ALE

“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.

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