Ah, a day off of work and life is good. Today's review is the India Red Ale from Double Mountain, which came on draft at the bar attached to our hotel in Portland. If I haven't mentioned it earlier, we stayed at the Courtyard downtown, which I was assuming would be exactly like the 100 other Courtyards I've stayed at in my travels. Nice enough, but nothing terribly interesting. However, this one was actually very cool - much more of a stylish boutique hotel look and feel.
Anyway, this beer poured a ruby sort of amber color, with a thin white head. You get an aroma of pine and bread on the nose, and when you drink it you pick up a lot of hops up front, with malt and a little toffee sweetness along the way, with a clean dry finish. It's a cross between a red ale and an IPA, and I think they've picked up the best of both worlds. Very drinkable and enjoyable at 6.8% ABV. If you're on the West Coast, track this one down if you want something besides an IPA.
Double Mountain has been brewing since 2007, and they have a taproom on site in their Hood River location. Good to know.
Thing to Think About Today:
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