Beer of the Weekend #567: India Red Ale

The beer of the weekend is from a brewery that started distributing in Iowa this week: India Red Ale, brewed by the Zipline Brewing Company of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BOTTLED” date written along the side of the label is “2014.02.14.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is cloudy, ruby-amber. A finger of buttery, dense, light tan head leaves a bubbly skim and shiny ring around the edge.

Smell: It is a somewhat muted blend of citrus, tropical fruit, hops, and malts. There are scents of tangerine, mango, gritty floral hops, toasted malts, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: The mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied. The overall flavor is a pleasing blend, but none of the individual elements stand out above the rest. Floral hops, tangerine, mango, toasted malts, and caramel. Honey and a subtle alcohol presence make it somewhat reminiscent of a hot toddy. The hops leave a lasting and astringent bitterness. After the beer has warmed, a little pine sneaks in.

Drinkability: This is good stuff. However, it almost seems like a run of the mill double IPA.

Fun facts about India Red Ale:

-Style: Basically, it is a red ale and IPA hybrid.

-Price: $7.99/sixer at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Serving temperature: “46ยบ” is written on the label.

-Alcohol content: 7.1 percent ABV.

-IBU: 65.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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