ORIGINAL DRAUGHTS: DOUBLE MOUNTAIN IRA Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Whether or not the story (or, maybe, the fable) of how British colonists willed into existence the IPA carries any water, one thing is certain, and that’s that Pacific Northwestern craft brewers took the idea of fermenting heavily hopped beers and gave it longer, stronger legs by hopping them even more.
Nowadays, any independent brewer can’t help but produce at least one out-of-the ordinary, robust, signature IPA.
But the boys who run the Double Mountain Brewery in nearby Hood River go a step further, tickling the pinks of beer enthusiasts everywhere, by taking a traditional Irish Red Ale and hopping it enough to turn it into an India Red Ale.
Moderately malted with caramel notes, this rich cloudy, rusted amber brew, one of the first beers DBM produced, is generously hopped for a red ale, but not as aggressively as a typical PACNW IPA.
In fact, the beer is kind of like a satyr—although whether the goatier parts represent England or Ireland we’ll leave up to you, depending on which isle you favor most.
And it’s an all-around pub beer, meaning it goes well Cheeseburgers, Fish ‘n’ Chips, Scotch Eggs or just about anything salty and crunchy.
If you haven’t yet tried one, do, because we’ll rotate out the IRA once its keg runs dry.