RED ROCKET ALE: 95 Points
Brewer’s Description: “Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.”
My Description: This is a robust ale with delicious flavors and a bold hop presence. It begins with a large and dense, light beige colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, light caramel notes, citrus hops, and tropical notes like mangoes. There is also the faintest note of dark fruits in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Red Rocket Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with a deep malt backbone providing tasty notes of caramel malt and biscuit malt. Citrus hops and woodsy hops compliment these notes cleanly without ever dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness and slightly sharp with lingering woodsy hop and malt notes. Overall, this beer showcases a great blend of flavors that delight the senses. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Gouda cheese, braised deer, or baked duck.
ABV: 6.8% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10
STONE PATASKALA RED X IPA: 99 Points
This Red IPA is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Pat-ASK-ala? Pata-SKALA? Pa-TASK-a-la? While those in the know favor the third pronunciation, no matter how you say it, this is a unique red IPA. The beer was first brewed in September 2015 to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where Stone co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People there loved it, so we added the beer to our seasonal lineup. The deep crimson hue is courtesy of a fairly new special German malt variety by BESTMALZ called Red X. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, this beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with biscuit and toffee notes. We think you’ll find this red IPA to be quite deliciously satisfying, no matter how you choose to pronounce it.”
My Description: Stone has created a wonderfully blended Red IPA with the perfect body and just the right amount of bitterness. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is inviting with amazing citrus hop notes that just smell fresher and deeper than other beers. There are also notes of tropical hops like pineapples, the aroma is definitely hop forward. Pataskala is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is extremely clean allowing each individual hop to shine through presenting notes of woodsy hops, tropical hops, and citrus hops that taste bold and juicy. Biscuit malt and a touch of sweetness give this beer depth and the alcohol is completely hidden. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers for a bit. This is one of the best Red IPA’s on the market. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with BBQ ribs, soft cheeses, or a margherita pizza.
ABV: 7.3% Color: Deep Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
G’KNIGHT: 95 Points
This Imperial Red IPA is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ipa with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight,”
My Description: G’Knight delivers a great balance between all aspects of the beer, from the combination of flavors to the body density and texture. This is an Imperial Red IPA worth seeking out. It begins with a large, light tan colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of caramel malt, bread, woodsy and tropical hops; it smells great and introduces the many flavors that this beer offers. G’Knight is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile tastes so juicy and the hop flavors burst through with notes of tropical hops, pine hops, and some grapefruit hops. Of course, there is a big caramel malt backbone that extends all the way through the finish and lingers for some time. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but doesn’t take away from the malt sweetness too much. Overall, this beer is very smooth and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, grilled steak tacos, or heavy salads with mangoes.
ABV: 8.7% Color: Amber/Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 4/10
FLIPSIDE: 96 Points
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This Red IPA is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Just when it feels like the dog days will never end, suddenly, the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn is on the way. Featuring a ruby-red hue and abundant tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of summer.”
My Description: Sierra Nevada created a beer that is very smooth and an excellent choice for this time of year. It begins with a large and dense, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and is extremely inviting with strong hop notes of pine and peaches, really nice. Flipside is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A noticeable malt backbone is exactly what a Red IPA is known for with delicious toasted malt and caramel notes. Of course, this is an IPA and should be hop forward, in which Sierra Nevada doesn’t disappoint. Clean pine hop notes and tropical hop notes take over in the finish and linger for some time. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with some citrus hops notes that makes this beer addicting. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steak fajitas, light cheeses, or caramel cheesecake.
ABV: 6.2% Color: Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10