Here we go again with another Red IPA. You all know it’s my favorite style, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this on the shelves while stocking up for my birthday weekend. Game on!
Beer Name: Ruby Red IPA
Brewer: Ipswich Ale Brewery
Description: It’s a Red IPA! All I could find out, all I needed to know. The brewery is in the process of upgrading their website, so perhaps more details will be forthcoming.
Pour Info: Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Times six.
Appearance: Poured a deep amber body that shines red if light catches it from the right angle. Up top was a fluffy off-white head.
Smell: Assertive caramel malts with a hint of bitterness lingering in the background.
Taste: Almost the inverse of the smell. The beer starts out with sweet caramel malts that get taken over mid-sip by piney hops. The finish is resinous bitterness, mixed with more caramel malt, brown sugar, and just a hint of roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Maybe slightly on the thicker side of the medium body that is typical of this style. Solid amount of carbonation that stuck around even as the beer took on a more fluffy and creamy feel when allowed to let sit for a while.
Hype Factor: May be under-hyped? I don’t want to build this up too much, but in my experience this brewery quietly puts out some very good brews.
Overall: This was a solid beer at a great price. I wouldn’t call it the best I’ve ever had, but the beer did rate highly with me as it offered both the sweet malt and bitter hoppy characteristics I look for in this style. Also, at $9.99 a six-pack this was very competitively priced in a convenient format. No doubts about it, I’d pick this up again.