Introducing: Dawn of the RedJan 21, 2014 Comments (0)
When you walk into the Tasting Room at the brewery, there's a good chance you're going to see a member (or five or ten) of Team Ninkasi enjoying a pint.
These days, there's an even better chance that Dawn of the Red, our brand new India Red Ale, will be in that pint glass. Since the moment the first keg of the first test batch was tapped, we just can't get enough of it here in Eugene. It's THAT good.
Jamie gives us tasting notes on the first batch. Cliff notes version: "it's REALLY good. Just try and stop drinking it."
So why is everyone dying to get their hands on this dangerouslydelicious brew?
Well for starters, it's a kind of tough style of beer to make, but when you nail it, there's no way you'll be able to stop yourself from letting out an audible "MMMMM" when that stuff hits your lips.
The reason the IRA is so challenging to brew is because it's hard to strike that delicate balance of malts, hops, and color. But our six member brew crew worked together to get that beautiful red hue and the delicious hoppiness without making it overly sweet and malty. Dawn of the Red has the bitterness and hoppiness that you love in an India Pale Ale with some newer hops that give it a juicy flavor profile of mangoes, papayas and pineapple, and a subtle malt flavor that gives it a smooth finish and makes it crazy drinkable.
As Jamie said: "The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt flavor into the finish.” (Editor's note: as one of the frequent taste testers of this beer, you really killed it with this one, Jamie.)
Killer taste aside, let's talk about the other killer part of this beer: the inspiration behind it!
I mean, let's be honest, this is one of the coolest beer names and labels that you've ever heard and seen, correct?
Well, for that, we have to credit Tony, the head of our Art Department. Tony knew that combining the cult classic "Dawn of the Dead" with a little Rock 'n' Roll would be the perfect way to add some truly Ninkasiafied artistic touches to this killer beer.
This beer is officially OUT in 22 ounce bottles and on draft through April. But we would recommend not waiting another second to get your hands on this insanely drinkable brew (there's a good chance that all of us at Ninkasi might drink it all first!)
Here are the full stats of this beer. Cheers!
Dawn of the Red Stats
Available: January – April 2014
Style: IRA Ale
Series: Special Release Series
Starting Gravity: 1072
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Cara-Red, Crystal, Flaked Barley
Hops: Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Mosaic
Packaging: 22-ounce bottles, 22-ounce Variety 4-Pack, Draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia
Description: An IRA bursting with notes of mango, papaya and pineapple, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. It doesn’t take brains to know hoppy, tropical IRAs are a great way to welcome warmer months ahead!
Tasting Notes: Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness upfront. Sustained by a subtle malt-flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer!
Food Pairings: Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Spicy Cuisine like Thai or Mexican, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast
Recipe Suggestion: Dawn of the Red Marmalade Cookies (warning: seriously addictive!)