McMenamins St. Francis Pub Crawl 2017 — photo 32 of 56: A sample of Red Riser IRA which I tried at the Fireside Bar, one of five venues for eating and drinking on the McMenamins Old St. Francis School property in downtown Bend, Oregon. According to the brewer:
“To celebrate the changing of seasons, McMenamins brewers have handcrafted a delightful India Red Ale. At the time of year when sun and rain are in the forecast in equal quantity, Red Riser IRA peeks over the mountaintops to bring warmth and remind us that summer is just around the corner. Made from the finest Pilsner and Crystal malts, this red giant is generously hopped late in the boil with a heavenly blend of aromatic varieties. The glorious garnet hue illuminates the way to a wonderfully complex beer. The tropical, juicy hop notes hit the nose in a prophetic burst of awareness that something wonderful is to follow. And it does in fruity, citrusy hop flavor. Enjoy this seasonal while you wait for the summer sun to rise again.” Measurements: 6.5% ABV • 45 IBU
My notes from that day read: “It was OK, not too hoppy, but it was the least favorite of the three samples I tried, so I decided not to order a pint. For a red ale, I don’t think you can do better than Lompoc Brewing’s Proletariat Red Ale.” May 2017. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article A McMenamins St. Francis Mini Pub Crawl.
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