Off With Your Red by Rabbit Hole Brewing

Off With Your Red by Rabbit Hole Brewing

Off With Your Red by Rabbit Hole Brewing

Off With Your Red by Rabbit Hole Brewing

I am a big fan of Double or Imperial Red Ales and Red IPAs, so I was thrilled to see this offering at Lakewood Growler last weekend.

There are only a couple other Red Ales like this one available from DFW breweries, so I’m glad to see this style gaining some ground.

Tom Anderson, one of the founders of Rabbit Hole Brewing, sent me some background on both OWYR and the brewery in general.  Here is what he sent:

“As for our seasons, we have three seasons because having four seasons would be just ostentatious. ūüôā

The Season of Virtue, running from May to mid-Sept. The Season of Virtue is overseen by Alice, and focuses on more delicate beer flavors.

The Season of Fear, running from Sept to Dec 13, is ruled by the Red Queen. Seasonal beers that are worthy enough to be released during this season are bold and aggressive in one form or many.

Finally, the Season of Delirium is governed by the Hatter and runs from Dec 14 to May. During this season, well… all bets are off.

Off with your Red was created to provide a unique take on an IPA-style beer. There just are not that many Red Ales on the market and fewer Red-IPAs. OWYR is not an Amber Ale, it is a Red Ale. A deep red with ruby/garnet tones (all done with specialty malts) with a significant front and back end hop punch. I wanted to prove that a hop focused beer could still have a substantial malt backbone which added to the hop experience, not simply provide a liquid medium for lupulin.

At Rabbit Hole Brewing, we view Off With Your Red very similar to the way Stone Brewing Co. describes its Arrogant Bastard Ale. Some folks are not going to like Off With Your Red, some won’t get it, but we are not going to apologize for it; we simply direct them to another beer in our portfolio more suited to their palate. But then there are those who LOVE Off With Your Red, and there are quite a few fans of the beer. I would say that this was our most “missed” beer and most requested seasonal from our inaugural year (2014). The fans sometimes scream so loudly, perhaps at the request of the Red Queen, that Off With Your Red could someday find a place in our regular lineup.”

Here is what Rabbit Hole Brewing says about Off With Your Red:

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“Off With Your Red is an aggressively hopped red IPA befitting its status as the first release of the Rabbit Hole Brewing ‚ÄúSeason of Fear‚ÄĚ. The substantial malt backbone establishes the dark ruby/garnet color and supports the significant flavor and aroma additions of American Pacific Northwest hops. The hop nose is bright, resinous, and lingers to the end. At 7.7% ABV and 88 IBUs , Off With Your Red is not to be trifled with; if you do, you may just lose your head.”

Now for the taste test.

Off With Your Red pours out an almost brown, garnet color with a head of off white foam.  I was surprised by how dark this beer is in color.

The aroma is loaded with piney hops and a slightly sweet and toasty malt backbone.  The smell has a bit of citrusy or fruity hop aroma along with the bitterness.

The flavor is a mix of hop bitterness with a lot of medium to dark malt flavors mixed in.

This beer has the great red ale malt flavor with loads of hops added.  The malts have a slight level of sweetness that really compliments all of the hop flavor.

The overall balance of this beer is really impressive, and I totally got what Tom was saying about the malts in this beer standing up to all of the hops.  That was the most striking part of this beer to me.  Great malt backbone.

As I drank more, I felt like I kept noticing more levels to Off With Your Red, and that’s always great to see from a beer.

If you like IPAs or hoppy beer in general, I think that you will really like OWYR, and I suggest that you go find some.  Or you could pick a Saturday, head to the Rabbit Hole Brewery in Justin, TX, and try all of their offerings.

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