November 10, 2015

The dancing fox IPA

We’re always talking about beards so this is something a little different and fun I’m sure that it’s a subject that most of you would agree would agree, adheres to the bearded lifestyle, yes, its BEER!

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Red Hill Brewery to be one of 7 Red Beard Beer ambassadors for the release of their new Red Beer range; A collection of 7 different Red beers that each have unique characteristics to enjoy over a solid session with mates or with a solid meal.

Our carton arrived last week and I was super excited to crack a stubby and get into it! Drinking alone can be fun, but I thought it would be far more enjoyable than to get together a few other Red Beards to enjoy this Red Beer so I invited along a few fellow Brisbane Beard Bandits, Todd and Hoight to enjoy this beer with me and get their thoughts.

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Beer Specs:

Brewery: Red Hill Brewery – Victoria, AustraliaStyle: Red IPA

Strength %: 7.5 ABV

Volume: 330ml

Cap type: Crown seal pop top


First impression: 

The packaging for this beer is quirky and true to its name with a dancing fox having a good old dance off with a horse. These beers come in a 6 pack. When poured into a glass, it has a really dark/ almost blackish hue with reddish undertones. Solid head forms when pouring with spicy, great malts and hoppy characteristics aromas and a touch of alcohol heat

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This beer is a big beer. Massive hops on the palate straight away with some citrus/spicy and heavy malt/treacle undertones and solid bitterness. After the swallow, the flavours continue to hit the palate and linger. Even thought there was a touch of alcohol on the nose, there is no “spirit” taste when drinking. It’s not long before you’re having another sip to get another strong hit. 

After two beers, you can definitely start to get a bit of a buzz due to the solid alcohol content. As the beer warms, the flavours start to really come out and become more emphasized and really does “dance” on your palate . Overall it leaves you feeling content and what I can imagine sitting in a little cozy pub in London sipping on a pint of this stuff.

After thoughts:

If you usually drink Corona, you’re probably not going to enjoy this beer. It is a BIG beer and more for those who enjoy their dark ales and IPA’s. I had a decent session on this beer by itself, which I was fairly rocked by the end of it J , but because it was a big beer, I was feeling very full by the end of it. Where this beer is a standout I think is when enjoyed with a meal. I had four of these while enjoying some Thai red curry and it was a match made in heaven.

Check out what Todd and Hoight though of the beer here.

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Overall Scores based on AHA/BJCP standards:

Aroma: 9/12

Appearances: 3/3

Flavour: 17/20

Mouthfeel: 4/5

Overall Impression: 8/10


It's a blood good beer, for bloody good beards...

Score Guide:

Outstanding (45 - 50): World-class example of style

Excellent (38 - 44): Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning

Very Good (30 - 37): Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws

Good (21 - 29): Misses the mark on style and/or minor flaws

Fair (14 - 20): Off flavors, aromas or major style deficiencies

Problematic (0 - 13): Major off flavors and aromas dominate




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