I love a Red IPA. Hoppy flavours against a malty-sweet backbone - delicious! I’m struggling to find many of them just now though. I honestly don’t understand why it’s not a more commonly brewed style in the UK.
Cromarty’s Red Rocker is a nice, well-priced core range hoppy red. It’s one of my go-to beers. Red Rocker · Red Rye IPA – Cromarty Brewing
I notice that Cloudwater have this Red IPA out just now, which I look forward to trying. Interference Is Temporary ... [West Coast Red IPA ... w/ Muted Horn] – Cloudwater
And 71 have just released this interesting BA Imperial Red Ale. Ruby Revolution – 71Brewing
Beyond these (likely very good ones) I’m unable to find any other hoppy red beers out there at the moment.
Does anyone have any advice on where to find good Red IPAs? I’d love to get a recommendation for an online shop that has a good number of hoppy red beers from the UK and further afield.
Are there any other Red IPA fans out there? What’s the best Red IPA you’ve tasted? Why don’t more brewers make them?
I’m with you on this one James!
Don’t know if Siren still do their excellent Liquid Mistress (used to be part of their core range) and its souped-up big sister Liquid Monstrous? Liquid Mistress (especially on cask) is up there with my favourite beers ever.
Tis the season for it. I actually just had a nice one the other day from one of my current fave brewers Rivington Stick Around. Very nice it was too
I do love a good Red IPA. But they are indeed hard to find… I’m definitely following this thread for suggestions!
Would love to see Red IPAs trend!
Like @wheresthepath I was going to suggest Siren too. I don’t think(?) they still do Liquid Mistress but they do release a couple of Red IPAs every year. This year they’ve done Jiggery Pokery and Red Lioness. The former is probably past its best now if you can even find it, the latter is less than 2 months old.
Elusive did two collabs this year:
Thornbridge / Elusive Superuser
Burning Sky / Elusive Spend Your Wishes
but they don’t seem to brew any themselves which is weird.
Seem to be fairly common in Wales, I’d say most of the indie and trad breweries do one.
I too am a lover of red IPA! I would highly recommend Kernel London Brick and Kernel Half Brick. I note that the Half Brick is available now from their webshop - £32.50 for a case of 12 (plus shipping) - hard to beat in terms of value for money for quality. It’s down on RB as an amber ale but I think there’s a bit of overlap between red IPA and amber ale.
In broader terms, if you’re after more of a throwback approach to hoppy bears, I would strongly recommend Elusive. If you like a sort of classic West Coast vibe, I think they are brewing some of the best stuff in the UK.
Elusive actually has a series of amber ales - Level Up - that showcases different hops. The ABV on these beers is 5% so not in the real IPA range. But if you ask me, us red IPA lovers need to take what we can get.
FYI Kernel London Brick is on RB as a rye IPA but whatever, it’s essentially a red IPA. And the Half Brick is only 4.5% ABV so not really in IPA territory there, but it’s got the flavour profile in terms of piney hops and hearty malts.
I thought Spend Your Wishes was superb. I gave that a 4.3 on RB. Burning Sky and Elusive are two of my favourite breweries and they really delivered on that collab.
I was going to recommend Elusive amd their collabs, plus the ones Siren have done. Must be a Finchampstead thing . And the Red IPA/Ale/Rye beers do often transcend styles
My personal favorite Red IPA were a couple of TIPAs that Little Earth Project brewed a few years ago.
Toms Tap in Crewe are currently listed a Red IPA as one of their beers on tsp
I’m thinking of going there tomorrow …
Tom’s Tap is a great place - excellent cider list!
Too late on this Thread - I love a hoppy Red IPA also, Summerwine used to do some good ones. Shame about Liquid Mistress, was great in the core range, probably time for Darron to consider a re brew - will mention it when I see him next.
5am Saint back in old days was a good beer, no idea now.
Level up is always great. Villages Great Tree Collab was lovely.
Oscar Blues have a classic - G-Night
Pivovar Clock have a good one, Twist 14:
Modern Times Blazing World another suggestion