Monday, August 29, 2016

Castle Danger Red Hop Rising Review

Name: Castle Danger Red Hop Rising
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%

It's time to look at another beer from Castle Danger Brewing, based out of Two Harbors, MN because they have a new canned release. Well, to be fair it isn't exactly new as it's been in existence for about two years now. I'm talking about Red Hop Rising, their fall seasonal IPA.

You see, back in 2014 when their taproom & brewery opened up in downtown Two Harbors, this beer was part of their taproom grand opening lineup and it was a crowd pleaser to say the least. I'm guessing it was popular enough to warrent a can release. Unlike previous Castle Danger beers I've reviewed, this one comes in tallboy cans as opposed to the standard 12oz. cans.

Appearnace - Mildly hazy dark crimson color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The head is quite foamy and the lacing is abundant.

Aroma - Strong citrus & piney hops paired with an equally strong caramel malt backbone with some orange rind notes. I'm also getting a hint of toffee sweetness in here too.

Taste - Piney & citrus hops on the front of the palate with a strong caramel & toffee maltiness in the middle. In the back, both the malts come together with the piney & citrus hops to create a well balanced flavor. The aftertaste is mainly some bitter resin hops with a raisin-like sweetness, both of which linger on for a few moments.

Still as good as I remember it and that's always a good thing. It's still got that hop and malt balance that I remember from my days living in Duluth. You know the drill, if you are able to find it, this is most certainly worth checking out.

Castle Danger Red Hop Rising - 9/10

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