India Red AleMay 1, 2005 East Syracuse, NY
Landmark Brewing Co.
East Syracuse, NY
Available: NY, PA
Landmark Brewing Co. was founded in 2004, with the beer produced under contract by River Horse Brewery in New Jersey. This novel style of ale is brewed with two-row, crystal 80, Munich and chocolate malts, and Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.4
Alcohol (vol.): 5.6
This beer has a magnificent mahogany color, which is a great come-on, leading one to inhale the wondrous hop bouquet. There is no stopping us, we MUST drink this NOW. The promise is just too rich. The hop character is too much to ignore: Northwest hops, but even so, one is tempted to move to New York, so as to be near this fine beer and what must be a great brewery.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer has a very hazy reddish color and an uneven tan head. The nose is full of hops, but they have faded into a sherryish, tea-like aroma, with hints of apple and mint. The palate is aggressive hops overwhelm the malt; a little fruit peeks through timidly. The finish is very dry and somewhat astringent. Rather one-dimensional. Perhaps my bottle had seen better days.
- Garrett Oliver
Deep tawny red, with a good hop aroma. Good malt background. Some ale fruitiness in the middle. Quite intense hop bitterness in the finish. This is an attempt to combine two styles: the Irish red ale and India pale ale. Other than for experimentation and fun, I can see no reason to do this. Crystal malts do not sit easily with heavy hopping. If the result were a perfect balance, the two elements might cancel out each other. In this instance, the hop comes out well ahead on points, leaving the palate confused.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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