Layered with specialty malt, Red IPAs sit between hop-forward India Pale Ales and darker territory, borrowing from each while creating space for new ground. Expect big, or this case, Phat caramel and toffee tones providing a juicy, malt-driven base that pours a gorgeous, deep sultry blush. Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado hops render pineapple, orange rind, pine dust and dank nadir. The dry resolution meets an insistent bitter riposte, only adding to the drama which left one judge quipping “A ripper RIPA”.