Red IPAs seem to be something of a transition beer, not in the sense of moving drinkers between levels of appreciation, more in the sense of moving between seasons. You find them appearing when autumn arrives and also as we head into spring and beer lovers' thoughts start drifting from the dark delights of winter towards brighter days ahead. And, in the case of Jetty Road's late winter seasonal, it's a red IPA that leans towards to lighter end of the style, at least in appearance, filling your glass with an amber / blood orange liquid.
Dry, toasted malt flavours sit alongside something a little biscuity, while the Strata and Galaxy hops work with those specialty malts to add orange rind and red berries to the mix. It's pretty bitter, especially in these sweet 'n' juicy days, which enhances the dryness to leave you with a reasonably lean and tight offering that sits somewhere between red IPA and American amber.