Akasha Projects Double Queen Red IPA

Style
Double Red IPA
ABV
8.0%

I think it was sometime at the end of 2012 I had my first red IPA. It was Brewtal’s Jack The RIIPA at the original Tippler’s Tap in Brisbane and I was instantly enamoured. To this day, if I ever see a red IPA on a tap list it’s going to be the first beer I get 100 percent of the time. Unfortunately, red IPAs are about as popular as the Reinheitsgebot at a GABS festival so it’s not exactly a common occurrence in 2020.

If there’s one brewery I’d trust to keep the flame alive, however, it’s Akasha. Double Queen started life as the Queen of the Damned Red IPA, a collaboration with the Royal Albert Hotel. But in keeping with the recent Akasha revamp, it’s been rebuilt anew as a double. Akasha are masters at brewing with a big malt bill and creating a final product completely devoid of any unnecessary crystal malt sweetness and the Double Queen delivers once again.

Her Highness pours a deep red/amber with some absolute classic citrus American hop character provided by the Citra and Centennial. Orange peel, grapefruit and pine meld perfectly with the subtle biscuit malt and every so slight honey sweetness. Oily hop resin leads to a long, lingering bitterness and super dry finish making this 8 percent ABV beer every bit as drinkable as something much lighter.

Judd Owen

Published October 6, 2020

Name
Akasha Taproom & Brewery
Address

10-12 Spencer Street
Five Dock
NSW 2046

Phone
(02) 9715 7156
Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 8pm
Fridays: 2pm to 8pm
Saturdays: midday to 8pm
Sundays: midday to 7pm

Regular events

Food trucks Fri to Sun
Super Chill Saturdays: Rudderless Records set lists + takeaway case specials + discounted jugs

Tours

By appointment

HCH 2024 B
AIBA 2024 entries B2

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