Publisher: DAN Beer Reviews
Genre: Imperial/Double IPA
Print Length: Not specified
ISBN: Not specified

A Pungent Prelude

Ironfire Dead on Arrival – The Double Trouble Experience

Ironfire Brewing’s Dead on Arrival promises a hop onslaught of epic proportions, boasting double the hops of their regular India Pale Ale. As we embark on this bitter journey, one thing becomes evident: this brew is not for the faint of heart.

Unveiling the Carnage

Appearance: Pale Gold or Liquid Gold?

Pouring into a goblet, Dead on Arrival presents itself in a fairly clear yellow gold hue, crowned by a quickly faded white head. The stubborn remnants persist as a thick, frothy cap, a visual testament to the impending flavor chaos.

Aroma: Assault of the Senses

From a few feet away, the olfactory senses are ambushed by intense grapefruit and sativa-like dankness. Ripe pineapple and mango notes add to the sensory bombardment, creating an incredible aromatic profile. Pushing past the hops, albeit a challenging task, a faint whiff of sweet pale malt manages to make itself known.

Taste: A Symphony of Bitterness

The journey through Dead on Arrival commences with a robust initial hop bitterness, leading into juicy fruit flavors. A backdrop of very dry pale malt sets the stage for a grand finale of dry, earthy, and abrasive hops that linger on the palate like a haunting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A Prickly Affair

Bone-dry prickly bubbles and an average carbonation level contribute to the beer’s overall character. The mouthfeel, though a bit abrasive, aligns with the beer’s bold and unapologetic nature.

Verdict: A Hophead’s Treasure Trove

Overall Impressions

In the realm of Imperial/Double IPAs, Ironfire Dead on Arrival stands out as a true contender. This beer is a financial investment that pays off in sensory dividends. With its hoppy, bitter, aromatic, and bone-dry qualities, Dead on Arrival secures a spot among the top 3 in its category. A reminiscent nod to Port Brewing’s Mongo adds a nostalgic touch, further solidifying its position as a memorable and commendable brew. If you’re seeking a hophead’s delight, Dead on Arrival is a worthy choice, a double-edged sword that cuts through the mundane and leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds.