Red IPA is just that: the familiar assertive hops on a richer, blood-red malt base. Classic American hop flavours of pine and citrus are carried along on a substantial, spicy and caramel-sweet body. It's intentionally intense.
The striking crimson blossoms of the Rata family [and their leathery-leafed cousin Pohutukawa, for which they are often mistaken] transform much of the New Zealand landscape every year. In an often-told version of the story of Tawhaki, they were stained that colour when he died falling back to earth after climbing to find heaven to avenge a death in his family.