“The Irish Red with a Northwest accent.”
OG 13.6° Plato
Red Cap Red is lead brewer Tom Eastood’s Northwest twist on an Irish Red Ale. A combination of stewed crystal malts and roasted barley gives Red Cap its distinctive garnet color and light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with a light hint of Northwest hops. The flavor is primarily toffee-like malt with a crisp hop balance and slightly dry finish from the roasted barley.
Red Cap is a versatile beer that pairs well with a variety of foods. The caramel flavors from crystal malt would nicely complement a well-seared steak or burger or even blackened salmon. The smooth, crisp finish make it a natural with pizza. The malty sweetness can ease fiery Mexican or Asian dishes. Try Red Cap with sharp cheeses, fruits and nuts.
Irish Red Ales originated in the town of Kilkenny in 1710 as an offshoot of the English Pale Ales of the day. The addition of roasted barley gave the beer a darker color and drier finish than its English counterparts. The style never caught on much in Ireland, being overshadowed by Stouts, and Lagers, but became popular in the U.S. thanks to marketing by major macro-breweries.
BrewDad (4587) - Olympia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ambe rin color, clear with a thin head. Awesome malt and hops balance. A very tasty Amber. They did a great job brewing this.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel toast a little roast a little fruity residual sugar and earthy hop notes. Pours auburn amber tan head. Flavors of toast caramel dry roast fruity residual sugar light earthy hop bitterness. Mild hop presence for balance. Smooth medium bodied. Yup.
mcberko (5213) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on tap at Kulshan tasting room, pours a very dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of dry caramel malts, grains and light toasted nuts. Fairly solid amber though nothing special.
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