Cape Cod Red

One of the things that we planned to do in Cape Cod was a beer tasting and pairing with food. Val bought the tickets in advance and we started walking to the venue, which was the activity room of a senior complex. I’ve only had one Cape Cod beer prior to this, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was one of the best events that I’ve ever been to. It was run by one of the owners and their Marketing Manager and they told the story of the brewery and explained the beers really well. So much so that Val and I stopped at the brewery on the way home. This was one of the standout beers for me.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A well-balanced amber ale with caramel and toffee malt notes and a subtle spicy hop character. Nothing but smooth sailing with this North American Style Amber Ale. This brew has a mouthful of malt flavor and just the right amount of hop character. The flagship of Cape Cod Beer, this beer won’t steer you wrong!”

Random: They recommend pairing this beer with burgers, steak and pork.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany color and clear with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with caramel and toffee and then transitioned into light pine. The taste started off the same as the nose, with toffee and caramel notes and malt sweetness, but then transitioned into earthy hop notes. The body was heftier than I expected with a lot of carbonation. It had a medium length finish with toffee. I picked this beer up at the brewery and I don’t recall what I paid for it. Either way, this beer impressed me and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

SingleCut Dean Pacific Northwest Mahogany Ale

Since I got my new MacBook Pro, I’m shocked at how long the battery lasts, how quickly it charges and how quickly web pages load. Val has been laughing at me all day at how surprised I am, but given I was using a 10 year old MacBook Pro, this is like night and day.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “HEY Y’ALL!: 1) Let’s grow a big, bushy beard 2) Let’s get (insert multiple number) piercings 3) Sleeves 4) Drink an ale that’s got that PNW hop and malt attitude 5) And let’s color our hair mahogany.”

Random: This beer comes in at 82 IBUs.

This beer poured with a ridiculously large, four finger, loose, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of carbonation on the glass. The body was clear and a deep mahogany color with only a little bit of carbonation visible. The aroma was a lot more hoppy than I would expect from the style. It had a lot of pine from the hops along with some grapefruit, that was quickly followed up by toffee and caramel malt. The taste still had a lot of pine hops, but also had a touch of green herbs. I specifically picked up some basil. The malt came through next and imparted some caramel and toffee notes. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy pine finish that stuck to my tongue for awhile. I picked this beer up for $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce, which is on the cheaper side for a SingleCut beer. I liked this beer, but I’m generally just not a fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Pipeworks Blood Of The Unicorn

I love unicorns and Pipeworks beers, so this had to come home with me.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pipeworks Brewery was established in Chicago in 2012 by two friends with a shared dream of crafting quality and creative beers. Since putting the first cap on the first bottle, the brewery has garnered accolades for its distinctive beers and original artwork thanks to a growing and enthusiastic team. Pipeworks self-distributes in Illinois and Milwaukee, but can be found in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut through Sarene Distribution, in Colorado through Tivoli Distribution, and in Boston through Nightshift Distribution. The Dojo, our Bottle Shop, is located within our production facility at 3912 W Mclean Ave in Chicago. Pipeworks is located at 3912 W. McLean Ave Chicago IL 60647”

Random: I wish the brewery website had write ups on their beers.

The beer poured with a three finger, light brown head on top of a dark reddish-brown body. The head dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of hops to it, specifically pine and grass. There was also some brown bread and toasted malt, but the nose was hop dominant for sure. The taste was also incredible hop forward. There was pine resin and needles, quickly followed by grass. Grapefruit pith came through next and transitioned into toasted malt and bread. The body was on the heavier side and had lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with pine. This beer was $3 per can, which came to $.19 per ounce. I thought this was a solid beer with great flavor and lots of hops. If you see this on the shelf, you need to pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Demented Scarlet Night

Tonight’s selection is a local beer that reminds me of college. I went to Rutgers, so I’m assuming the beer name is a play on the name of our mascot, the Scarlet Knight. Given our colors are red and black, I assume that the beer being a red ale is also an homage of sorts. Let’s see how it stacks up.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A blend of five different malts gives this brew intense red color and complexity, a medium body with light caramel sweetness and a feint roast finish.”

Random: At the brewery, this beer is $6 for a pint.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan-colored head that hung around for awhile. It left some lacing on the glass. The body itself was clear and reddish-brown in color. There was a nice amount of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with generous notes of malt and caramel. It had some brown bread as well. There was also a touch of floral hops at the end. The taste was more of the same. It started malty with brown bread and caramel, but quickly went into hoppy notes of grass and perfume-like floral hops. It had a touch of citrus as well. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus and floral hops. A pounder can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. I thought that this was a decent beer, but nothing that I feel the need to search out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Jailbreak Infinite Amber Ale

Tonight’s selection is another beer I picked up during a DC trip. I’ve been preferring cans to bottles and it looks like Jailbreak exclusively cans their beers. I think the stigma of cans is finally starting to go away. Last year, when we had our family reunion, I exclusive got canned beers and people seemed to like them. Hopefully we will continue to see a shift towards cans. They weigh a lot less than bottles and if you’re having beer by a pool (which seems really attractive right now given it’s Winter), you have no risk of glass breakage.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Easy drinking and infinitely smooth, this amber ale is classic in style yet uniquely approachable. Hits of roast and caramel lend to a slightly sweet malt with a semi-dry finish. Perfectly pint-worthy.”

Random: This beer came in at 19 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, two and a half finger, tan head. It went away slowly, not leaving much lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and clear mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had notes of maple, almonds and hazelnuts with some toffee at the end. The taste was super malty with caramel, maple syrup and toffee. The nuttiness was more muted in the taste than the nose. The body was thick and chewy for the style with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel sweetness. A can of this beer was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but I wish it had a little more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Howe Sound Three Beavers Imperial Red Ale

This is a beer that we picked up in New York awhile back and it fell to the back of the fridge. I just got around to trying it.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Known as the ‘grandfather of micro-brewing in Canada,’ John Mitchell helped design Howe Sound Brewery in 1996, working with founders Stephen Shard, Dave Fenn and Colleen Fenn. He worked as our very first brewer, developing all of our initial recipes. We are proud of his ongoing relationship with our brewery. Today, we continue to brew in the craft style using unfiltered 100% barley mash. Our diverse selection of flavorful, well-balanced ales is constantly growing and changing with each passing season.”

Random: Otters are much cuter than beavers.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark and clear mahogany color. It had some detritus floating in the body along with moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly sweet with molasses and caramel. The taste was even more sweet, with syrupy and sticky molasses. It reminded me of a monkey bread that had too much sugar in it with booze. It had some raisins and nuts as well. The body was very thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with raisins. A bottle of this was $16.99, which came to $.50 per ounce, which was a lot for a beer I just plain didn’t like. I tend to stray away from sweet beers and this was just too much for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Avery Hog Heaven: Imperial Red IPA

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from Avery. I picked this one up because I’ve been favoring Jersey beers when I go to the store and I’ve passed this one a bunch of times.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel malt backbone. This is a serious beer for serious beer aficionados. Oink!”

Random: This used to only be available in bombers and on draft, but is now available in cans. I love beer in cans. It also used to be their barleywine.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick, cream-colored head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong. It had some booze with a lot of piney and earthy hops. It had a decent amount of malt with maple and caramel. The taste was surprisingly smooth with grassy and earthy hops and a generous dose of pine. It had a note that was comparable to a woody pine cleaner. Hazelnuts and caramel malt came through next. The alcohol presence was there, but not overwhelming. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky hop finish with alcohol. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. This beer was good, but the alcohol was bordering on overwhelming. I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0