Red Cape Ale | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Red Cape AleRed Cape Ale
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Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jera1350 on 12-09-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 33
Photo of tempest
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bomber at the Ale Jail for $6. This beer smells and tastes a bit like it's been oxidized. I think that it's actually the Irish ale yeast character just coming on too strong, but it's not pleasant. Underneath is a well-made, smooth malty caramel character, but it's not enough to make this beer worth drinking.

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Photo of FakeDeniro
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a bit watery and a bit of an off taste on the backside. The look and smell nothing to brag about. Just small hints of bready malts, toffee, and caramel. Not what I think of when I want to pick up a Irish Red. Goes down easy but I don’t need a second one.

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Photo of plfahey
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with good clarity. Thin, tan cream colored head has low retention.

Aroma-Very light and average aroma-with light toast and a lightly fruity nuttiness to it. Faintest hint of earthy hops. Some brown malt aroma as well.

Flavor-Sweet brown bread malt up front is thin and watery on the palate. Midpalate has a sort of musty, earthy hop character along with some biscuity malt. Finish has some nice earthy hop flavor emerging along with toasty brown malt and a touch of chocolate. Moderately low hop bitterness dries out the palate. The finish tastes alright, but it's almost not worth it for the muddled, bland flavor you have to go through up front.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Feels kinda watery and thin, which really detracts from the already weak flavor profile.

Just a weak beer on the whole. Easily drinkable once you get past the taste. I was hoping that Flat Earth would put together something much better than this to celebrate the Winter Carnaval, but the offering on the whole is thin, and pretty lacking in terms of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Chaz
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-red in color with near excellent clarity and a medium tan head. Lacing is good.

Nose is malty and slightly sweet, with little hop aroma or presence. Some nuttiness, but no tanginess, so it's clean and truly malt-focused. Very neutral yeast profile.

Very light sweetness on the first sip, followed by the nuttiness and a lighter tang/acidity, followed by some rather dry and biscuity-good malt character. An interesting take for the style, and not bad at all!

Finish is rather dry, and the 5.1% ABV is almost unnoticeable.

Overall this is a very easy-going red/amber ale, but is still rather average for the style.

Is it an Irish Red? Well, sure if the brewery says it is, why wonder too much about it? On the other hand, maybe my tastebuds are just too out-of-whack ("fubar") after a weekend keg blow-out of fresh Summit - Extra Pale Ale, so I'll really need to give this one a fair stylistic shake with a comparison to some fresh O'Hara's, a Smithwick's, and Killian's. I could pick those up as St. Patrick's Day approaches and have a wicked three way, blind throw-down while doing an epic batch of Kolsch-style bier with my homebrewing buddies. SUCCESS!

In the meanwhile, the clean fermentation and keeping of this fresh beer has impressed me, along with the neutral yeast character. I know that's splitting technical hairs and being all fuss-budgety, but the local beer scene has enjoyed a lot of 'stylistic variation' and 'unhappy accidents' in the QC area over the past year, so finding a clean and well-brewed ale can be seen as remarkable considering the upsurge in the number of breweries, taprooms, dogparks, etc.

The fact that this is a mere 20 IBU and also features a rather low ABV -ALSO- impresses me in this age of Bigger Is Better. This one is very drinkable and -almost- truly sessionable beer, so I'll probably buy some more as the season switches over to a nice shade of muddy-green.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of tea, toffee, butter crackers, and a hint of caramel. It is a nice aroma, but it is a bit weak for the style. The taste is lighter than the aroma with some tea and toffee in the background. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany, ruby red color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Lots of bready malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, hints of hops.

Taste – Odd metallic taste, heavy caramel, malts, bread, nuts, chocolate, yeast.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, somewhat watery.

Overall – Not the best Irish Red. Kind of off putting to be honest.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ale came on tap in a pint glass. Appeared red, dark brown in colour with good clarity. There really was not much of an aroma or scent to this beer; perhaps a tiny whiff of hop, if any. The taste of this ale was very mild, smooth and nutty. There was a subtle hop and malt flavour to the body, but only very slight. No significant after tastes or lingering flavours detected.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark ruby red, bordering on the edge of brown. Clear when held up to light. Head is three-fourths of a finger and off-white.
S- Smell is mild, with light toasted malt and a bit of caramel.
T- It is toasty and crisp up front. As the taste goes on and it gets further along on the tongue it unfolds some sweetness with caramel. There is some papery flavor in the finish as well.
M- Light body, with some lingering sweetness. Carbonation is a bit crisp.
O- An average beer. It's ok, but not particularly outstanding.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with shades of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very malty and bready aroma that is a bit odd. Caramel and toffee malts with some bready cracker, butter, nuts, and tea. A light hint of roasty chocolate. Also a strong yeasty presence in the aroma.

Taste: Very bready and cracker like. Some caramel and chocolate malts that are lightly roasted giving a hint of nutty chocolate flavor. Somewhat buttery with a strong presence of yeast. Very light amount of earthy hops towards the finish. Almost literally tastes like a liquid tea biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: An interesting brew with a nice breadyness. Could of used a little less yeast.

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Photo of jera1350
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color with a one finger head of light tan foam.

A lovely malt scent that offers up notes of chocolate, caramel and plum. Moderate sweetness, but pretty interesting to say the least.

Not as good tasting as it was smelling. The taste is a bit subdued, dare I say, watered down. The malt presence tastes much lighter. There are very subtle flavors of chocolate and caramel. The hops are light as well adding some earthy notes. A touch minerally also. Overall, just a bit bland.

Feels a bit light and the carbonation seems a bit high. Kind of makes for a weird feel.

Drinks really easy, but I kind of lost interest after the first several sips. Kind of just a run of the mill type of amber or red. I'll have to pass on this one next time.

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Photo of bluto25
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer poured a deep red color with about one finger of foam that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smell – light malt.

Taste –Medium hop taste with no aftertaste. Some malt and some roasting is apparent.

Mouth Feel – Medium amount of carbonation.

Overall – This is a very drinkable beer and is one of my favorite Irish Red Ales thus far.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Malty, nutty biscuit nose with some dark caramel in the background.
Pours clear chestnut under a finely bubbled foam cap that dissipates to a thick film.
Palate starts with spicy, grainy malt flavors typical of English malts, with more caramel flavor than caramel sweetness joined by biscuit and nuts that preceed a mild earthy herbal hop finish.
Medium carbonation and body comes with a big British character.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red, pretty good head.

Smell: Strong toffee smell, a little roasted note, hint of chocolate.

Taste: Nice toffee flavor with a little more roasted flavor than suggested in the nose. Not too dry, not too sweet.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and stays away from metal/tea flavors that I dislike in "reds".

Supporting the local St. Paul brewery here. This beer is a little early for the winter carnival, has a vulcan on the label. I'm pleasantly surprised by this as I don't normally go for "red" beers, and the reviews aren't too good. Better than I expected with lots of toffee flavor and a little roasted flavor too. Worth a try.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared on 12/11. I will start by first saying that I was totally unprepared for the color of this beer. Perhaps by the label and description of this being a amber "red" ale. The color was a murky brown, very reminiscent of a new castle but more grey even than that. Thankfully color doesnt dictate flavor and that was right on. Noticed a bit of an almond aroma with faint hops. Flavor was roasty malt with a sweet and quick finish. Looking to get some more soon.

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Red Cape Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.