King Caspian | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Reino on 03-16-2009

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft version served at the Wildwood beer dinner.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose shows considerable sweet malt and dry citrus, with some underlying caramel, red candyapple and baked apple as well. This smells pretty nice actually. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, giving contrasting flavors of sweet and bitter. There's a bit more heat from alcohol in the finish than I like, but otherwise this is a pretty solid red amber. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter, somewhat sweet and alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Reino
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A double version of their Ridgeback Red, King Caspian is named after the owners' dog, Caspian.

Appearance- Served in a Block 15 snifter: King Caspian has a 2 finger off-white head with a gorgeous, deep-ruby body when held to light. Head retention was on the solid side of things, and there is this terrific, thick cluster of lacing on half of my glass that looks like it's made of white sponge or maybe spray foam insulating.

Smell- A fragrant blend of citrus rind and piney hops with the malt hiding in the background, but still noticeable and supplying some candy-like sweetness.

Taste- Aggressive citrus (white grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest) and a touch of pine coming through in the hop department. The more I drink, and the more the beer warms, the more the malt sweetness is allowed to shine alongside all the hops. The lemon and white grapefruit start to faze out the orange, and supply ample bitterness. Caspian has a very nice malt backbone, however, which I like and expect out of a double red. This beer could have a quite few months of age on it and probably turn into a new monster that is just as tasty. There's just a tiny pinch of heat towards the finish, but not enough to matter.
I want to give this a 4.25, but that's not how the scoring works, so I tend to grade down.

MF- A medium-full body that is balanced nicely by a medium amount of carbonation that seems to wait until your halfway through before coming in. Finishes pretty dry but some malt sweetness lingers.

Drinkability- I have put down quite a few of these since their release, and I keep going back. It is plenty hoppy, but my tongue is still in fine shape after one. I could drink 2 or 6 of these with ease, which is dangerous, but fun. Everybody wang chung tonight.

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King Caspian from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.