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Little Red Cap - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Little Red CapLittle Red Cap

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8%

Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 07-26-2010)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the brewpub in Loveland, Colorado.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, wispy off-white head, which leaves little in the way of lace in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery malt, a hint of lemon peel, a bit of ash, and earthy hops. The taste is more gritty bready caramel malt, some apple and citrus fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad fizzy, with an underlying foaminess, the body a sturdy medium weight, and somewhat clammy in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, the malt losing any bready sweetness, and the hops remaining earthy, and kind of musty.

A rather pleasant Alt, the malt kept tight to the chest, while the fruit and hops put their heads down and do their background jobs. Something to sip on for a while, should that occasion arise, at least until the heretofore undetected alcohol comes into play.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 02:22:48 | More by biboergosum
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap upstairs at wyknoop brewery. i am shocked to hear this won a gold at the GABF. not because its a bad beer, but because it doesnt stant out at all as something special to me. poured a clear redish caramel color with a frothy off white head. smells of amber malts, caramel, and a bit of dried fruit. flavor is a bit watered down, malt forward, and bland. i dont know, just not a lot here to get excited about. its good, but is it a gold medal worthy beverage? i would have to answer no, but then again im not a professional beer judge (hey, where do you sign up for that anyway?!). feel is fine, medium to light body, mild carbonation, weird aftertaste. decent drink but not a champion in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 20:51:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of znichols


2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clean amber/orange color with stark white, sharp head that lasts a decent while. Ok lacing. This beer actually looks very crisp and nice.

S-Sweet malts and spicy, grassy hops. Very subdued. There is a slightly off aroma in the background too.

T- The taste follows the aroma with light spicy hops and light toasty malt. Again, there is a strange mildewy flavor that throws me off.

M-Light body with a crisp mouthfeel and slightly slick. Decent.

O-This is ok. It is sorta what i expected. For a crisp lager it has a decent amount of flavor, but the off-flavor is a little distracting. Not sure what to think.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 19:16:27 | More by znichols
Photo of Osprey77


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. After tasting several Alt's of german origin this one fit very well with some of the best i've had from germany. It uses a touch of american hops to it so its drinkable to the hop heads on this side of the pond. It was a hot day and this seemed to really go down smooth. Although not a radical beer its very drinkable and would be one I would drink more than one pint in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 03:15:01 | More by Osprey77
Photo of claytong


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent altbier. Nothing to go out of the way for. A nice amber color verging on a cherry red. After their porter this seemed bland and so light. Don't know much else to say except I didn't write notes and it tasted similar to an Alaskan Alt. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one or spend too much but I would for the porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 01:47:07 | More by claytong
Photo of ScorpyX


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color, dark but clear. There was no head remaining when the waitress brought it.

S: Smells of malt and a touch of sweetness.

T: Mild malty taste, though a little underwhelming. Hints of that sweeter taste are present, with a barely there chocolate taste. More emerge as the beer warms, getting a little hoppy bitterness in. Alcohol kicks in on the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Nothing to complain about here.

D: Pretty high. Though the taste is a little understated, it's pretty smooth on the palate and easy to drink. There were better choices there, though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 02:18:24 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of kojevergas


3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art acquired for $6.50 USD and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired at a local bottle shop.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with above average vigor.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - about 1.5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark nontransparent quasitranslucent amber. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's quite dark for an altbier and not all that alive or inviting.

Sm: Caramel, red/amber malts, bread crust, light toasted malt character, and cream.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't pick up much hop character.

A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, red/amber malts, bread crust, light toasted malt character, and cream. There's no real overt hop character; maybe floral hop character.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Average complexity. Low subtlety. Not much intricacy or nuance here. I'm unimpressed. Decent balance. It's fairly cohesive, but far from gestalt.

Mf: Smooth, wet, lightly creamy, decent body, decent thickness, and okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Downable stuff, but quite unremarkable. Hides its ABV decently. It's passable stuff for what it is. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. Drinkable but boring. A disappointment from Grimm Brothers. Hides its ABV decently. Price point seems high given the quality (though this doesn't impact my score).


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:05:07 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beergoot


3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body, lots of fine carbonation bubbles rising, good white and creamy head; excellent sheets of foam coating the glass. Malty aroma; slight caramel and honey combination. Decent lightly roasted malt flavors; nuttiness; mild bitterness. Medium-light body; slightly fizzy; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

The beer sports an excellent appearance and has above average aroma and flavors. Nothing overly unique, but good and flavorful all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:58:03 | More by beergoot
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:55:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of phishsihq


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grimm Brothers Brewing in Loveland specializes in German-style brewing, and their altbier style brew is called Little Red Cap. The beer pours a clean deep amber, and features a lingering, small white head. Bready and toasted malt aromas dominate, with just a hint of earthiness noticeable. Rich malt flavors follow from the nose and continue almost til the end where a spicy hop bite greets them. Crisp and clean, Little Red Cap is medium-light bodied and moderately carbonated. A GABF Gold Metal Winner, and a GREAT local example of this sessionable style.


Serving type: growler

03-09-2013 20:20:54 | More by phishsihq
Photo of denver10


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt amber with a nice size fizzy khaki head. Flavor and aroma both offer a not overly sweet toffee, some pitted fruit, and some bread. A nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, not necessarily a bad beer but not one I was a huge fan of. I am not very familiar with the style, alt bier, but I'd personally grab an Alaskan Amber over this.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:47:37 | More by denver10
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, deep red with a small off-white head that lingers.

Smells of slight bready/biscuit and lager sulfur (not out of balance). Also has some subtle earthy/herbal character.

Taste is up front rich, caramel malt that continues through the middle before ending on a slightly bitter finish that leaves notes of cherry and grapefruit. Caramel and slight cherry fruit flavor stand out the most.

Light to medium body and medium carbonation makes the beer quite drinkable.

Pretty nice beer overall. I enjoy the way it balances an interesting malt and hop profile without being overly complex; it makes for a beer you can have multiple of.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 23:55:03 | More by TenHornsProud
Little Red Cap from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
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