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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA - Arch Brewing

Not Rated.
Dinner Jacket O'Red IPADinner Jacket O'Red IPA

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 26.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arch Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-19-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 59
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Poured with a small 1" head then settled to nothing in 2mins.

S- Clove, cinnamon.

T- Ok. Nothing special. Bit of roasted malt on mild hops.

M- Not too bad. Saving grace for this beer

O- Ok. Won't buy again tough

Food Pairing

This ok specimen pairs well with.... Pizza. Just a plain and simple peperoni pizza.


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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops is enjoyable enough. Taste is also dominated by bitter citrus notes with some caramel malt also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about and somewhat too sweet for my taste in IPA but well brewed nonetheless.

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3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Red/brown colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also a slight cherry/apricot sweetness.

Overall - A little too sweet and more along the lines of an American Amber than a IPA. In lack of that great west coast tropical fruitiness.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info given. So many Guelph breweries, so little time...

This one pours a hazy, orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of soapy, frothy off-white head. It recedes gradually over the next five minutes or so, settling into a foamy film, and draping the edge of the glass with a continuous curtain of lace. Pleasant aroma with nothing unusual or out-of-place to note - the malts are a little bolder than I usually expect from this style, with hints of caramel, butterscotch and toasted bread. Notes of grapefruit and lemon citrus also come through, with a very light touch of pine resin. Good stuff so far.

This one actually surprised me; while the hop flavours are agreeable enough, they are nicely-balanced with a sturdy malt backbone, something that not all IPA brewers seem to be inclined to bother with. The malts are in the forefront here, providing hints of toffee and caramel sweetness that are accented with a touch of toasted oats. The hops are next, with their pithy, almost resiny bitterness building up with each successive sip. The notes of pine, grapefruit rind and light tropical fruit are more than enough to overpower the malt bill at this point of the sip, leading into a lingering, pithy finish that clings to the palate. Medium in body, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue, doing little to scrub the bitterness from your tastebuds. Quite smooth going down - while this brew drinks fairly lightly, it's still 6.3% and pretty astringent, which probably prevents this from being a suitable session option.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. Arch Brewing's Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA comes in an unassuming, laid-back package - and given that knowledge, combined with the fact that I've never even heard of the brewer, I wasn't really expecting much. But don't be misled, as this is a quality, well-hopped ale that should easily find its way into the beer rotation of not only hop heads, but Ontario craft beer drinkers in general. I'll be picking this one up again, as it's one of the more impressive 'start-up brews' I've had out of the Guelph/GTA area in the past year or so.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served well chilled into a pint glass. Something new in the LCBO so gave it a shot.

Appearance - Slightest haze in this opaque dark red (amber / brown?) beer. 1 finger of dense white head with good retention. Nothing awe-inspiring but warm and inviting looking.

Smell - Malts like caramel and toffee are found up front with a floral and aromatic, slightly tropical spin coming later. The nose was rather muted, even as it warmed, although it did open up a bit.

Taste - Yum! Big malty bill like the nose namely some molasses, blended with some tropical citrus especially grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. This actually works together quite well to create an interesting and diverse mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly sticky and a medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Rich and fulfilling.

Overall - A new spin on IPA's is kind of bridges the American Amber class with the American IPA class presented in a nice package with a cool looking can. I would definitely repeat this but may not go seeking this beer.

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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA from Arch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.