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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA - Arch Brewing

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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPADinner Jacket O'Red IPA

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83
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arch Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-19-2013)
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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TerryW, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

peensteen, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.3%

cfalovo97, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"O'Red" IPA is more like "O' murky amber-brown" IPA. Depending on exactly where you look this ale is either a golden-orange or a reddish brown but everywhere it's hazy and clouded. Its head has bubbles that sit atop like indefatigable boulders set in place for time immemorial, but as far as physical head goes there's little of any actual froth.

The aroma conjures to mind both piny North-West hops as well as biscuity malts, something that can only bode well for what's about to come. It's no surprise the malt is the more forward of the two, but while the hops aren't exactly 'brimming' there are enough forest resins and tropical fruit notes to at least take the "IPA" moniker on the can seriously.

The taste initiates with a malty flavour that has a degree of toffee sweetness but also an emphatically toasted breadiness; you don't often see a brewer boast of melanoidins with regards to an IPA but I'm beginning to see why Arch Brewing felt so compelled to. The sensation on the palate is not unlike that of crunching on toasted bread crusts...

With the addition of course of a juicy pineapple and grapefruit flavour, an acidity which harkens to the latter, and is seemingly served over an orange peel. There's no shortage of hops and, given the drying and pithy aftertaste, no shortage of herbal bitterness either (it tastes as though it took inspiration from a garden and the forest). The floral and biscuity malts make a lovely pairing.

"Throw on a dinner jacket and you're... ready for any scene". Indeed, that's the idea behind Dinner Jacket O'Red; it's a beer with just enough hop dynamic to appeal to the craft drinkers without straying too far from what mainstream consumers find palatable. In my mind it's reminiscent of Brooklyn Lager - which is probably higher praise than it deserves. Still, it's a very decent, middle-of-the-road hoppy red ale that is certainly worth trying on.

biegaman, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sammy, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +9%

KrisDLSmith, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

DenisKolkin, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

RedAleMan, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of RyanPollock
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer far exceeded my expectations that were known existent. I purchased it on a whim after exploring the Ontario craft beer section of the LCBO without any prior knowledge on the beer.

Appearance- A beautiful golden amber, slightly clear with a nice tan coloured head

smell- slightly sweet aroma with a satisfying hint of hops

taste- creamy hop taste with caramel undertones. Perfect balance between sweet, hoppy, and bitter.

mouthfeel- very drinkable, not too strong or hoppy with each mouthful delivering a satisfying IPA taste. The right amount of carbonation without distorting any flavour

overall- A very nice IPA and a great Ontario craft beer. Nice flavour that is almost a mix between an amber, red, and IPA. Just enough body that is not too strong, hoppy or overwhelming. I would totally buy this again and I am intrigued with what this relatively unknown Ontario brewery has to offer.

RyanPollock, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

WillAndSarah, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

thehyperduck, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice ruby amber colour, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Nose is mild with citrus rind alongside some buttery caramel and some earthy cedar.

T - Nice tart citrus rind, earthy pine and cedar alongside sweet buttery caramel and a hint of cotton candy. Bitter citrus notes linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Never heard of this brewery, but definitely glad NAC successfully launched them in the LCBO. A welcome addition to the market and a quality rendition of the style. Will easily be a go-to going forward.

andrenaline, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

MJ63, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

liamt07, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Bf_89, Feb 08, 2014
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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA from Arch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.