Cape Cod Red - Cape Cod Beer

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-20-2004

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Reviews by blackheartbilly:
Photo of blackheartbilly
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this on-tap at the East Bay grill in Plymouth. I am not to familiar with amber/red ales, so forgive me.

A: Deep reddish/amber color, served in a traditional pint glass.

S: Heavy malt presence, slight hops, more malty though.

T: Grainy, and malty, but with a well balanced hop taste.

M: Could be more carbonated, kind of flat, but not bad.

D: Perfect beer with dinner. Given the choice of beers at a restaurant, I would go this anytime over the swill they serve. I have had this in a growler and on-tap, and as expected this is better on-tap. If you go to a place that serves it on-tap, definitely try it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Spanky's in Hyannis, Cape Cod just down the street from the brewery.

As amber ales go, this is close to the best I've had. I'll admit that I don't typically seek out ambers and have only tried about 10 different kinds.

It was smooth and mellow. A well-balanced amber ale with caramel and toffee malt notes and a subtle spicy hop character. The flagship of Cape Cod Beer, this beer won’t steer you wrong! ”

OG: 13.5°P (1.054SG) ABV: 5.5% IBUs: 35
Malts: English – 5 varieties Hops: Domestic – 2 varieties

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, red/brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, some hops, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly sweet with a bitter backbone, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent caramely red that I could certainly sip a couple glasses of. I could also pass on this just as easily. Red is decent, but Cape Cod makes better offerings.

Photo of KenC
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A– Poured classic red/amber. Two fingers of head when served. It dissipated quickly and left large circles of lacing to the end.

S- Malt smell with sweet caramel and maybe a touch of pepper.

T- Very good malt flavor, again the caramel shines. Perfect bitterness at the end that doesn’t overpower.

M- Medium feel, smooth, and bitter at all the right spots.

O- I think this could rival “Fat Tire” All the right tastes and textures at the right places. Too bad I can’t get this in bottles in NJ. Solid!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Amber style beer. Seen on tap in many more places so far this summer. Served on tap at Mahoney in Orleans. Deep amber (duh) color, with a slighty evil dark side to it. Nice frothy head, well done bar keep, whispy and lasting. Strong candy apple on the tongue, slighty bitter in the middle finishes clean.

CCB is doing a nice job promoting itself through grass-roots efforts here on the Cape. In a competitive market, they'll be challenged, but they'll be okay.

Photo of wikk3d
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a few days a go, so this is my overall review from what I remember.

Appearance - Pours a dark brownish amber, with a foam head that settles rather quickly.

Aroma - Malty smell with sweet scents that linger on the nose. You can tell it doesn't really have a lot of spice.

Taste - Very good malt flavor, again it's a little sweet, nothing that's overpowering. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Mouth - This beer leaves an incredibly good flavor after it's gone. It goes down real smooth.

Drinkability - This is a very good beer from Cape Cod, I think I could bring down the entire growler by myself. It's not bitter at all, and not overly hoppy. Just a solid Ale.

Photo of KATE12
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red color. Good head, nice lacing but it didn't stay around for long. Smells like malt and a hint of floral floating around in there. The taste is hoppier than I thought it would be with a strong malt finish and bit of berry.

Extremely drinkable and the taste is pretty good. I wasn't expecting much but liked what I had!

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

On tap at several places out on the Cape, August 2011:

The beer appeared a nice, clear, dark ruby red with a nice, thick off-white head that dissipated too quickly, but did leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma was a bit lighter than expected, but a mostly malty aroma and not much else.

The taste of the beer was good, a nice roasted malt taste with some hop presence. The after taste was dry and did not liger too long.

The beer had a medium body to it, clean with good carbonation and overall I thought that the beer was a good representation of the style and one that I would drink again.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/8/13

Appearance: Darker than the label "red" would imply - about as dark as amber can get, somewhere between garnet and brown - lightly hazy - pours with a big, beige head - keeps a little cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Toasty, caramel malts - grainy, yet very clean - nicely cooked and toasted, with some hints of dark bread, caramel, and toffee - some hints of piney, lightly grassy hops, but I was hoping for a greater hop presence

Taste: Matches the aroma (in a good way) - caramel malts in abundance - nicely toasted, even a little bit roasted - grainy, with some caramel and some toffee - nicely sweet, minimal bitterness - some pine and earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, very drinkable

Overall: A solid amber ale

This is my last bottle from Cape Cod Beer, and I'm glad I saved it for last, as it's one of the best from their lineup. I wish it were a bit hoppier, but it's good for what it is. It's a very good amber.

Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Amber brown color, small head that thinned out. Sheets of lace on this, no lie.

smell - Balance of hops and malts here. More malt.

taste - nice balanced beer, but more bite on the hop side at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

l was flat.

drinkability - Easy drinking. More bit then other amber ales I have had. It was a real good brew.

Photo of atigerlife
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a growler at CCB.

Poured a reddish brown with a huge light brown head. Nice to look at.

Aroma of sweet malts. Couldn't pick up much else.

Taste has the hops coming through. Sweet malts continue their presence.

Mouthfeel was flat.

Overall, an easy to drink brew. Definitely sessionable. If you are in the area, then certainly worth a stop.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of this from a liquor store in Orleans, MA. Served cool in a pint glass.

A-garnet body, thick off-white head.

S-dough, jolly rancher.

T-jolly rancher, baked bread, floral hop finish (but light).

M-medium and slick

D-good brew, and a nice representation of the style. I would drink this again.

Photo of LeRose
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

At the brewery, served in tasting glass.

Appearance - brown/gold color, some slight hints of reddish tones. Decent foamy tan head. Not too persistent, but some decent cling.

Smell - toasty biscuit aroma, pretty grainy. Light resinous hops with some grassy/earthiness.

Taste - sweet, toffee, I found it had an odd bitter kick at the end of the taste. Sweetness was OK. Some resinous hop character, a touch of earthiness. Decent flavor except for the odd bitterness. Didn't seem overly aggressive on the hops.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Taste lingers a bit, I wouldn't call it "clean".

Overall - a decent beer, easy drinking, but not something I would seek out. The color was off based on what others are describing, so I wonder if there is some variability?

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint shaker glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear reddish amber brew. Frothy head fades, but never completely disappears, and lacing is average. Aroma is lightly malty, with piney hops. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, leaning towards the hops, as the nose portended. Leaves a pleasant piney hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, quite smooth, and drinkability is excellent, imminently drinkable. Good beer, good people, check Cape Cod out.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Yay tall boy cans!

Pours a huge frothy thick head thanks to the can, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, crystal clear red amber almost ruby colored beer. 4.5

Nose brings plenty of reddish malts, toasty reddish malts with some candy like caramel notes, some light DME like aromas, overall fairly light on the malt profile while still big malt aromas just bland, faint extract like DME "fake" like cheap beer aroma. 3.5

Taste sweet candy malts out front, caramel toffee toasted reddish malts, lots of amber reddish malts, even a bit nutty. Juicy sweet candy without a lot of sweetness, caramel malts mostly. Then hops kick in quickly, fairly bitter, with mostly earthy spicy hops, faint grapefruit pith, and spicy earthy rind bitterness. Finish is dry and a bit sticky, fairly bitter with more spicy earthy grassy hops. 3.5

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter than I expected at least, decent carb. 3.5

Overall meh, not too bad, enjoyable and drinkable at least, but not a lot going on, fairly bland, meh hops, malts are ok but fairly bland, just overall OK beer at best. 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red amber color, nearly clear. Excellent head though it settles quickly dies but leaves ample chunk lace.

Mostly malty aroma, although it is very light.

Good hop presence, but the story of this beer is caramel malt. Still, this is a dry beer. Good carbonation that creates a relatively rich beer. The after taste primarily dry malt with a touch of bittering hop.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a plastic pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-red color with a frothy, clingy, light tan head. Nose of biscuit, toffee sweetness, and subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are sweet and roasty forward, with caramel and toffee blending, and a peppery hops character at the end. Smooth, mid-bodied with a roasty sweet aftertaste. Slightly cloying, sweet lingering finish. Easy to drink.

Photo of SMADMS
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New to the Cape Cod brews thought I would try this one on a hot summer day.
Bought a 64oz growler
nice amber color no head to speak of and very slight carbonation.
nice malt aroma
nice hop bitterness not overpowering but very distintive
very good flavor on the palet smooth taste that lingers

Overall this is a good Red. Its a local brewery for me so I may have to swing through and taste some of the other offerings.

Photo of danadeny
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before trying this beer I though "reds" were ok, but not my favorite. This red changed my mind a bit in favor of them. I think the color is awesome, I don’t know what exactly to compare it to, but is a slightly dark, "deep" red and will stand out compared to other beers. The smell is fairly subtle with a hint of hops. The taste is a very nice surprise, it has a smooth maltyness to the beginning, and then a hint of hopps at the end. Enough hopps give this beer a little character, but not enough to say it is THE character of the beer. I loved the mouth feel too, it feels like it has some substance to it, not to watery, very smooth, almost like a pub style draft. One of the biggest surprises to me was it's drink-ability. It goes down so smooth and is perfectly balanced between having a character but not being offensive, that on many occasions I have drank 4-5 pints a night. One of the best parts about this beer is that you can buy growlers at the brewery, from the brewer. $12 for the first fill and growler, then $5 per refill. You can buy them at the Hyport Brewing Co. in Hyannis MA. The brewer sell growlers on Friday 4pm-6pm, and Saturday 10am-noon. I had it at a restaurant called Chapin’s in Dennis, I thought it went very well with the fish and chips because it didn’t overpower the light taste of the fish.
Here is info from their website:
OG: 13.5 ºP
ABV: 5.5%
Malts: English - 5 varieties
Hops: Domestic - 3 varieties

Photo of Naugros
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at least three times while vacationing on the Cape...once at the brewery. It became my go-to beer while there.

The best part of this beer is the appearance. Deep amber, bordering on brown with a ruddy glow. Ample carbonation builds a thick off-white head with excellent retention.

The smell was disappointing as there wasn't much of it. You have to work to pick out the spicy English hops and even harder to get at the underlying malts. Not so with the taste though. It's all there from the English hops to the caramel malts...exactly what you'd expect from the style.

The bitterness takes over the wash and eliminates any sweetness from the malts. The low-ish ABV makes it sessionable for larger guys and the lighter side of medium body makes is very drinkable.

Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into CCB on the way to Wellfleet for the weekend. Weekend wasn't that great, beer was better.

A: Pours a nice mahogony coolor with a one finger caramel colored head. Good retention of film with lots of bubbles rising to the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt with sharp grassy notes.
T/M: Caramel malt and grassy hop notes are the key flavors. Big sharp biting bitterness that lingers and finishes dry. Floral hop notes are also slighly noticeable. Smooth, but slick through the mouth. Medium body and a good level of carbonation.
D: Definately drinkable. Bitterness is welcomed. I wonder what the difference would be if it were in a bottle. I'll have to check that out. Hit the brewery up for a growler. You won't be dissapointed.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler that has been refrigerated for a couple days now.

Still tastes just like it did at the brewery from the tap. At least from what I remember.

A: I think it resembles more of a brown then a red ale. Brown in color with an off white head. The head does have lasting power as there is plenty of carbonation to support it's lifespan. Each pull marks the level. There isn't much film left on the glass.

S: Dark malts with caramel notes. There is also a good amount of hops detected.

T: Hops and the dark malts are the dominant factor in the taste. Kinda gives it a little bittery taste. There is a sweet flavor towards the end of the swallow.

M: Starts tingling the tongue instantly as the carbonation from this light/medium bodied beer hits the pallet. Leaves with a slight oily feel.

D: I've already finished more then half the growler in about 20 minutes without realizing it. I'd say it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hyannis British Beer Company
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep amber color with a 1/4 finger of khaki colored head. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is slightly grainy with a hearty caramel malt presence. Minor hints of citrus hops.

T: Taste is sweet in the forefront, a nicely balanced caramel and toffee flavoring that was not cloying. A shock to me was the nice roastiness that really cut the sweetness and really brought out the best in the sweetness. Finish has a touch of herbal hop presence that just evens this end of this beer out nicely.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp clean body to this beer.

O: Goes down very easy, quite tasty, not filling, mild kick, and a great representation of style. I used to drink reds all the time, but as my palate has changed, I've stayed away from Reds. This is a Red that I would grab and wouldn't blink an eye.

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enoyed on tap at the British Beer restaurant in Falmouth.
Served as a reddish amber colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell is light on malt with a significant hop presence noted.
Taste also has the hop in the forefront, with the malt being a nice compliment.
Finishes with a nice dryness.
Went well with my chicken focaccia.

Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall pilsner glass at the Black Cat Restaurant in Hyannis (Cape Cod), this has a nice dark mahogany color with extra red highlights. The off-white head is modest and mostly clinging to the sides where it contributes to a good lacing. The aroma is mild malt with a touch of coffee and chocolate, pleasant. The taste is a caramel wheat with burnt coffee and sweet nutty malt. It has a fine carbonation tingle on the tongue and a polite floral bitterness. Very drinkable and a bit more interesting than most red ales. Well done.

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