Red Cape Ale | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Red Cape AleRed Cape Ale

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jera1350 on 12-09-2011

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 14
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2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of brydeen
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of minneapolitanjim
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of mothman
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of tempest
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bomber at the Ale Jail for $6. This beer smells and tastes a bit like it's been oxidized. I think that it's actually the Irish ale yeast character just coming on too strong, but it's not pleasant. Underneath is a well-made, smooth malty caramel character, but it's not enough to make this beer worth drinking.

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Photo of FakeDeniro
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a bit watery and a bit of an off taste on the backside. The look and smell nothing to brag about. Just small hints of bready malts, toffee, and caramel. Not what I think of when I want to pick up a Irish Red. Goes down easy but I don’t need a second one.

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Photo of plfahey
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with good clarity. Thin, tan cream colored head has low retention.

Aroma-Very light and average aroma-with light toast and a lightly fruity nuttiness to it. Faintest hint of earthy hops. Some brown malt aroma as well.

Flavor-Sweet brown bread malt up front is thin and watery on the palate. Midpalate has a sort of musty, earthy hop character along with some biscuity malt. Finish has some nice earthy hop flavor emerging along with toasty brown malt and a touch of chocolate. Moderately low hop bitterness dries out the palate. The finish tastes alright, but it's almost not worth it for the muddled, bland flavor you have to go through up front.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Feels kinda watery and thin, which really detracts from the already weak flavor profile.

Just a weak beer on the whole. Easily drinkable once you get past the taste. I was hoping that Flat Earth would put together something much better than this to celebrate the Winter Carnaval, but the offering on the whole is thin, and pretty lacking in terms of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djschnabel
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of olafphysics
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Chaz
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-red in color with near excellent clarity and a medium tan head. Lacing is good.

Nose is malty and slightly sweet, with little hop aroma or presence. Some nuttiness, but no tanginess, so it's clean and truly malt-focused. Very neutral yeast profile.

Very light sweetness on the first sip, followed by the nuttiness and a lighter tang/acidity, followed by some rather dry and biscuity-good malt character. An interesting take for the style, and not bad at all!

Finish is rather dry, and the 5.1% ABV is almost unnoticeable.

Overall this is a very easy-going red/amber ale, but is still rather average for the style.

Is it an Irish Red? Well, sure if the brewery says it is, why wonder too much about it? On the other hand, maybe my tastebuds are just too out-of-whack ("fubar") after a weekend keg blow-out of fresh Summit - Extra Pale Ale, so I'll really need to give this one a fair stylistic shake with a comparison to some fresh O'Hara's, a Smithwick's, and Killian's. I could pick those up as St. Patrick's Day approaches and have a wicked three way, blind throw-down while doing an epic batch of Kolsch-style bier with my homebrewing buddies. SUCCESS!

In the meanwhile, the clean fermentation and keeping of this fresh beer has impressed me, along with the neutral yeast character. I know that's splitting technical hairs and being all fuss-budgety, but the local beer scene has enjoyed a lot of 'stylistic variation' and 'unhappy accidents' in the QC area over the past year, so finding a clean and well-brewed ale can be seen as remarkable considering the upsurge in the number of breweries, taprooms, dogparks, etc.

The fact that this is a mere 20 IBU and also features a rather low ABV -ALSO- impresses me in this age of Bigger Is Better. This one is very drinkable and -almost- truly sessionable beer, so I'll probably buy some more as the season switches over to a nice shade of muddy-green.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of tea, toffee, butter crackers, and a hint of caramel. It is a nice aroma, but it is a bit weak for the style. The taste is lighter than the aroma with some tea and toffee in the background. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany, ruby red color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Lots of bready malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, hints of hops.

Taste – Odd metallic taste, heavy caramel, malts, bread, nuts, chocolate, yeast.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, somewhat watery.

Overall – Not the best Irish Red. Kind of off putting to be honest.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ale came on tap in a pint glass. Appeared red, dark brown in colour with good clarity. There really was not much of an aroma or scent to this beer; perhaps a tiny whiff of hop, if any. The taste of this ale was very mild, smooth and nutty. There was a subtle hop and malt flavour to the body, but only very slight. No significant after tastes or lingering flavours detected.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark ruby red, bordering on the edge of brown. Clear when held up to light. Head is three-fourths of a finger and off-white.
S- Smell is mild, with light toasted malt and a bit of caramel.
T- It is toasty and crisp up front. As the taste goes on and it gets further along on the tongue it unfolds some sweetness with caramel. There is some papery flavor in the finish as well.
M- Light body, with some lingering sweetness. Carbonation is a bit crisp.
O- An average beer. It's ok, but not particularly outstanding.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MattyG85
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with shades of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very malty and bready aroma that is a bit odd. Caramel and toffee malts with some bready cracker, butter, nuts, and tea. A light hint of roasty chocolate. Also a strong yeasty presence in the aroma.

Taste: Very bready and cracker like. Some caramel and chocolate malts that are lightly roasted giving a hint of nutty chocolate flavor. Somewhat buttery with a strong presence of yeast. Very light amount of earthy hops towards the finish. Almost literally tastes like a liquid tea biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: An interesting brew with a nice breadyness. Could of used a little less yeast.

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Photo of jera1350
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color with a one finger head of light tan foam.

A lovely malt scent that offers up notes of chocolate, caramel and plum. Moderate sweetness, but pretty interesting to say the least.

Not as good tasting as it was smelling. The taste is a bit subdued, dare I say, watered down. The malt presence tastes much lighter. There are very subtle flavors of chocolate and caramel. The hops are light as well adding some earthy notes. A touch minerally also. Overall, just a bit bland.

Feels a bit light and the carbonation seems a bit high. Kind of makes for a weird feel.

Drinks really easy, but I kind of lost interest after the first several sips. Kind of just a run of the mill type of amber or red. I'll have to pass on this one next time.

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Photo of laymansbeerfan
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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