Little Red Cap | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 91
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dry, grainy biscuit malt, graham crackers. Flavor follows with slightly sweet grainy biscuit malt, graham crackers and bread crust, a hint of lemon and apple juice. Finishes with crackery malt and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A decent domestic interpretation of the altbier style, the color and malt are appropriate and the light grassy hops have a continental flavor. Perhaps a little maltier than I remember from traditional altbiers, but flavorful enough to be quite enjoyable. The malt profile reminded me of a sessionable old ale, although the moderate hopping is still more than found in that style. An enjoyable light, malty ale. I liked this one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.97/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a honey-orange color with a 3 finger head, leaving mountainous lace behind as it recedes slowly. Opacity clocks in at about 80%.

Aromas of stale grains and wet cardboard; it actually reminds me of Budweiser's Batch Twelve. A touch of cardamom and brown sugar.

Super hoppy and super sweet at the same time - not a good combination. Sharp stale hop stabs the palate simultaneously as waves of brown sugar, brine, and dill weave in and out. Yucky.

Feel is mostly watery with a little carbonation to help it down. Ends wet with a touch of parchment dryness.

Little Red Cap is an utter drain pour and tastes like an expensive malt liquor and has absolutely no redeeming qualities. The artwork is 500x better than the liquid inside. Never again. Scrub my tongue.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice sweet note. Medium body, slight bitter/dry finish. Overall, I really like this one, a very nice take on the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can.

Pours a clear copper colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly but not entirely. Lacing is pretty good.

It smells pretty hoppy but underneath, I get a notable aroma of caramel malt.

Taste wise, it's pretty much 50-50 with the sweet vs the bitter. Except in the finish where it is decidedly bitter. The sweet isn't all that sweet either. More of a semi sweet flavour that I would usually associate with something like molasses. There's also a hint or 2 of onion or something vegetal, like what you get in some of the IPAs. A bit distracting that is.

Good mouthfeel.

Interesting brew.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can at Euclid hall. Pours red colored with a one finger white to off white head. Aroma is floral with some nice fruits coming through. Flavor follows this closely with a crisp hop finish it seems, very floral notes, and some fruits galore going on here. Light bodied and goes down very easy. Not really in the Altbier traditional style, but a pretty decent beer bordering on the session ale side.

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Photo of SamN
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Where's the head?? Aggressive pour results in barely any head! Oh well. Color is a murky copper-orange, not exactly an entirely beautfiul looking beer, but you don't buy beer for it's looks. Smell is more malty and sweet; toasty grains, bread, some earthy qualities, a little metallic. Taste really amps up the toasy malts, very bready, very mildly sweet with an equalizing herbal hopiness. Quite an interesting taste, I like it quite a bit. The taste really come together pretty well, although it might be a bit strong for more than two or three in a sitting. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, surprisingly bigger bodied, too.

Totally decent beer from my former hometown of Loveland. One of the first craft breweries there; I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. Not bad, not bad.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Teller's tap room for only $4.25, not a bad happy hour price. Amber color, ample head. Aroma was sort of grainy malts and not much else. Flavor was more of the same and almost made me think of wet dog. I really didn't much care for this beer and would not order one again.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy ruby amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is toasted caramel malts with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet, toasted caramel malts and a little apple with some roast and a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, decent alt - toasted caramel and toffee malts with quite a bit of hop bitterness.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have an inkling I got a bad bottle. Absolutely no foam on the pour, couldn't get a decent aroma for the life of me. Still mildly effervescent on the tongue, but also a metallic aftertaste that I'm pretty sure was not intentional. Other than that a bit grainy, pours a deep translucent amber that's quite fetching. But a bit of a bad deal overall. That's what I get for buying sale beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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).


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Photo of Moose90
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz Growler fill straight from the source. Poured into 20oz Nonic for tasting purposes.

A – Quite a dark, ruby red hued beauty here. Head is tall and a dark vanilla white color. Settles to a nice one finger height. Lacing left behind is surprisingly nice.

S – Mmmalty; Biscuity, toasty, roasty, you name it. Sweet malt notes, but somehow quite dry, not overbearing. A little presence of crisp Bavarian hops really round things out here.

T – Much like the nose, this is nice and malty. It does not however have a lingering sweetness which is quite nice. Very well balanced between the malt complexities and hops.

M – Medium bodied, carbonation level is adequate if not erring on the high side of the spectrum.

O – Very nice offering here. This is typically not a style of beer that I enjoy. This one is an easy drinker and remarkably balanced. The mild hop notes can unfortunately have a tendency to fade with age on this one, the malt notes are still there of course, but it does come across a bit sweeter. Still, great offering here from Grimm, nicely done.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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.


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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of znichols
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Osprey77
4.37/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of claytong
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Little Red Cap from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
3.47 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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