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Little Red Cap | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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3.56/5
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95 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States
grimmbrosbrewhouse.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Altbier is German for “Old Beer”, this refers to the “old” style of brewing using an ale yeast (As opposed to a lager yeast fermentation which is a relatively new process). This beer originated in the Westphalia region of Germany in a town named Dusseldorf. Due to the cool climate of Dusseldorf, Altbiers employee an ale yeast that has evolved over time to ferment at somewhat cooler temperature than that of other ale yeasts. This cool fermentation produces subtle yeast derived esters and leaves a clean malty beer. In addition to this cool clean fermentation, altbiers are then lagered at cold temperatures to help smooth and refine the beer. The result of this is a very clean and hoppy red ale.

Coming in at 6.2% ABV and IBUs Little Red Cap is an easy drinking hop forward beer worthy of its heritage. We use a bit of Cascade hop to give it an “American Twist” while maintaining its German heritage. This beer won a Gold Medal at the 2011 and 2016 GABF and a Bronze at the 2012 GABF. It also won a Silver Award at the 2016 World beer cup.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,527
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
95
pDev:
15.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Junichi
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready mildly bitter ale, not very complex, kind of watery

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3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.97/5  rDev -44.7%
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 Miami66
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Canada_Dan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopley
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.99/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

not much going on here

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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Little Red Cap from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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