Little Red Cap | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Oxymoron on 07-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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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 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 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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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).

C+

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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1/5  rDev -71.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of WDJersey
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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Little Red Cap from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
3.47 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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