Red Cap | Kulshan Brewing Company

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Red CapRed Cap

Brewed by:
Kulshan Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 06-22-2012

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mintzmeet
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is great. I'm drunk but I can't taste any negative flavors. Easy, interesting grain flavors. Somewhat thick?? A viscous like flavor. Slight white maybe

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tpop1005
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhavs
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RizanTastingBeer
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tapped commercial keg into a standard pint glass.

Look: Dark ruby red. High clarity. Thin light kakhi head with smaller bubbles, quickly dissipates. Lacing is low to none - halfway through, my glass looked nearly clean above the beer.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee and cherry up front, not dissimilar to cherry cola. Also some roasty and biscuity aromas as well as floral (rose flower) and earthy/spicy qualities I would guess coming through from the hops.

Taste: A nice bitterness right away that quickly welcomes you to a amalgam of caramel, copper, cherry, dry biscuit, and earthy flavors with subtle spiciness and the slightest chocolatey taste.

Feel: body is moderately light, lending to more noticeable carbonation and a very crisp and dry finish.

Overall: A wonderful red ale that leans towards the mysterious and difficult-to-define American Red style as opposed to the Irish Red. Crisp. Refreshing. Sessionable. Complex but refined. This might be my favorite red ale.

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Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with ruby notes and a half finger light khaki head with good retention; looks like a classic red ale. Aroma of caramel malt, overripe fruit, hint of cherries; again a classic red ale profile. Flavor is mild caramel malt with a hint of biscuit, cherry, light stone fruit, finishes slightly drier with a mild grassy hop bitterness and lingering cherry and fruit juice. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A straightforward red ale, covering all the flavors I want in this style. Well balanced and pleasant. One of the better red ales I've tried.

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Photo of DamienI
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BCborn
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbmiche
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moose90
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A – Pours a deep ruby red hue, foamy tan colored head.

S – Smells of strong malt and it is oddly hoppy, for some unknown reason.

T – Tastes very sweet and malty with a predominately bitter hop note.

M – Medium bodied, a little sweet.

O – This is a weird, overly hopped, super malty, red. Not great.

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Photo of Chadzo69
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Rich, complex and malty. I guess I expected it to be more hoppy. Not terrible but won't vis it again.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of staceya2
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark coppery amber in the Ciney snifter with a modest head. Spritzy enough in the mouth. Fruity yet dry. something like cherries and wheat cereal. Aroma is slight and hard to define, but unobtrusive.

This is quite tart. I'd even describe it as a sourish sensation that I'd associate with well-charred grain, but this is something different. Even a vegetable flavor, like a summer squash with some artichoke cooking water. Some very dry toffee with an odd woody, grainy taste.

Refreshing, though, and an improvement over the usual Irish Red Ale, which is what the brewer call this. IBUs rated at 25. From the 32 oz jug purchased at Community Coop Market in Bellingham.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SeaAle
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of klmcmachen
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of joelparker
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass.Poured a very deep brownish red color with about a half-inch of tan head that had lightly moderate retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was solidly malty, rich and with a certain earthiness, and was topped by some crisp hops. The flavor profile was pretty similar, solid, but not heavy, malts and just the right amount of tangy hops to provide a counter-balance.

The body was good, fuller than the average example of the style, but still not weighty or thick. Drinkability was smooth and easy, I could have a few of these without getting bored. Overall, a nice take on a style that often lacks personality, this one is certainly worth your time when you see it.

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Red Cap from Kulshan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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