The Red C
Sloop Brewing

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #207
Ranked #26,474
3.79 | pDev: 10.03%
Sloop Brewing
New York, United States
The Red CThe Red C
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 49
Photo of huntley101888
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz growler filled to the brim into a Spiegelau IPA glass. I don't know the keg date, but from growler fill to glass pour was about 30 mins.

L - Slightly red hue. I'd like a little bit more crimson in it, but all in all, it's definitely reddish. Two-finger thick, white head filled the glass before all of the beer left the growler. Head settled down but maintained a thin coating.

S - The aroma seemed underwhelming (however I am getting over a cold right now), but it smells like pure grapefruit to me. Like you just cut open a grapefruit. That gives me high hopes for the taste, as I enjoy grapefruity IPAs, and I wonder how that will play with what should be some toastiness from being a red IPA.

T - Grapefruit is the first taste to register on my tongue. Surprisingly, there is no toastiness. Literally none. This is basically a reddish, clean, crisp IPA. There's not a lot of bitterness, and what is present appears at the end; especially if you lap your tongue against the top of your mouth. The crispness I described comes from the grapefruit flavor which brings with it an almost sour sweet taste that you would expect with an actual grapefruit.

F - Carbonation is appropriate. I described it previously as clean tasting, which carries with it a lighter mouthfeel. Again, surprising that they were able to do that in a red IPA.

O - I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this. At $10 per growler fill ($2.50 for my 16oz), this is a great buy. I tend to bounce around and try a bunch of different beers, but this is one that I would be pleased to find again.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this at the Boynton in Worcester. The beer had a murky brownish-amber appearance with a light white head and some white lacing. Aromas included some balanced hops, malts, with some tea. Taste was pretty good and refreshing thanks to the mouthfeel. The beer was generally sweet with that tea/malt flavor combination. The mouthfeel gave the drink a nice medium body, making it refreshing with my meal. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of farrago
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger plus of larger bubbles, close to no denser foam, eggshell white in color, thins out swiftly, the lacing looks like a spider’s web which slowly dissolves in the wind, no consistent streaks. Reddish brown liquid with a more bronzed amber orange than bright tint, looks “unfiltered” and verges on cloudy, there are some tiny yet active bubbles in there breaking a sweat to get to the surface. Pure pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus rise decisively in the nose, quietly mixes in flowers and yellow apple, apricot, pear fruit but it curiously stays on point, citrus and more citrus, no real herbaceous bite, likewise, no real malty cream, while monochrome its utter freshness is very appealing. Medium-bodied, broad palate coverage with the sort of creaminess which is not soft so much as yielding, it caresses the mouth’s contours but stays nimble. Touch more cocoa and pine here, the grapefruit citrus moderates into apricot, peach, kiwi fruit flavors. The carbonation is good plus, a complementary aspect. Maple sugar candy, molasses more than honey or pine, as stated before it consistently chooses cleanliness over reaching for complexity and potential jumble. Yet, in no way simple, just ups the drinkability.

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Photo of Hourglass
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A. The bottle says " Red C pours with a crimson red color"... not red at all closer to an amber.
S. Cascade nose with a hint of the tea flavor to follow.
T. Nice bitterness but tea like flavor prevails
M. Mouth feel was appropriate.
O. Label is very deceptive as there is no "deep red hue". "Bold & Aggressive" and 34 IBUs should not be on the same label ....maybe in 1990. Not very often i pour the rest of the bottle down the drain. Very dissapointing maybe i got an old one but would not buy again.

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Photo of ironbike1
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent Beer from a great nano brewery.

Great smell upfront of hops with a very well balanced finish. Nothing more to say about this one that has not already been reviewed but this is a definite MUST try fresh. Having this beer on the Randall makes it even more delicious.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pushed through a Randal (sp) full of Cascade or Centennial or Citra or some combination of "C" hops at Shatzi's on Main in Po-town and served to me by the Brewer hisself, Justin. I watched this kid beat his dad in Homebrew competitions for years ( tho Dad won more often) and I was almost as proud as he to be drinking his beer.
A deep ruby/copper color topped with a dense head of creamy foam. Aromas of classic "C" hop citrus and evergreen overpower the dark crystal malt usually present due to the randalization but the malt flavors come through in the mouth with hints of roasted grains and nutty, biscuity notes. A bit thin on body especially when cold, it is a strong session ale with firm but not harsh back end bittering at the finish.
A solid Flagship Beer from a Nano Brewery you will be hearing more about before long. Go get em boys!

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Photo of Kendo
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic-style imperial pint glass. Body is orangey-amber (more orangey than amber) with a big (3-finger) ecru-colored bubbly head. Some foamy lace clings to the glass on the way down.

S: Nice nose - good caramel malt and citrusy-hop combination.

T: Surprisingly bitter given the strong scent of caramel malt in the nose. There's some modest malt underneath, but it's followed up by minerally hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering dry bitterness that puckers the palate, if that makes sense. A bit of soapiness is noted after awhile. Bottle says it's only 34 IBUs but it drinks like a much more bitter beer than that.

M: Good creaminess to it; drinks fairly light, heft-wise. Call it the lighter side of medium.

O: Decent, but not great. Oddly one-dimensional in taste (mainly bitterness) after the caramel malty nose. Was hoping for a Nugget Nectar-type near-Imperial Red, but this Red C is more like a Red Lake. Needs more malt and a different balance of hops to be world class. Still, if you like a hoppy, easy-to-drink amber ale, you should be happy with this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. There are a few floaties swimming around in the body, and the head is two thick fingers of pillowy light-tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: sweet mat aroma with a rich component of hops: citrusy, piney, resiny and fruity. The sweet, slightly caramelly undertone creates a nice canvas upon which the hop aromas are built. I think the overall effect is quite enticing indeed. Love it.

Taste: the malt is a combination of sweet caramel and a danker, dustier character; the hops show up as a brooding, slightly vegetal funk. There is an interesting juxtaposition here with the cheerier aroma. Bitterness is moderate and balanced (for a hop-bomb kind of beer), but the final effect is not particularly clean. It's good, and I can see it really floating someone's boat, but it doesn't ensnare me quite so much.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a very satisfying, engaging, mouth-filling creaminess. Not bottle-conditioned Belgian wonderful, but definitely entering that weight class.

Overall: this beer has a lot going for it, and although I am not super crazy about the flavor, I can easily blame most of that on the style (which is, admittedly, not my favorite). If I have to sit down and drink an amber ale, this is absolutely not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a burnt orange infused lighter amber with a sticky one finger off white head atop.Citric and piney hops over top of brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose,pretty balanced.Bigger hops on the palate with alot of bitter grapefruit rind notes,more resiny as I drink more,a nice chocolate maltiness in background to go along with the brown sugar.A nice hopped up amber just the way I like em.

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The Red C from Sloop Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 49 ratings