Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA | Arch Brewing Company Inc.

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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPADinner Jacket O'Red IPA
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Dinner Jacket O'Red IPADinner Jacket O'Red IPA

Brewed by:
Arch Brewing Company Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MasterSki on 10-19-2013

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by biegaman:
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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"O'Red" IPA is more like "O' murky amber-brown" IPA. Depending on exactly where you look this ale is either a golden-orange or a reddish brown but everywhere it's hazy and clouded. Its head has bubbles that sit atop like indefatigable boulders set in place for time immemorial, but as far as physical head goes there's little of any actual froth.

The aroma conjures to mind both piny North-West hops as well as biscuity malts, something that can only bode well for what's about to come. It's no surprise the malt is the more forward of the two, but while the hops aren't exactly 'brimming' there are enough forest resins and tropical fruit notes to at least take the "IPA" moniker on the can seriously.

The taste initiates with a malty flavour that has a degree of toffee sweetness but also an emphatically toasted breadiness; you don't often see a brewer boast of melanoidins with regards to an IPA but I'm beginning to see why Arch Brewing felt so compelled to. The sensation on the palate is not unlike that of crunching on toasted bread crusts...

With the addition of course of a juicy pineapple and grapefruit flavour, an acidity which harkens to the latter, and is seemingly served over an orange peel. There's no shortage of hops and, given the drying and pithy aftertaste, no shortage of herbal bitterness either (it tastes as though it took inspiration from a garden and the forest). The floral and biscuity malts make a lovely pairing.

"Throw on a dinner jacket and you're... ready for any scene". Indeed, that's the idea behind Dinner Jacket O'Red; it's a beer with just enough hop dynamic to appeal to the craft drinkers without straying too far from what mainstream consumers find palatable. In my mind it's reminiscent of Brooklyn Lager - which is probably higher praise than it deserves. Still, it's a very decent, middle-of-the-road hoppy red ale that is certainly worth trying on.

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Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of LanceH
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Poured with a small 1" head then settled to nothing in 2mins.

S- Clove, cinnamon.

T- Ok. Nothing special. Bit of roasted malt on mild hops.

M- Not too bad. Saving grace for this beer

O- Ok. Won't buy again tough

Food Pairing

This ok specimen pairs well with.... Pizza. Just a plain and simple peperoni pizza.


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Photo of StormAles
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops is enjoyable enough. Taste is also dominated by bitter citrus notes with some caramel malt also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about and somewhat too sweet for my taste in IPA but well brewed nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this one, a decent hoppy red ale. Not quite an IPA but tasty for sure.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Red/brown colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also a slight cherry/apricot sweetness.

Overall - A little too sweet and more along the lines of an American Amber than a IPA. In lack of that great west coast tropical fruitiness.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Mousel
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info given. So many Guelph breweries, so little time...

This one pours a hazy, orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of soapy, frothy off-white head. It recedes gradually over the next five minutes or so, settling into a foamy film, and draping the edge of the glass with a continuous curtain of lace. Pleasant aroma with nothing unusual or out-of-place to note - the malts are a little bolder than I usually expect from this style, with hints of caramel, butterscotch and toasted bread. Notes of grapefruit and lemon citrus also come through, with a very light touch of pine resin. Good stuff so far.

This one actually surprised me; while the hop flavours are agreeable enough, they are nicely-balanced with a sturdy malt backbone, something that not all IPA brewers seem to be inclined to bother with. The malts are in the forefront here, providing hints of toffee and caramel sweetness that are accented with a touch of toasted oats. The hops are next, with their pithy, almost resiny bitterness building up with each successive sip. The notes of pine, grapefruit rind and light tropical fruit are more than enough to overpower the malt bill at this point of the sip, leading into a lingering, pithy finish that clings to the palate. Medium in body, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue, doing little to scrub the bitterness from your tastebuds. Quite smooth going down - while this brew drinks fairly lightly, it's still 6.3% and pretty astringent, which probably prevents this from being a suitable session option.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. Arch Brewing's Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA comes in an unassuming, laid-back package - and given that knowledge, combined with the fact that I've never even heard of the brewer, I wasn't really expecting much. But don't be misled, as this is a quality, well-hopped ale that should easily find its way into the beer rotation of not only hop heads, but Ontario craft beer drinkers in general. I'll be picking this one up again, as it's one of the more impressive 'start-up brews' I've had out of the Guelph/GTA area in the past year or so.

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Photo of cosmin
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A poor example of an American IPA. Not properly balanced. Tastes like Molson Canadian threw some random hops and food colouring in their so called "lager" (and yes, I am Canadian). I realize this is meant to be a different style of IPA but it's definitely not my "cup of tea".

Reddish colour (as the name suggests). Decent amount of carbonation. Not sure if this meant to be a hop forward to malt forward brew. I guess I've been drinking too many west coast IPAs and this doesn't come anywhere near that in terms of quality: look, taste and feel!

Unfortunately this is my first and last time trying this one. Creative marketing though!

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Photo of rickfos
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brody1714
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SSS
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Not really red, more of an orange with an off white head that lingers
S-Lots of malt character, roasted crystal and woody aroma
M-Medium carbonation and mouthfeel
T-There is an alcoholic taste in the bitterness that is not particularly well balanced. The malt is nice and not too sweet. There is a dry character that acts to enhance the bitterness
O-This is an okay beer, not much more. The development of flavour is interesting, but lacks a spark.

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Photo of headstash
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of RQuigley
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tasting was opened as my Day 233d beer, in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.

Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA - Arch Brewing
Number 23 - 473ml can – 6.5% - 60 IBU

A> 3.75 -red/amber
S>3 sorry not much of a smell
T>4.5 Clean and Hoppy flavor
M>4 med Carb, tastes like 2
Oall>4.5 Great Beer, in my top 10 Am-IPA’s
rq @RorQuig

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Photo of theDuck
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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