Cardinal Sin | Absolution Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Absolution Brewing Company
California, United States
absolutionbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 04-07-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
18
Reviews:
3
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although listed as a red ale, Cardinal Sin refers to itself as a "Red IPA", which to me is just a red ale with hops. I was recommended this beer by the couple who were drinking next to me at the brewery. On to the beer:

Dark red colored, and topped with decent head retention. The aroma is enough to get my attention, with its mix of fresh pine and vague fruits. To taste, tropical fruits starts the beer off on the right foot. Then comes the hops. As a curveball, I get lemon peel. For me, there's enough to be happy about despite a few edges which some sanding couldn't hurt. While I didn't have a chance to try the brewery's other three IPA's, Cardinal Sin is certainly one way to get your hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AdamBergeron
2.12/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I hate to be rude, but honestly it tastes like cheap Bud Lite style beer, even though it is a red. Not feeling it.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of crob3888
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber with adequate foam in the tall goblet. Aroma is "beery" and faintly hoppy. Even a whiff of something sourish. Some astringency on the tongue and the taste of club soda. Light body.

Slight malty sweetness. Moderate bitterness but it sticks around in the aftertaste past its welcome. Plain and unappealing. The dirty hop flavor without anything aromatic to recommend it. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%

On tap at Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 lots of earth forward qualities in the taste.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d_kizzle
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lucnifter
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cardinal Sin from Absolution Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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