Brick Red Cap Ale | Brick Brewing Co.

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Brick Red Cap AleBrick Red Cap Ale

Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Cap is a multi-award winning North American Style Golden Ale. It was Canada's most popular beer in the 50s and 60s, owning almost half the market at one point.

Brewed to the original Carling recipe, Red Cap has been honoured with multiple awards from both the Canadian and Ontario Brewing Awards and has also captured an award at the World Beer Cup Competition!

Added by Shiloh on 10-02-2002

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3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michaelrintoul
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JPNesker
4.32/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally smooth session ale.

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4.01/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I used to drink this from the classic brown stubbie bottle when it was released first.

The appearance is a nice golden color with a nice burst of bubbles. The aroma is slightly malty with a light fruity hint from the hops. The taste is of a nice malty balance from the grain bill with levels of bready tones making their way to the fore. Red Cap has a light body but with a good level of carbonation which makes it very drinkable. A very drinkable beer!

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from TBS, pulled from a 12 pack. I've had this a few times before (including a Had last summer), and while I already know it's nothing spectacular, I was in need of something affordable to toss back and this stuff happened to be on sale.

Pours a bright golden-blonde hue, topped at first with 1.5 fingers of fizzy, soapy white head that is in a hurry to be somewhere else. Its only remnants are a smooth, soapy film on the surface and a thin collar around the edge. Very little lacing. Pretty lame looking, and the aroma doesn't exactly wow me either - pale grains, honey and corn make up the bulk, with some fruity red apple notes as well. Tolerable at best.

For all the ragging I've done on this beer so far, it doesn't actually taste that bad. The flavour is mostly pale grain malts, with a mixture of fruity apple and vegetal corniness rounding things out. Some weak grassy hop notes manage to dry things up a bit toward the finish, lingering briefly on the palate. Not as clean/bland as most macro-type beers, but there is definitely a lot of overlap in terms of types of flavours, so that may or may not be a good thing depending on the judge (I don't mind it). Light-bodied and watery, with high carbonation that gives it a fizzy, spritzy mouthfeel. Easy to toss back when it's cold.

Final Grade: 2.98, a mediocre C grade. Red Cap Ale isn't an awful beer, but it's not a particularly good one either. If I were in the mood for a sort-of passable blonde ale I'd probably prefer Molson Export before this, but since this stuff is much cheaper, realistically I'd probably just stick with Red Cap. Reminds me of a marginally superior James Ready, and likely to appeal to the same demographic - in addition to fans of the old Carling brand, who are probably the main consumers. Value-brand beer drinkers might as well give this stuff a try to see if it's up their alley, but other than that, I probably wouldn't recommend this.

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Brewster7777
4.88/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Ale is a Golden Ale. I think it is an acquired taste. It is very dry and crisp. It is also old and bitter much like this reviewer.
I was a young man when I first experienced Red Cap Ale, camping in Vermont, and I am happy to learn that is still available. I will be looking forward to buying a six pack soon.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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Brick Red Cap Ale from Brick Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 49 ratings