Orgin: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Beer Style: Red IPA
Malts: Cdn 2 Row, Maris Otter, Melanoidin Roasted Barley, Carafoam, and Oatmeal
Hops: Selection of North American Hops
Suggested Glassware: Snifter
Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius
Availability: Year Round at LCBO and Beer Store, and on tap at Bars and Restaurant
This weeks beer review features a beer from Arch Brewing Co. in Guelph, Ontario. The beer that I chose to review is the Dinner Jacket, this is Arch’s one and only beer at the moment. Dinner Jacket is Red IPA, which they call O’Red IPA.
The beer came in a tall boy can (473ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. Dinner Jacket is brewed out of Wellington Brewery with Head Brewmaster Paul Dickey. The can is a black and grey plaid, with a red and black plaid shirt on the front of it. The shirt symbolizes a Canadian dinner jacket. Arch is a family run company and wants their customers to feel like their extended family. Dinner Jacket is meant to be enjoyed in a Snifter Glass to savour all the aromas and flavours.
When the beer is poured into the glass it has a deep ruby red appearance. The head consisted of thin white foam, which later ended up becoming nice lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma of the beer was a sweet caramel with hints of roasted oats. There were light butterscotch notes that become stronger as the beer warmed to a drinking temperature of 5° Celsius.
At first taste, you get bold bitter hops (60 IBU) which slowly turn into sweet caramel and roasted oatmeal notes. As the beer fills your mouth, you feel the bitter hops across your tounge. This IPA is lightly carbonated and really compliments the bitterness of the beer. There is a great contrast between the bitter and sweet notes in the beer, which is quite enjoyable as you work your way down the glass. Dinner Jacket has a sweet aftertaste which quickly changes to a light bitterness that stays with you until the next sip. The beer is a medium body, which makes the beer very seasonable. There is a slight creaminess in the body that is noticeable as you finish the beer.
My overall impression of this beer is that it is very well balanced from start to finish. The boldness of the IPA makes you want to grab another, once you finish. The hops are what make this Red IPA stand out from the rest. I have had this beer many times and it never seems to disappoint.
I give this beer an overall score of 43/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.