Friday, 4 July 2014

Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA

Dinner Jacket O'Red IPA is a dapper, well-dressed ale brewed by Arch Brewing Co., out of Guelph, Ontario. It's sold in 473mL cans, weighs in at 6.3% alcohol, and contains a stalwart 60 IBUs. The can raves about the virtues of a dinner jacket--an opinion that I wholly endorse.

It's a snazzy coppor-coloured brew. It's clear and pours with a loose, off-white head. Dinner Jacket has a tangy, hop-driven aroma; one that has a slightly metallic bent and a malty backbone. There is some malt focus early on, with some brown sugar notes. However, the real story behind this beer is its fulsome hop profile. This red India pale is strikingly dry and bitter. There are some evergreen notes and a nice understated blast of citrus rind.

If I had my way, Dinner Jacket would have a wee bit less sweetness at the front end, but the finish is just right. I really enjoyed the stuff, and I'll be sure to revisit it, as well as to keep an eye out for more offerings from Arch.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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