Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA from Arch Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario is a clear ruby colour with golden and amber tinted highlights. It pours with a tight and frothy tan head that leaves plenty of streaky and spotty lace behind as it settles into a tight collar that climbs the wall of your glass. This American IPA smells mainly of dark toffee, along with notes of honey, lemon rind and oats. Subtle chocolate and raspberry tones tend to surface as the beer warms up a bit.
There is no mistaking the flavour of roasted caramel malt in Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA, which brings a chocolate note along for the ride. The sweet base is balanced by a sturdy bitterness and distinct lemon juice taste. Hints of cherry and black tea come through in the finish, leading to an aftertaste that leaves citrus, dry oat and a roasted, almost burnt grain flavour behind. This ale is full-bodied and mildly carbonated. Its thick and grainy feeling is smoothed out significantly by the addition of oats and a light viscosity.
As a native of Northern Ontario, the branding of Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA really speaks to me. A black and red plaid jacket is front and centre on the mainly black can below the Arch Brewing Company logo. There are descriptions of both the beer and the ideology behind it to be found, as well as suggested serving temperature and glassware. I haven’t noticed any freshness dating on the cans that I’ve purchased.
Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA is a very rich, well-balanced effort that is closer to an ESB than anything else in my opinion. The decidedly English malt base contrasts nicely with the spicy and citrusy character of American style hopping and though the oat addition is subtle, it most definitely adds a certain weight to this brew.
I’d try this ale with roast beef or Beef Wellington for sure. In my experience, it went well with some wood smoked cheddar and chorizo. I could also see dark chocolate working, especially some with almond or hazelnut in it. You can currently find Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA at select LCBO stores and licensees around Ontario.
Type: American IPA
Region: Ontario, Guelph
Brewery: Arch Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.3%