Picked up in a 473 ml can from Bucky's local liquor store, Arch Brewing Co.'s Dinner Jacket Red IPA (“DJR”) was 6.3% alcohol with an illegible “Enjoy Before” date. I believe that this beer is contract brewed for Arch in Wellington Brewery's Guelph Facility.
DJR pours a hazy, ruby/light brown colour topped with ½” of light beige head which gradually recedes into a very long-lived cap of foam, leaving some beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Its aroma is dominated by grapefruit, but with a distinct malt presence…more distinct than is common with an IPA. The taste is sweet and malty up front, giving way to a grapefruit bitterness with a hint of pine. The grapefruit bitterness lingers as an aftertaste. A well balanced flavour profile overall, with the solid malt backbone lacking in so many IPAs. Medium bodied, hefted up somewhat by the use of oats in the brewing process, DJR had a surprisingly mild carbonation given the quantity of fast rising bubbles visible, and a correspondingly smooth mouthfeel. There's enough flavour here to appeal to the craft beer crowd, but DJR is not so bitter as to turn off the macro drinkers. A pleasant surprise.