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Rock Bottom Chicago Imperial Red Ale

Rock Bottom Chicago Imperial Red Ale
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
A golden amber with a thin lacing dark off white head. A beautiful aroma of pungeant flora hops, flowers, bready notes, orange pulp. In mouth, a grainy malt interpretation with floral hops, menthol, tangerine pulp. Rich and smooth. On tap at Rockfest April 25 2010, as Davin’s Big Imperial Red Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsf23mr (217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 One of 45 beers I tasted at Rock Bottom Brewery’s Rockfest in Chicago, IL. Pours a light reddish brown, with a medium khaki head. Caramel hopps and pine for the smell. Finishes well, smooth and easy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2424) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
One of the 7 beers served at the IL. Craft Brewers Guild 5 by 5 Dinner held at the Marion St. Cheese Market in Oak Park, IL. The pour was a clear, reddish amber with modest, off white foam to the head, and numerous ribbons of lacing. The aroma was fruit sweetness, citrus as grapefruit, a touch of pine, and some caramel hints. Warming alcohol, good malt character, and substantial hop bitterness balanced out in the flavor. A full bodied brew that finished nicely dry and bitter. Paired very well with the stilton during the artisan cheese course.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
tap at RB Chicago...semi-transparent copper brown with a moderate light brown head... citrus/piney hop aroma with a little malty... citrus hop flavors with mild carbonation and a medium degree of bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a clearish red with a fluffy head. Nose is floral and piney, some resin as well. Also smell some caramel. Taste is nice, actually, as Imperial Reds tend to send me the wrong message and overpower you with crystal malts. This is a well constructed malt profile, to me. Definitely has some beefy bitterness and hop notes, but pretty well balanced, I think. Taste a kiss of caramel, grapefruit rind and clean bitterness. Pretty decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
on tap at RB Chicago. pours murky red with tan head. nose of grapefruit and red fruit. flavors are really bitter, like even too bitter, hitting the palate very sharply, a malty backbone but this is just too much of a palate thrasher.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2008
On tap at RB - Chicago. Poured deep, hazy reddish-amber with a well-retained creamy beige head and thorough lacing. The aroma was strong with a blend of sweet pears and redder fruits, citrus, and floral notes.. toffee and pine came across toward the back.. powerful overall. The flavor had lots of warm, grainy redder fruits and lesser caramel at the core with hefty doses of pine, grapefruit, and floral bitterness all-around.. perhaps a bit too much simple sugar floating around.. still tasty, though. Grainy and strong on the palate with medium-plus body.. raw on the back, and the finish lasted quite a while. OK.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2007
I really enjoyed this beer. Pours with a thick head, a dark reddish beer. This beer has some serious hop kick to it. Nice aroma. Heavy citrus and grapefruit flavor. I enjoyed this beer, and I like the idea of a hopped up Red Ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Had this on draught at the brewpub in Chicago. Cloudy reddish-brown pour with a thick, foamy tannish head, a very citrusy hoppy nose. Citrusy hops are all over the flavor, with bitterness of grapefruit rind. Clean, strong finish. Very nice.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2007
Draught, at Rock Bottom Chicago.
Tawny red colour, with a pinkish beige head. Toasty malt flavour with light hop notes. You don’t get many red ales in Europe so this was quite a nice difference. Session with my amigo Spencer.


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