Rock Bottom Chicago Pale Rider American Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A refreshing pale ale styled beer. Light to medium bodied, light caramel malt notes with copious amounts of Cascade hops added to the brew kettle. Crisp and flavorful -- perfect for summer enjoyment.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Found my notes from June and decided to just rate this here. Although this is listed only as "Dry-hopped with Chinook" instead of Cascade, they server had no more information than that. Maybe itís the corporate Pale Ale with dry-hopping added. Either way, it pours quite cloudy, like the slightly dimmer cousin to a hefeweizen. Thin layer of foam announced its APA background. Overwhelming smell of Pacific area hops in case you doubted the claim. Lemon cream pie and a resiny pine branch, This was a cask pour, so itís a little warm and flat, which seems to tame its hoppiness. Slight note of alcohol. Malt is pretty laid back, to keep the hops centered, For the big hoppy nose it packs, itís quite an easy going drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On tap at Rock Bottom...Pours a super dark gold, hints of copper, light tan head, really good retention and lacing...Aroma is light all around, has some nice light hops that have a very dusky earthiness quality to them. Its something new and refreshing...The taste is decent, brings some hops which is rare for a RB beer. Light grass and flowers. Overall, pretty good, probably your best bet at RB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
draft, pours gold white head, nose floral, soap, mild caramel. Fl is malty toffee, mild citrus notes. Bland and off putting at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Draft at RBC. Pours a clear copper/amber with nice creamy head. Nose is light toasted grains, citrus hop notes. Very clean. On taste, initially quite pleasant with floral Cascade notes, mild citrus. A grainy husk note in the background. Turns quite astringent as I drink it, not sure what causes that in a 15 barrel setting, but the astringency is a big turn off for an otherwise solid beer. Damn.

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