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Rock Bottom Chicago Sled Dog Imperial Red Ale

Rock Bottom Chicago Sled Dog Imperial Red Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
The weather has turned cold and it’s the season for warming beers. Let the "Sled-Dog" pull you through this first winter chill. This Imperial Red ale is medium to full-bodied, with complex caramel malt notes, and heaps of Mt. Hood hops all combined to conjure-up this thawing brew. Gliding along at 8.3% abv, Sled Dog Red will have you chirpin’ "mush!" and enjoying the ride.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 28, tap @ Rock Bottom, Chicago. Pours clear copper with a pretty beige head leaving nie lacing. Aroma is malty, very hoppy, fruity, slightly piny and citric. Flavor is crispy and much like the aroma. Finishes dry bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear, red-copper colored body with a two finger-width, dense and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bready caramels with a decent amount of floral hops. Some light citruses with a hint of pine. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramels with a light bread. Nice, floral hoppiness throughout with some light citrusy pines. A few toffees before this finishes dry with a light-medium bitterness and leaves a medium length aftertaste. Medium-light, smooth, clean body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer from these guys. Nice malt backing that’s balanced well with a solid floral, piney hopping. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
FoBAB. Pours amber with an off white head. Caramel nose, pine hops, boozy. Caramel and the hops blend well together, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Draft at RBC. Pours an attractive deep amber/red. Offwhite head. Nose is a touch vegetal then caramel. Woody hops are quite prevalent with some alcohol notes as well. On taste, it’s a touch astringent from both grain tannins and hops. The caramel is held very nicely in check, though, propping up the big hop notes. Wish they had went with a different varietal, as I think Mt. Hood is better suited for darker roasty beers. Still, pretty decent, just needs a bit of tweaking.

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