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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   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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The weather has turned cold and itís 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 chirpiní "mush!" and enjoying the ride.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 thatís balanced well with a solid floral, piney hopping. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

3.5
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - 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, itís 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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