Rocky River Brewing Co. (OH) Reviews


pottygok
Rocky River Reindeer Red Ale 3.4
Aroma: Nice malt aroma, with hints of caramel. Appearance: Dark ref with light tan head. Taste: Faint sweetness with medium bitterness in finish. Palate: Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation, soft finish. Overall: Tastes bland and watered down. Very unimpressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3
Tap. Ours deep clear chestnut, small creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate. Flavor is heavy chocolate, cocoa puffs, a bit of roast. Medium sweet, medium bitter, a bit of saccharine. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Christmas Ale 2.9
Tap. Pours clear red orange, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, great lacing. Aroma is spices, cardboard, ginger, clove. Flavor is odd, medium sweet, spiced, pumpkin, light bitter, lingering aftertaste. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Meh.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Hop Goblin 3.7
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber, large creamy beige head, great lacing. Aroma is buttery citra, grapefruit, pine, passion fruit. Flavor is the same, buttery, light plus sweet, light plus bitter, not harsh. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good actually
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Sub Chaser Hefeweizen 3.5
Tap. Pours cloudy golden, medium creamy white head, good lacing. Aroma is pretty solid wheat, lemon, banana. Flavor is classic lemony, banana, clove, bubble gum. Light sweet, minimal bitterness. Light body.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Coopers Gold Kolsch 2.4
Tap. Pours crystal clear pale amber, medium off white head, great lacing. Aroma is faint honey, grass. Flavor id biscuit, honey, grass, a bit of metal, light sweet, light bitter. Light body. Meh
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 2
Tap. Crystal clear golden, small white head, creamy, nice lacing. Aroma is blueberry. Flavor is way strong blueberry, a bit artificial, lingering saccharine bitterness. Light body.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bytemesis
Rocky River Pirate Light 1.9
Tap. Pours crystal clear golden straw, small white had, decent lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, hay, corn. Flavor is the same, sweet and corn syrupy, a bit of grass bitterness. Light body. Meh.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3.7
Aroma: Lots of chocolate aromas, but little else. Appearance: Clear, dark amber with rich tan head. Taste: Heavy sweetness with hints of bitterness at the edges. Very rich. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: A nice strong chocolate flavor, but thereís little else here. Not disappointing, but not mind blowing, either.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Christmas Ale 3.2
Aroma: Lots of sweet spices--ginger, clover, etc. Appearance: Dark copper color with a rich tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste: Light sweetness shifting to a medium sourness almost instantly. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: A bit too sour and cloying for a holiday brew. Wretched aftertaste. Very disappointing.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Sub Chaser Hefeweizen 3.9
Aroma: Lots of banana and clove aromas, with hints citrus. Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a rich white head. Taste: Medium sweetness straight through. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long soft finish. Overall: A nicely developed hefe, but nothing mind blowing or standout.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Hop Goblin 4.1
Aroma: Spruce and resin hops all over. Appearance: Light copper/amber color with a rich tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Medium bitterness that builds across the tongue. Palate: Medium body, dry texture, lively carbonation, long finish. Overall: Lots of flavor, but nothing that completely stands out or blows my mind.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Coopers Gold Kolsch 3.4
Aroma: Faint hints of malt aromas--caramel and bread--but I almost had to snort the beer to get them. Appearance: Clear gold color with rich white head. Taste: Light sweetness balanced by a light sourness. Palate: Light body, slick texture, average carbonation, long finish. Overall: Itís a well developed beer, but nothing spectacular. Standard issue quaffing beer for a microbrew.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 3.5
Aroma: Strong blueberry aroma, straight through. Appearance: Clear straw color with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste: Light-medium sweetness straight through. Palate: Light body, slick sticky texture, soft carbonation, long berry finish. Overall: Meh...itís like drinking fruit juice. Very little depth or development here.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pottygok
Rocky River Pirate Light 2.6
Aroma: Hints of malt and yeast, but very faint. Appearance: Pale straw with white head. Taste: Light sweetness straight through. Palate: Light (no?) body, slick watery texture, soft carbonation, no finish. Overall: Yech...microbrew for the non-micro crowd, I guess. Itís better than having Bud Light on the tap, but still...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dogbrick
Rocky River Hop Goblin 3.4
Sample at W.G. Grinders as part of Ohio Brew Week. Hazy copper-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, fruit and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrus, hops and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a short citrusy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brigadier
Rocky River Sub Chaser Hefeweizen 3.6
On draft at brewpub
This was by far the best release at the brewpub. As a general rule it seems that if you stick to the German styles here then you might come out with something that is more than a forgettable pour. Iíll certainly keep that in mind next time I visit.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy yellowish base looks almost like diluted fresh squeezed orange juice with a clean white styrofoam cap. Vanilla, ripe bananas, orange peels and dough push this to the bready side of the style without a doubt.

Flavor / Palate - An easy drinker fills the mouth with its fluid presence. Lemons, bananas, and orange pulp enrich the profile and move it from run of the mill to above average. Vanilla custard and honey bookend a well balanced spectrum. I am glad I ordered the 20 ounce pour of this rather than any of the other current drafts.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Brigadier
Rocky River Boondock Spring Ale 2.8
On draft at brewpub
Spring may have come and gone. With it hopefully went this subpar offering that is much like the groundhogís shadow - a reflection of the real thing. Forgettable in most aspects it can safely be passed for the reliable drafts.

Aroma / Appearance - Golden semitransparent liquid fills the glass with sparkling light. A ring of crisp white head adds hints of more depth but fails to deliver. Lemon, grain, and simplistic patio beer aspects are effective but somehow bland and marginal.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, almonds, lemon butter, and a transition of honey nut cheerios are hallmarks of a so-so profile that feels hollow. Light and clean it has less complexity than some beers half the ABV. It is not bad so much as just forgettable and another face in the crowd. The only reason to order it is for a baseline of what Rocky River drafts are like.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Brigadier
Rocky River Hop 2 It 3.3
On draft at brewpub
A respectable IPA might not be the best offering from Rocky River but it is pretty par for the course. The good news is that during happy hour prices are less which makes it a bit more palateable.

Aroma / Appearance - A bronze base and vanilla head looks a bit inspiring but do not jump out. Peaches, oak, mango, and fresh bright hops are as fresh as expected. Something feels as if it is missing though even with all that depth.

Flavor / Palate - Bitter with a light blast of citrus, the flavor profile is not that complicated. A refreshing transition teases the promise of more to come. Sadly it never materializes. The finish is the taste of air on a cool autumnal day while walking through deep woods. This one can be skipped if something better is available.

Monday, June 30, 2014

jmikolich
Rocky River McConickís Export Ale 2.7
a lighter body lighter color scottish ale that lacks a little of the sweetness i so enjoy from scottish ales.. i didnt find any real smoky flavor either, but this is definitely drinkable to me, easy going too.
Thursday, December 12, 2013

FROTHINGSLOSH
Rocky River 65 Roses 2.7
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a hazy brown-caramel color with a medium sized foamy beige head that left decent lacing. The aroma was very faint with hints of perfume, rose water and sour mash. The flavor was tangy sour mash, perfume and faint vague fruits. Medium finish. Medium body. Fairly nondeScript and underwhelming.
Friday, November 01, 2013

FROTHINGSLOSH
Rocky River Hoptimus Prime 2.8
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a dark orange-caramel color with a medium sized foamy off white head that left good lacing. The aroma was faint with a bitter presence and notes o flora and fruity hops. The flavor was bitter, nutty and bready with a faint vague floral and perfumey hop presence and a touch of fruity hops. Medium length finish and medium body. Very subdued for an IIPA. Meh.
Friday, November 01, 2013

DrSilverworm
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3.2
On tap during Ohio Brew Week 2013, taster from The Pub. Dark brown color. Thin lighter brown head. Leaves pretty good lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, king of soft carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. I know itís a chocolate stout, but this is just too sweet for me. Would prefer more bitter dark chocolate. Good cocoa flavor, though. Light roast malt. Solid chocolate stout.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

DrSilverworm
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 3
On tap during Ohio Brew Week 2013, taster from The Pub. Clear golden color. Thin white head. Leaves some lace. Served with a blueberry in it. Wow. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Moderate sweet taste. Nice blueberry aroma, some wheat. Solid blueberry beer.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

JStax
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 3.4
Draft. Pours a lighter copper. Beige head. Aroma is big berry and not much else. Taste is sweet berries. Didnít expect to like this one much, but it was pretty good.
Saturday, June 22, 2013

JStax
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3.5
Draft. Dark brown, khaki head. Sweet roasty aroma. Sweet, nutty, roasty taste. Medium mouthfeel.
Saturday, June 22, 2013

reggiedunlop
Rocky River Punch In The Nuts Amber Ale 3.8
Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head...bright and lively...nice lacing and retention. Aroma is all peanut butter! Flavor has light earthy/hoppy notes with some dry leaves and caramel...all accented with a touch of peanut butter. Mouthfeel is medium/full and a bit oily with a slightly bitter earthy/hoppy finish that has a touch of dry leaves and pb. PB is big in the aroma on this one and mild in the flavor but a tasty beer nonetheless!
Saturday, May 25, 2013

BVery
Rocky River McConickís Export Ale 2.7
Tap at the brewpub. Orange-amber pour with a small white head. Off-sweetness and a touch of peat. Moderate palate. Meh.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3.5
Tap at the brewpub. Finally, a beer from these guys thatís worth drinking. Deep brown pour with a frothy head. Chocolate and coffee are featured on the aroma and taste. Smooth palate. Nice.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Barnstormer Pale Ale 2.6
Tap at the brewpub. Orange pour, white head. Almost non-existent aroma. Taste is slight citrus. Another boring one from RRBC.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Rye Hopper 2.9
Tap at the brewpub. Very slightly hazy orange pour with a thick white head. Mild aroma. Somewhat creamy palate. Slight hop bitterness with a hint of rye. Somewhat boring.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Old Man River Barley Wine 2.6
Tap at the brewpub. Light orange pour with a clingy white head. This is kind of a mess. Sticky sweet, English malts, moderate palate - ooff, not very good.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 2.3
Tap at the brewpub. Clear pale pour with a white head and lots of bubbles. Faint blueberry nose, a little more on taste. Pretty dull.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Coopers Gold Kolsch 2.2
Tap at the brewpub. Clear light golden pour with a pillowy white head. Slightly fruity, grainy, just not digging this at all.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

BVery
Rocky River Pirate Light 2.2
Tap at the brewpub. Light fizzy yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Grainy, very light, very simple. Pretty dull.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

JaBier
Rocky River Hoptimus Prime 3
Sample at Rocky River on 9/11/12. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Malty nose with dank earthy hop notes. Malty and caramelly flavor with dank floral and earthy hops through to the finish.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JaBier
Rocky River Rockytoberfest 3.7
Sample at Rocky River on 9/11/12. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Malty nose with notes of caramel and nuts, along with lager yeast. Malty and caramelly flavor with some nuttiness and light fruit in the finish.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JaBier
Rocky River Granger City Stout 3.5
Sample at Rocky River on 9/11/12. Darkest brown pour with a thin beige head. Roasty nose with some chocolate. Malty and roasty flavor with a bitter dark chocolate and coffee finish. Solid dry stout.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Japalo
Rocky River Flat Tire Amber 2.3
Tap @ Old Ebbitt Grill Washington. Small head. Amber golden. "Flat". Neutral taste of an ordinary pale ale.
Thursday, September 13, 2012

steelhead3686
Rocky River Pirate Light 3.8
Tasted this at the 2012 Brew Week in Athens, Ohio. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Smells are very faint of hops and wheat malt. Plate is interesting. Light body with a crisp feel and it almost has a spice that warns the mouth. Medium sweetness. Very good light beer that I would like to get more often.
Sunday, July 01, 2012

Tmoney99
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 2.7
Draft sample. Poured amber with average rocky white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Aroma was moderate berry balanced tone. Flavor was moderate berry with a good balanced sweet finish of short duration. Medium body with pleasing texture and soft carbonation. Average fruit beer.
Saturday, June 30, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout 3.2
on tap at RRBC, this one had me the most excited without doing any prior research, its your average stout color but its ligther body coupled with very good carbonation makes this a treat, not much chocolate flavor mostly coffee dominated but i suspect the addition of the chocolate aids in the smooth taste.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Old Detroit IPA 1.8
on tap at RRBC, absolutely undrinkable for me. I love hops. lots and lots of hops, and this had none... just that old musty smell, with plenty of malty bread taste that just destroyed the hops if there were any.. perhaps its been on tap for a while or their lines were dirty but this was just poor. i left 7/8 of it sitting on the table when we left.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Old Man River Barley Wine 2.5
on tap at RRBC, the English part got me excited as i was hoping of balanced drink with thick body.. instead i got a hop smelling sickly sweet drink with clings to every surface.. odd concotion this one is.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Space Monkey 2.8
on tap at RRBC, nose is belgian yeast and candy, taste is more yeast but adds in some booze and perhaps a touch of clove, not much though.. the booze prevails in the finish for me.. almost too much.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Pirate Light 1.9
on tap at RRBC, super light (obviously) and grainy.. too little of everything going on here, would like to try this side by side with another golden, but iím sure this is the lightest one out there.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Coopers Gold Kolsch 2.8
on tap at RRBC, nice golden color, all kinds of malty taste some bread even? not a bad drink just too much malt for me to enjoy definitely easy finish though 3 gulps and done.
Monday, March 05, 2012

jmikolich
Rocky River Blueberry Ale 2.9
on tap at RRBC, 2Mar2012, Nose is berry with some malty twinge, taste is artificially sweetened blueberry with too much sweetness to really enjoy.. though after 5 sips or so it tastes pretty good.. though nothing special definitely a good beer for those looking just to have a beer.
Monday, March 05, 2012

Tmoney99
Rocky River Brewzilla Columbus Pale Ale 3.6
Tap sample. Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy smooth bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

FROTHINGSLOSH
Rocky River Granger City Stout 3.1
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a black color with a small foamy dark brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was bitter floral hops and roasty malts. The flavor was dry, smoky, roasty and had light notes of coffee and vanilla. The finish was quite long. There was a medium body but was also fairly creamy. Decent.
Thursday, October 27, 2011