chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours a medium copper, but very clera. Very puffy light head, great retention....Aroma is strong and dominated by very bready hops, not the typical fresh floral hop you get from a dry hopped beer...The taste is really matly to start, tons of caramel and rye then slowly brings some hops...The feel is very weird, coating and sticky.
Overall, not to bad, brings some new things to the table which makes it worth trying.
DuffMan (10271) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
Part of a sampler at the brewpub. Clear bright amber gold. Lightly toasty caramel aroma. Caramel flavour with fruity nuances, blood orange comes to mind. Medium bitter finish. If there is cascade in here, there doesn’t seem to be much of it! Had the cask version also-- MUCH BETTER!! Huge fruity hop character, smoother, medium bitter finish. Above rating is for non-cask (cask = 3.6) freekyp (2192) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Dry hopping adds an earthy grassy tone to the aroma which complements the cracker crust mild malts in this red. Gorgeous billowing white head and sticky lacing make this a sight to behold. Color was a little off, more light amber with almost no reddish, but that could not dampen this excellent experience. Was an ideal pairing with red pepper hummus and fresh veggies. rubbishystuff (2521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Had at Rock Bottom in Chicago. This was a perfectly nice amber ale. Not the greatest but not worth the hate some folks give Rock Bottom. A lot of good brewers get their start at Rock Bottom. Serving: Tap otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Perfectly clear copper and red depths shimmer before me while a thick collar of white sucks all the foam away from his center. That’s ok, because a head would just get in the way of his nose which is ready and raring to conquer my senses. Grass and pine hit first, uniquely enough, before immediately giving way to melba toast glazed in caramel and maple then toasted once more to crunchy golden perfection. Heavy loaves of real bread, rich in doughy esters match up with red apple skins and more crystallized sugar sweetness. Each time I surrender my nose to his assault, hops hit first followed by malts. Wading past his front assault, I make way for the center of attack and dive into his coppery amber depths. Crisp, dry, and hoppier than expected for a Scotch-inspired red ale. Hops attack in the front and middle with pine and grass for a bitter, prickly sensation atop my tastebuds. Even more intriguing is how the pine and grass melds perfectly into caramel and maple glazed melba which, subsequently, dries my palate more than his hop profile. A subdued candied fruit sweetness reminiscent of candied apples and cherries coat my lips after each quaff. With my next quaff, it’s right back to grassy and piney hops followed by more melba toast, caramel, and maple sweetness. Lighter than some, Erik the Red Ale has proven to be a most intriguing, albeit different, amber ale.
anders37 (26183) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Now at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less.
Draft @ Rock Bottom Chicago, Chicago, IL. Pours a reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Fruity malty and slightly hoppy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with some hoppy hints. gyllenbock (9099) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
On tap at the Brewpub in Chicago in March 2008.
A clear reddish. Dry with grains, light fruits and some caramel. Drinkable but nothing spectacular. JaBier (7841) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Sample at Rock Bottom Chicago. Clear reddish copper color with a medium beige head. Caramel malt nose with some hop. Flavor is nicely balanced between hop and caramel malt. Average. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Clear orange pour, awesome white lacing. Nose is a little sour. Taste is dry and malty. Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Draft sample at Chicago brewpub.
Poured clear ruby color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met with a good beer.