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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 On tap at Rock Bottom Minneapolis on 05/26/2009. Very clear amber body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet pale malt aroma with some light fruitiness and a bit of floral hops. Fruity flavor, some light pale malt, and some floral almost tea-like hops. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 5/3/6/3/12 - 2.9 Jun 26, 2007: On tap at Rock Bottom Minneapolis before the RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear copper amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet malty tea aroma. Sweet sugary caramel flavor with tea in the end. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0

2.8
ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Date: May 23, 2012 Mode: Draft Source: RB Minneapolis Description: Translucent golden orange with some head. Sweet caramel and some light bitterness, not quite as bad as an amber ale but trying real hard. Not sure why they made a big deal about bringing this one back....sometimes the oldies are not the goodies.

3
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
On tap at the brewpub for RBSG 07. Amber color with faint head. Malty aroma with citrus hop. Sweet malt body.

3.3
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2007
Appearance: hazed, pale crimson color, lush head, nice looking in the mug. Bright, fruity aroma, rosy and sweet, hints of nut... ...which follows through in the taste, but dark fruits are tops. Apple, melon, grape. Tasty hops dancing on the tongue, a tidy tango, slides off easily. Big, juicy fruit. Medium bodied, clean, efffortlessly easy to zip past your lips. A pleasantly agreeable, light and tasty lager. Can’t go wrong here.

3.4
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
On tap @ the brew pub: Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor, toffee, a little nutty, sweet with some spicy hop notes. Not bad.

3
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
On tap (sampler) at the Minneapolis location, RBSG 2007 pre-tasting dinner. Amber gold with a white head. Lightly toasty caramel, a weak nuttiness. OK.

3
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Though the "Erik the Red" title is the same as many Rock Bottom renditions, this one’s a Vienna and a Lager, so it should be filed apart from the Erik the Red Ale listing. Nevertheless...

Transparent amber orange with a pond-like sheaf of fog misting over the top. Honey, biscuits and copper impart a cleanly lager edge while mildly roasted almonds and extra light cocoa powder superfluously present the rear. Flavor profile hits a line of searing acidity but doesn’t totally keel over the beer’s natural progression. Diluted brown sugar, bad botched molasses sugar cookies and copper controlled nut packages steer the viking’s course. Brown bread underbelly is injected with a dark ginger and beet sugar skew. Fresh, but overly compensated with caravienne. Steel reserves and aluminum numb the otherwise sweet and borderline syrupy brown sugar caramelized glaze.

2.6
Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Airport location. Transparent, sun-blasted red. Crystal malt aroma. Biscuity with mild honeycomb and general blandness. Bitterness of an empty character, tired and musty bread malts, flighty candy sweetness. Smooth, medium-bodied palate with no resonance in the mouth. An inoffensive sum of parts wholly insufficient on their own.

2.6
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Brewpub draft. Clear amber pour, small off white head. Beer is muted- everything in light doses: toast, caramel, dark fruit, graininess. Light body, just smoother than balanced. Nothing exciting.

4
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Erik pours a clear copper red with better than an inch of cream colored foam. Very nice spidery lacing throughout the glass. Mild malty aroma with a bit of citrus fruit or hop. Smooth and tasty malt - with some toasted biscuit and a little caramel followed by a brief herbal hop bite right at the end. Some hop bitterness lingers for a half a minute or so in the aftertaste. I don’t find the citrus fruit or citrus hop character that the aroma suggested anywhere else in the beer. Plentiful carbonation and nearly-medium body give this beer a nice mouthfeel and finish.


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