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Ragtop Red Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: n/a
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-17-2006

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Photo of cudmud
3.59/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Little to no head with medium lacing. The deep garnet color is the highlight of this beer's appearance.

Smell: Rich malt smell. I detected cinnamon and candy apple aromas.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor and sweet at first. The taste develops into solid hop flavors and finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkability: Try it when you go to Rock Bottom.

Photo of spointon
3.66/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Rock Bottom in Warrenville, IL on 01/03/2008.

A= This ale poured a clear, medium to dark red color with a 3/4" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to just a skim and left minor lace down my glass.

S= I found aromas of sweet caramel malt behind a huge sulfur off-aroma. Not sure where that was coming from but it was certainly in the way. Very faint hops in there too. Pretty subtle and nice except for that sledgehammer of sulfur.

T= Flavors of caramel malt and roasty grain were dominant. There was a slight nutty quality in there too. Citrusy hop bitterness was subtle and balanced well against the sweetness. Finish was smooth and showed little alcohol.

MF= Medium bodied with a creamy feel on my tongue despite the very active carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable and highly sessionable. I just wish that sulfur smell was a bit more controlled.

Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium reddish-amber colored beer with modest slightly oof-white puffy head.

Smell has a nice caramel aspect, but only very light.

Taste follows throught on the caramel, but adds enough hops to make it interesting.

Great taste retention with the perfect melding of hops and malt.

Well done. Could be nice to session.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.56/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this rates higher with me than it would were it not fresh in a growler. bottled in a store, there would be plenty of better selections, but when i crave a fresh session beer this is an old standby. also this is a beer that can move someone towards better micros and further away from macros. appearance is a hazy reddish brown with a light tan head. bouqet is nothing that will bowl you over but you can detect some caramel malts, lightly roasted nuts, vague fruit, and vague hop aromas. taste is of a light malt sweetness and just enough bitter hops and roastiness to balance. naturally and not overly carbonated. finishes crisp and the freshness is notable. creamy mouthfeel is richer and fuller-bodied than you would think for this abv. could drink a number of these. the abv changes, it is currently at 4.9%.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Ragtop Red Ale pours from the growler a deep amber red color with great clarity and a light khaki colored half inch of foam atop the brew. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas of camalized grains along with a slight underlying toffee and nuttiness. Herbal, citric hops make themselves known in the mix, but are a bit mellow. Nice overall.

First sip brings a roasted grainy maltiness accentuated with a nice caramelly nuttiness. Crisp and clean with an nice herbal, citric hop. Finishes through with a apparent fruity flavor and a mellow bitterness. A nice brew, but I would have like a touch more bitterness myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Steady active carbonation races across the tongue. This would make a nice session brew and I could see it complementing some lighter food quite nicely. A likeable brew overall from Rock Bottom Warrenville.

Ragtop Red Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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