Rollin' Dirty Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
3.76/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Matt at Cont. Liquors-Ashland, Ky. for this. We had a small tasting of this.
12 oz brown bottle with a neat red and white label describing what this beer is about and pretty much advertising the brew bus or whatever it was. Pretty cool labeling though not normal Cigar City style. Poured this into a pint style glass.
A - deep amber brown with a deep murky red hue. Beige like head was pretty thin and settled to a light ring of lacing leaving minimal stick. I thought the color was brilliant though the head lacked therefore not quite living up to its outstanding color.
S - dark fruits and a lot of dark fruit for that matter. Sweet bread aroma with brown nearly sugary malt. Overall aroma is pretty sweet and fruity. Nothing coming full force and nothing that screams American Amber/red ale in terms of smell anyway.
T - lots of dark fruitiness up front and continuing with a tartness toward the middle of the flavor. Bread like malt notes come through before a semi dry finish. Flavor is a bit odd for the style it claims to be. There is a lot going on with a big load of dark fruitiness and near tart strangeness.
M - damn smooth ill give it that. On the light side, but no matter the tart and fruitiness flavors it still coats the mouthfeel with what flavor it has. Very easy going and drinkable for me. Not sure everyone can enjoy straight up fruit and tart character though.
O - I've had a lot of brews from Cigar City yet for whatever reason this will be my first actual review from the Tampa, Florida outfit. Ill definitely have to throw some more on here from those guys as this doesn't quite sum up their style. I just can't say I just had an American red ale with this. It had some quality and despite its smoothness and very good dark fruit flavors I don't see a masterpiece with Rollin' Dirty. However it is what would be considered a rare try here where I live, so it's cool to get to try something I've never seen nor will ever see again. Hey, I'll give it props if it indeed was brewed on a bus lmao! I mean what more could be done in that regard? This ale was more of an appreciation to a great brewery and a rare treat given I've never had anything quite like it. It's not American amber, not a Scottish ale, and its not quite a Flanders red, but all be damn if it didn't remind me of all 3 in some way if not hitting close to the mark in one of the latter 2. Just not quite taking the step to an actual style. It's a one of a kind for me and that's enough to give it a shot. I look to get ahold of more Cigar City in the future for sure, I just don't know that I'll be buying any more than a single bottle of this when that happens.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 03:22:19 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.04/5 rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from the can into a pint glass.
Look: It pours a deep reddish brown, that is slightly hazy. The one finger head thins out fairly quick and leaves a thin ring. The lacing is moderate. Not much to complain about here. A very good looking ale.
Smell: A bit of caramel up front. A bit of hops, but it's quickly taken over by the bready malt notes.
Taste: The first couple I had, I would say it was definitely caramel in taste, with a bit of bitterness, and a lot of malts. But the next day I had a couple of more, and I started picking up a sweetness. I had to check the can to see if it said anything about having a sweet backing like this, and there it was, the can mentioned mild chocolate notes. There is definitely a bitter cocoa there, and this adds a whole new layer to it, making it a great winter ale for myself.
Feel: Medium bodied, well balanced and warm. Everything I ask for.
Overall: I was well impressed with this. The other brew bus brews I've had have been like the "lesser brothers" of the CCB lineup. But this one stands on it's own in my opinion. A very well balanced, and unique take on a red ale. Well done.
Serving type: can
01-06-2014 22:23:11 | More by JackMcAwesome
3.54/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a glass. Taken from November tasting notes from trip to FL.
Pours deep rich reddish brown, with light foam patches atop. Bready toffee notes. Smells sweet. Strong caramel sweetness. Very light cherry bite. Small amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 22:53:04 | More by KTCamm
Rollin' Dirty Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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