Carlyle Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 65
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
Bring back that damn pizza already! To fill out the obligatory character requirement...pizza pizza pizza, now now now! Crud, I'm still about 130 characters short...how bout now? Nope, still not enough. Well, to make a long story short...beer goes great with food. The only thing worth eating here was the pizza, and they got rid of it. I wish they would bring it back...that's got to be enough letters and punctuation for sure.
03-02-2014 03:52:46 | More by smmeier819
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Atmosphere: A very relaxed and easy going atmosphere, even on some nights where it is packed with people. Shuffle board, darts, and billiards are all available to the patrons. A couple different seating areas which easily accommodate a large group or yourself and a date is very nice. No doubt a fun relaxing place to have a few beers.
Quality: The quality of the beer is good but nothing great. All of their beers seem to have the same piny hop character. Not sure what specific hops they are using but it runs throughout their whole line. Its not an offensive flavor but lacks diversity. That being said though, I will no doubt take their brews over all of the usual places to go in Rockford.
Service: No real problems here, but nothing that ever blew me away. There was always a waiter/waitress in close range to get ahold of. Servers were always pleasant, even on busy nights which is always appreciated.
Food: Perfect beer drinking pizza! Very thin crust with many different toppings available. They also have some traditional snacks like salted pretzels which is a favorite of my girlfriend. Definitely have something to tide that appetite during a long evening of drinking.
Overall: A great place to go and I highly recommend it to anyone passing through/in the Rockford area. Good beer and some very solid food. Just switch up those hops every once in a while and we would really be in business!
04-09-2013 01:25:41 | More by KFBR392
3.76/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I dropped by in December 2012 before heading off to see a show at the BMO Harris Center that is located just a block away. Located in the downtown older part of Rockford, this is a fairly decent sized place as there is kind of a hidden part to the building. On a Saturday night this place was hopping. We weren’t offered any kind of seating so we took it as a “seat yourself” kind of place. The food menu is pretty basic brewpub food, just something that pairs well with beer. Staff was nice and the beers were average to above average quality wise. A nice little place I would be interesting in visiting again. However their website could really use some help. No food menu and talk about weird hours opening at 3pm most days. Closed on Sundays? That wouldn’t fly in Wisconsin! More hours and a more appealing lunch/dinner menu would greatly help this place.
12-14-2012 06:14:13 | More by Lemke10
4.94/5 rDev +27%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stop #354 on my world brewery tour.
Located in what appears to be a slowly gentrifying area of historic downtown Rockford next to a chocolate shop and running store. Lots of people riding by on their bikes but not for exercise. Old building with a good view of the brewing operation.
I went with two sampler flights and a full pint. From a style execution standpoint, these beers were as good as I've ever had. If you've ever been turned off by a bad Helles lager or cream ale, Carlyle will make you a believer in great session beers. A couple of comments where appropriate on the beers I had....
Pale Ale - wonderful crystal malt balance.
Vanilla Cream - Fantastic! "Fresh vanilla," I'm brewing one next summer.
Honey Ale - The least desirable of the beers I had. Still ok
Humulus IPA (full pint) - Beautiful IPA with full flavor
Irish Red - Testament to great malt balance
Stout - Wonderfully roasty and complex
The only beer I didn't sample was the Quad as I was driving and didn't want to overdo it.
I didn't have any of the food but it seemed more like snack food than what you might have for dinner (not a lot of options). Service was friendly and proactive...lots of older locals enjoying themselves at the bar.
Highly recommend for the beer and historical ambiance.
09-06-2012 01:16:22 | More by Yetiman420
4.16/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Came here with my brother-in-law and my sister.
Walked in on a Saturday night at about six and there were already quite a few people there. We were only going to stay for a bit so we took some seats at the bar. The vibe was quite nice and the bartender helped us out immediately. The place was very cool looking with some stone work and overall just a very well done bar. The bartender was quite attentive the entire time and helped us with any questions we had. My brother-in-law and I ordered a beer each and then some tasters while my sister just had the Vanilla Cream Ale (which I admit was not the best – vanilla seemed pretty artificial). Their saison stood out to me and I actually got a second glass of it. There was a good selection of house taps and the tasters allowed us to try quite a few beers which was nice. We did not get food here but the prices/selection seemed on par with what you’d expect. Overall, an enjoyable experience and I can’t wait to come back here again.
11-06-2011 03:48:39 | More by SpdKilz
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Very clean and nice place for a beer. Excellant bar food, the pizza is my favorite. Vanilla Ale and Stout are stables and every now and again, they have a tastey BIG BEER too fron thier specialty list! The rootbeer is amazing also, they make it in house. One of the first bars I would go to on a regular basis when I first started to like craft brewski! Still is a favorite. Its easy to spend money in that place. They have a shuffle board in the back along with bumper pool. This place is always packed on the weekends.
02-09-2011 23:33:19 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Carlyle Brewing Co. in Rockford, IL
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.