Carlyle Brewing Co.
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1.98/5 rDev -49.1%
We stopped by here because my parents live in Rockford. Boy were we disappointed. Based on the reviews, maybe we just happened by on an off night, despite being a Saturday night. The place just looked completely blah. People were coming in every once in a while, but they all migrated into a back room or something, very few people in the front with the bar. We sampled several different beers and didn't enjoy a single one. My overall impression of their beer is watered down. It was hard to believe that the beers had the ABVs the menu boasted. We didn't try any food and left as soon as we had choked down a beer and some samples. Prices were standard for Rockford, although nice to us since we're from the city. I doubt you could drag me there again.
01-28-2010 00:42:44 | More by Bellabananas
2.94/5 rDev -24.4%
Not very large but they had good seating for the space they had. There is a front and alley entrance. Reasonably priced. Good Quality beer. Sandwhiches and Pizza are on the menu. I did not notice anyone smoking. Middleclass 30 something crowd. Service a little slow for how busy it was, but one cannot judge from just one waitress. Plenty of schwag to purchase. Growlers available also. Quite a large selection of beers. I had their IPA which they have monikered Humulus Lupulus. Plenty of seasonal beers also. Good atmosphere. I'd definitely go again!
12-28-2006 21:10:22 | More by TechMyst
3.14/5 rDev -19.3%
I am from Chicago but I visit Rockford frequently as my girlfriend's parents live there. I went downtown to seek out some good beer when I came across Carlyle's. Everything about this place was promising... the only brewery in Rockford, a nice atmosphere, a decent list of 12 beers that include some creative styles. The prices were also reasonable 3.75 for a glass (short of a pint) for most of their beers. The first beer I tried was the Bourbon aged cherry stout. This was served in a "goblet". The goblet looked huge (about 12-14 oz) but the glass was so thick that it only looked large perceptually. My guess is that it held 10 oz max. This beer was a huge disappointment. The appearance is thin and watery which for the style is a no no. The taste... water, bourbon, water. No cherry flavor and no roasted stout flavors. If I tasted this blind, I would have guessed it was AB's winter bourbon cask ale. I also sampled the Scotch ale which had a pleasant aroma and had a nice grain profile. Once again, this fell short on the taste. Very watery. It is as if they brewed all of their beer and then watered them down. Also sampled the vanilla cream ale... same story here. I will no go back here. As tempting and attractive as this place is, the product does not deliver.
07-19-2009 15:50:05 | More by homebrew311
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
Not expecting alot of greatness in Rockford... I love the town... and Cheap Trick... but being a visitor in that town for over 15 years to see family... I've never had a great brew experience there until recent years.
The Carlyle is good. The food is typical brew pub choices and the beer is OK. A bit flavorless at times... but good enough.
I think they need to embrace the wonderful brew mentality that is just up the road in Wisconsin. More classic retro brewing recipes...and homages.
In Rockford, The Carlyle is a safe bet.
09-24-2008 19:56:37 | More by Hedeen
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
Pleasant bar atmosphere. A little dark but that just made it relaxing.
Not a lot of beer selection but most major types available. Had there IPA which was OK. Had their Triple which was like sweet liquid bananas, the alcohol was hidden in the sweetness - dangerous. More like a light bodied syrup than a beer.
Service was mixed one bar tender (that took care of me) was friendly and informative. The other looked through me like I wasn't there and spend his time with what seemed like regulars.
Lots of regulars in the place, both at the bar and at tables.
Very limited menu bar food brats etc.
A decent place for a snack and a beer. I like to support local breweries when I visit a town and I will be back if I come to Rockford. Not a great place, but certainly worth a stop.
03-23-2009 18:46:00 | More by zebulon
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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
Carlyle Brewing Co. in Rockford, IL
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.