Singletrack Copper Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 06-14-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by philipt:
Photo of philipt
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing outstanding about this beer. A good beer but not a favorite.

Of course it is copper-red in color. Average head. Smells sweet with slight hints of caramel. Tastes as expected. Malty sweet with a under powered hop balance. I notice caramel and a subtle fresh hop flavor (very subtle). This could be a really good session ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice little beer with a light copper colour and a minimum head, but lace leaves its sign of freshness, and enormous spider webbing. No aroma, yet the hop is assuredly there without being overwhelming. A bit less than average mouthfeel. Drinkable, and sessionable.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Copper Ale looked like it is named - copper in color with a 1/4 inch cream colored head. The aroma was simple with a touch of hops present. I felt this was a little out of balance, with the malt slightly overpowering the hops. There was a light carbonation present, but it felt good in the mouth. There was a minimal dry aftertaste. This is probably an OK session beer, and fits the amber ale category fairly well.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of only two brews that this brewery bottles, and it's a shame because they brew several that are better.

Appearance: a nice, attractive beer, pretty copper color

Smell: the flaked rye is evident, and adds a kind of skunkiness that is not this beer's best feature.

Tast: the English caramel malt is supposed to give this a richer taste, but I found it to be overpowered by heavy Tettnang hopping.

Mouthfeel: fairly full, nice mouthfeel, but a long way from being rich.

Drinkability: about average.

Overall, this is a nice beer, a bit too hoppy for my taste, and certainly nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cool off the tap, second 4 oz sample in a 6-glass sampler at the Rock Bottom Restaurant, Minn-St. Paul Airport
Aroma - light citrus / grapefruit, no detectable malt in aroma.
Appearance - thin film of white head, clear amber-brown with a touch of haze.
Taste - More malt in the flavor than the aroma. Malt perhaps a little forward of the hops but this ale has a great balance.
Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability - Great session beer.

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Photo of Romulus141
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at the Rock Bottom at the MSP airport.

Appearance: Served to me in a 20 oz glass. The color is a golden copper, that reflects a honey-yellow tint when held up to the light. The glass came to be with minimal head, which faded away to leave lacing on the edges and a layer of foam on the top.

Smell: The smell is faint, but has a wet rain type smell, but that may be due to the glass. The smell is sweet, and has some malt character, although it is subdued. After the beer has warmed, the wet rain smell is replaced with just the subtle sweetness.

Taste: Hop bitterness dominates throughout the taste experience. I felt a metallic bitterness on both the initial quaff all the way through to the finish. I suspected this was due to the beverage being way too cold, so I waited a few minutes and warmed the glass with my hands. Upon my second try, the metallic bitterness is mostly gone, and here the malt character comes through. The bitterness is still there on the finish, but is much more crisp. Still, the bitterness dominates too much, and the body is just lacking. Disappointing, considering this seems to be the brewery's flagship beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium, and highly carbonated. Nothing offensive, but nothing special either.

Drinkability: Pretty fair, although the strong hops makes it tough to drink a bunch of this. You'd do better with Erik the Red than this beer.

Probably worth a try, but I'm hard pressed to see why this beer is award winning. It needs more body and less hops.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Bottom is a fun place to pull a bar stool up and sample a few pints.

The appearance of this is orange brown. Head is decent but gradually is lost. Smell a hint of of fruit. The taste is very good as the combination of malts and hops plays off each other very well. It is a very smooth beer, easy on the mouth. The overall drinkability is good. This is a very smackable beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in Denver, CO. Pours out clear, copper in hue without any recognizable head with very poor retention and lacing. Aroma is mildly sweet crystal malt with a fruity, mild hoppiness. Carbonation is mild, with a smooth, mild mouthfeel. Taste begins with fruity hops, still that sweet-corn thing, a hint of alcohol, and finishes with toasty, earthy, moderately intense bittering hops. The finish is lightly dry.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm drinking this at Rock Bottom in the Minneapolis airport. Poured next to no head and dissipated immediately. Lovely copper color and completely clear. Taste is sweet malt, kind of like a trumped up Sam Adams. Slight hop bitterness. Finish drops quickly.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Singletrack Copper Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 12 ratings