Erik The Red | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jackndan on 06-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by kingothewoods:
Photo of kingothewoods
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the airport (Minneapolis). The color was pretty good - deep red with a little copper. Not much for head, actually none.

Smells of a sweet malt and that is pretty dominant with not much else other than a little alcohol.

The sweetness comes through with this red ale and then a little bite of hops to finish. Smooth drinking but a little on the light side. Not bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Feels like water mixed with baby powder. It’s also way too sweet. Looks nice though. Slightly hazed copper-red with a short lived head. Nicely hopped, piney nose that is a bit covered up by a sickly sweet fruity smell. This really is just too darn sweet. I’m not into it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear body of amber brown with a off-white head that is made up of mostly big bubbles. There is no sign carbonation in this body.

S- The smell of big lightly toasted malt has a nice sweetness to it and finishes with a soft hop flowers note.

T- The taste of sweet toasted malt with a biscuit hint that adds some nice depth. The green hops finish tastes just like a bag of fresh hop pellets and a nice pine taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft texture in the finish.

D- This beer has the qualities of fresh wort just after the hops have been added. I’m not sure if they fermented this one. It is sweet and the fresh hops really burst through. It would be nice to have a little more of an alcohol note to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with soapy off-white head that dissipitates to minimum. Leaves lace, lots of it. Decent malt, and bitter secondary. Average or even slightly better mouthfeel and drinkable. A repectable amber ale. The local brewer here has certainly got his act together to produce respectable though not ambitious ale, which is as good as you can hope for.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the downtown Chicago Rock Bottom. I joked with the server whether their brewmaster would be competing with 3 Floyds and Flossmoor Station for the hoppiest ale around, but the answer is obviously no. I really can't find fault with it, just nothing to stir the imagination. They claim it's their hoppiest regualr beer, and there is a nice hop nose to it. But this appears to be one of the "house brands" at all the Rock Bottoms, so much much room for individuality.

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Photo of jackndan
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erik the Red, on tap at the Rock Bottom in Chicago. This one is, ta-da, Red, which poured very clear, and without much head to speak about. A bare minimum of hops surges through the sweet malts, and really makes this Red beer head and shoulders above, what one must admit, can be a pretty desultory lot of competitors. This brew had a fairly complex character, with the malts being a decent match for the floral hops. It had a clean and crisp finish. This one really grew on me. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted On-Tap 09/14/05 at the Minneapolis, MN location.

Nice amberish-gold with a low off-white head. Light buttery, nutty, and light spicy malt aromas and flavors. Medium-light bodied with a creamy smooth finish.

Per Menu: Vienna Lager. Vienna and Melanoidin (?) malts. Hallertau hops.

This is one to have one of before moving on up the chain.

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Photo of pweis909
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Advertised as an English style bitter, according to the chalk-board at the MSP airport pub. I was disappointed, as it didn't remind me much of one. The alcohol content was up in the ESB range, at 5.5%. There was a little hop aroma and a little malt flavor. Too little. This had a very chalky, dry feel to it that made me not want another.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby with a very slight haze. quickly diminishing head with nice off-white lacing. dominant aromas are the caramel notes with some floral and citrus qualities as well, but somewhat muted. tastes of light/medium sweet caramel malts well-balanced with a light/medium hop bitterness. mouthfeel is light/medium as well. this is redundant, but a nice light/medium carbonation also. overall a very sessionable beer and one i can (and have) drink all night.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - cool off the tap, third 4 oz sample in a 6-glass sampler at the Rock Bottom Restaurant, Minn-St. Paul Airport
Aroma - Biscuity maltiness comes through nicely
Appearance - swirled remnants of white head, clear amber.
Taste - Great caramel malt body and light sweetness.
Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability - Very smooth malty beer. Nice red ale.

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Photo of Romulus141
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap from the Rock Bottom at the MSP airport.

Appearance: Came to me in a 20 ounce glass. It poured a copper red that glows brightly when held up to the light. There wasn't much head to speak of, although there are some bubbles around the edge of the brew's surface. There is patchy instances of lacing around the top of the glass. Overall, a good looking beer, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: A malty smell dominates here. The smell reminds me a bit of caramel, although the little paragraph on the beer here says they are crystal malts. There is not too much of a hop presence, nor is there any alcohol detected. It's a simple, sweet-smelling malt nose.

Taste: Starts with an earthy tinge, which is followed by a malty sweetness. After eating my melt sandwich, the earthy flavor has vanished, and the sweetness is enhanced, followed by a hop bitterness. There aren't really any fruit type flavors here. After eating some french fries, the malts took on a more roasted character, which was a bit unexpected. Overall, this is a moderate brew that holds a few surprises when paired with food.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but pleasant, mouthfeel accompanied by a carbonation influenced bite. The brew is slick, and makes for a refreshing, crisp character.

Drinkability: The malty sweetness is never overwhelming, and the mouthfeel is thin, which makes this quite drinkable. You could do worse than getting a pitcher of this and sharing it with some friends.

This is my first reviewed on-tap beer. I recommend giving this a try if you stop by a Rock Bottom during your travels.

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Photo of spointon
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one last night at the Rock Bottom in Yorktown (Lombard).

A= This ale poured a deep cloudy red-amber color with a 3/4" cream colored foamy head. The head dropped quickly to a thin cap and left only spotty lace.

S= Lots of rich malt aroma and mild earthy hops, but also a hint of sulfur.

T= Malty sweet up front with a bit of toasted grain. There was an off flavor throughout that can only be described as bitter and sulfuric. It was not overpowering, but big enough to make it hard to ignore. Hops were mild and the finish was slightly sweet.

MF= Medium bodied, with a softer than crisp feel.

D= An ok beer that I will probably avoid next time I visit this particular RB location...

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Rock Bottom pub at the Minneapolis airport. It poured a very clear attractive red color, and its light ring of head left a surprisingly nice lacing on the sides of the 3 oz. sampler glass. It didn’t smell like too much – malts, molasses, earthy hops, but all fairly subtle. Tasted like a nice red ale should. Earthy, malty, but with a slight hop bitterness leaving you wanting another sip. Medium bodied, and very smooth. A nice red, though not as ferocious as its namesake.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of drseamus
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in the airport. Allow me a slight rant here.

Why the hell can't airlines get their shit together? Every single leg of every single trip I've taken since 2008 has been delayed. I'm not talking about a delay on every trip, I'm talking every single flight on every trip for over a year. You would think that given the light raping they force upon you between the baggage fees, massive non-weather related delays, and the decrease in what they provide on the flight that they could at least manage some courtesy. Apparently that is not the case. Fuck them.

Anyway, the beer has a nice bold red body with almost no head. It is crystal clear. Very tight nose. The flavor is pretty good. Sweet biscuity malt up front with some bitterness in the background.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the MSP location. Pours a mostly clear dark red color with a minimal light beige head that disappears almost immediately. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with touches of caramel and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet malt and toffee along with some hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Average overall.

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Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazed, pale crimson color, lush head, nice looking in the mug.

Bright, fruity aroma, rosy and sweet, hints of nut...

...which follows through in the taste, but dark fruits are tops. Apple, melon, grape. Tasty hops dancing on the tongue, a tidy tango, slides off easily. Big, juicy fruit. Medium bodied, clean, efffortlessly easy to zip past your lips.

A pleasantly agreeable, light and tasty lager. Can't go wrong here.

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