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Radio Towers Red Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ManekiNeko on 11-09-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head. The nose brings some earthy hops and light bready notes. The taste is mostly some light bready malt and a bit of caramel flavor. Some slight earthy and floral hop bitterness. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and actually has a decent amount of flavor, unlike many amber ales.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Cask and tapped on 10/11/07.

Appearance: Served in an Imperial print glass, Radio Tower Red arrived dark amber to ruby in color and crystal clear with a big foamy 2 finger white head that fades slowly.

Smell: For a dy hopped beer, it was a little disappointing in the aroma department. Plenty of malty sweetness is nose with light brown sugar and amber fruit. English hops made and earthy appearance but not in the way I was expecting.

Taste: Starts with a nice malt backbone that is mildly sweet with more of the light brown sugar/caramel malts along with and underlying fruitiness. Hops make way with an earthy, herbal like bitterness. Alcohol is not an issue with it being about 5.2% abv.

Mouthfeel: Medium but very smooth and creamy in the mouth with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Radio Tower Red is very drinkable. A session beer for sure. Plenty of caramel malt that adds a nice malty sweetness that is balanced out by a nice english hop bitterness that is more earthy than your standard Big C hops associated with the style. Overall, a good beer. Nothing outstanding but a solid Red for sure. Worth A Try.

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Photo of gbarron
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the two beers served on cask last night. Tapping date was two days previous. Billed as an American "red ale," whatever that is.

A - dark amber and, yes, reddish brown. Perfectly clear, deep amber. Very nice, thick, pillowy white to off-white head. Stays around the whole way, turning rocky and leaving thick lacing.

S - light hop aroma of earth, flowers. Seems like English hops, not sure what kind. Toasty, caramelly malt in the background. Very light aroma.

T - toast, caramel, biscuit. A little tangy. Malt is up front here, balanced out pretty well by some earthy English hops. Some hop flavor but not a ton. Basically a lightly hopped English style special bitter or pale ale in my book.

M - very, very smooth and velvety. Low carbonation, temperature is perfect and cool to the touch. Light medium bodied.

D - very drinkable brew, an English style draft pale ale despite the fact it is an American amber. Cask version much more quaffable than the too cold draft version.

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Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very nice red amber, with lattice lacing coming from a quickly-waning, but never-dying head. nice malt sweetness on the nose: i think some of it was munich

i'm pretty sure i taste munich malts. slight "tang" of hops as the menu advertises—enough to balance, but not enough to hide the sweet maltiness. this beer actually tasted red...

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just had this beer the other night, it was great. It was a dark amber color, much darker then Killians. Definitely had a much stronger taste then most amber colored beers do. It was served in a pint glass, definitely one of the better beers I've had on tap in quite a while.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Ballston Mall location (Arlington VA) in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with a small frothy offwhite head that rather quickly shrinks to a film. Leaves wee splotches of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light caramel scent with a grassy hop presence.

Taste: Caramel and toffee malt with a light grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: An overweight light bodied beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Great for cleansing the palate.

Drinkability: A nice inoffensive beer, but that's kinda how this style is to me. Not worth traveling to far to get, but not worth scorn either. Paired rather well with the food I had (a jambalaya with rice cooked in this beer)

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Radio Towers Red Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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