Erik The Red Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #199
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Ranked #43,583
3.44 | pDev: 13.95%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber and red in color, mild, light tan head. Almost half and inch. Aroma was standard, only lightly bringing the red malt wood and peat.

Taste, barely noticeable hops, bitterness is higher than that, but not sure if good or bad, given that bitterness may have taken away from the even less desireable stuff they were doing. A little bit of toffee and caramel.

Pretty average beer, in an average style, from an average brewery.

Dec 21, 2015
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-red color, thin light tan head, about 1/4" to it, bartender kept pushing the head off of it when it was over 1". Aroma was the standard malt aroma you get in a red, lightly peated.

Taste, mild, run of the mill stuff. Barely hopped, lightly toasted sweet malt qualities. Maybe some crystal malt and grassyness, bitter/astringency is above average, which is nice, gives the beer a little character. Caramel flavor underneath it all.

Pretty standard, no off flavors, felt like I could give this to my mom and she would be able to drink it without making one of those "its got too much flavor" wincing faces. Can't remember if this was from the Chicago or Milwaukee location.

Jan 25, 2012
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IchabodcraneIpa from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler from the brewery, poured into a pint glass.

The color of Erik the red is a very cool looking dark red color that is pretty clear throughout. There are also a lot of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass which leads me to believe it's highly carbonated.

The smell of this one is a faint malty sweet aroma.

The taste of this one is a very simple malty flavor that has a good amount of sweetness in it to lend it a nice clean crisp malty taste that I thought was simple yet effective.

The mouthfeel on this one was a ton a carbonation with a lighter/ medium body behind it. The carbonation actually went really well with this beer and I felt it heightened the experience.

Overall this beer is pretty decent to me, the drinkability of it is fantastic and I found that it's quite easy to put down a growler in one sitting and still want more. It's a very simple beer and a decent tasting one at that. I would have it again.

Mar 30, 2011
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tmcelvain from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taster arrives with a clear reddish copper and minimal head. Again from a Rock Bottom beer - very little smell, just a hint of malty smell.
Tastes smooth and malty, slightly bitter finish.
Feels highly carbonated for such a smooth taste - gives this a good balance.
I could drink a number of these. Nothing great about this beer, but it is the best balance of the night of tasting Rock Bottom beers, with the most distinct flavor of the bunch.

Mar 05, 2011
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zhanson88 from California

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Erik comes out a dark amber color with a thin film of pure white head. Lacing is basically nonexistent.

Smell: Some pale and biscuity malts in there, caramel and some very faint, slightly spicy hop aromas. Pretty one dimensional.

Taste: Caramel and biscuity malts, with some slightly spicy hop action on the tail end. That spiciness lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just under medium bodied with very little carbonation. Leads to a smooth drinking beer. This is a decent beer overall, but not something to go seek out.

Dec 18, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper, but very clera. Very puffy light head, great retention....Aroma is strong and dominated by very bready hops, not the typical fresh floral hop you get from a dry hopped beer...The taste is really matly to start, tons of caramel and rye then slowly brings some hops...The feel is very weird, coating and sticky.

Overall, not to bad, brings some new things to the table which makes it worth trying.

Jun 26, 2010
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass.

From notes from my last trip to Chicago.

A- Amber color with minimal head that ended up leaving some great lacing and sticky spots on the glass. Maybe a little cloudier than I'd expect.

S- Pretty decent. Nice and malty (mostly caramel scents).

T- On the malty side to start, a mix of caramel and biscuit-like flavors. Grassy hops come in to finish it up and balance the flavors.

M- Straight forward. Not too much carbonation or a bite.

D- Again, a straight forward beer. Good representation of the style.

Jan 16, 2010
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botham from New York

4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewpub in Chicago. pours a light brownish garnet color with a light tan, thick head. decent retention and solid lacings.

aroma is smooth and malty with caramel notes and a nicely rich profile.

taste is of smooth caramel notes with subtle hop undertones that come through in the finish. great progression and a fresh profile make this a solid irish red.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and semi-dry finish of subtle hops. nicely proportioned on the palate.

drinkability is good. subtle and smooth, like a good red ale. cheers!

Nov 01, 2008
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JDV from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clearish red color with just a tiny head. Smell is sweet and toasty caramel. Taste is less sweet than hoppy. Finishes a bit thin as far as body and flavor both, but what is there is still nice and enjoyable. Decent, drinkable amber. One of the better regular beers they've got, actually...

Jun 30, 2008
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pmcadamis from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this when we were downtown for dinner.

A - Purplish red hazy brew with a nice persistent cap of khaki foam that leaves a good deal of lace on the glass. Rhubarb tingedd when held to the light.

S - Lightly toasted caramel malt with a bigger hoppy character than I expected; it smells really fresh and pleasant.

T - Surprisingly hoppy! Fresh citrus fruit (sweet orange pulp) and biscuity malts that are nicely toasted. Again, it tastes really fresh and vibrant.

M - Medium to full bodied with some tingly carbonation that works very well with it's hop-forward character. The finish is slightly dry with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Well done!

D - An outstanding session brew, at Rock Bottom this is the one to have if you're having more than one!

Aug 04, 2007
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tapman from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#2 on my 7/1/2007 rock bottom growler tour.

Dark rusty/ruby color with off-white, foamy head.

Typical American hoppiness (grassy, bitter, dry, cascade-ish) work well with the darker malts and balances the sour with the savory very well. Slight metallic after-burp (pardon the crudeness but how else, eh?) but nothing to get upset over.

Fills the mouth evenly and has a light, crisp carbonated zip to it.

Not a bad brew. So far Rock Bottom has yet to disappoint. This brew works well as a summer beer or an everyday, football watching beer. Good Deal for the reasonably priced Growler.

Jul 02, 2007
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ByTor2112 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ALMOST a reddish color-varied shade of Amber.
One finger thick head with spotty but decent lacing.
Aroma-sweet, hoppy and grassy.
Mouthfeel-mild bitterness that is constant throughout. A little astringent on the finish. Good attempt on trying to nail the color. says it is made with dark crystal malt-would have liked a touch more sweet malt body but a very well-balanced red none-the-less.
Very sesionable.

Jun 28, 2007
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m impressed with this one. Pours a proper bronzed red with nice lacing and a decent but short lived head.

Hoppy as hell for an Irish red. The aroma is great, highly infused with citrus and juniper hops. It smells just great.

Taste is good as well but almost divergent from the style. Over hopped just a bit and unbalanced.

Healthy carbonation and quite drinkable. A solid brew and sessionable if you like hops a lot.

Nov 22, 2005
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the Chicago location.

Beer pours a nice red/bronze with a fluffy tan head and nice lacing.

Great aroma. Lots of hops/citrus/bread aroma. Very fresh to the nose. I guess this one is dry hopped and it shows on the aroma.

Taste is good. Initial blast of hops to cleanse the palette. Unfortunately, the beer seems slightly out of balance. The malts seem understated for this style. While not a bad beer at all, I was expecting a little more balance.

Mouthfeel is soft, carbonation seems more like a brown ale. Easy enough to drink, but the Chicago Rock Bottom does offer better choices.

Jan 16, 2004
Erik The Red Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 27 ratings