Red Rocks Red
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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #237
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Ranked #46,837
3.26 | pDev: 14.72%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is very similar to the Fire Chief ale, but it's available year-round. Ask for it cask-conditioned, and if you get lucky and it happens to be one of the couple that are currently on cask, then you'll bump this rating up another few points.

Sep 29, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mar 09, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear amber red with an off-white head.

Light bready malt aroma, kind of subdued.

Mild hops, caramel, and coppery barley malt flavor.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation over the tongue.

A decent ale, but not spectacular. Loses some points for a weak aroma. Drinkable enough, but nothing worth writing home about.

Sep 26, 2012
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale red, practically brown. Goes well with some of Colorado's scenery. (I had this at Denver International Airport.) Nothing amazing though. The ambience works though.

Smell: Some pale caramel hints. Not really a whole lot though. Kind of rustic and metallic. I guess it makes sense being red?

Taste/Mouthfeel: More caramel and a hint of hops. This is pretty average overall, however it's better than Killians', another Denver Irish red. Mouthfeel is pretty nice though.

Drinkability: Nothing terribly exciting.

Overall: Good ambience, average rest.

Mar 27, 2011
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nickd717 from California

2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Denver airport.

Deep reddish amber pour with a small off-white head on top of it.

Malty caramel aroma, very bready with a little toast and earth.

Malty English style flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, with subtle earthy Noble hops and a slight plastic note.

Clean on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Not great overall, probably below average.

Jan 21, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark red color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Malty sweet with some caramel and light chocolate.
T: Sweet, caramel, and chocolate again. Though way to much diacetyl.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, like the rest of the beers here. Though no need to come back to this.

The diacetyl overpowers. I am not a fan of this.

Jul 18, 2010
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At Rock Bottom at Denver Int'l Airport (C concourse), served in a 12 oz pint glass:

Nice reddish color with an off-white head that was not well retained and it faded pretty fast.

Aroma was a decent malt aroma...pretty simple and one dimensional.

Taste is actually a nice balance of malt and hops, but that is really all it is. Not all that bold or complex, just a simple beer.

The beer felt light with maybe slightly too much carbonation. Also the beer had maybe slightly better than average drinkability, really due to the simple flavor and light body. Overall, not bad...but not really all that good either.

Jun 08, 2009
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This comes out of the tap a nice clear reddish-brown. Malty aroma has an appreciable hint of spice. Flavor is rich and malty, spicy and lively, with just a little bit of hops bitterness. Texture is tingly and lively, and it goes down with a nice hoppy edge.

Jul 02, 2008
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another pint of fresh brewed beer at the Denver Rock Bottom. Thanks for buying, Gord.
Reddish amber color, with a thin head. Good retention, well carbonated. Spicy hop aroma. Well balanced mix of sweet caramal malt and bitter hoppiness. Finished with a fruity hop kick. Another well made example of a classic style, still easy to drink for the uninitiated. Would be a very good sessional.

Oct 28, 2007
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BeerBelcher from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Denver Rock Bottom. It struck me as OK, but not extraordinary. The beer poured an attractive red color with a nice white head. Aroma was pretty much nonexistent. Flavor was very mild, and lightly hoppy. This hop came out significantly more when mixed in my mouth with some spicy food (jambalaya), and paired nicely with something spicy.

This is a beer to eat with pretty much anything, but on its own I didn't think it a particular standout.

Oct 11, 2007
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rock Bottom in Denver: Reddish amber color with a medium ivory white head that diminishes fairly fast. Thin patches of lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of dough. Medium body with a sweet malty character. Some caramel and honey flavors as well. The finish is mostly malt, with touches of hops here and there. After the first 2 Denver Rock Bottom bottles being drain pours an average one like this was welcome.

Oct 04, 2006
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ColoradoBobs from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was another pleasant surprise from a place that seems to be marginally above average for beer.

Nice whiskey-amber color under a small white head. Smell is mostly malty, caramelly with only a hint of hops.

Taste is surprisingly chocolate in the front, with side notes of caramel and figs. Very interesting! I like it.

Soft mouthfilling carbonation, great texture, nice a sticky. Surprise!

Very drinkable!

Again, what a pleasant surprise!

Jul 17, 2006
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