Luscious Red Lager
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Lager - American Amber / Red
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3.88 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny copper penny dipped in orange juice. The beer was presented with a slim, skinned almond colored crown that faded to a thin film within minutes and left blurry rings of lace down the glass.

The aroma was on the shy side, though it did open up with warming. Each sniff delivered a somewhat pleasant melange of toasted grains, light caramel and a nonspecific fruitiness. It would have been great if the Amarillo hops had been more prominent, but they had to share the spotlight with Tettnanger and Saphir, as well as a fairly complex malt bill.

Luscious Red Lager was one of those beers whose quality snuck up on me from first sip to last. Anyone reviewing from a small sample would most likely not have been impressed... which is why I don't do it. Although it wasn't complex beer (show me a red lager that is), it was delicious and drinkable. What else matters?

Flavors included toasted cereal grains, steely caramel, tea leaves and bitter orange peel (Amarillo). Thankfully, there was a minimal amount of Munich malt earthiness, which I've come to discover is most likely melanoidin. The finish was clean and almost crisp, with a sneaky hop bitterness complemented beautifully by a lingering malt sweetness.

The body/mouthfeel was another attribute that struck me as better in the bottom half. It was closer to medium than to light, and the supportive carbonation added just the right amount of energy.

Red lager is not a style that gets most craft beer lovers' hearts racing. All the more reason why Luscious Red Lager is so impressive. Like just about everything else from the West Des Moines Rock Bottom, this one deserves to be brewed again.

Jun 18, 2009
Luscious Red Lager from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1 ratings