Hazard Response
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
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3.98 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."

--Frederick Douglass

Pecan shell brown that became dark reddish orange near the tapering middle and bottom of the glass. Appearance was the only place in which chocolate malt was appreciated. At least half the initial chunk of golden beige foam was still present when the beer was gone. In addition, the glass was partially coated with some of the thickest, creamiest lace that I've ever seen.

Drying-hopping with Crystal hops was a good touch and produced a nicely aromatic nose. It was orange fruity and had the toasted and caramel notes of the style. It's a mystery what, exactly, makes a beer smell and taste 'red', but this one did.

Hazard Response was not hazardously hoppy. It was increasingly hop flavorful, though, which led to more enjoyment in the bottom half of the pint than the top half. It was also on the simple side, but then there aren't too many Irish red ales that are bursting with complexity.

Tangy, sweet and bitter were in near perfect balance. Specifics included toasted grains, light caramel notes, iced tea and oranges. Although Crystal hops aren't as celebrated as some others, they taste great in well-brewed pales, ambers and reds.

The slight decrease in mouthfeel score reflects the fact that I'm not a huge fan of cask-conditioned beer. It was fine (and easy drinking), but it wasn't special from a sensory standpoint. Besides, I look forward to hop burps.

Hazard Response is a good, solid, Irish red ale that looked like a dream and disappeared in fairly rapid fashion. I'm not sure if the name has any special meaning, but wdmrock always keeps it interesting on that front.

Mar 22, 2010
Hazard Response from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1 ratings