Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
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3.85 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the King of Prussia Rock Bottom (King of Prussia, PA) on 12/31/10. Served in an oversized mug. This was described on the board as a Red Ale spiced with ginger and orange.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a thin head of eggshell-white head. This retains with some slim foaminess on the edges, which yields just some light spotty looking lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lightly floral, with a classic Amber Ale malt combo of caramel and bread notes. There is a bit of an earthy citric hop character to this, which has a bit of sweetness on it as well, so I'm guessing that's the orange that I'm picking up. I am picking up a little bit of the ginger as well but it takes much more of a backseat to the other flavors in the nose.

The ginger definitely come out more in the taste but isn't overdone and adds a spiced component to the profile which compliments the sweetness of the malts. Orange peel comes out as part of a moderately strong earthy hop profile, with bitterness hanging in the finish along with some lingering ginger notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and lively feel in the mouth that maintains a crisp creaminess which fills up the mouth. This thins out a little towards the swallow but this stays pretty brisk throughout and works nicely with the festive feel of this.

Normally spiced beers aren't quite up my alley but this one kept things at a manageable level and played up the hop profile a bit more, which helped keep this crisp and more approachable feeling than I would have initially thought. Flavorful and easy drinking, I had no problems putting this mug away.

Jan 03, 2011
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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1 ratings