Raccoon Red | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Philousa:
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was brewed recently at the Campbell, CA location using the original recipe. I haven't had the new recipe, but the original is what I drank as a college kid, so I had to get a growler to go. Filled on 3/1/2012, drank on 3/3/2012.

Pours a clear, ruby red, rich and deep in color when held against the light. One finger head shows I drank it in time to keep a good amount of carbonation. Laces quite well for a red. This confused me since it's not that bitter/hoppy. very nutty in the aroma. Middling crystal malts, some light caramel, and a little musty. Almond, walnut, other nuts hit the tongue first. Tart throughout with a slight bitterness at the end. Very mild, like an English ale. Great drinkability, medium mouthfeel with a balanced finish. Sits a bit heavy in the stomach, when compared with the mouthfeel.

This is definitely the Raccoon Red of old. Nutty, balanced, and light. Some of the lightness comes from the higher 8% ABV, the highest of the RB regulars at the time. I love the nutty character in the nose and flavor. It's almost like an English Brown, but lighter in body. This lacks complexity, but is easily drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shbobdb
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Advertised as the perfect blend of hops and malt . . . this beer failed to deliver. I found it way too sweet, the malt completely dominated and overshadowed any trace of hops that might be there.
The beer, itself, reminded me of what Leinie's Red would taste like if it were an ale, and (shockingly) more sweet. Sweet caramel from the crystal malts with fruity yeast notes combined with a syrupy mouthfeel. I did not like it.

Reminded me of some of the Scottish beers I've had, if that's any help.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very small head. The hue was ruby and the lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. I found this brew to have a very smooth and sweet taste to it with very little aftertaste. This brew was just okay in my opinion, but I've had better.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint, the beer is amber with a smallish beige head. Good lacing.

The nose is of sweet caramel malts with just a hint of smoke in the background.

The beer is sweet with caramel, apples, lightly roasted malts and a hint of grapefruit.

The mouth is solid with a touch of creaminess. Decent enough red, it could be a crossover beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with the Brickway Brown, a very well-balanced beer with a lot of body and drinkability.

Looks, well... Red in color with bright clarity. An off-white head forms above the bright liquid and lasts the session. A fair amount of lacing left on the glass proves both inviting and sessionable.

Richly malted aromas of sweet barley, light caramel, light toast, and a hint of toffee. A nice sunkist malt complextion in both look and aroma. A nice citrusy, piney aroma decorates the malt complexity nicely. Light on fruitiness leads to a nice clean scent.

Flavors of toasty, malty barley leads the way. But then a snappy zest of American hops slice though the malts with a hit of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft pine resins. Though the hops make an impact, the beer balances very well not allowing either the malts or hops to dominate. Again, light on esters, no phenols... the taste is clean. No confusion necessary here.

Just as the malts want to go to creamy, dense levels, the hops dry out and the malts develop into a crisp, refreshing dryness. At times I expect the bock-like melanoidens and thickness to come in, but it never happens-- just a crisp, clean, refreshing feel from sip to finish.

Again, a very sessionable beer--consistent throughout. I could alternate between this and the Brickway all day.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice red amber brew. The color is a clear reddish amber with a substantila tan head. Good retention and lacing were displayed. The nose of this beer is very malty and this follows through in the taste, although there is a fair amount of hop balance. A very good, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Campbell, CA location this brew shows a clear medium mahogany color with a meager off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a bit non-descript but hints of malt and wheat. The flavor is a sweet caramel and sharp citrus hops. Mildly carbonated, quite drinkable, a little bit watery. Overall a good hopy red, worth a try, and worthy of a redo now and then.

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Photo of JamesS
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table a nice amber color, although with very little head and no lacing. Nice scent, slight hints of hops, but nothing really reaching out to me. Good taste, nice and clean, although not as hoppy as its ESB label would indicated, but it is nicely balanced between malt and hop, even if neither of them really come through. It goes down smooth, a decent beer, but not their best offering, in my opinion.

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Photo of Winter
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raccoon Red has always been my one of, if not my favorite offering from Rock Bottom since the first time I sampled it out in Seattle. Served a clear reddish brown with a diminished a light tan head. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. What baffles me most about this beer though, is the ambiguity of flavor. The texture seem grainy on the tongue. Some caramel malt flavor and toasted biscuit. Hop bitterness is light but enough to counter the malt. The finish is the most intruiging aspect, I think, of this beer though. It maintains a hearty lingering graininess that almost reminds me of rye, although I'm pretty certain it is not. Raccoon Red is a beer that I almost always have to have at some point during a visit to Rock Bottom. If nothing else, it's just a good session ale.

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Photo of UpperDecker
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of TheDM
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a thin head of fine to largely sized off-white bubbles and a ruby red brown body. It was very smooth at the start, but ended with a mild bitter finish.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a sampler at the Indy location: I liked this one a little better than the Cincinnati version. Pours a reddish amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mostly caramel and malt with some hops. Medium body with a subdued malt flavor, as well as a pinch of nuts and caramel. The finish is not that great though.

7/29/03 (2.45)
Tasted at the Cincinnati location. Dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin lacing. Light sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a bland malt flavor and a somewhat sticky yet thin finish. I did not enjoy this one much. They can do better than this.

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Raccoon Red from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 12 ratings