Rollin' Dirty Red Ale
Cigar City Brewing

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,144
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3.35 | pDev: 17.91%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 122
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tampa Bay Brew Bus Rollin Dirty Red Ale has a medium, cream-colored head, a hazy, red-brown appearance, some streaming bubbles, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is similar, with a nice and measured hop bitterness from the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Tampa Bay Brew Bus Rollin Dirty Red Ale finishes mostly dry, smooth, mellow, interesting, and delicious. Overall, this is a really enjoyable beer. I’m glad I was able to try it.


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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. Cigar City snifter. Pours a gorgeous garnet shade with a minimal head, and virtually zero lacing. The nose is sweet. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and even cherries make up the bulk of the smell. The taste is marvelous. Again, a bit sweet, with lots of cherry, along with a subtle woodiness/tobacco presence. The mouthfeel is solid gold. The finish is a bit sweet, and it lingers for several solid seconds. Overall, this is an eminently drinkable beer that I could revisit over and over again.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Look: It pours a deep reddish brown, that is slightly hazy. The one finger head thins out fairly quick and leaves a thin ring. The lacing is moderate. Not much to complain about here. A very good looking ale.

Smell: A bit of caramel up front. A bit of hops, but it's quickly taken over by the bready malt notes.

Taste: The first couple I had, I would say it was definitely caramel in taste, with a bit of bitterness, and a lot of malts. But the next day I had a couple of more, and I started picking up a sweetness. I had to check the can to see if it said anything about having a sweet backing like this, and there it was, the can mentioned mild chocolate notes. There is definitely a bitter cocoa there, and this adds a whole new layer to it, making it a great winter ale for myself.

Feel: Medium bodied, well balanced and warm. Everything I ask for.

Overall: I was well impressed with this. The other brew bus brews I've had have been like the "lesser brothers" of the CCB lineup. But this one stands on it's own in my opinion. A very well balanced, and unique take on a red ale. Well done.

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer is brewed by Cigar City for the Tampa Bay Brew Bus. It pours out a dark red color with an off-white head. The aroma is rich and malty with caramel and coffee notes. The taste is robustly malty, it's huge on caramel malt flavors. There's a bit of thin coffee flavors and chocolate on the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, a solid malty red.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm. Something seems amiss here.

The nose initially struck me as having a very Flanders tone to it. I figured maybe that was just something that was there for the start and it would fade. The flavor profile follows suit in very much the same fashion though. Tart and fruity wood is definitely showing here, in a lasting fashion.

I doubt that what I got here was the intended outcome (will do some research to find out precisely), but what I got, I liked. If the beer is supposed to be like this, it'd be an instant hit for me and I'd be going to get more.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours into my pint glass a deep caramel and copper color. A nice half finger tan head and minimal lacing.
S: Sweet and semi reminiscent of a Belgian strong dark ale, if you can believe that. Caramel malt, sugar and dark fruit are all in play. Surprisingly complex.
T: complex, like the nose. Starts with the sweet caramel flavors and blends with dark fruit. Toward the back there is a slight tartness and a tad of a hop snap.
M: medium carbonation with a body to match. Slightly creamy and nice aftertaste.
O: this brew was more complex than expected and not quite true to the style. I live their interpretation though. More Irish red/ Belgian dark than American Red in NY opinion. Cigar City does not disappoint.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt at Cont. Liquors-Ashland, Ky. for this. We had a small tasting of this.

12 oz brown bottle with a neat red and white label describing what this beer is about and pretty much advertising the brew bus or whatever it was. Pretty cool labeling though not normal Cigar City style. Poured this into a pint style glass.

A - deep amber brown with a deep murky red hue. Beige like head was pretty thin and settled to a light ring of lacing leaving minimal stick. I thought the color was brilliant though the head lacked therefore not quite living up to its outstanding color.

S - dark fruits and a lot of dark fruit for that matter. Sweet bread aroma with brown nearly sugary malt. Overall aroma is pretty sweet and fruity. Nothing coming full force and nothing that screams American Amber/red ale in terms of smell anyway.

T - lots of dark fruitiness up front and continuing with a tartness toward the middle of the flavor. Bread like malt notes come through before a semi dry finish. Flavor is a bit odd for the style it claims to be. There is a lot going on with a big load of dark fruitiness and near tart strangeness.

M - damn smooth ill give it that. On the light side, but no matter the tart and fruitiness flavors it still coats the mouthfeel with what flavor it has. Very easy going and drinkable for me. Not sure everyone can enjoy straight up fruit and tart character though.

O - I've had a lot of brews from Cigar City yet for whatever reason this will be my first actual review from the Tampa, Florida outfit. Ill definitely have to throw some more on here from those guys as this doesn't quite sum up their style. I just can't say I just had an American red ale with this. It had some quality and despite its smoothness and very good dark fruit flavors I don't see a masterpiece with Rollin' Dirty. However it is what would be considered a rare try here where I live, so it's cool to get to try something I've never seen nor will ever see again. Hey, I'll give it props if it indeed was brewed on a bus lmao! I mean what more could be done in that regard? This ale was more of an appreciation to a great brewery and a rare treat given I've never had anything quite like it. It's not American amber, not a Scottish ale, and its not quite a Flanders red, but all be damn if it didn't remind me of all 3 in some way if not hitting close to the mark in one of the latter 2. Just not quite taking the step to an actual style. It's a one of a kind for me and that's enough to give it a shot. I look to get ahold of more Cigar City in the future for sure, I just don't know that I'll be buying any more than a single bottle of this when that happens.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly deep red in color but has very little balancing carbonation. Mild sticky lace ring.

S + T - Both are pretty balanced maybe a slight more caramel than I expected with a decent hop presence. Not bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink

Overall not something I would seek out again yet not mind blowing for a Cigar City release.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Stakem for the hookup on this bottle.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a couple fingers of dirty off-white head. This retains with roughly a rich finger or so of froth, which soaps the sides of the glass with a thick cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma has a twang to it up front from a combination of citrus, caramel, and then more of a buttered toast presence along the back. This isn’t overly airy in the nose but does have a light floral tinge to it on the edges.

The taste is malt forward, with more buttered toast and caramel tanginess that mixes in some citrus flavor as well. A light leafy bitterness stretches into a dry finish that leaves a little pith hanging on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that spreads out into the rest of the mouth. Pretty solid fee on this.

This was decent. It was definitely a more malt heavy take on the style but there was still enough of a hop presence to keep this crisp and balanced. There’s nothing really exceptional about this but it’s still a solidly drinkable Red Ale. Thanks again Adam.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle.Pours a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, caramel, a touch of sweetness. Taste is also a bit malty but hops are present, some caramel as well. A very easy drinking beer. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass. Taken from November tasting notes from trip to FL.

Pours deep rich reddish brown, with light foam patches atop. Bready toffee notes. Smells sweet. Strong caramel sweetness. Very light cherry bite. Small amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good and drinkable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery reddish color with off-white head. Caramel malt, light pine, bread, and toast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with some caramel malt and light grass.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle I picked up at Cigar City just the other day. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clouded brown moreso than amber or red. A rich tan foam sits atop the brew with a finger strength and recedes slowly leaving a wall of webby lacework on the glass. When held to the light, it shows a bit of amber hue but for the most part this brew looks like a clouded brown.

The aroma is pleasantly malty with a solid inclusion of caramel to toffee character. A bit of dark fruitiness smells like raisins or prunes before transitioning back to a more central focus of malt smelling more toasty and bready as the experience continues. Once the brew is warmer, it has a touch of chocolate quality about it that is a bit misplaced for the style but is fitting/understandable based on the look of this brew.

The taste is pretty much exactly what you would expect based off of the aroma. Toasty grain gives way to a bready feeling that has some sweetness somewhat like caramel and toffee. There is a bit of fruits present tasting mildly like raisins. A faint bitterness keeps the maltiness and fruity quality in check. The alcohol is seemingly non-existent except for a mild accenting fruity ester. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a bit of chocolate quality emerges as well a musty aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking and a fairly decent take on the style. However, it is pretty much middle of the road and decent without any wow factor. The visuals are a bit deceiving but other than that nothing of fault to be found. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Deep burnt red pour with caramel tones and a frothy beige head resting on top. Decent retention, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass while consuming.

Bready, sweet and toasty in the nose with caramel and soft sugary notes. Malty with a soft hop flair and bread crust.

Malted sweetness with lurking hops underneath. Bread crust, caramel and burnt sugar followed by some soft fruity esters. Thicker malt backbone, toasted grain and medium sweetness level. Finishes crisp and quick.

Medium body, well carbonated, chewy and sticky on the tongue. Slightly above average amber ale, nothing more, nothing less. I kind of expect more from Cigar City at this point though.

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Photo of Shaw
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A deep, deep ruby in color with a short head.

Sweet, light malt aroma.

Taste is mild of malt. Not much going on here.

Nothing wrong with the body.

Overall just an average brew. Can't really blame Cigar City for this since they were just the contract brewer.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty red color, with a razor thin head. Smell is a bit of caramel with wheat and a touch of malt and grapes. Taste is a little tart and winey with a dry bready malt finish. Feel is light with medium carbonation. This one is a little odd. I'm not sure what they were going for, or if they pulled it off. It's not bad, but it's just not as compelling as their stuff usually is.

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1.78/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

$5.00 for 12oz single, served in a flared pint glass
No ABV indicated
Sampled 09DEC12

[A] Pours with a large, 3 finger plus head. Sandy in color, frothy in texture. Retention is immaculate. The body has a dark amber hue - brown at the center of the glass with orange tints along the edges. Clarity is on the low end of the spectrum. Any would-be lacing comes clean off the glass eventually.

[S] Yeasty and overly phenolic. Fumes of plastic hide the malt and hop character entirely.

[T] More obnoxious off flavors. Mild caramelly sweetness with a touch of chocolate that manages an appearance on the very back end of the palate.

[M] Thick body with a lively bite of carbonation that grabs hold of the tongue immediately and holds on through the finish.

[O] Something went wrong here because this beer is bad. I mean really bad. Nothing but plasticky phenolics on the nose and palate. It's not until the very end of the finish until normal Amber Ale flavors come through.

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Rollin' Dirty Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 122 ratings