Mean Street
Roak Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #829
Ranked #39,436
3.48 | pDev: 6.9%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Roak's Mean Street last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for an Amber Ale tonight and I thought this one was worth a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a real nice design to it and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice orange amber color that took on more of an Amber color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of hoppy aromas with a soapy hop aroma seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some sweet malt and a little bit of water aroma with some caramel malts, brown bread and grainy aromas showing up towards the end. This beer had a decent aroma, but I could go without the soapy hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the soapy hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast followed by some sweet malt flavors along with all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a soapy hop aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but the soapy hops hold it back.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little watery, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it wasn't a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of the style, it had some nice things, but it was also rough around the edges and in the end it came down to a couple things that ended up holding this beer back, This beer didn't have great drinkability, one is enough for, I have no urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the soapy hops, they weren't needed and they held this beer back. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all it's not a horrible beer, but it it isn't that good either, it kind of falls right in the middle. it's not a favorite Roak beer and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This amber while not bad it's not the greatest. The beer poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent was basic with bread notes. The taste leaned toward the bitter side. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of justinp444
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber orange with a thin white head. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, orange, some biscuit-y malt, slight yeast, caramel, toast, grassy hops, and some floral notes. Taste is citrus grapefruit with a good amount of biscuit-y malt and earth notes. A good amount of bitter, moderate mouth feel and body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy amber ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Mean Street from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 17 ratings