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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This deep red colored ale is full of caramelly sweet malt flavor, yet nicely balanced with a smooth finish.

ChopsandBailey's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChopsandBailey (10) - USA - OCT 28, 2009
Tap. Nice crisp amber color with disappointing head. Minimal aroma. Flavor was weak but not bad. Not the Mills’ best brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Of all the beer styles out there, Irish Red seems to be one no one can agree one when it comes to defining it in terms of basic and niche parameters. Seems like you can make any red ale and call it an “Irish Red” and it’ll sell (especially around St. Patrick’s Day). Rochester Mills Rochester Red Ale is a whole lotta meh in all aspects: objective quality; taste; and style adherence. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not good.

I poured a 16oz can into a wine glass. It was canned on 9/5/15 and cost $2.99 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful red wine-like hue (looks especially appropriate in this glass). Clear, but no carbonation to view. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Mild fruity character and a hint of sweetness. A trace of flowers. Clean, but far from appeasing.

Taste: If I had to say whether this beer meets the criteria of an Irish Red, I’d reluctantly say yes. It does have the caramel and toffee flavors you want and expect of the style; the problem is they’re just entirely too weak. There are faint British-style malt notes in the form of dark fruit and marmalade toast, but that’s about it. Hops create for just slight bitterness. The fruity flavors are enjoyable – but only when I really look for them (I shouldn’t have to do that, they should be obvious). I will say there’s nothing off-putting about the beer, so it seems to be well-brewed (objectively speaking). This reminds me of something that would bear a Michelob or Blue Moon moniker.

Drinkability: It doesn’t say on the can, but Rochester Mills’ website indicates Rochester Red Ale has a potency of 5.9% ABV, which is actually quite strong. The delivery doesn’t seem that strong, though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but low in carbonation. And yet the actual texture feels a little watery. There’s no sticky sensation, but some dryness is evident.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7116) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Sebring, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 16 oz tall boy can. Dark amber pour, decently thick khaki colored head, nice lacing, crappy 8th grade graphics art class label. Aroma has some molasses accents, some homebrew over zealousness, a touch of toffee. Flavor is malt oriented, no hoppy bitterness to be found. Lots of caramel, toffee, molasses. Pretty one dimensional. Does in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (4023) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Tall boy can from a trade. Nose is initially a medium sweet caramel malt. Followed by hints of butter and vanilla. A very faint toasted malt. Deep red with orange highlight. Taste is slightly more roast forward but still very caramel at the same time. Light to medium hop bitterness. Overall a mediocre red/amber but not much else. Is what it is. Another amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (1191) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Tap at the source. Pours red copper, small white creamy head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted quality, caramel, mild hops. Pretty malty. Flavor is sweet red ale, malty. Not bad for a red.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (20907) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Draft at DTW. Clear reddish amber color, big tan head. Aroma of light caramel. Taste is sweet caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5216) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Smells a little sweet like candy. A darker beer. Oh my, pretty strong impressions like many rochy brews. Wew, fer sure you can tell this is over 6%. Not real civilized b y southern standards.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Large sample pour of properly colored Amber with a thin off white head. Nose is caramel malts with faint citrus, a little zest. Caramel flavors, lighter hop notes of citrus and mild zest again, mostly sweeter malt notes. Not a favorite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2015
decent little red i pulled outta michican on a snowmobile trip, tall can into glass, dead fruit aroma, malty fruit taste, ok stuff i suppose

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Aroma is very weak, a little malt, taste is some malts and Carmel, very matalic, not very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
16 oz can: Aroma had got a nice malty note to it, caramel, a bit of bread, and some really subtle grassy hops on the backend. Appearance is a reddish/ amber with a medium off white head that lingers. Taste is caramel malts upfront, lightly nutty, and some very light hop note in there as well. Palate is light and aqueous with a lightly malty, but somewhat crisp aftertaste. Overall, Good offering but nothing that will blow your socks off. Cheers!

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