ChopsandBailey (10) - USA - OCT 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Nice crisp amber color with disappointing head. Minimal aroma. Flavor was weak but not bad. Not the Mills’ best brew.
chinchin (15) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a can. Rochester Red pours a dark amber with about 2 fingers of creamy sand colored head.The froth is long lasting and leaves a mosaic of lacing on the glass as it recedes. The aroma is rich with malts. The favor is creamy malts. Smooth with a nice clean refreshing quality. The finish has a tangy citrus kick that helps it end on a crisp note. Good brew all around.
milewide (1218) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty red color, and malty taste. Medium head and body. Little hop influence. Seems on target for an Irish Red---but too few hops for an American Amber.
bigtaster (403) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From can. Clear brown red color with smaller tan head. Pretty mild aroma, hints of caramel malt. Medium to light body, smooth caramel slightly dry.
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on-tap at Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield, Michigan. Only $2 for a pint, so why not?
Man... disappointed. That’s all I can say about this beer. It had this... odd smell. Like dusty rocks/malts. It was unusual, and not in a good way. The taste was a bit better -- it had a very deep, almost stout/porter flavor with a kind of rusty aftertaste. Rochester Red isn’t an awful beer, but I can’t say it’s something I’d have again. Just not made with the highest quality of malts..
Onslow (934) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 16 oz can. Deep reddish amber brew with smaller tan head. Aroma of caramel, a little hops. Taste is all about the malt - sweet caramel at the start to finish, very smooth and tasty.
blackflag321 (319) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can pour to pint glass. Deep, dark red with little head. Bigger nose than typical amber ale. Full bodied on the palate through to the finish. Nice drinking beer.
Silphium (2976) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub, Rochester. Clearish dark copper body, thin cream head. Toasty, leafy nose with notes of caramel and brown sugar; tannic and sweet. Nice cerealy body dominated by toasted Cheerios, also brown sugar and hints of tart grapeskin in the finish. Pretty good.
BallyLoser (136) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap: Sweet aroma. Nice colour. had a carmel taste, and a bit of a malty aftertaste.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2007
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
A beautiful looking and smelling beer when first poured from the bottle. A sweet coffee aroma was wonderful, but struck me a quite strange for an ale. Unfortunately this is where the compliments end. The flavor was weak and uninteresting, and the finish difficult to describe. It seemed to me that this beer either needed to be aged longer in the barrel, or needed more blending: peculiar. I can’t understand a rating of 3+ for this beer, other then to say that this beer benefits from being a USA microbrew.