Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 7, 2008
THOUGHTS: Very disappointed by this one. The first of the Philadelphia beers I’ve tried. It almost made me not try any more of them. OK, I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s a little harsh and has a band-aid like aroma to it. Didn’t really like this one that much.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured clear, medium to dark, brownish amber with an average to large, creamy, off-white head that mostly lasted and left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate malt, light resin hops, light earthy yeast, rye and either band-aid or solvent. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and moderate to heavily bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and acidic, moderately bitter and slightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel malt, rye, slight lemon and metallic hops. The medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic and light astringent finish. dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours a mahoganey brown with a large foamy light beige head that leaves only a slight bit of lace as it resides. Aroma starts off with a big burst of yeast but after only a minute or two the aroma becomes dominant by a bubblegum sweetness and some underlying grainy notes. Palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a very dry finish. Flavor of grainy bread, alcohol, and a good busrt of bitterness that seems more like biting into a grapefruit rind then enjoyable hops. The name of this beer means absolutely nothing, what the hell is "Philadelphia Style Ale" anyway?? bp (923) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark copper color with a frothy white head, aroma of rye and hops, taste is slightly bitter and somewhat bready I guess (must be from the rye), some spices as well. Not a favorite of mine but not too bad either. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and copper/amber color. Aroma is musty medium malt-slight caramel/peat, some odd yeast. Taste is a mess.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Cheers to the burgoening efforts of Philly brewers to include one of my favorite ingredients for beer - rye. The mixtre of barley and rye gives this red ale is a nice mellow taste, but taking nothing away from the sbready, somehwat strong but subtle flavors. A true session beer....one of my favorites from the PBC.
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours a mostly translucent copper/amber with golden notes and a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus, rye, toasted malt, spicy yeast esters, nuts and some caramel. Flavor of rye bread, spicy yeast esters, peppery, citrus, toasted malts, nice and dry, fruity, rye and other grains. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a reddish copper color with small head. Aroma of malts, rye, pine and a hint of hops. Flavor was caramel malts, rye, brown sugar, and a nice hop bite at the end. Somewhat chewy with a light carboonation. Solid session beer and a nicely done red ale. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orangish / copper color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of light citrus, caramel, rye bread, and some light spices. Tastes of caramel, lighter rye, and citrus. DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Deep copper pour with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, vinous fruit, some citrus and hops. Tastes caramel malty, with brown sugar, fig, and heavy vinous fruit notes. Fairly rich and creamy palate. Solid. JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
The rye in Rowhouse Red blends well with the malts. Worked for a session beer, but had more flavor than your typical ’Red Ale’. I hope this beer will catch on for Philadelphia Brewing Company.