RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
well its that time of the year where the dog goes outside and drinks the rain water out of an upside down garbage lid, but its not the time where your beer smells like your wet dog, quality control is an issue with this beer, the scent is of wet musty shih tzu and has a souring tartness that no american red (amber ale?) should have, i choked it down and im not any better for it...

thecleyman (25) - - MAY 21, 2017
Pretty solid Amber. Out of a can. Smooth taste. Not the greatest Amber, but definitely not the worst. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ebone1988 (2233) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Aroma is metallic, caramel, earthy hops, slight booziness for some reason. Appearance is red amber, light tan head, somewhat hazy. Taste is bitter, metallic, caramel, earthy hops, wheat, too bitter and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, bitter metallic aftertaste. Overall, this isn’t great.

bpar73 (1199) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2017
On tap at the Riverwalk. Red/brown pour with an off-white head, Caramel malt in the taste and aroma. Smooth finish with a bit of a brown ale characteristics.

katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2016 Rated under old beer app. Poured amber red with notes of hops. Can really taste the hops. Drinkable but not great. Tap at brewery.

edgallow (4629) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Draft sampler pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and bread. Taste is malts and a little bitterness.

Weevo (187) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2016
2 pints at the brewery. Pours a murky Amber with a medium white foam head. Sweet malts and carmel, a little bitterness at the end. Very drinkable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2016
This canned brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy auburn colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent red brown colored body and a very good lacing. The weak aroma was malty. The semi-thick crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering Irish red malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of Irish red malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

fsquirrel29 (91) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2016
I would have enjoyed this beer if I had bought it at a party store with hundreds of choices, but my city’s local 4th of July carnival had a craft beer booth. All IPAs and fruit beers (neither of which I like). So Rochester Red was the only choice for me & it turned out to be very enjoyable. I will definitely be buying this one again..

ChadPolenz (1847) - 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

PorterPounder (8359) - 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.

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