Rowhouse Red - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopDerek on 03-27-2008)
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Reviews by Andreji:
Photo of Andreji
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So it's been a while and had a very, very long day at work this friday so I came home and wanted to pop something.

This Saison is one of the few things I brought back from Philly for some rainy days and boy did it come in fortunate, this one.

Very nice red glow which is almost fully opaque barely allowing some light to shine through. the head is also very generous and in a beige tone. Lasts for a while and is fairly compact.

The smell fills the room. Strong odour of hops in a somewhat IPAish fashion but...sweeter. sort of like a bitterish honey, you'd almost say this could swing anywhere from pale ale to tripel.

Taste is fantastic. the initial sweetness is kinda cola-ish with a bit of a butterscotch feel. thereon there's a nice tangy grapefruitiness to it added on to a mold to it throughout. Hardly any alcohol but it allows itself to be felt. the end is fairly hoppy in a nice manner, rather moderate but very present. Medium bodied makes it thick yet can be handled at any temperature.

Overall, I found this to be not only a very on-the-spot saison, but also a delicious beer and certainly one more reason to like Philly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, redish-brown, small head, medium carbonation, lots of lacing

Smell:a mix of spice and hops

Taste: small hops, small caramel, some citrus, and for some reason I tasted a bit of agave

Mouthfeel:smooth, a sweetish start that rapidly turns bitter

Drinkability: This one is a sipper. I could have this again, but probably no more than two. Slightly bitter, but tasty

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clouded mahogany tinted amber body with a tan khaki thicket of intense creamy textured head that forms nice clouded layers above the edge of my chalice. Lacing has fine speckled layers clinging to the glass. Aromatics offer up some mildly tart vinous layers with deep caramel and fruit tones intertwined. Carbonation tickles the nose a bit here with a spicy edge to it all bringing out sliced breads with a hint of tart cherry. Flavors ride like a wave of tart earthy notes, bitter yeast cakes and slightly harsh spice additions. Fruity with a tart dark cherry character very natural and unforced in it's nature. Complex little drinking ale that brings it's Belgian inspiration with American audacity, cool friggin' session ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly spritzy carbonation nothing heavy or sticky this is an interesting brew. Drinkability was solid I will revisit this out of all the recent Philadelphia Brewing experiences I've had this one may suit me the best.

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Deep red amber that fades to a lighter amber at the bottom of a large wineglass....interesting. Creamy light tan head that craters nicely. Very attractive.

S-A light funky malty sourness with a hint of sweetness.

T-Interesting...fascinating, but not necessarily in a good way. This one is all over the place. The initial sip hits you with an overcarbonated slightly sour sweetness, with apples mid palate and finishing with a rather astringent bitterness without direction. Does not seem well put together.

M-Overcarbonated with an overall light mouthfeel.

D-Not very. Glad I tried it, interesting and fairly complex, but not much order, and not really enjoyable.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Philadelphia Brewing- Rowhouse Red

On tap at The Porterhouse- Lahaska, PA.
Re-reviewed on 5/30, bottle.

A- Nice golden reddish brown with a thick sticky heavy lacing head.
S- Sour whiskey mix, malt, and spices.
T- Thick carmelized malt up front with a sour mash middle and a spicy peppery finish.
M- Thick at first but changing into a sour spicy ending.

Overall- Much better from the bottle than on tap. Tap form I slammed it, but I felt to do this 1 justice and re-review it from the bottle. Not bad more of an Amber/ Red Ale meets a saison. Good regardless.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from The Foodery in N. Liberties.

Pours a reddish amber with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is filled with farmhouse notes and earthy hops with a little creamy note. The flavor follows up with bigger hop flavors that have citrus rind and a little grass that build up into the aftertaste. The overall feel is dry, like it should be, but unfortunately, it's also a touch chaulky, which is pretty unfortunate. All in all a tasty beer though. Worth a try.

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jdaddy
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Chinon01
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is red (quite red) with a soapy spotty head.

Smell is spicy similar to a pumpkin ale. Tartness due to rye and a touch of warm roastiness.

Taste is similar to smell with maltiness and trailing hops in the finish which is dry. Hop finish is pretty severe. Some fruit is present as well.

Mouthfeel is grainy and sharp due to rye and hops. It is just ok. Drinkability is moderate.

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Poured a deep dark ruby amber color. A fluffy 1" head for and quickly receded. Smells of fruit, maybe strawberry and/or apple and wheat. Flavor is bready and fruity, with a lot of sweetness. Medium bodied, relatively easy to drink. Definitely a very good beer.

Photo of drcarver
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber color with an fluffy offwhite head that sticks around with some lacing

S - strong in a vegetable aroma that is almost overpowering but cuts at the end by some roasted goodness.

T - grass and vegetable flavors are strong in the beer with a stale smokiness.

M - soft but flat. smooth with little aftertaste to speak of

D - its okay and goes down smooth but dropping the temp a bit (had it at 45`) might make it more appealing

Photo of klimoja
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and rye. Taste is good, well balanced hops, malts, and rye. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful ruby-amber with a frothy 1 finger medium beige head that was moderately lasting while leaving a thin sheet lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: dried caramel and dried citrus.

T: The flavor had a rich and spicy caramel nature to it, boozy, with some alcohol and dried apple fruitiness. There was some dried citrus hopping as well. Overall the palate was dry, malty with a dry flowery bitterness found on the finish. Spicy, dry toasted caramel with a dry flowery bitterness makes this a good example.

M: a little lighter then expected, thin with a slight carbonation presence.

D: Good drinkability, dry, spicy and good to style.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Philadelphia Brewing variety case.

A: The ale is a dark crimson color, practically a dark brown hue. The dark notes completely obscure the body. A finger of head didn't last long but did leave some thin bands of lace.

S: The nose s very complex, offering up farmhouse aromas when you'd never expect it. A mild horseblanket scent, driven by brettanomyces, really comes through, as does a rye bready flavor.

T: Rye bread drives the flavor, peppery and dark. Along with the rye, more funky sour flavors come through. The undetone of the sip is very Fantôme-esque, funky and very gamey. As the ale warms, the profile doesn't change but it feels less forced.

M: The mouthfeel is one of the most authentic saisons that I've had. The tartness is palpable, overwhelming at times but the rye finish is worth it.

D: The ale is refreshing, a unique combination of saison and rye that works when you wouldn't think that they would.

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Westy's Beer distributor

A- a nice foamy head with a beautiful sticky lacing. Lacing is silk-like and splotches my glass. Color is that of an Iced Tea look. Clear and uncarbonated.

S- a breaded toast smell with rye and malt present. Not much else going on.

T- a powerful rye hits the palate first. It tastes like toasted rye bread. Somewhat good but can be overbearing. sour malt as well.

M- dry rye and parchy.

D- I am not a huge rye fan so the drinkablity factor drops for me but if you are a rye fan you would love it. A nice beer for me to relax with.

Photo of u2carew
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle consumed 11/17
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly. Head and lacing are sticky and creamy. Reddish brown in color. Visible sediment.
S) light toffee and butterscotch. Some earthy tones mixed with mellow hop floral notes.
T) Bitter upfront. Very little malt to balance the body of this brew. The overall taste is weak and thin despite the color of the body. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste and beyond.
M) Crisp. Sharp. Dry. hop pucker factor. Light body.
D) Not a beer that I will drink again. Body and taste are thin with an overly robust, almost obnoxious hop bitterness.

Photo of MmmIPA
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first heard about this beer.I thought it was going to be a straight red/amber ale.Was i wrong...

Rusty colored body with a nice off white head thats about one finger.Head falls to a nice funky belgian ring.

My first thougts on the smell was my cellar when its wet out,Musty.Yeasty and cherry notes.

Very dry taste but coats your palate with cherry peels.I cant taste too much malt.

Prickly on the tongue.Nice feeling though.

Having this beer is like having a salad on a hot day.

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Rowhouse Red from Philadelphia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.