Rowhouse Red - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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

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Beer added by: HopDerek on 03-27-2008

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Reviews by MmmIPA:
Photo of MmmIPA
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  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 +13.3%
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 caddybuyer
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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 tempest
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Chinon01
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KOPBeerDrinker
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -0.8%
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 Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Lambdon
4.92/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great to have this smooth, amber ale back after a 2 year absence.

Photo of u2carew
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a BIF a while back, I had this one sitting around for a while and threw it in the fridge last night to try. Served cold, in a tulip glass. Consumed on 07/24/2008.

Poured a was ruby tinted amber with lots of yellow highlights to it. Strange color but nice overall. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, letting me knows this was most definitely a live one. A two inch layer of white foam then came up over the top, settled down to a broken crown and coated the inside of the glass with decent lacing.

The aroma was rather odd, sweet at first but as I really let it explore there were some light fruity notes, maybe peach and pineapple with a biscuit like note, very odd, but also very good. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of caramel whirled over the tongue and separated into a light and fruity Belgian yeast and a grapefruit and pineapple like floral hoppiness. Strange, but awesome I have to admit. Really quite complex. The flavor took a turn toward the bitter and dried out the palate appropriately, creating a nice dry, and inviting session for the next sip. Great medium feel was a little bit heavier then I thought it would be, but very well carbonated and an awesome session beer. Very rich for such low ABV.

Overall I am not sure what to call this style but it was definitely unique to say the least. Really quite nice and a classic for me. I was really not expecting this one to be as good as it was so I was quite shocked and pleasantly surprised. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, a top notch brew from a brewer I had never heard of, what more could you ask for.

Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DIM for this interesting extra!

Pours a murky reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that never completely disappears.

Smells nicely funky/sour. I suppose sour rye is an appropriate description. Slight hints of caramel sweetness.

The taste is pleasant. Some of that saison funk mixed in with rye and some toasted malts. Nothing incredibly complex, but very enjoyable given the ABV.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and drinkability is very good for this beer.

Recommended. Not amazing, but a good, very interesting beer from a brewery I'd never tried before.

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Not as dark as I may have expected from a beer using 'red' in the name... More of a rich amber, but that's out in the yard with great light, so... Minimal head, no apparent lacing.

S: Modest toasted malts, a touch of hop balance... All quite drinkable and mellow. A bit of a delicate floral note.

T: Toasted malts are more robust, though still quite accessable. A bit of rye spiciness that I did not detect in the aroma to round it out. Hopping is nice... A touch of citrus, and otherwise rather leafy.

M + D: Medium body with just enough carbonation to give it some zing. Lower alcohol makes for smooth and easy drinking on a hot day. Pretty decent beer and good enough to leave me intrigued to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DIM for throwing this in as an extra.

a - pours a deep copper color, one-finger off-white head, good retention and lacing, somewhat hazy

s - big aroma of fruity rye mixed with caramel, underlying spiciness, clove, some graininess

t - sweet rye fruitiness over top of bready and grainy maltiness on the midpalate, some light spiciness and caramel malt, finish has a little bitterness with more grain and yeast flavors, not much alcohol

m - light-to-medium bodied, lots of carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - the graininess of the taste and the moderate dryness limits the drinkability a bit for me

Not too bad of an effort overall. Interesting take on a farmhouse ale using rye. To me, the taste didn't quite live up to aroma. Glad I got the chance to give this a try.

Photo of barleyroad
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red/amber in color with a cloudy sit in appearance. Smell is very heavy on the malts, very little hop aroma. Mouthfeel is that of an unfiltered brew with some hops. Taste is not anything to to write home about, but not offensive. Overall this beer is drinkable but not one we will go out of our way to get. But worth a try.

Photo of Plughfish
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at The Bishops Collar. Poured a medium to dark reddish brown with an fluffy off-white head which remained for a long time and left good lacing. The beer was nicely carbonated and smells sweet with malt and hop character. Tastes of caramel sweetness with some citrus notes and a strong hop finish. An interesting beer that definitely leans more towards the American red side. Very drinkable, I would have this one again.

Photo of oline73
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish amber color, not very attractive. There is one finger of off white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: First I smell the rye and some Belgian spice. There is a bit of malt sweetness and some herbal hops.

Taste: The bitter rye hits the tongue first and stays there. In the background there is some Belgian spice, a very little bit of malt sweetness, and some herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and dry, this is the best part of the beer.

Drinkability: I don't really like this one. Whatever they were going for here didn't seem to work for me. I found it confusing.

Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Dark clear amber brown with a small bubbly white head.

S - Mostly caramel malt with a slight hint of fruitiness.

T - Caramel malt and rye up front, followed by floral and fruity hops. There is a light spiciness in the finish. The hops really balance out the sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, medium-low carbonation.

O - Decent amber ale (or ruby farmhouse ale as the brewer calls it). It's hard to classify this beer, as it does have a distinct flavor. Some will enjoy it, others may not. I think it's a balanced sessionable beer that tends to get better as you acquire a taste for it.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep ruby red color with an off white heading,with lacing all the way down to the last drop.

Smell is very original,kind of a burnt fruity taste if that makes sense,rye and a nice spice to it.

Taste is very dry kind of sour too. The fruitiness dosen't seem burnt anymore.Caramel, also alot of spices on the backend leaves the tongue feel funny.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with ok carbonation

Drink is high

The best I've had from the Philadelphia brewing company yet.

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a ruddy, dark-copper, deep ruby-red colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
For a "Saison" style beer, the appearance proved to be very misleading and unproportionately dark...
Attractive aroma filled with bananas, cloves, spices, and ripe fruit...
Taste was replete with pears, banans, slight citrus, heavy florals, and rich fruits...
Creamy, and rich mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match...
So far, all of the beers that I've sampled from this new Philadelphia brewery have been really good...

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Rowhouse Red from Philadelphia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.