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Rowhouse Red - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopDerek on 03-27-2008)
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Reviews by mjw06:
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3.38/5  rDev -4%

I gave this beer a chance over and over again. It was like I wanted to fall in love with it, because I liked the concept, yet it continually let me down.

First off, what exactly makes this a farmhouse ale? I'm not a stickler for style, nor do I aspire to be, but this beer seems a little lost. The idea of a ruby-rye saison is great, but that's not what this is. I don't know what it is.

Rye base. Warm sweetness, cherries and caramel. Maybe just a slight tang of Belgian yeast. But that's where it stops. This beer is at the bare minimums. They should pull this off the shelves, build upon this base, give it some improvements (namely spice it up a little bit to be more in line with a "saison"), rebrand it and put it back on the shelves. They've got an excellent direction and base, but now take it to the next level. Until then, it desires to disappoint (and confuse).

08-08-2011 19:51:39 | More by mjw06
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Photo of tigg924


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

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

03-27-2009 14:50:01 | More by tigg924
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

07-10-2010 06:47:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-09-2012 01:20:04 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

03-27-2009 00:27:06 | More by caddybuyer
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-13-2008 19:35:00 | More by NJpadreFan
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -43.2%

12-08-2012 02:16:49 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

05-16-2008 23:30:12 | More by tempest
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-28-2012 01:29:39 | More by cliff1066
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-27-2013 03:13:19 | More by jdaddy
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-09-2013 20:57:12 | More by EBeckett3
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-01-2008 03:48:29 | More by Chinon01
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-18-2013 02:40:30 | More by timjim1327
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

09-29-2008 00:25:42 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

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

01-07-2010 01:12:06 | More by drcarver
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-17-2013 16:36:54 | More by klimoja
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

01-12-2012 15:53:26 | More by UfosBigRigsnBBQ
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-22-2010 14:46:15 | More by tone77
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

07-19-2008 16:45:08 | More by beerthulhu
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

05-25-2009 01:31:21 | More by akorsak
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-12-2012 17:45:57 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-24-2011 21:08:42 | More by mdillon86
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

03-20-2009 22:32:39 | More by Dodo2step
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2.42/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

11-21-2009 16:22:17 | More by u2carew
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-16-2008 19:03:19 | More by MmmIPA
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Rowhouse Red from Philadelphia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.