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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: 4 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.6%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Jan 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

HarmonMW, Feb 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Noelito76, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jwc215
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddish copper with a thin tan head that leaves a touch of lacing.

The smell is of an odd yeastiness (funky-ish?) with a touch of burnt toast and some caramel. A citric/leafy hop note almost saves it, though it's out-of-character for the style.

The taste is an odd blend of something almost funkyish/barnyardish (but, not quite), with caramel and slightly burnt toast. A bitterness clashes with the sweetness. Sour notes mix in, as well as a peppery spice. This may seem, in writing, to appear to be balanced and complex. But, in taste - it is not. It's just "all over the place".

Light-to-medium bodied with an effervescence that softens.

The label says "Biere de Mars". Maybe Mars is where it belongs, as it is all over the universal map. I suppose it tries to be a saison and/or a biere de garde, with an American hop flair. Doesn't really have a "farmhouse" mustiness, though it hints at it. Sweetness and sourness and bitterness just don't meld well here. This one doesn't do it for me.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2008
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.

u2carew, Nov 21, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

HRamz3, Sep 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Giantspace, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

oline73, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of BigMike
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: so this isn't really red in color. More of a dark coppery orange color. Clear with a 1 finger off white colored head.

S: Tons of rye and spicy pepper clove. A little caramel maltiness in the background.

T: Rye is in the forefront. A small amount of earthy grassy type hops. Some light caramel sweetness and black peppercorn.

M: light almost watery mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation.

Overall: Im not really sure about this beer. It's not terrible but I'm not really sure what they're going for. Probably not something I'd ever try again but I'm glad I did.

BigMike, Oct 27, 2010
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2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into pint glass this beer is a dark amber color with red highlights. thin whipsy head that dissapates into an off-white collar that stays to the end. smells of rye and a little hops. a bit funky. tastes of malt, rye, with a little sour tinge. higher carbonation with an average body. kind of an odd tasting beer that I'm not crazy about. wouldn't be seeking it again.

jmdrpi, Aug 26, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

IPAchris, Nov 07, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -21%
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.

barleyroad, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

jdaddy, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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