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Rowhouse Red - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JMWEB2
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker red to burnt orange colored body, nice light tan head, very bubbly. Great looking brew.

S: Funky fruity smell, spice, and some rye, I'm not sure what to label this.

T: Malty, a small spicy bitterness from hops, interesting taste here.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, easy drinking, and I think I will try another.

O: I liked it, very different brew here, but its interesting, and flavorful.

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Giantspace
2.5/5  rDev -29%

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

Poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a clear amber color body with a thick white creamy head, that hangs around for a while. The smell is malty with some hops coming through. The taste is mainly malts but i get some sweetness and a little bit of hops near the end. Very nice mouth feel, well carbonated. Overall a good beer.

Photo of thatdirtymick
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of wertschy
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of JCFinn
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of victory4me
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Decent, but not great, lacing.

S: A malty aroma, with some traces of hops and fruit.

T: Tasted of mild hops, fruit (orange, apples), and a malty finish. This is a flavor that while it doesn't jump out at you, it does have a pleasant way about it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't a mind-blowing beer, it is certainly likeable and easy to drink.

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of pvsob
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Brown color with copper highlights. Large fluffy head (lightest tan) that has freakish retention and average lacing. Carbonation holds up a 1 cm film. Clarity is slightly muddled due to sediment.

S- Bready malt, cherry, apple, and faint Belgian yeast aromas. Overall, a very sweet smelling beer.

T- Mainly malt, but with some sweet fruitiness, soap, and an herbal (medicinal) bitterness mixed with some spicy rye in the finish.

M- Medium feel with a moderate level of carbonation.

O- I don't know exactly what the guys at PBC were going for with this beer, but it did turn out to be a very interesting tasting experience. I think with a few tweaks, this could be a damn good beer. Worth a try. Cheers.

Photo of xnicknj
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear amber color with cherry red hues. Thin crop of beige head rests on top, nice legs, some spots of lacing on the glass.

Scents of bitter citrus hops and sweet tropical fruit. Apple and orange peel. Bread crust and caramel.

Slight bitterness up front with citrus. Plenty of bready malt and caramel throughout the profile. Some cherry and other fruit tones. Finishes a little bitter and sweet.

Medium body, decent carbonation, clean and crisp on the tongue. Pretty drinkable and refreshing, although nothing special.

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

I like the general concept of this beer but I don't think the flavors work out together. Pours a clear amber color. Head fades a little quick. Smells mostly malty with slight citrus hops and some peppery notes. Rye is apparant but not a huge kick in the nose or on the palate. Also smells a little sweet, almost honey like. Tastes a tad sweet as well with honey notes, some caramel, and a little lemon-like citrus. Drinks medium with a dry-sweetness upfront then balanced by slight bitterness at the end. Overall, an average beer on par with other craft beers but a much better choice than anything mass produced. It's pretty unoffensive and would be a nice choice for the novice craft beer drinker. Was surprised to find out this is in the farmhouse category as described on the bottle label. I don't consider this a Saison by any means like other reviews. Seems more like an amber ale with some very faint farmhouse qualities.

Photo of MrOH
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn with a single finger white head. Lots of lace.
Deep malt, some rye spice, typical saison yeast character.

Spicy and malty. Quite tasty. Could use a bit of acidity or some more fruitiness, though.

Light bodied, but could use a bit more carbonation.

I think that this would be a better beer for fall, but it is right tasty.

Photo of mjw06
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dwaz for this one. Poured into tulip. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with just about a half inch of light tan head that had low retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was decent, if a bit different for the style. The expected earthiness was there, very grain forward, and had an extra tang of Rye. On the tongue the Rye had the forward spot and dominated the yeast, spice and other grain flavors.

The body was fuller than average, which for most styles I would consider a plus, but in a Saison I want it to be a bit lighter in the mouth. The drinkability was good, I'd have a couple of these. Overall, an interesting take on the style. Certainly worth trying when you get a chance.

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

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

Good beer. Pours an amber-orange with slight ruby highlights, and a nice finger of off-white head. (I often confuse this for a red ale, as implied by the name, but it is not in fact a red ale.) Biscuity aroma with scents of fruit and some spice coming through. Toasty breadiness in the taste, a bit of barnyard funk, but not too overpowering, sweet caramel, and some apples and blackberries. Just a tad of hop bitterness for a crisp finish. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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