Rochester Mills Rochester Red - Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear amber body with a touch of red. About one-finger of light tan head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a cap and a small bit of lacing.
Not too much going on in the aroma department. A little malt, and a touch of earthy hops.
The flavor is interesting. Still malt forward, but more like a roasted flavor, bordering on a porter flavor. Sweet with hints of chocolate. Still, a touch of light hops in background. But, the bartender warned me it would not taste like a normal "red" so I shouldn't be so surprised.
Easy drinking brew overall. I would definitely have it again.
08-01-2011 22:18:08 | More by FanofHefe
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours amber red with a slight haze. Thick, creamy, off-white head. 1.5 inches slowly dissipating. Sweet, malty nose, with caramel and yeasty notes. Medium light body and decent lingering Well-developed lacing. Toast, nuts, caramel, and pumpernickel bread on the palate. Very low on hops - would have enjoyed greater hop-malt balance. Tasty.
01-03-2014 21:51:43 | More by carlborch
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, floral, grass, brown bread, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light citrus, biscuit, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt flavors; with a light hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale style. Good balance and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
12-02-2013 04:20:26 | More by superspak
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
This one nearly is red, at the very least a dark red-orange. The sheer darkness gives it a certain thickness and opacity, though it's clear otherwise. On top, a tan head grows at firs to over two fingers, then settles to a firm, creamy foam about half a finger for the rest of the session. Lacing is left beginning with a hearty ring and following with solid patching.
This red has a pretty nice nose, favoring malts but with a touch of hops imparting earthy notes. Otherwise, there's a toasty note running through, a bit of nut, light caramel, and some leaf. It could use a bit more so it doesn't take as much effort to draw out.
The taste goes more leafy, with breads coming through as the strongest malt element, and toasty at that, while caramel does add a dose of sweetness. I don't have the can with me anymore to verify English varietals of either hops or malts or both, but there's an extremely distinctive tea-like note and minerality. A very light touch of some dark fruit flashes before an earthier component finishes it out. This is a more old-school red, to be sure.
The body is quite good, a firm medium heft supporting without overtaking it. Crispness is light but constant, allowing a thick sort of smoothness to fill it out.
08-06-2013 20:51:38 | More by Brenden
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a transparent dark red. After a minute or two the minimal head is no where to be found. The scent I can pick up is sweet and malty, but the bar is too smokey to make a decent judgement. The taste isn't complex. It is your typical red ale. Hops up front finished with bittersweet malt. Mouthfeel is a bit higher than average, but still a bit thin for the style. This beer is very drinkable.
Notes: Not an exceptional beer by any means. The place seems to be almost a micro-macro brewery. It is a decent beer, but better suited for "having a few with the guys" than when you really want to appreciate a quality brew.
04-09-2005 06:54:24 | More by bozebus17
3.53/5 rDev +2%
A - Pours a deep brown with a big fluffy head that runs away quickly.
S - Malt forward, brown sugar, cake batter, not much from a hop perspective.
T - Follows suit from the nose - deep malt flavors but not enough hops to balance this brew.
O - Solid and I would pick it up again, but nothing to blow you away. I wish it had a bit more hop presence.
03-02-2013 04:10:15 | More by andrewjraab
Rochester Mills Rochester Red from Rochester Mills Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.