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Red Rose Amber Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Red Rose Amber AleRed Rose Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 04-02-2004)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid and murky brown with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment can be seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is very malty with some fruity and floral aromas. Taste is very much the same with some earthy, fruity, and slightly floral flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors but definitely unlike most other beers of the same style I have had in the past.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red copper with a thick, firm white head.

Lovely perfumed floral rose nose with Belgian sugar and very light sugared creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin but good and the flavor profile makes up for the crisp mouthfeel.

Flavors of bright espresso and a finish of bitter coffee and grapefruit hops.

Actually quite drinkable; goes down well and has concise flavors with a very nice balance. This could be a "regular" for many.

GRG1313, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Japan's own Barid Brewery devises a recipe that harks back, not only to Irish influences of their red ales, but back further to the English bitters. Though the American microbrewing trends dictate the simple balance of malt and hops, Barid's does a little more.

With it's deep golden, medium amber hue, it's obvious where Red Rose got its name. The slight presence of dark grain stains the beer with a mild redish glow. Medium haze both captures and diffuses the light, giving it a pleasant glow. Firm creamy foam character beings to take the shape of cask ales as the tepid carbonation casts long lasting, yet understated retention and lacing patters all the while.

Delicate aromas of malt, caramel, bread, and biscuit fill the nose with a firm, but not overly toasty scent. Complementing hop aromas give balance to the nose with a whiff of damp sod, fresh cut grass, and lightly floral character. Even the yeast get in on the action with supple fruity notes that are reminescent of marmalade and "Juicy Fruit" bubblegum.

And with the delicate balance of caramel malt and hops in taste, it's less toasty and more bready with underlying biscuit flavors that are overlaid with the broad and earthy bitterness of English hops. With the timid bread crust flavor, or citrus hop notes, the English ale influence is felt through and through. Where fruitiness isn't hop derived, the sweeter fruit flavors of oranges, apples, peaches, and pears come from yeast esters instead.

Medium bodied, the beer seems to take on a richer upstart, but with the creaminess of carbonation that's well embedded into the bready malt starches. But after the carbonation subsides and the malt character recedes, the beer finishes soft and dry. This carries the hop bitterness through to a short lived linger of woodish or minty taste.

If tasted blindly, I might have put this ale into a more English-oriented class. There's several small deviations from Irish red ales or American amber ales that puts this offering out of character; but Red Rose is a very pleasant and easy drinking ale that was a delight to have in the glass.

BEERchitect, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark pumpkin with a reddish tint and bronze highlights. The golden sandstone colored cap has a wonderful look. It's rich and creamy and bubbly and sticky, leaving thick sheets of lace as it slowly deflates. What's not to like? Note: a ridiculous amount of lace in the end earns the beer a well-deserved score increase.

The aroma is more pale ale-like than amber-ale like because hops are much more prominent than malt. Whatever varieties were used (English ones probably) are musky in the manner of ripe apricot and peach skins. A hint of toasted maltiness is present as well.

With this offering, Baird decided to brew the opposite of a steam beer. Steam beer is a lager brewed at warmer (ale-like) temperatures. RRAA is an ale brewed at lower (lager-like) temperatures. I would think that fewer ale yeast esters would be the end result.

Red Rose Amber Ale is delicious, drinkable beer. Upon drinking, I'm still reminded of a well-malted (and even more well-hopped) English pale ale. That's a recipe for success if there ever was one. This bottle must be at least 6 months old and the hops are still kicking in a major way. The IBUs were probably high right out of the gate.

There goes my theory. There are a ton of fruity esters in this sucker. Apricots, peaches and apples combine with leafy hops that are herbal and a bit spicy. Gotta be East Kent Goldings at least, and maybe an American hop for that grapefruit zesty bite. Each sip is better than the last.

A generous amount of ingredients (in the right hands) almost always results in good beer. It also results in an outstanding body/mouthfeel. This one is plenty full for the style and the ABV, always a plus in my book. The carbonation is spot-on as well.

Every one of the BBC beers that I've had so far, with the possible exception of Rising Sun Pale Ale, has been as solid as granite. Red Rose Amber Ale is one of the better ambers in recent memory. Too bad these brews aren't more widely distributed.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-amber body with a frothy, sudsy, off-white head. Fair amount of lace on the way down.

Smell: Oven-toasted biscuits with a very distant kick of dark caramel and fruit boosted by hoppy scents of spice, citrus, coarsely chopped herbs, and wood.

Taste: Toasted, day-old biscuits with hints of dry caramel. Touch of Tomcot apricots. Hop profile displays full tastes of zesty, zippy spices and citrus. Also, maybe, just maybe, even a tad woody. Medium-high bitterness that's bold but not overbearing. The toasty qualities try to reemerge past the spice, citrus, and staunch bitterness, but it's to no avail. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering toasty biscuitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Delightfully quaffable -- one of those beers that it's hard to finish the review before I clear through the entire bottle. My first Baird beer and a rather good one! Here's hoping the other three I purchased are as pleasant.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great find here in Greensboro,I have wanted to try some Baird wares and this was just incredible.Poured into a standard pint glass a murky amber/bronze with a thick very clingy slight off white head,I mean it never totally fades!A great mix of piney/citric/grassy hop, caramel,and molasses,personally I think the hops prevail.The flavors of this amber to me are at near standard bearer for a new generation of amber,its got a huge dose of citric/piney hop but there is a real buttery caramel base that holds up great to the hop onslaught.The lower fermentation temp makes the beer so easy to drink and keeps the complexity super high.This was a treat do drink,people seek it out.

The hop complexity of this amber is why I love it,it has almost every trait of a hop,citrus,pine,tea,leaf,and spice.Its a great brew.

oberon, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

360ml bottle. I'm getting used to seeing these Americanized ales from Japan, with no discernible info on the label beyond the brewery and beer name. Ahhhh...first wave.

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange-amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, and chunky pale beige head, which eventually settles, leaving some sudsy layered lace around the glass.

It smells mildly at first of mandarin (I know) orange citrus, followed more strongly by a biscuity, bready caramel malt, with a touch of toasted character slowly rising, along with a hint of earthy yeast, and further grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more lightly singed bready, biscuity malt, kind of metallic, muddled citrus notes - more yeast-borne in origin than hop, strangely - and some further piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a prickly frothiness persisting throughout, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the floral, citrusy hops subtly overshadowing the latent bready caramel malt.

A pretty enjoyable, moderately hoppy (and mirror world at that) amber ale. However, as the hops fade, the remainder just doesn't scream out 'can I have s'more please' to me. And speaking of 'ahhhh', with bit of apophenia tossed in just for fun: Tomoyasu Hotei just popped up on my random mp3 list. Oh yeah.

biboergosum, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -47.5%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Generous, tight-bubbled head that remains rocky throughout the tasting. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The color red-orange amber with a solid haze.

Sweet, hoppy and attractive. Floral aroma of fresh hop cones. Enough malt to make it very balanced. Close to perfection.

Beautiful bitter. The malt is present but in the background. The hop, if I am hyper-critical, is leaning toward the harsh side. Extraordinarily drinkable. If I were to have a complaint, it would be that the liquor is on the thin side for such a flavorful beer. Still, this is an exceptional beer well worth seeking out.

smcolw, May 10, 2009
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Trashcat, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a deep dark ruby, almost chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger frothy, off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Floral aroma with subtle earthy hosp and light fruit presence.

Fuller boded than expected with a nice bitter hop presence up front that's followed by a sweet malt backbone and bitter dry finish. Subtle hints of flower petal along with slight roasted malt, chocolate and biscuit.

This is a really weird interpretation of the style. Full body with a stronger malt and hp profile than I expected. A bit more roasted and rich than most beers of the style yet balanced by earthy, floral and bitter notes.

corby112, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy brown thick body with a beige head that sticks to the glass in a big of a meniscus. There is a bit of trub suspended in the body with a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The clean brown malt aroma has some green dry hop notes in the finish.

T- The brown malt has a slight tartness that fades into a bittern soft green hop finish that has a bit of a green bit that lingers. There is a dry caramel and toffee note to the malt and a green woody hop character comes through as the beer opens up.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a smooth texture.

O- The nice dry malt has some good depth to it when it opens up and a nice balance with the mellow hops. This is a good session beer with a nice full flavor.

rhoadsrage, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A very light cream caramel head and creamy texture looking, sits on a dark honey brown and cloudy with pinhead clear bubbles rising somewhat slowly. Some good sticky clumping lacing in places.

Nose is an interesting brown sugar, and some malt sense. Floral fruit sense as well.

Taste is a nice light amber and candied floral sugars. Good texture with a sense of mild crispness. Yeasty aftertaste on the finish.

Overall a different take on a red ale but I rather enjoy it.

smakawhat, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight herb, citrus, and a hint of smoke. Overall, a nice blend, body, and appearance.

Tone, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that this is a hybrid of sorts (ale yeast at a lager-like temperature).

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head into my glass. It's not a rose color but close.

Smells more like a California Common Ale than the style it's listed as. A mix of fruity malt and pine hop notes.

Taste is much the same. Sweet malt with very little if any hops. Caramel shows up as a component. Nothing too dramatic.

Lingering sweet malt and light hops. Not too bad. Some bitterness too.

A confusing beer that was more than likely mislabeled.

Brad007, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Boone757, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

360ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip aug3 2010

A hazy brownish amber with some sediment, thumbs width of tan head has decent retention slowly falling to a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace

S some fruity and floral hops with a little caramel

T close to the smell with a little sweet malt to balance out all the hops

M a little flat with just a little bite and it leaves a slick feeling on your gum's

D very easy to drink, I could session this for quite some time. well rounded and worth trying for sure

another winner from Japan and I'm quite happy with how many of them are on the shelves here in Alberta.

wordemupg, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bubbling amongst a coppery red. Barely an foam after the pour. Rich toasted malt aroma of breads and dried fruit. Just a hint of orange peel hops balances some of the sweet malt smells. Starts with a dry melba toast backbone. Some powdery fruit in the middle mixed with faint earthy hopping. Grainy dry and a little powdery palate. A little watery at times, but still got some good flavor.Makes for an easy drinker.

scruffwhor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Had a very malty presence in the aroma, along with some hops and a slight floral quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, bitter hops going down and a slight, almost citrusy quality. A tasty combination.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is the third beer I've had from Baird and, I think, the best. It's easy to drink and well made.

avalon07, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown/amber color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is malty and fruity, it smells like caramel malt, strawberries, and a little bit of hops and ginger. The hops come out a lot more in the taste, it tastes like citrusy and grassy hops, caramel malt, and some spice (ginger and maybe something else I can't identify) and strawberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, carbonation is average and it has a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and very enjoyable. I believe this is the third brew I've tried from this brewery, and I haven't had a bad beer from them yet, they're all pretty decent from what I've had so far. If you get a chance to try this or any other brew from Baird, you should. Recommended.

bluejacket74, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought on a whim from Julio's. Glad I did. Nice beer from Japan. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty much clear dark amber/red colour with lots of bubbles. Atop this was a nice white slightly less than two finger head that quickly faded to a nice white thick cloud. In the end all that was left was a nice white halo and blanket.

S - Almost reminded me of a belgian at first. Nice and floral with some sweet malts. Good pine and citrus (orange/grapefruit) aromas here too.

T - Somewhat unique here. Nice typical amber ale qualities but there are some really great additions of the bready malts and floral, citrus hops. Nice hop notes.

M - Love the mouthfeel on this. Carbonation is really, really good. Holding the brew on the tongue has a nice bubbling sensation. Surprisingly high carbonation with this take.

D - This is nice. While not my favorite amber ale this is a really lovely take on one. Has alot going for it, really a surprise from a Japanese brewery.

rudzud, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt and some resinous hops. Nice malt character.
Malty flavours too. Bready malt and sweet syrupy notes. A fair bit of resinous earthy hops too, along with an assertive, well-balanced bitterness.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

CrazyDavros, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice murky light amber,apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that stays,the smell is very sweet with aromas of sweet toffee/caramel and some piney hops,it has a medium bodied light stickyish mouthfeel which really coats the mouth with hints of caramel,toffee,sticky date pudding and some piney hoppiness but to be totally honest there is no bitterness on finish or really anywhere during the taste as the bitterness is definately overcountered by the sweetness that you encounter during this brew and i know ive said before that some brews are bitter sweet but this is really sweet bitter sweet and could quite easily drink more than the one of and will revisit without doubt.

ADZA, Nov 04, 2010
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Red Rose Amber Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.