1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Red Rose Amber Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Not Rated.
Red Rose Amber AleRed Rose Amber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
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:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 04-02-2004

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of MarkLeberer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid red with a 1 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a light film on top of the beer. The taste is earthy, fruity, with a hint of 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 reds of a similar style. This was one in a sampler of 3 that Baird offers so consider that is this eval.

Photo of GuidedByVoices
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly cloudy dark reddish-tinted brown. Forms a sizable tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. Some light lacing. Visible carbonation.

S: A light, but pleasant blend of floral citrus hops and lots of caramel malt.

T: Mild to moderate maltiness. Caramel malts. Earthy, dirty, and with some mild malty dark fruits. Flavor is very quick and finishes with a yeasty quality to it.

M: Medium bodied, but feels light for the style. Carbonation is approaching heavy. Mild bitterness.

O: This beer is admittedly older than it should be, but I'm not able to say exactly how old (no dating). Overall, it's not a bad beer. Not a great one, but still slightly better than average for the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Baird Beer Harajuku Taproom. A beautiful amber ale that is 90% translucent with a wonderful lacing that coats the glass in a white stocking. Beautiful aroma of flowers, hops, wheat, and a bit of corn. Finishes smooth with no additional gas and no afterburn in the throat. A wonderful amber ale for any lunch or dinner and a choice session beer for those who like their brews a bit stronger than usual.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Gusher alert. Make sure to have a glass ready.

My first Baird beer is a very sound amber ale with a substantially dry, hoppy, and fruity set of characters to it. Definitely enjoyable and one I would go back to, if not a bit pricey for a single 12oz bottle.

Pours a huge, light tan head made up of medium and large bubbles. The top of the foam seems to solidify somewhat, becoming very frothy. Head leaves large amounts of lacing along the sides of glass as it descends. Body is a dark reddish-brown when away from the light, a lighter shade of the same when held to light. Body is murky, opaque and somewhat hazy due to being unfiltered.

Aroma is rather sweet, with obvious malt and fruit influences, but there is also a noticeable floral hops component that somewhat mimics blossoms fairly well. In general, good, but could be a bit stronger and more assertive.

Sweet with malt and fruit flavors in the opening taste, with mild bitterness creeping in by mid-palate. Bitterness surpasses sweetness at this point, but floral character and fruit, particularly plum and peach in a mild malt sweetness, persist. Fades out with a flash of bitterness, leading to very mild grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste with some tannic qualities and very minimal residual sweetness from the malt.

Body is medium to medium-light with carbonation that is too high for the heft. Resultant mouthfeel is a bit prickly, thought the bottle seems to mention this and suggest it is a good characteristic. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of matjack85
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the rather steep price of $4.99 a bottle. No freshness date but the label is cool.

Expecting a rose colored brew considering the name and style, but instead got a murky dark honey colored beer with a nice 2-finger white head that lasted several minutes and left some good lacing.

Not a lot of aroma here. Some swirling and a big whiff gave me some brown sugar and a little fruitiness, but not much else.

If your looking for a red amber on the sweeter side, this isn't it. Hoppier than most reds, this one gives off some pine, earthy, and flowery hop flavors with some bitter kick to it as well. Malts are mild but there is a fruit aspect to it as well (mainly apricot and peach), but the fruit isn't juicy ripe.

Feel wise this is a very dry beer with medium body and medium to high carbonation.

Well made, but not my favorite tasting amber/red ale. Those who don't mind their reds on the drier side may like it more than I did.

Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this Japanese Amber in a glass stein.

Appearance- This is a hazy auburn with bright pumpkin highlights. The carbonation travels swiftly to the impressive two-finger head. The puffy, clumpy foam has great retention and leaves random chunks of off-white, orange lace.

Smell- There is a cloying and phenolic scent to this one. It is not very appealing. There is a citrus quality to the nose as well, but I would not describe it as hoppy, lemon is the most noticeable.

Taste- The beer starts out slightly bitter with a wheat and grainy taste. There is a little grassy hop coming through. Also a slight estery quality to the drink, maybe a little floral. The malt also has a distinct honey quality to it.

Mouth feel- This is a watery medium body. It finished pretty clean and easy, but it just does not stick.

Overall- I would appreciate this more if the flavors were not so muddled or soft. It is far too difficult to distinguish what exactly what I am drinking.

It is a decent enough amber that is easy to drink, but in the end it is too boring and has a weird, off-putting nose.

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its name, it's a lovely reddish dark amber color, with a robust and chunky head.

Smell is ... sweet/sour? Enticing.

Taste is a brief hit of sourness, followed by taste of fruit and a vivid impression of coarse brown sugar (really, it's amazing, but you can feel the coarseness), which slowly fades into a wonderfully subtle and distinct "round" hop bitterness, which lingers as the beer goes down. I wouldn't really call it herbal, but it's lovely, and ... er, well, "round." Every sip is an adventure as the taste continually changes while passing over your tongue!

The mouthfeel is thick, robust, and slightly oily, while still being refreshing; this sort of "simultaneously robust and light" feel is very "baird."

An interesting and tasty beer, much more interesting than any other amber ale I've had. It is definitely a sweet beer, but it's an _interesting_ sweetness, and well accompanied by the laid back but very clear hoppiness.

Nice.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of wschmit
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into tasting nonic.

A: A nice but hazy body....more of an orange/brown color than amber. Nice patchy head, with some sticky retention. No apparent effervescence in the body.

S: Sweet tea and flowers on the nose....reallly interesting if you're into that. Backed up with a round malty sweetness that's really intoxicating to me. Unique, for sure, and up my alley.

T: Lemon, a touch of floral hops, and again that malty, vaguely caramel sweetness to finish it off. It's got a similar profile to the brown ale from same brewer, but a bit lighter and with more citrus. Pretty tasty.

M: Moderate body, with acceptable carbonation. No alcohol sensation at all, but that's not surprising.

O: Baird continues to impress me. I've tried most everything of theirs that I've seen, and I like them all. They have a house character that's pretty attractive, and it works really well in this beer. Neither cheap nor really pricy, Baird's worth it every once in a while. A great beer.

Photo of moshiric
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber. Thinner head with some lacing.

S- sweet floral notes. these are pretty intense in this beer. If that's not what you are looking for, stay away. On. The other hand if it is this beer is a winner.

T- very drinkable, light hop profile, notes on the nose really come out. Quite refreshing.

M- light, but flavorful.

O- I haven't had Baird in bottles, but on tap it's usually pretty good for a Japanese brewery. This beer is no exception. I think this beer is very versatile i.e. It could work As a session beer, but stands out on it's own too.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Red Rose Amber Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.