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Rock Hard Red - Gray's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 45.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 06-01-2010

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.24/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It's a hot day, and I'm in the mood for artificial fruit-flavored malt products that contain certified color FD&C Red #40!
Well, not really, but I am a firm believer that in order to appreciate the best of things, one must expose oneself to the worst of things to have a valid comparison.

A. Looks just like a slightly pinker version of Hawaiian Punch soda. Fizzy just like a soda, and just like a soda it also does not have any foamy head at all. Terrifying color not found in nature, and the bottle is proud enough of the Red #40 to have it stated as such on the label.

S. Terrible artificial fruit smell / Children's Cough Syrup / decomposing fruit gas. Liquid jolly ranchers candy. I'm getting diabetes just from the smell alone.

T. The flavor of the raspberry filling in your local convenience store's filled donuts which have been sitting on the reduced price shelf because they have gone stale. Or like those horrible 'bug juice' packets also sold in convenience stores. Now I think I may have gained diabetes and also possibly stomach ulcers.

M. The body is the body of a thin seltzerey soda, not a beer.

I'm not going to have this one ever again. Because now I know what fruit beers should never ever be like...candy and cheap soda.

Photo of sweemzander
1.48/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear but pale ruby red color. No head formation.

(S)- Smells like sugary strawberry-ish koolaid.

(T)- Tastes like a cherry/strawberry syrup you put on snow cones with a dry, almost bitter corn husk funk at the end.

(M)- Fizzy carbonation level. Tastes like a flavored yet carbonated sugary syrup.

(D)- Honesty, I will never have this again. Sorry, but I am not a fan. Nothing about this reminds me of a beer. It even says on the bottle that artificial flavors are used as well as Red#40 or whatever it is. Even my girlfriend who likes this kind of stuff did not like it.

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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of beerwolf77
1.69/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The label states clearly this a fruit flavored beer. So I will review it as such.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright clear berry red. A small amount of pink head forms and fades rather quickly. No lace.

The aroma is pure cherry kool aid. Not a hint else of anything. This smells more like berry pucker than a beer. It's not bad just a bit strange.

The flavor is pure sweet berry juice and a vodka like boozey kick. It's likke a melted snow cone with alcohol in it. Again not horrible just super sweet and simply not beer like.

Thin highly carbonated body. Very spritzer like.

Overall I understand what they were shooting for and they nailed it across the board. Not exactly my thing but I imagine there is an audience that would go nuts for this stuff.

Photo of Kunstman
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.85/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Flavored Beer", "artificial flavor and color added (FD & C #40)". No date.

Thanks Beerwolf77?

A - Believe it or not, Rock Hard Red pours an illuminated pink-ish bright red color with an insane amount of carbonation. It fizzes louder than soda and produces a plump and loose light pastel-pink head that disappears before the "beer" is finished coming from the bottle. Scores a 2 for sheer red-ness!

S - Reminiscent of something summer...a HA! Kool-ade! The aroma reeks of sweet, overly sugary (when instead of mom making it, you got your hands on the sugar jar and doubled the recipe) artificial "wild berry". I have a feeling this is going to taste like a Flavor-Ice. At the same time I find myself grossly intrigued.

T - Spot on. This tastes immediately like an over-sugared Flavor-Ice of some berry variety. Does this sugary flavor have a niche market besides kids? It wouldn't be so bad if, on the finish, an actual hint of beer came through with a husky grain flavor that actually ruined it.

M - I can't stress enough how overly carbonated this is. Crisp and sharp but sweeter than all get-out, RHR is incredibly light-bodied.

D - Honestly, the only two things going for this beverage are a) it's cool-looking, tribal-ish label, and b) it's nostalgia. But it's funny that this alcoholic beverage makes me reminisce about my childhood summers. Thanks for that Todd.

Photo of pebbs
2/5  rDev -15.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Lemke10
2.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

First of all, this is not a beer people. It says right on the label it’s a “Berry Flavor Malt Beverage.” It is kind of misleading because they included it with their 8pk sampler and you will see it side by side with other Gray’s beer. Basically this is just a high octane Seagram’s or B&J cooler. It pours a clear red color with a little bit of pink fizz. The smell is that of sweet cherry mixed with alcohol. It tastes very sweet and has a little bite. Very similar to children’s cherry cough syrup.

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3/5  rDev +27.1%

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3/5  rDev +27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev +69.5%

Photo of Cinderella6
5/5  rDev +111.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm from Wisconsin and I'm surprised more bars don't serve this. Best drink ever, so much so that I drink it by the pitcher no ice. I ask for it everytime I go to a new bar and no one ever has it. I honestly would drink this everyday for breakfast lunch and dinner

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Rock Hard Red from Gray's Brewing Company
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