Rowhouse Red | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Rowhouse RedRowhouse Red

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JamesS
4.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Pipers Pub, Pittsburgh, PA. I know even the brewer labels this as a farmhouse beer, but darned if it wasn't one of the best sours (Flanders Red style) that I've ever had.

Pours a deep ruby red with some nice initial head and very nice lacing throughout. Excellent scent, very malty with a wonderful black cherry tartness to the aroma, with some nice spiciness layered underneath. Fantastic taste, a great sour burst without being overly tart; a nice malt body with a slightly spicy and wonderfully sour finish. Goes down very smoothly. A truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy orange, quick dissipating white head.

S: Rich, sweet, pumpkin, dark

T: Immediate pumpkin notes, sweet tang, middle-sour taste, bit of a spicy aftertaste. Definite cinnamon and a slight hint of citrus

M: Smooth and thick. Not syrupy, not oily, perfectly carbonated. Exactly how an amber lager should go down. Incredible

This is a delicious beer. It's drinkable and complex. It's tasty and savory. It goes well with a hearty meal or a pipe and a good book. Great work, Philadelphia Brewing Co. I'd buy it again any time.

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Photo of Andreji
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a BIF a while back, I had this one sitting around for a while and threw it in the fridge last night to try. Served cold, in a tulip glass. Consumed on 07/24/2008.

Poured a was ruby tinted amber with lots of yellow highlights to it. Strange color but nice overall. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, letting me knows this was most definitely a live one. A two inch layer of white foam then came up over the top, settled down to a broken crown and coated the inside of the glass with decent lacing.

The aroma was rather odd, sweet at first but as I really let it explore there were some light fruity notes, maybe peach and pineapple with a biscuit like note, very odd, but also very good. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of caramel whirled over the tongue and separated into a light and fruity Belgian yeast and a grapefruit and pineapple like floral hoppiness. Strange, but awesome I have to admit. Really quite complex. The flavor took a turn toward the bitter and dried out the palate appropriately, creating a nice dry, and inviting session for the next sip. Great medium feel was a little bit heavier then I thought it would be, but very well carbonated and an awesome session beer. Very rich for such low ABV.

Overall I am not sure what to call this style but it was definitely unique to say the least. Really quite nice and a classic for me. I was really not expecting this one to be as good as it was so I was quite shocked and pleasantly surprised. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, a top notch brew from a brewer I had never heard of, what more could you ask for.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. So far my favorite of the new Philadelphia BC beers.

A: Clear, light mahogany/copper color with a off white, light tan head that slowly dissipates to a thick ring and thin film. Also leaves thick rings of webbed lacing throughout the glass.
S: Strong, earth aroma with a blend of hop bitterness and a caramel malty body.
T: Plenty of flavor here, surprising after the slightly watered down lacking Walt Wit from the same brewer. Comes across like a mix of a saison and an esb (sort of). Beer is supported by a strong caramel malty body, but that flavor is overrun by earthy, floral hoppy flavors. For such an easy drinking, low ABV beer, this packs a ton of flavor and is very refreshing with a taste that lingers well after drinking.
M: Very active carbonation balances out a slightly thin body. Taste is very crisp and earthy-ness lingers a long time in the finish.
D: Excellent. Very flavorful and easy drinking for a the price, availability and ABV. I'm probably rating this a little higher than I normally would since I'm so pleasantly surprised by this. My favorite of the PBC beers so far, very interesting beer for one of their first brews.

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, dark, coppery amber color. It poured with a medium sized off-white head that faded quickly to lace.

s: Sour rye smells dominate with some banana backing it up. Some floral hops also.

t: There is a great balance here between the sweet banana and cloves expected in a saison and the sour rye addition. This is dry overall, the floral finish in particular.

m: The carbonation is long lived and active, without being fizzy.

d: This is full flavored, unique, interesting, and, wait, 5% abv? Seriously? It's good to see these guys up and running. They are off to a great start with this one.

edit may 2009. I'm noticing big flavors of lemony (amarillo?) hops in this case that was bottled in april. Still loving this one, especially at $30 a case!

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Photo of Schooly
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from their sampler pack picked up at Brewer's Outlet in Woodlyn for $26.99.

Called "Biere de Mars" on the label. The beer poured a dark amber with a half-inch of head on top. Not sure about the rye aspect folks are talking about, but it smells of a Belgian style for sure. One taste and I asked myself "Is this Allagash Dubbel?" To me, the taste and mouthfeel are exactly like the aforementioned beer but with a lower ABV (=more drinkable). Though given its complexity is just like the Dubbel, I have give it a hit for Drinkability.

If your looking for a cheap replacement for the Dubbel, this is the one. So far these folks look promising. Now on to the Wit...

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 12oz "Philadelphia Style Ale" is thanks to SkinnyElvis!

The brewers list this as a "biere de mars" and claim that "it's the perfect accompaniment for some quality time enjoyed in the backyard (or on the front stoop) of your urban farmhouse." That sounded mighty good to me on this wonderful Sunday in June.

A mysterious looking drink. Thin bubbles make hardly a trace around the beer, which is a deep, dark muddied brown in colour. Strikingly it has a pronounced radiance when held to the light where colours seem to heat up and the body becomes illuminated with cinders of rust, scarlet and maroon. Simply striking.

The aroma is pointedly assertive, which leads to a lot, a lot of smelling because there is no real one candid, clearcut, distinct smell. I believe it must be all the hops, malts, and yeast that work together to give off a puzzling aroma of chocolate, coffee, tea, pine resin, cloves, rotting cherry, and rye bread. These all follow with a question mark - please do try this, smell it, and let me know what you smell...

The mouthfeel has a very heavy handed bitterness. There is a remarked hefty dose of hops used, I'm sure. I can sense two distinct types of bitterness: one, a dusty cocoa like bitterness which tastes of dark chocolate; and second, the green, leafy bitterness of freshly added hops. It packs a surprising level of both flavour and texture.

The taste, to a smaller extent than the aroma, can be a bit of guessing game. I certainly pick up on the hops, which taste, well, like hops with grassy, vinous, at times dry fruit character. They impart a ton of pine resin. There is also a good deal of malts that impart notes of caramel, roast and creamy butterscotch. Ripe fruit with a hint of oak? A balsamic like taste...

What fills in the rest may be up to you, although I taste something like I have with various herbal teas or funky Belgian Farmhouse Ales (the name Fantome comes to mind and finally I hear the 'ding, ding, ding' sounding...)

This was one interesting creation. It fit the biere de garde style remarkably well, showcasing an abundance of earthy and almost musty character in both smell and taste. This was very much like anything and everything I've had by Belgian farmhouse brewer Fantome, in flavour and makeup, but also in that it kept me guessing - and intrigued - the whole way through. I think it is a very promising sign from one of Philadelphia's "newer" breweries...

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Photo of JamisonM
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a beer trade via BitterPoetMadMan ( see youtube ) thanks man.

Poured into a Stone IRS glass

A: huge light tan head it looks creamy the bubbles are compact and very small a good lookin beer

S: smell is a tad bit sour with a lot of phenolic smells to go with it and funk too, complex smell

T: bitter up front followed up by a kick of funk and after that in the after taste you get rye and malt wow its complex beer that I really like the beer comes in 3 waves like that very interesting

M: light and carbonated

D: its drinkable I dont think I would have more then 1 I would want to move to something else.

overall a very good job from Philly brewing company. a complex beer the blurs the style lines in a very nice way.

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Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DIM for this interesting extra!

Pours a murky reddish brown with a 1 finger white head that never completely disappears.

Smells nicely funky/sour. I suppose sour rye is an appropriate description. Slight hints of caramel sweetness.

The taste is pleasant. Some of that saison funk mixed in with rye and some toasted malts. Nothing incredibly complex, but very enjoyable given the ABV.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and drinkability is very good for this beer.

Recommended. Not amazing, but a good, very interesting beer from a brewery I'd never tried before.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a ruddy, dark-copper, deep ruby-red colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
For a "Saison" style beer, the appearance proved to be very misleading and unproportionately dark...
Attractive aroma filled with bananas, cloves, spices, and ripe fruit...
Taste was replete with pears, banans, slight citrus, heavy florals, and rich fruits...
Creamy, and rich mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match...
So far, all of the beers that I've sampled from this new Philadelphia brewery have been really good...

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep ruby red color with an off white heading,with lacing all the way down to the last drop.

Smell is very original,kind of a burnt fruity taste if that makes sense,rye and a nice spice to it.

Taste is very dry kind of sour too. The fruitiness dosen't seem burnt anymore.Caramel, also alot of spices on the backend leaves the tongue feel funny.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with ok carbonation

Drink is high

The best I've had from the Philadelphia brewing company yet.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summary: This beer is an odd bird. Funky, like a saison, sour like a Flanders Red, and with distinct rye. Really not of any style. It looked like one of those contract brewed fake-craft beers, but the label called it a beir de mars, and said it had rye in it, so I figured it couldn't just be a pseudo-macro. Based on this, I will probably try other beers from the Philly Brew Co.

A- fairly bright, clear, deep-rose color with a decent near-white head. head didn't last forever, but it did leave lacing and whatnot and I expect it will come back on the swirl. bottle conditioned, so be aware of that.

S- pretty funky nose, lots of semi-fruity esters at work in there.

T- lots of horse- and barn-funk layered over a very tart, but not really sour, body. the tartness takes over in the second phase, and breifly dominates the swallow before sharing time with the caramely malt flavors, and the rye. the rye also dominates the aftertaste. I can see how it might taste a bit odd, but since I had a rye heavy Bruery beer yesterday, this isn't jarring and I really like it.

M- medium body, fairly light texture, medium-high carbonation. not smooth on the swallow, with the rye and carbonation, but smooth the rest of the time, and still pretty easy to drink.

D- I'm not sure if I would want another one of these tonight, but I am definitely looking forward to finishing the 6er over this weekend, so I guess it is a toss-up.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, heavy on the reddish hue. One finger cream colored head quickly disappears. Spotty lacing, not very much of it.

You can smell sweet malt, like maple syrup as soon as you pop the top on the bottle. Hints of brown sugar.

Smooth and sweet, candy and caramel. Hints of dark chocolate. Slight bitter finish.

Thick full body. Good carbonation.

This is my favorite of the Philadelphia Co brews, but it is heavy and won't find my fridge too often in spring and summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clouded mahogany tinted amber body with a tan khaki thicket of intense creamy textured head that forms nice clouded layers above the edge of my chalice. Lacing has fine speckled layers clinging to the glass. Aromatics offer up some mildly tart vinous layers with deep caramel and fruit tones intertwined. Carbonation tickles the nose a bit here with a spicy edge to it all bringing out sliced breads with a hint of tart cherry. Flavors ride like a wave of tart earthy notes, bitter yeast cakes and slightly harsh spice additions. Fruity with a tart dark cherry character very natural and unforced in it's nature. Complex little drinking ale that brings it's Belgian inspiration with American audacity, cool friggin' session ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly spritzy carbonation nothing heavy or sticky this is an interesting brew. Drinkability was solid I will revisit this out of all the recent Philadelphia Brewing experiences I've had this one may suit me the best.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first heard about this beer.I thought it was going to be a straight red/amber ale.Was i wrong...

Rusty colored body with a nice off white head thats about one finger.Head falls to a nice funky belgian ring.

My first thougts on the smell was my cellar when its wet out,Musty.Yeasty and cherry notes.

Very dry taste but coats your palate with cherry peels.I cant taste too much malt.

Prickly on the tongue.Nice feeling though.

Having this beer is like having a salad on a hot day.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of sbe1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Sal's Omega Pizza 2145 South St Philadelphia, PA, which has a great selection of beers and should be in the beer store list.

A fine and tasty example of a farmhouse style ale.

-appearance: nice clear brick red color, creamy reddish tan head

-smell: sweet cream, malt, faint hop floral notes

-taste: caramel malt, hint of rye, light hop notes

-mouthfeel: decent body, rich creamy, very light carbonation.

-drinkability: excellent

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Photo of MikeRa
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This ale has a reddish amber color with a excellent head on top

S: You can smell a hint of toffee, caramel, honey that comes the select American and Euporean Malts.

T: This ale has a taste of caramel and other fruits, with a nice bitterness from the hops.

M: This ale goes down smooth

D: This beer is very drinkable. I will drink this one again.

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Photo of marcpal
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second offering from new Philly brewing- impressed by this one, not expected.

Thought Id be heading toward blandness but this was quite nice with a bite. Probably a hit or miss for most.

A: Listed as Philly style ale with long description on nice looking modern bottle. Poured into tulip glass, darker than anticipated-carbonation present and nice settled head.
Color of rye bread.

S: Lemon bitiness with a kick of hops. Incredibly inviting spices. Malty sweetness.

T: The malty sweetness with the spices and the hops offer high level of balance. Maltiness and heat leave me surprised the abv is so low- great characteristic to me. Not as much rye here but a hoppy saison.

M: Unquitting carbonation and spiciness. Grows a bit old on the tongue and mouthfeel, not strongest attribute.

D: For the level of alcohol, packs good taste makeing this a good session saison. Nice job Philly on this one, set the bar high for your other offerings.

Came into this brewery thinking it would be a watered down version of Yards, proving me wrong here.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish copper color with moderate off-white creamy head. Perfect retention, perfect lacing. This is my second beer from thos brewery, and they really seem to have the carbonation level perfect.

Smell has a nice fruity character, I can detect bananas, apples, anf a touch of spice.

Taste is really a complex mixture. There are bananas in the front end. Followed by a bit of tartness, and a firm bitterness that slowly develops.

The bitterness becomes a bit too long lasting, and slowly dominates the other flavors.

Really an enjoyable beer. Tone down the hops a bit, and this beer would be really great. Takes a bit to get used to.

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Photo of deapokid
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fruity, thin raspberry color coats the pint glass and is topped off with a foamy, off-white head. I've never seen a saison that looked like this and I guess that's what the boys at PBC mean by "ruby farmhouse ale."

Smell is grapefruity with a bevy of other fruit notes, including raspberry, cherry and cranberry. There's also a touch of dryness present in most saisons, although this takes a wholly original, wine-esque slant on the traditional scent.

Taste is also of the grapefruit variety (on the sweet side, not the tart), followed by a hint of wheat and subtle banana notes, even though I'm not sure those are actual ingredients. Coriander and chocolate are also present, peaking out at the end with a buttery maltiness that is usually not on display in a farmhouse.

Mouthfeel is very gentle and never unbalanced. All of its unique flavors hit the right spot on the tongue and its closing dryness is pleasant, as opposed to being overwhelming.

It took me five or six tries to pin it down, but this is a rewarding and original beer that is easy to drink and complex enough to require multiple tastings.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a reddish orange with a little bit of white head
S- malt, sugar, some peppery notes
T- malt , sugar, a touch of citrus, more malt
M- very carbonated, easy to drink
D- refreshing ,low abv nice session beer

I dug it, I dont know that I would call it a farmhouse , more like a malty red ale... but maybe I got a weird pore, I will try it out of a bottle another time for sure

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Not as dark as I may have expected from a beer using 'red' in the name... More of a rich amber, but that's out in the yard with great light, so... Minimal head, no apparent lacing.

S: Modest toasted malts, a touch of hop balance... All quite drinkable and mellow. A bit of a delicate floral note.

T: Toasted malts are more robust, though still quite accessable. A bit of rye spiciness that I did not detect in the aroma to round it out. Hopping is nice... A touch of citrus, and otherwise rather leafy.

M + D: Medium body with just enough carbonation to give it some zing. Lower alcohol makes for smooth and easy drinking on a hot day. Pretty decent beer and good enough to leave me intrigued to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber with two finger off white head with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts, grany, wheaty, and a touch of funky yeast.

T: Strong biscuit flavor, some dark fruits, date, figs, and a touch of tart red fruits, with a bit funky farmhouse yeast.

M: Thin, crisp, and clean.

D: This is a great summer beer that is differnet than most other offings out there. This is the best I have had from PBC.

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Rowhouse Red from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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