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 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 mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Dark clear amber brown with a small bubbly white head.

S - Mostly caramel malt with a slight hint of fruitiness.

T - Caramel malt and rye up front, followed by floral and fruity hops. There is a light spiciness in the finish. The hops really balance out the sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, medium-low carbonation.

O - Decent amber ale (or ruby farmhouse ale as the brewer calls it). It's hard to classify this beer, as it does have a distinct flavor. Some will enjoy it, others may not. I think it's a balanced sessionable beer that tends to get better as you acquire a taste for it.

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Photo of jniagar1
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a deep, cloudy red with almost no head.

S: Sweet smelling, almost banana like in my opinion. Mostly malt but the fruitiness is there.

T: Interesting. I was immediately hit with the malt, but there is a subtle bitterness to the finish.

M: Well carbonated with a dry finish.

O: This is a good beer. Not mind blowing in anyway but certainly something I will come back to sometime in the summer.

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Photo of barleyroad
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red/amber in color with a cloudy sit in appearance. Smell is very heavy on the malts, very little hop aroma. Mouthfeel is that of an unfiltered brew with some hops. Taste is not anything to to write home about, but not offensive. Overall this beer is drinkable but not one we will go out of our way to get. But worth a try.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker red to burnt orange colored body, nice light tan head, very bubbly. Great looking brew.

S: Funky fruity smell, spice, and some rye, I'm not sure what to label this.

T: Malty, a small spicy bitterness from hops, interesting taste here.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, easy drinking, and I think I will try another.

O: I liked it, very different brew here, but its interesting, and flavorful.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a clear amber color body with a thick white creamy head, that hangs around for a while. The smell is malty with some hops coming through. The taste is mainly malts but i get some sweetness and a little bit of hops near the end. Very nice mouth feel, well carbonated. Overall a good beer.

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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 pvsob
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Brown color with copper highlights. Large fluffy head (lightest tan) that has freakish retention and average lacing. Carbonation holds up a 1 cm film. Clarity is slightly muddled due to sediment.

S- Bready malt, cherry, apple, and faint Belgian yeast aromas. Overall, a very sweet smelling beer.

T- Mainly malt, but with some sweet fruitiness, soap, and an herbal (medicinal) bitterness mixed with some spicy rye in the finish.

M- Medium feel with a moderate level of carbonation.

O- I don't know exactly what the guys at PBC were going for with this beer, but it did turn out to be a very interesting tasting experience. I think with a few tweaks, this could be a damn good beer. Worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear amber color with cherry red hues. Thin crop of beige head rests on top, nice legs, some spots of lacing on the glass.

Scents of bitter citrus hops and sweet tropical fruit. Apple and orange peel. Bread crust and caramel.

Slight bitterness up front with citrus. Plenty of bready malt and caramel throughout the profile. Some cherry and other fruit tones. Finishes a little bitter and sweet.

Medium body, decent carbonation, clean and crisp on the tongue. Pretty drinkable and refreshing, although nothing special.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the general concept of this beer but I don't think the flavors work out together. Pours a clear amber color. Head fades a little quick. Smells mostly malty with slight citrus hops and some peppery notes. Rye is apparant but not a huge kick in the nose or on the palate. Also smells a little sweet, almost honey like. Tastes a tad sweet as well with honey notes, some caramel, and a little lemon-like citrus. Drinks medium with a dry-sweetness upfront then balanced by slight bitterness at the end. Overall, an average beer on par with other craft beers but a much better choice than anything mass produced. It's pretty unoffensive and would be a nice choice for the novice craft beer drinker. Was surprised to find out this is in the farmhouse category as described on the bottle label. I don't consider this a Saison by any means like other reviews. Seems more like an amber ale with some very faint farmhouse qualities.

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Photo of MrOH
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn with a single finger white head. Lots of lace.
Deep malt, some rye spice, typical saison yeast character.

Spicy and malty. Quite tasty. Could use a bit of acidity or some more fruitiness, though.

Light bodied, but could use a bit more carbonation.

I think that this would be a better beer for fall, but it is right tasty.

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Photo of mjw06
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave this beer a chance over and over again. It was like I wanted to fall in love with it, because I liked the concept, yet it continually let me down.

First off, what exactly makes this a farmhouse ale? I'm not a stickler for style, nor do I aspire to be, but this beer seems a little lost. The idea of a ruby-rye saison is great, but that's not what this is. I don't know what it is.

Rye base. Warm sweetness, cherries and caramel. Maybe just a slight tang of Belgian yeast. But that's where it stops. This beer is at the bare minimums. They should pull this off the shelves, build upon this base, give it some improvements (namely spice it up a little bit to be more in line with a "saison"), rebrand it and put it back on the shelves. They've got an excellent direction and base, but now take it to the next level. Until then, it desires to disappoint (and confuse).

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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 beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dwaz for this one. Poured into tulip. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with just about a half inch of light tan head that had low retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was decent, if a bit different for the style. The expected earthiness was there, very grain forward, and had an extra tang of Rye. On the tongue the Rye had the forward spot and dominated the yeast, spice and other grain flavors.

The body was fuller than average, which for most styles I would consider a plus, but in a Saison I want it to be a bit lighter in the mouth. The drinkability was good, I'd have a couple of these. Overall, an interesting take on the style. Certainly worth trying when you get a chance.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Khyber, Philly, PA

Good beer. Pours an amber-orange with slight ruby highlights, and a nice finger of off-white head. (I often confuse this for a red ale, as implied by the name, but it is not in fact a red ale.) Biscuity aroma with scents of fruit and some spice coming through. Toasty breadiness in the taste, a bit of barnyard funk, but not too overpowering, sweet caramel, and some apples and blackberries. Just a tad of hop bitterness for a crisp finish. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby brown body. Veyr minimal lacing, slightly sticking.

S - Faint scents of roasted grain, slightly earthy. Not much of a nose on this beer.

T - Alot of roasted nuts and burnt grains. Dry hay and some roasted earth int he background.

M - Pretty dry in the mouth and medium bodied. Slightly tingly carbonation and a nice finish.

O - Not quite what I expected from a saison but a good mix of flavors here. I like that its true to its earthy notes and the dryness adds a nice touch.

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Photo of oline73
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish amber color, not very attractive. There is one finger of off white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: First I smell the rye and some Belgian spice. There is a bit of malt sweetness and some herbal hops.

Taste: The bitter rye hits the tongue first and stays there. In the background there is some Belgian spice, a very little bit of malt sweetness, and some herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and dry, this is the best part of the beer.

Drinkability: I don't really like this one. Whatever they were going for here didn't seem to work for me. I found it confusing.

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Photo of BigMike
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: so this isn't really red in color. More of a dark coppery orange color. Clear with a 1 finger off white colored head.

S: Tons of rye and spicy pepper clove. A little caramel maltiness in the background.

T: Rye is in the forefront. A small amount of earthy grassy type hops. Some light caramel sweetness and black peppercorn.

M: light almost watery mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation.

Overall: Im not really sure about this beer. It's not terrible but I'm not really sure what they're going for. Probably not something I'd ever try again but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew poured a dark rusty color, with a hint of almost gold. Had an off white, fluffy head that left some nice lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma is a bit of flavors you would expect from such a Saison. The front is loaded with caramel and what can only be explained at tart fruits. It finishes with a great aroma of rye and hops, with a small lingering of toffee.

This brew has a very good flavor. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma on thsi one. There is surely some caramel and fruitiness in the front of this brew, and it finishes with a nice Hops and Rye flavor that give the drink a bit of a spicy edge.

The mouthful on this brew is decent. Has good carbination, with a medium body. It does have a little bit of a weird aftertaste that kinda loses a point in that nature.

Drinkablity on this beer is good. Aftertaste or not, this is a solid brew. Has great flavor and is a nice smooth beer. Has a bit of a as explained on the finish, but still good. I will have to try some of the other brews by Philadelphia Brewing Company.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, slick chill haze, one finger of rocky head, gradiating light chesnut brown coloring.

s- tart, some almost vinegary notes, tart berries, this is odd, bit of rye.

t- odd saison here, some tart berries, unripe, toasted malts, almost vinegary - in a watered down sense, earthy, the flavors are hard to point out, rye.

m- medium body.

d- okay, when i want a saison, this isn't one that i would grab, i guess i'm just a fan of the classic saison and don't prefer it with rye and the biere de mars red touch added in there.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into pint glass this beer is a dark amber color with red highlights. thin whipsy head that dissapates into an off-white collar that stays to the end. smells of rye and a little hops. a bit funky. tastes of malt, rye, with a little sour tinge. higher carbonation with an average body. kind of an odd tasting beer that I'm not crazy about. wouldn't be seeking it again.

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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 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 goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark slightly hazy amber color with a one to one and a half finger head which gives way to a skim and spots of lacing. The aroma is of some caramel notes but mostly a kinda of funky deep bitter smell kinda like musty outside. The taste is of caramel, rye, and toffee malts with a bitter tartness at the begining. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonatated and smooth. Overall its a good beer with some different flavors, but the flavors could be distracting after a while. For one or two i really liked the combo but for more maybe not so much.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and rye. Taste is good, well balanced hops, malts, and rye. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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