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 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 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 dgb3
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review this! Part 1

A: Poured with a fluffy off white head. More towards the orange than the red.

S: Lightly spiced. Rye. When opened, I picked up a bit of phenols. I thought initially thought this was supposed to be a red/amber ale and figured it had been infected.

T: Strange. Rye and toffee with a slight malt backbone. Finish is phenolic as well.

M: Strange. Finish is lingering and unpleasant.

D: Not to my liking. This beer is all over the map. Not really a how I like my saisons. Label reads as a biere de mars. Don't know if it should be that either.

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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 drcarver
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber color with an fluffy offwhite head that sticks around with some lacing

S - strong in a vegetable aroma that is almost overpowering but cuts at the end by some roasted goodness.

T - grass and vegetable flavors are strong in the beer with a stale smokiness.

M - soft but flat. smooth with little aftertaste to speak of

D - its okay and goes down smooth but dropping the temp a bit (had it at 45`) might make it more appealing

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle a reddish amber color with brilliant clarity and a thick frothy white head.

S: Toffee, caramel, honey, and roasted doughy malt aroma. Some fruity esters of dark cherries and raisins. Some sherry notes too. Hops are earthy and spicy but mild.

T: Molasses, caramel, toffee, biscuits and fresh bread make the grain portion. Some flavors of sherry and raisins. Malt dominates but hops add some spicy bitterness.

M: Medium body, smooth with tight carbonation.

D: I think this beer combines flavor and drinkability exceptionally. Definitely a beer you can drink a few back to back and be very satisfied. One of the best beers from PBC I think.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a "rowhouse" picture on the label...go figure. Pours pretty dark(reddish-brown) with a nice size white head. Cloudy...great lacing(poured into my Corsedonk sniffer). Aroma is pretty week...but sweet smell with a hint of earthiness. Kind of smells like fresh cut grass.
Taste is good but not great. Not an overpowering Saison. Hints of citrus fruits, toasted malts...and rye, somewhat faint. A very decent inexpensive beer.

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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 u2carew
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle consumed 11/17
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly. Head and lacing are sticky and creamy. Reddish brown in color. Visible sediment.
S) light toffee and butterscotch. Some earthy tones mixed with mellow hop floral notes.
T) Bitter upfront. Very little malt to balance the body of this brew. The overall taste is weak and thin despite the color of the body. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste and beyond.
M) Crisp. Sharp. Dry. hop pucker factor. Light body.
D) Not a beer that I will drink again. Body and taste are thin with an overly robust, almost obnoxious hop bitterness.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby/Copper in color, fluffy off white head, ok lacing. Smell is pleasant mix of carmel malts, sweet cereal grains, mild hoppy and yeasty notes. Taste is again a suprisingly complex blend of of the sweet cereal grains, carmely malts, dark fruit background and a nice hoppy and yeasty finnish. Lighter side of medium bodied, ample carbonation. Supringsingly complex beer, just wish the flavors were more developed.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish-amber color. The off-white head is pretty creamy and frothy. Retention is solid, with attractive lacing.

S: An interesting yeasty note - quite fruity and funky as well. No two whiffs were exactly the same. A bit of toasty malt is also detectable.

T: Definitely interesting. A funky yeast note is ever-present. Quite fruity - notes of juicy red fruit and citrus. A bit of rye spiciness, and at times sour. A leafy hop bitterness is noticeable.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth carbonation, with a mildly dry finish.

D: What the hell? I now understand what the man who discovered the platypus must have felt. A beak? Fur? Webbed feet? Lays eggs? Mammary glands? Poisonous? Uh...check. This is one seriously funky beer. At times, it works really well. At others, it's completely off the wall. Memorable, at least. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle then poured into pint glass

Appearance: It poured similar to a toffee color with hints of brown, not really transparent and a very thin head that was gone in no time with slight lacing.

Smell: Pretty complex which surprised me. It was a sweet smell with traces of malt and oats coming through. Not at all what I was expecting.

Taste: Talk about a surprise. It was semi hoppy but finished with a smooth taste resembling fruit and chocolate with what I think was toffee or caramel. Very strong malt taste.

Mouthfeel: What I thought was only a slight carbonation turned out to be pretty strong but finishes smooth like a stout.

Drinkability: This is overall a really good beer. Not what I would expect for one of its type however the combination of types and flavors makes for a great beer that I could easily drink all night.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear crimson color with about an inch of of white foam. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor are of lightly roasted grains, somewhat spicy, hints of yeast, floral, a good dose of caramelized malt. Light to medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you spot it.

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

A 12 oz bottle from Philadelphia Brewing variety case.

A: The ale is a dark crimson color, practically a dark brown hue. The dark notes completely obscure the body. A finger of head didn't last long but did leave some thin bands of lace.

S: The nose s very complex, offering up farmhouse aromas when you'd never expect it. A mild horseblanket scent, driven by brettanomyces, really comes through, as does a rye bready flavor.

T: Rye bread drives the flavor, peppery and dark. Along with the rye, more funky sour flavors come through. The undetone of the sip is very Fantôme-esque, funky and very gamey. As the ale warms, the profile doesn't change but it feels less forced.

M: The mouthfeel is one of the most authentic saisons that I've had. The tartness is palpable, overwhelming at times but the rye finish is worth it.

D: The ale is refreshing, a unique combination of saison and rye that works when you wouldn't think that they would.

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Photo of casemw
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Waterworks in Philly.

A-Dark brown/reddish color with off white head and little to no lacing.
S-A roasted, malty aroma. Not much hop aroma at all.
T-A sweet, malty, flavorful beer with a roasted finish. Went really well with my rack of lamb.
M/D-Not a heavy beer at all...great for a session. Had I not had to much to eat I would have gone for another.

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Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour. A dark copperish red with an off white head. Lacing can be seen a little at the start. Head is good, with good retention

Aroma: Malt and some spices. Other reviewers detect rye bread. I don't get that myself, though

Taste: Starts out malty, has some light sweetness. The finish is hops

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp going down.

Drinkability: Pretty good..tastes fine and has good mouthfeel. I haven't had much of this style to really compare though.

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

Clear, deep coppery colour with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. Lots of lacing, good head retention. Malty, spicy nose. Phenol and clove aromas, along with caramel and a bit of fruit. The flavour was sort of strange. Malt character was mostly caramel and toasted, giving it a near roasted flavour, but with a rye-like spice that complemented the overall spiciness. There was a bit of earthiness, short of real funk, and a bit of fruit too. Faint generic citrus. Medium bodied, just a bit dry, average carbonation, decent texture. Really an odd beer. Sort of hard to pin down, but there's enough going on to keep it interesting.

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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 gford217
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a decent cream-colored head that recedes to a swirl and a collar quickly. There is little lacing. Honestly, I've never season a saison look like this one.

The aroma is a bit more like a saison with some phenol sweetness and citrus hops. But the rye spiciness comes through as well and makes it a very interesting mix of aromas.

The taste has a slightly toasted quality to it and the rye definitely shows itself with some healthy spiciness, especially in the finish. Throw in some lemon zest as well as a bit of the Belgian yeast sweetness underlying things. The different tastes almost come together but not quite.

The mouthfeel is smooth with the rye but also sweet and with lots of carbonation.

I'm not exactly sure what to make of this beer. I personally like this one but more for it's originality than anything else.

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Photo of bort11
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to sholland119 for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Inch of light tan head, quick to recede. Thin film stick to the surface, specks of lace cling to the glass. Color is a dark ruby red. Clear, but dark.

Smell is like fresh rye bread. A little yeast, a little citrus. Mostly rye and malty. Taste is an interesting balance between the bitterness of the rye and the citrus bitterness. A hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is not quite as crisp as I'm used to for a saison. Lingering rye aftertaste.

Blipped "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, redish-brown, small head, medium carbonation, lots of lacing

Smell:a mix of spice and hops

Taste: small hops, small caramel, some citrus, and for some reason I tasted a bit of agave

Mouthfeel:smooth, a sweetish start that rapidly turns bitter

Drinkability: This one is a sipper. I could have this again, but probably no more than two. Slightly bitter, but tasty

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Deep red amber that fades to a lighter amber at the bottom of a large wineglass....interesting. Creamy light tan head that craters nicely. Very attractive.

S-A light funky malty sourness with a hint of sweetness.

T-Interesting...fascinating, but not necessarily in a good way. This one is all over the place. The initial sip hits you with an overcarbonated slightly sour sweetness, with apples mid palate and finishing with a rather astringent bitterness without direction. Does not seem well put together.

M-Overcarbonated with an overall light mouthfeel.

D-Not very. Glad I tried it, interesting and fairly complex, but not much order, and not really enjoyable.

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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 Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Westy's Beer distributor

A- a nice foamy head with a beautiful sticky lacing. Lacing is silk-like and splotches my glass. Color is that of an Iced Tea look. Clear and uncarbonated.

S- a breaded toast smell with rye and malt present. Not much else going on.

T- a powerful rye hits the palate first. It tastes like toasted rye bread. Somewhat good but can be overbearing. sour malt as well.

M- dry rye and parchy.

D- I am not a huge rye fan so the drinkablity factor drops for me but if you are a rye fan you would love it. A nice beer for me to relax with.

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Rowhouse Red from Philadelphia Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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