Rochester Mills Rochester Red | Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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Rochester Mills Rochester RedRochester Mills Rochester Red

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Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear amber body with a touch of red. About one-finger of light tan head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a cap and a small bit of lacing.

Not too much going on in the aroma department. A little malt, and a touch of earthy hops.

The flavor is interesting. Still malt forward, but more like a roasted flavor, bordering on a porter flavor. Sweet with hints of chocolate. Still, a touch of light hops in background. But, the bartender warned me it would not taste like a normal "red" so I shouldn't be so surprised.

Easy drinking brew overall. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Real deep red color very clear with just a layer ring of foam that fades to a good lace ring.
S - Malty sweet light hop smells. Toffee hints.
T - Very good toffee like malt with a slight drying bitterness and a bready finish.
M - Medium bodied slightly chewy. Traditional.

Overall a very tasty red ale very malty and easy to drink.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, floral, grass, brown bread, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light citrus, biscuit, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt flavors; with a light hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale style. Good balance and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of carlborch
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber red with a slight haze. Thick, creamy, off-white head. 1.5 inches slowly dissipating. Sweet, malty nose, with caramel and yeasty notes. Medium light body and decent lingering Well-developed lacing. Toast, nuts, caramel, and pumpernickel bread on the palate. Very low on hops - would have enjoyed greater hop-malt balance. Tasty.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one nearly is red, at the very least a dark red-orange. The sheer darkness gives it a certain thickness and opacity, though it's clear otherwise. On top, a tan head grows at firs to over two fingers, then settles to a firm, creamy foam about half a finger for the rest of the session. Lacing is left beginning with a hearty ring and following with solid patching.
This red has a pretty nice nose, favoring malts but with a touch of hops imparting earthy notes. Otherwise, there's a toasty note running through, a bit of nut, light caramel, and some leaf. It could use a bit more so it doesn't take as much effort to draw out.
The taste goes more leafy, with breads coming through as the strongest malt element, and toasty at that, while caramel does add a dose of sweetness. I don't have the can with me anymore to verify English varietals of either hops or malts or both, but there's an extremely distinctive tea-like note and minerality. A very light touch of some dark fruit flashes before an earthier component finishes it out. This is a more old-school red, to be sure.
The body is quite good, a firm medium heft supporting without overtaking it. Crispness is light but constant, allowing a thick sort of smoothness to fill it out.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent dark red. After a minute or two the minimal head is no where to be found. The scent I can pick up is sweet and malty, but the bar is too smokey to make a decent judgement. The taste isn't complex. It is your typical red ale. Hops up front finished with bittersweet malt. Mouthfeel is a bit higher than average, but still a bit thin for the style. This beer is very drinkable.
Notes: Not an exceptional beer by any means. The place seems to be almost a micro-macro brewery. It is a decent beer, but better suited for "having a few with the guys" than when you really want to appreciate a quality brew.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep brown with a big fluffy head that runs away quickly.

S - Malt forward, brown sugar, cake batter, not much from a hop perspective.

T - Follows suit from the nose - deep malt flavors but not enough hops to balance this brew.

O - Solid and I would pick it up again, but nothing to blow you away. I wish it had a bit more hop presence.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pint can poured into a nonic.

A- 1-finger tan head. Amber-brown body with some sediment floaties that eventually settled out. Good stick.

S- Lots of caramel. A little char. Some bready notes. Nuttiness was lighter still. Pretty bold overall.

T- Fairly malt-centric. Caramel mostly. A bit of a sweet linger.

M- Medium bodied, maybe full for style. Medium carbonation.

O- Robust, but still kind of run of the mill (honestly no pun intended). I'd get it again as I wonder about the age or batch issues due to the amount of sediment. I'd especially give it another chance since this one was free.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16-oz can into nonic pub glass

opens like a can of meat--the entire top comes off; weird

A - cloudy body of brown amber under a finger of light tan foam

S - caramel sweetness, a little nutty

T - bread, caramel, light grassy bitterness

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - a decent red, nothing special

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Photo of kbeals
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very deep ruby red color, about two fingers of frothy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S- A bit of sweet, caramel malts along with a hint of tart fruits like cranberries or cherries. Not much else going on.

T- Sort of bland, a bit fruity and sweet. Finishes off slightly tart.

M- Light bodied, a bit of carbonation. Almost feels kind of watery.

D- Good, pretty easy drinker, just wish it had a little more flavor.

I probably wouldn't buy this again, but it's not a terrible beer by any means, just a bit bland.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank on draught on site of Rochester Mills Beer Company. Reddish orange in appearance. Served with one finger height of head. Not much aroma. The flavor is malty with some caramel. Not much else going on in the flavor. A rather bland style. The freshness of the beer helps some. I probably wouldn't get this beer in a bottle and probably won't return to this beer again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Rochester Mills Rochester Red last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I think I had this beer before at a beer festival, but I don't remember anything about it and i'm interested in revisiting it, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice and it has a clean and classic look to it with lots of information to go with it. It poured a nice amber/red color that took on a nice ruby red hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is an ok looking beer, the color was nice but the head and lacing were a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher medium amount of sweetness that had a slight brown sugar aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart some caramel malts and brown bread flavors with a pretty big dark fruit aroma with no one fruit sticking out the most and there were some more grainy aromas towards the end. The aroma was nice and full of malts, but it could of used some hops to bring some balance to the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a nice amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart some caramel malts, brown bread, and grainy flavors with a real light roasted flavor. The dark fruits only barely show up. On the finish was a light amount of bitterness with a grainy and caramel malt like aftertaste. This beer was pretty average tasting, there were just some generic caramel malt flavors and not much else.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average example of a red ale, there was pretty much no complexity too this beer and with no hops showing up the balance wasn't that good either. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and not too filling, but the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention so one pint can is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one after this. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was nice, the body was just were at should be and the carbonation was good too. What I liked the least about this beer was how bland the taste was, all I could pick up was a bland and generic caramel malt flavors with nothing else really shining through. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's just too boring of a beer and I wouldn't recommend it to my friends, it had nothing that sets it apart for the style. All in all i was let down with this beer and it wasn't memorable. I like that Rochester Mills is getting their beer out to Michigan in 16oz cans but I have yet to be impressed with any of them, I'm still waiting to have a beer that I like from them. Better luck next time guys, this was one forgettable Red Ale.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield, Michigan. Only $2 for a pint, so why not?

Man... disappointed. That's all I can say about this beer. It had this... odd smell. Like dusty rocks/malts. It was unusual, and not in a good way. The taste was a bit better -- it had a very deep, almost stout/porter flavor with a kind of rusty aftertaste. Rochester Red isn't an awful beer, but I can't say it's something I'd have again. Just not made with the highest quality of malts..

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Photo of tallmidget
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Drank a ton of this on tap during Penguicon 6.0
I wish the people running Penguicon picked a better beer to serve but I think the reason it was chosen was because it wouldn't be that offensive of a beer to someone who is used to MBC beers. Typical red ale, bland taste with a bitter aftertaste. Smelled okay. Nothing to write home about.

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