Red Rose Amber Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Red Rose Amber AleRed Rose Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 04-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SmashPants
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a very solid dark brown 360mL bottle with a fancy label - looks like a piece of art.

Appearance: mid-dark golden brown/amber. A limited head with good retention but no lacing. There is some fine sediment floating at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: not very much on the nose - some savoury notes and grain. Not overpowering, but not really very much there to be honest.

Taste: nut-driven with some bitterness. Not much in the way of complexity - a bit disappointing actually. Flavours fade slowly with a distinct lack of roundness.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness remains for a time - not too complex in flavour though.

Mouth feel: light- to- medium in body with moderate carbonation, suits the style.

Overall: not a bad beer, in fact it's quite nice. I found it to be more of an IPA in feel rather than a Red Ale though, due to the higher hop content. The bigger turn-off for me was a case price exceeding AU$160 (2013). Not acceptable for a 'quite nice' beer.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt and some resinous hops. Nice malt character.
Malty flavours too. Bready malt and sweet syrupy notes. A fair bit of resinous earthy hops too, along with an assertive, well-balanced bitterness.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ber12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of THEGENERALISMO
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Japan's own Barid Brewery devises a recipe that harks back, not only to Irish influences of their red ales, but back further to the English bitters. Though the American microbrewing trends dictate the simple balance of malt and hops, Barid's does a little more.

With it's deep golden, medium amber hue, it's obvious where Red Rose got its name. The slight presence of dark grain stains the beer with a mild redish glow. Medium haze both captures and diffuses the light, giving it a pleasant glow. Firm creamy foam character beings to take the shape of cask ales as the tepid carbonation casts long lasting, yet understated retention and lacing patters all the while.

Delicate aromas of malt, caramel, bread, and biscuit fill the nose with a firm, but not overly toasty scent. Complementing hop aromas give balance to the nose with a whiff of damp sod, fresh cut grass, and lightly floral character. Even the yeast get in on the action with supple fruity notes that are reminescent of marmalade and "Juicy Fruit" bubblegum.

And with the delicate balance of caramel malt and hops in taste, it's less toasty and more bready with underlying biscuit flavors that are overlaid with the broad and earthy bitterness of English hops. With the timid bread crust flavor, or citrus hop notes, the English ale influence is felt through and through. Where fruitiness isn't hop derived, the sweeter fruit flavors of oranges, apples, peaches, and pears come from yeast esters instead.

Medium bodied, the beer seems to take on a richer upstart, but with the creaminess of carbonation that's well embedded into the bready malt starches. But after the carbonation subsides and the malt character recedes, the beer finishes soft and dry. This carries the hop bitterness through to a short lived linger of woodish or minty taste.

If tasted blindly, I might have put this ale into a more English-oriented class. There's several small deviations from Irish red ales or American amber ales that puts this offering out of character; but Red Rose is a very pleasant and easy drinking ale that was a delight to have in the glass.

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Photo of MarkLeberer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid red with a 1 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a light film on top of the beer. The taste is earthy, fruity, with a hint of floral flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors but definitely unlike most other reds of a similar style. This was one in a sampler of 3 that Baird offers so consider that is this eval.

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Photo of GuidedByVoices
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly cloudy dark reddish-tinted brown. Forms a sizable tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. Some light lacing. Visible carbonation.

S: A light, but pleasant blend of floral citrus hops and lots of caramel malt.

T: Mild to moderate maltiness. Caramel malts. Earthy, dirty, and with some mild malty dark fruits. Flavor is very quick and finishes with a yeasty quality to it.

M: Medium bodied, but feels light for the style. Carbonation is approaching heavy. Mild bitterness.

O: This beer is admittedly older than it should be, but I'm not able to say exactly how old (no dating). Overall, it's not a bad beer. Not a great one, but still slightly better than average for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid and murky brown with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment can be seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is very malty with some fruity and floral aromas. Taste is very much the same with some earthy, fruity, and slightly floral flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors but definitely unlike most other beers of the same style I have had in the past.

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Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Baird Beer Harajuku Taproom. A beautiful amber ale that is 90% translucent with a wonderful lacing that coats the glass in a white stocking. Beautiful aroma of flowers, hops, wheat, and a bit of corn. Finishes smooth with no additional gas and no afterburn in the throat. A wonderful amber ale for any lunch or dinner and a choice session beer for those who like their brews a bit stronger than usual.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Gusher alert. Make sure to have a glass ready.

My first Baird beer is a very sound amber ale with a substantially dry, hoppy, and fruity set of characters to it. Definitely enjoyable and one I would go back to, if not a bit pricey for a single 12oz bottle.

Pours a huge, light tan head made up of medium and large bubbles. The top of the foam seems to solidify somewhat, becoming very frothy. Head leaves large amounts of lacing along the sides of glass as it descends. Body is a dark reddish-brown when away from the light, a lighter shade of the same when held to light. Body is murky, opaque and somewhat hazy due to being unfiltered.

Aroma is rather sweet, with obvious malt and fruit influences, but there is also a noticeable floral hops component that somewhat mimics blossoms fairly well. In general, good, but could be a bit stronger and more assertive.

Sweet with malt and fruit flavors in the opening taste, with mild bitterness creeping in by mid-palate. Bitterness surpasses sweetness at this point, but floral character and fruit, particularly plum and peach in a mild malt sweetness, persist. Fades out with a flash of bitterness, leading to very mild grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste with some tannic qualities and very minimal residual sweetness from the malt.

Body is medium to medium-light with carbonation that is too high for the heft. Resultant mouthfeel is a bit prickly, thought the bottle seems to mention this and suggest it is a good characteristic. Finish is pleasantly dry.

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Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of matjack85
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the rather steep price of $4.99 a bottle. No freshness date but the label is cool.

Expecting a rose colored brew considering the name and style, but instead got a murky dark honey colored beer with a nice 2-finger white head that lasted several minutes and left some good lacing.

Not a lot of aroma here. Some swirling and a big whiff gave me some brown sugar and a little fruitiness, but not much else.

If your looking for a red amber on the sweeter side, this isn't it. Hoppier than most reds, this one gives off some pine, earthy, and flowery hop flavors with some bitter kick to it as well. Malts are mild but there is a fruit aspect to it as well (mainly apricot and peach), but the fruit isn't juicy ripe.

Feel wise this is a very dry beer with medium body and medium to high carbonation.

Well made, but not my favorite tasting amber/red ale. Those who don't mind their reds on the drier side may like it more than I did.

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Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that this is a hybrid of sorts (ale yeast at a lager-like temperature).

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head into my glass. It's not a rose color but close.

Smells more like a California Common Ale than the style it's listed as. A mix of fruity malt and pine hop notes.

Taste is much the same. Sweet malt with very little if any hops. Caramel shows up as a component. Nothing too dramatic.

Lingering sweet malt and light hops. Not too bad. Some bitterness too.

A confusing beer that was more than likely mislabeled.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this Japanese Amber in a glass stein.

Appearance- This is a hazy auburn with bright pumpkin highlights. The carbonation travels swiftly to the impressive two-finger head. The puffy, clumpy foam has great retention and leaves random chunks of off-white, orange lace.

Smell- There is a cloying and phenolic scent to this one. It is not very appealing. There is a citrus quality to the nose as well, but I would not describe it as hoppy, lemon is the most noticeable.

Taste- The beer starts out slightly bitter with a wheat and grainy taste. There is a little grassy hop coming through. Also a slight estery quality to the drink, maybe a little floral. The malt also has a distinct honey quality to it.

Mouth feel- This is a watery medium body. It finished pretty clean and easy, but it just does not stick.

Overall- I would appreciate this more if the flavors were not so muddled or soft. It is far too difficult to distinguish what exactly what I am drinking.

It is a decent enough amber that is easy to drink, but in the end it is too boring and has a weird, off-putting nose.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Red Rose Amber Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.83 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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