Red Rose Amber Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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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:
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Added by Naerhu on 04-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
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1
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9
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its name, it's a lovely reddish dark amber color, with a robust and chunky head.

Smell is ... sweet/sour? Enticing.

Taste is a brief hit of sourness, followed by taste of fruit and a vivid impression of coarse brown sugar (really, it's amazing, but you can feel the coarseness), which slowly fades into a wonderfully subtle and distinct "round" hop bitterness, which lingers as the beer goes down. I wouldn't really call it herbal, but it's lovely, and ... er, well, "round." Every sip is an adventure as the taste continually changes while passing over your tongue!

The mouthfeel is thick, robust, and slightly oily, while still being refreshing; this sort of "simultaneously robust and light" feel is very "baird."

An interesting and tasty beer, much more interesting than any other amber ale I've had. It is definitely a sweet beer, but it's an _interesting_ sweetness, and well accompanied by the laid back but very clear hoppiness.

Nice.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A very light cream caramel head and creamy texture looking, sits on a dark honey brown and cloudy with pinhead clear bubbles rising somewhat slowly. Some good sticky clumping lacing in places.

Nose is an interesting brown sugar, and some malt sense. Floral fruit sense as well.

Taste is a nice light amber and candied floral sugars. Good texture with a sense of mild crispness. Yeasty aftertaste on the finish.

Overall a different take on a red ale but I rather enjoy it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy brown thick body with a beige head that sticks to the glass in a big of a meniscus. There is a bit of trub suspended in the body with a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The clean brown malt aroma has some green dry hop notes in the finish.

T- The brown malt has a slight tartness that fades into a bittern soft green hop finish that has a bit of a green bit that lingers. There is a dry caramel and toffee note to the malt and a green woody hop character comes through as the beer opens up.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a smooth texture.

O- The nice dry malt has some good depth to it when it opens up and a nice balance with the mellow hops. This is a good session beer with a nice full flavor.

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Photo of wschmit
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into tasting nonic.

A: A nice but hazy body....more of an orange/brown color than amber. Nice patchy head, with some sticky retention. No apparent effervescence in the body.

S: Sweet tea and flowers on the nose....reallly interesting if you're into that. Backed up with a round malty sweetness that's really intoxicating to me. Unique, for sure, and up my alley.

T: Lemon, a touch of floral hops, and again that malty, vaguely caramel sweetness to finish it off. It's got a similar profile to the brown ale from same brewer, but a bit lighter and with more citrus. Pretty tasty.

M: Moderate body, with acceptable carbonation. No alcohol sensation at all, but that's not surprising.

O: Baird continues to impress me. I've tried most everything of theirs that I've seen, and I like them all. They have a house character that's pretty attractive, and it works really well in this beer. Neither cheap nor really pricy, Baird's worth it every once in a while. A great beer.

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Photo of moshiric
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber. Thinner head with some lacing.

S- sweet floral notes. these are pretty intense in this beer. If that's not what you are looking for, stay away. On. The other hand if it is this beer is a winner.

T- very drinkable, light hop profile, notes on the nose really come out. Quite refreshing.

M- light, but flavorful.

O- I haven't had Baird in bottles, but on tap it's usually pretty good for a Japanese brewery. This beer is no exception. I think this beer is very versatile i.e. It could work As a session beer, but stands out on it's own too.

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought on a whim from Julio's. Glad I did. Nice beer from Japan. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty much clear dark amber/red colour with lots of bubbles. Atop this was a nice white slightly less than two finger head that quickly faded to a nice white thick cloud. In the end all that was left was a nice white halo and blanket.

S - Almost reminded me of a belgian at first. Nice and floral with some sweet malts. Good pine and citrus (orange/grapefruit) aromas here too.

T - Somewhat unique here. Nice typical amber ale qualities but there are some really great additions of the bready malts and floral, citrus hops. Nice hop notes.

M - Love the mouthfeel on this. Carbonation is really, really good. Holding the brew on the tongue has a nice bubbling sensation. Surprisingly high carbonation with this take.

D - This is nice. While not my favorite amber ale this is a really lovely take on one. Has alot going for it, really a surprise from a Japanese brewery.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a deep dark ruby, almost chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger frothy, off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Floral aroma with subtle earthy hosp and light fruit presence.

Fuller boded than expected with a nice bitter hop presence up front that's followed by a sweet malt backbone and bitter dry finish. Subtle hints of flower petal along with slight roasted malt, chocolate and biscuit.

This is a really weird interpretation of the style. Full body with a stronger malt and hp profile than I expected. A bit more roasted and rich than most beers of the style yet balanced by earthy, floral and bitter notes.

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Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice murky light amber,apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that stays,the smell is very sweet with aromas of sweet toffee/caramel and some piney hops,it has a medium bodied light stickyish mouthfeel which really coats the mouth with hints of caramel,toffee,sticky date pudding and some piney hoppiness but to be totally honest there is no bitterness on finish or really anywhere during the taste as the bitterness is definately overcountered by the sweetness that you encounter during this brew and i know ive said before that some brews are bitter sweet but this is really sweet bitter sweet and could quite easily drink more than the one of and will revisit without doubt.

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

360ml bottle. I'm getting used to seeing these Americanized ales from Japan, with no discernible info on the label beyond the brewery and beer name. Ahhhh...first wave.

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange-amber hue, with three fingers of densely foamy, and chunky pale beige head, which eventually settles, leaving some sudsy layered lace around the glass.

It smells mildly at first of mandarin (I know) orange citrus, followed more strongly by a biscuity, bready caramel malt, with a touch of toasted character slowly rising, along with a hint of earthy yeast, and further grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more lightly singed bready, biscuity malt, kind of metallic, muddled citrus notes - more yeast-borne in origin than hop, strangely - and some further piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a prickly frothiness persisting throughout, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the floral, citrusy hops subtly overshadowing the latent bready caramel malt.

A pretty enjoyable, moderately hoppy (and mirror world at that) amber ale. However, as the hops fade, the remainder just doesn't scream out 'can I have s'more please' to me. And speaking of 'ahhhh', with bit of apophenia tossed in just for fun: Tomoyasu Hotei just popped up on my random mp3 list. Oh yeah.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ugly swamp water brown with a nice beige frothy head which dissipates slowly into a millimeter of undying bubbles.

Smells of hops. Hints of brown sugar.

Honey, malt, hops, tiny floral tidbits. All nicely balanced, not bad.

Nice bitterness and friendly carbonation keep this brew alive and pungent on the tongue.

For 5% doesn't taste watery or weak. I like this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 360 ml brown bottle, the abv is listed on the label as 5.5%. The rep also mentioned to me that this is actually a California Common.

Pours out a hazy/cloudy amber, not necessarily opaque, but still turbid. Tall creamy and frothy off-white head that slowly settles.

Light sweet grains on the nose, some toastiness, a quick zip of citrus hops, and a longer ligering of floral/perfumey notes.

Well then, based on the hop content in the flavour this would certainly be a West Coast Amber if that was the intended style, and remains an assertively hopped Steam beer if one wants to approach it that way. Starts off with clean dry grains, then herbal, leafy, grassy hops rise up to take charge, finishing with spicy hops. A perfume character in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, texture is slick and a bit oily, low carbonation.

Here's a beer that will satisfy those who are into Old World hops, doesn't really remain memorable for me when all is said and done.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

360ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip aug3 2010

A hazy brownish amber with some sediment, thumbs width of tan head has decent retention slowly falling to a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace

S some fruity and floral hops with a little caramel

T close to the smell with a little sweet malt to balance out all the hops

M a little flat with just a little bite and it leaves a slick feeling on your gum's

D very easy to drink, I could session this for quite some time. well rounded and worth trying for sure

another winner from Japan and I'm quite happy with how many of them are on the shelves here in Alberta.

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Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber in body with frothy off white head. Aroma similar to a barleywine: caramel, syrup, molasses. Crisp bready flavors, toast with butter. Then the flavor gets cut short by diacetyl and finishes with slight butter. Medium in body and very enjoyable for any time of day.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight herb, citrus, and a hint of smoke. Overall, a nice blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with an eighth-inch, white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is heavy on malts, with some hops underneith. Faint cinnamon, brown sugar, and more bready malts come in. Malts become slightly buttery at the end.
Taste is sweet, bready malts with some spices. Dark, overripe fruits. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and biting, with a dry finish. Fairly light body.
Drinkability is good. The sweet and bitter aspects of this one hold it back just a bit.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Baird Nakameguro Taproom

A - A small finger of very thick yeasty fresh tap head. Lots of clarity in this beer. Color was red, similar to rose hip herbal tea. Strong lacing that blankets the sides of the glass like carpet bombing

S - Smells were thick and complex. Enticing me with the glory that was to come. Lots of yeast lots of hops. Plenty of crystal malts. Some grassy hop tones and some more bitter hop tones also prevailed.

T - The smells were pleasant and alluring, but the taste was a disappointment. Tons of hop but too little malt too little yeast. The balance was off. The bitterness overpowers everything to the point of making other flavors immaterial. If hop, malt, yeast are all instruments in this band...then the hop needs to turn down his amp. He's getting feedback. Aftetaste as you can guess was hoppy.

M - A bit loose and watery. Bitter aftertaste dominates the experience.

D - Poor balance. Would be fine in a situation where you needed a hoppy beer to chainsaw through other flavors. I was mostly disappointed because the smells of this beer are great. Tastes not so much.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear red copper with a thick, firm white head.

Lovely perfumed floral rose nose with Belgian sugar and very light sugared creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin but good and the flavor profile makes up for the crisp mouthfeel.

Flavors of bright espresso and a finish of bitter coffee and grapefruit hops.

Actually quite drinkable; goes down well and has concise flavors with a very nice balance. This could be a "regular" for many.

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Photo of stevenseg
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Bell's Amber Ale, and I consider that the standard by which I judge amber ales. The Red Rose by Baird Beers is supposed to "combine a crisp lager refreshingness with a robust ale fruitiness," sue to its lower lager-like fermentation temperatures. So I am expecting a Killians-esque type of lager-amber hybrid.

Red Rose pours a hazy lighter-than-amber color with a strong head made of large crisp bubbles. A steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom, and little hint of lacing, which indicates a crisper texture.

I really like the smell of Red Rose. I am a fan of the sweetness of ambers in the first place, but the sweetness of Red Rose reminds me more of a cider...not THAT sweet, but that fruity of a nose.

The sweetness isn't NEARLY what I expected from the nose. It's not a rich beer, but I can definitely get a hint of the fruitiness of the sweet malts.

The mouthfeel of Red Rose is very crisp. The amber sweetness really contrasts with the crispness of the texture. But then it doesn't...the fall feel of Red Rose is extraordinary.

Overall, this is a beer that can keep you company the whole night. I would much prefer Baird's Red Rose in the fall, but I can see some late spring and summer sippage being noteworthy. I've only got one of these, but I want more...

Update: This thing is a product of Japan! An American style amber from the west coast really tips the scale of variety. Japan is noted for its hop-heavy mega-brewery style lagers, and I am drinking a great amber ale? Definitely worth the $5 price tag knowing that it's an import of this quality.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baird Red Rose Amber Ale

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark amber, guess at 25 SRM. Looks like a good deal of carbonation, head has almost vanished in the middle just keeping around the edges. Lotta tiny bubbles. Oh and I cut myself opening, thanks bottle opener thanks alot. Also has blond highlights at bottom.

Smell: Smells almost effervescent picking up some sourness, with a faint touch of hops. Little bit of malt sweetness back its in the back

Taste: First thing I get it the carbonation, then the hops, then a dry clean finish, I guess from the bottom fermentation. Hops are sour in character. malts flavor is not so much sweet as just, a little flavor trying to hold down the rest of the beer. After a sipping starting to get more of the sweet malts flavor. some interesting flavor in there but I cant quite get it. It really is reminding me of darker lagers like Brooklyn Lager or something like that. But at the same time the malt character is a little more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Its a little to bubbly for me, I feel like the carbonation is still in my mouth. Other than that light with a little bit of quick stick to it

Drinkability: Yes, very drinkable, its light and just slightly above session-able ABV with some malt base and a crisp fairly clean finish

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Nakemeguro Taproom in Tokyo. Not a bad place, and very close to the subway line if you're considering visiting.

Arrives with a red/copper body and a bubbly white head, that exhibited good retention and lacing. Very floral aroma, with strong notes of grapefruit, spice and caramel. There's a pleasant toastiness to it as well. I'm really digging the flavour, as it continues the floral theme, with a decent hop bite, and a good malt backbone. The initial impression is all floral, with lemongrass and perfume hitting the roof of the palate, after that biscuit and caramel malt take over before climaxing in a grapefruit splashed finish. Its extremely sessionable and well balanced. Medium body and carb seems well suited. All is well here and its another winner from Baird.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-amber body with a frothy, sudsy, off-white head. Fair amount of lace on the way down.

Smell: Oven-toasted biscuits with a very distant kick of dark caramel and fruit boosted by hoppy scents of spice, citrus, coarsely chopped herbs, and wood.

Taste: Toasted, day-old biscuits with hints of dry caramel. Touch of Tomcot apricots. Hop profile displays full tastes of zesty, zippy spices and citrus. Also, maybe, just maybe, even a tad woody. Medium-high bitterness that's bold but not overbearing. The toasty qualities try to reemerge past the spice, citrus, and staunch bitterness, but it's to no avail. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering toasty biscuitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Delightfully quaffable -- one of those beers that it's hard to finish the review before I clear through the entire bottle. My first Baird beer and a rather good one! Here's hoping the other three I purchased are as pleasant.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bubbling amongst a coppery red. Barely an foam after the pour. Rich toasted malt aroma of breads and dried fruit. Just a hint of orange peel hops balances some of the sweet malt smells. Starts with a dry melba toast backbone. Some powdery fruit in the middle mixed with faint earthy hopping. Grainy dry and a little powdery palate. A little watery at times, but still got some good flavor.Makes for an easy drinker.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an exceptional 1 1/2 finger head with great retention and lacing and a slightly hazy copper color. I was careful not to pour in any excess yeast.

Smell is of an english ale yeast strain that accentuates the malts underneath with fruity esters and a bit of hop aroma to balance.

Taste has a toffee sweetness with a balancing hop bitterness and hop flavor. This isn't over the top hopped red nor is it a malty boring red either.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation and fullness, however the mixture of the amount of carbonation and the body of the beer isn't quite perfect.

This is a nicely balanced red. Hop flavor comes through with a good malt balance. The flavors start becoming more and more interestind as the beer warms.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Generous, tight-bubbled head that remains rocky throughout the tasting. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The color red-orange amber with a solid haze.

Sweet, hoppy and attractive. Floral aroma of fresh hop cones. Enough malt to make it very balanced. Close to perfection.

Beautiful bitter. The malt is present but in the background. The hop, if I am hyper-critical, is leaning toward the harsh side. Extraordinarily drinkable. If I were to have a complaint, it would be that the liquor is on the thin side for such a flavorful beer. Still, this is an exceptional beer well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of two Baird offerings I picked up in North Carolina. They made a good first impression, and hopefully this follows up nicely!

A: Quite hazy, like an unfiltered honey colour in some ways. The head forms beautifully into a pillowy cloud of gently rolling, creamy head.

S: Slightly fruity with a pleasant floral bouquet, along with a nice and modest malt profile. Both the aroma and the flavour are very similar, with a hint more hop coming out on the palate, most notably toward the finish.

M: It's medium bodied, but it has a mildness to it. Carbonation is moderate, and it finishes with just a hint of dryness.

D + notes: This makes a couple of Baird offerings now that I've been pleased with. They offer a nice flavour and yet a sensible and easy going beer with this one, and it's nothing short of solid. Good beer, and it has me very interested in trying more with high hopes!

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