Red Rose Amber Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan | website

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

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48
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 83
Photo of matjack85
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Proteus93
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jungle Jim's.

Poured a clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate sour citrus and malt aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout beer for style.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Naerhu
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ingredients: Malt, hops, yeast
Bottle conditioned

Appearance - Fine off-white/ brown head one-finger of stable long lasting head. Opaque crimson body.

Smell - Dark caramel with citrusy juicey hop aroma

Taste - Dry hoppy bitterness, rich caramel biscuit, long lasting complex flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and fine.

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Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 SmashPants
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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 donnebaby
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick cream, tight bubble head, light tan color. Long lasting sticky foam. Body is quite dark for an amber ale, heading towards an opaque orange brown. Very good looking presentation. The smell reminded...much of other Baird beers. Very potent fresh strawberry juice, sweet and..."intoxicating"?? Very light aroma hops in the background.

Initial taste in the mouth is fruity and watery, which smoothly fades into medium streamlined hops. A medium malt caramel profile.

Very low carbonation took me by surprise in this beer. Interesting complexity adds to make this beer highly drinkable.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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 tjd25
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly brownish head, foamy, creamy and long lasting. The body shows an opaque dark amber color. Impressive appearance. The smell reveals the same aromas as in other Baird beers. The sweet red fruits/ strawberries are more pronounced in this one, and some notes of ginger also appear. Nice. The taste is pretty much swwet red fruits, with a chocolate like hoppiness in the back of the palate. Hops are quite grassy too. The mouthfeel is less enjoyable than in other Baird beers, a bit weak, and not exactly what I expected from a red ale. The dry hoppiness is too pronounced for my taste (and maybe for this style). What's the IPA gonna taste like???. Low carbonation. I wouldn't enjoy many of these, and I don't feel like drinking this every day. Kind of a deception among the other Baird beers.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
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 Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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 ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 wschmit
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bheilman
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very good beer. I didn't expect too much out of a Japanese brewery; not because I don't like Japan, just because I feel like Japan puts more effort into Sake, Shochu and Whiskey and because I have had some Kirin and Sapporo beers and thought them satisfactory. You can't compare Red Rose Amber Ale with those beers, like you can't compare bud and sierra nevada. One's mass produced, one's quality produced. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but well above average and definitely worth trying again. Very drinkable.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BarleyMine
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a golden amber with a rapidly receeding head becoming a foamy thin line with scant lacing. Smells sweet, hoppy and floral with hints of pine. Ititial flavor is hops followed by moderate malt and faint citrus notes. Nice light body with crispy carbonation. This could almost be called a B.I.P.A. (Baby IPA) Excellent.

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Photo of stevenseg
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -1%
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 moshiric
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 MarkLeberer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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