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Rock River Red Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rock River Red AleRock River Red Ale

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zeff80 on 10-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev +7.1%

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Photo of tyleeis
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of richkrull
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale orangish brown color with just a little bit of white head on it. Smell was faint, malty, maybe a little alcohol smell. Taste was not very good. Kind of a bitter dry flavor. Aftertaste is not real pleasant. Light mouthfeel. Overall not a very good beer. I won't lookk for this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Berghoff Rock River Red poured a clear deep Amber with slight carbonation and thin head that did not lace. The aroma was lacking any distinct smells other than a good malt. The taste is an effervecent tingle, probably due to the small ammount of hops. On the finish I get a metalically bite from the beer. The mouthfeel was ok it could be session fairly easy. Overall it was a good beer and decent try if you get the Berghoff mixed pack.

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Photo of russpowell
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent copper with a quickly dissipating beige head. A trace of head & lacing

S: Vegtal smells, a touch of caramel & not much else

T: Toasty malt, overwhelmed by metallic hops up front. Dryness & a bit of caramel & woody pulp as this warms. Finishes dry with metallic hops, grainy, & a bit of toasty malt fighting through. Almost pulled a 3.0

MF: Thinish & overcarbonated

Drinks slow, not enough flavor here to hold one's interest; disappointing- like most other beers from these guys..

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Photo of BierFan
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear red/brown with a VERY small white head. The appearance of the beer is not bad, but it definitely fails to excite me about drinking this.

Smell: Light crisp smell. No real noticeable hops.

Taste: Floral hop flavor. This is a really mild and subtle American red ale compared to other bigger more heavily cascade hopped examples that define the style. It's an ok beer but it doesn't live up to other red ales.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date or info.

A - Clear light redish brown with a low and fizzy off-white head. Almost zero retention with no trace of bubbles afterwards.

S - The aroma is very mild with only hints at malts and hops but a more potent mineral and cidery nose. It smells like off-home brew actually.

T - Toasty malts in the background of a gross citrusy light yeast funk. Definitely bad flavors going on around what could be an alright red. It really tastes like a bad Mr. Beer batch.

M - Highly carbonated crisp and light with a dry finish. Sharp carbonation bite to the end.

D - One of, if not possibly the worst Berghoff beers I've had. Overly carbonated and off in flavor, there is absolutely no reason to have this beer.

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of scaliasux
1.63/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Medium-dark, reddish brown. Quite hazy. Medium tall tan head that quickly fades.

Smell - Moderately strong light malt. Not catching any hops.

Taste - Quite sweet and pretty light for style. A hint of smoke and caramel, but for some reason it tastes artificial. Any hops are not apparent to me.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Not really to style and, more important, not very good tasting. Like some of Minhas' other beers this beer is cloying. I think the excessive sweetness probably hurts other facets of the beer's taste.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

Photo of A60sburnout
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of headspace
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JALIEN
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of MikeIN
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CHL
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin beer that looks and tastes more like an amber ale--and a weak one at that. Indistinct smell, light malt, and not much hop flavor. Fizzy, maybe a little sour on the aftertaste. It doesn't improve the flavor, just makes it less drinkable.

If this were a macro, and priced like a macro (instead of a cheapish craft), it might be worth grabbing in bars that don't have anything better. As is, there's not much to recommend it.


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Photo of TMoney2591
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part five of my six-part Berghoff sampling. This has not been all that much fun, lemme tell ya. I almost don't wanna continue, but I feel Minhas is feeling the pressure to do better than it has thus far. A man can dream, can't he? This brew pours a clear dark rust topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toasted toffee, flowers, and what may or may not be a mountain of black pepper. The only thing helping things here is the faintness. The taste can most closely be described as old, toasted rye bread mixed with some light greens and black pepper. No. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a seemingly bone dry finish. Overall, this road I'm on is getting bumpier and rockier somehow. This was just plain bad. Straight up.

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Photo of Schnitzelburger
1.16/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm happy to see the horrible ratings of this crap. The old, pre-Minhas ale was an outstanding daily drinker. Did a side by side of the old and new a couple years ago and the new one was a drain pour. Hell, my friends dog didn't even lap it up after we dumped it on the patio.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold, not so red, small off white head, lacing is

Nose of amber malts and not much else.

As Minhas brews this now, it's not really one style, not bad for a macro type amber, but as a micro ale not so much, pale malt with slightly sweet front backed by a crisp balance. Very light body, very plain jane. An ok sessionable drinker, just not inspiring to have more than one.

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. Short 1/5 inch head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells of yeast mostly and some slight sweet malt. I guess it fits the style, but not a real good example. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. High carbonation level is noticeable. Tastes of slight malt, but mostly clean yeast. Slight sweetness is present and a barely noticeable hop bitterness comes through. Overall, the the beer gets sweeter after a few sips, but mostly a lackluster beer. Kind of a boring and bland beer with very little hops.

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Photo of Redrover
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck with a twist off cap. No freshness dating.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a darkish gold with red highlights. There is a fairly large beige head.

The nose is of caramel malts, a bit of apple and a hint of citrus.

The caramel notes from the aroma track over to the taste. There is a bit of plum and a very earthy finish. The hops are only there to add a touch of balance. There is a bubble gum cigar note in the finish which I think is the Berghoff yeast strain (or just an off note). Sweetens more at the finish.

The mouth is solid with a good amount of heft. Not a bad beer, but not one to go out of your way for.

Note the Rock River winds through South West Wisconsin and North West Illinois as it meanders towards the Mississippi. It is a great fishing and recreational River.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An ok little beer that does no more than justify the low price tag.

The beer begins with a toasted malt / toasted grain mix. No real hop presence, but a hearty dose of artificial caramels and butterscotch.

The beer takes on a, well... amber hue but with a dull, carbonated action without lasting head retention or lacing. Goes flat pretty quickly.

I taste the same grain/malt flavors that persist in the nose. The caramel and buttery aromas go directly into the taste, obviously a diacetyl taste. With no real hop flavor either, this review is taking on a harsh tone, but the beer is actually alright.

Textures are a bit heavy on the palate because of the lack of carbonation. Thinned by the light astringency found by the grains. Lightly slick on the mouth because of the diacetyl. The beer fails most in the texture.

A lot of bad descriptors going on in language but the beer ultimatly falls in the average range.

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Photo of superspak
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/9/2013. A moderate gusher upon opening. Pours fairly clear reddish copper color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, bread, toast, molasses, and light herbal. Decent aromas with good strength and decent balance; very malty and fruity. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, apple, bread, toffee, molasses, and light herbal. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, bread, toffee, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Decent flavor balance and robustness; with minimal cloying flavors present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this as a decent amber, though it seems to be more like a Belgian. This was a little better than I expected it to be. Decently enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, off-white head that faded fairly quickly.

S - It smelled of malt and earthy grasses.

T - It had a smooth caramel malt flavor with a touch of sweetness. A slight hop bite emerges later.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay amber, very affordable and easy drinking. Like most Berghoff beers it is solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a darker coppery color with another instance of a lazy collar of froth instead of a head, same as all the other Berghoffs so far. All I can smell on this one is the world's tiniest amount of toffee malt, thinner than an anorexic ghost. Flavor is a sludgey mash of murky malts with the same sickly medicinal aftertaste I had in an earlier Minhas brew. Body is somewhat thin and watery...
Looks like this one lives 'down' to all the bad hype surrounding it. I'm avoiding it in the future if it ever crosses my path again.

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Rock River Red Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
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