Heartland Brewery Rooster Red Ale
Heartland Brewery Union Square

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American Amber / Red Ale
3.49 | pDev: 13.47%
Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 90
Photo of shanegatter
4.52/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Guy's American kitchen and bar in New York City, at the restaurant it is labeled and promoted as guys own brew called Morgan's Red Ale. After much research I found that he paired with a local brewery to produce. Anyhow, this is a very smooth sweet beer. This is something I hope to find locally.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

18th Jan 2013 finds me in New York and the Heartland tap under the ESB.

I found this to be their beer that most suited my taste buds.

Good colouring, red and clean, on top a beige head of foam.

The aroma was malt infused nuts with caramel topped toffee apple.

The taste was also on the sweet side , but the hops gave it a more semi-bitter feel after the roasted malts calmed down in the mouth.

Flavoursome and most enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Heartland Brewery Union Square, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with notes of caramel and grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of nutty malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The earthy yeast aromas and flavors seem to be unique compared to other beers in this style, but other than this nothing really stood out about this beer as being very interesting.

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Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Heartland in Times Square.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark, blood red color, with a rust brown head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: The only thing I got was a tinge of malt and a slight trace of melted "Astro Pop."

T: Fairly rich and carmely which took me by surprise. It had a nice red velvet cake batter flair as well as a mild chocolate component.

M: Thick enough and with a pleasant booze burn. The carbonation was appropriately on the low side.

O: This was a nice drinker and the best of the Heartland brews that I tried.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the Radio city location. Served as part of the flight. Sample glass. Cool.

Pours a red brown body with and off white tan head.

Grainy smell and a light floral smell. Sweet toffee taste and a full and slick mouthfeel.

Really nice offering. Good version of a red. I would drink this again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Union Square—served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark-red/brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and woods

Taste: very hop forward with caramel starting in the middle, then mixing with floral hops at the end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied, bitter start with a sweetish middle and a less bitter end, very dry

Overall: An average to above average red ale that is on the hoppy side. Overall of the three pints I ordered there, this was my least favorite. I would pass on this in the future, but it is worth a try especially for those that are more hop inclined.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samples at Radio City. Pours dark red with a long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of sweet cherry fruit, caramel and floral hops. Flavor is very fruity (cherry), caramel malt with hops providing nice balance. Full body. Very tasty ale. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

I've come to enjoy this tasty, malty ale a lot more than I did at first. They must have improved on the recipe or something. Smooth, quaffable, non-threatening, but still bold and flavorful. I could easily drink these all night. (Tame by hop-head standards.) Blends with the stout for a tasty, non-segregated black & tan.

Pours dark reddish-brown, with a nice finger of white head that retains well. Malty aroma, and not much else. Big flavor: roasty malts up front, some light fruits coming through; earthy. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, very drinkable.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear dark amber color with a cap of white head which lasted throughout and clung nicely to the glass.

The smell, though vague; was dry earth, grain, and a bit of a funky yeast.

A nice blend of earthy and grain tastes, accompanied by a punch of yeast funk, and a slight metallic taste.

Not a bad red ale, but far from the best I've had. All in all, I didn't think this was a highlight to my beer sampling that night.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a part of a voyage at the Heartland at 51st between fifth and sixth avenues in Manhattan. I like this beer but it isn't my favorite. Red color, as expected. Good carbonation. Very good roasty flavor and aroma.

Not my favorite but worth getting.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber in color with some head. Very good lacing.

S: Big problem for me - not much on the nose. Maybe some fruity esters, but nothing else.

T: Fruity and sour - nice farmhouse punch.

M: Very smooth - minimal carbonation.

D: Just okay for me. The lack of smell really bothered me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at HB burger: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium caramel malt with light dry finish. Taste is not the most spectacular with good caramel malt and a light subtle dry hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but really not something to seek out again.

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Photo of bob3701
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint at their South Street Seaport location. Nice red/amber color served with no real head and laced sporatically. Nice hints of toffee or caramel aroma. Very smooth and pleasing to the mouth. Nicely balance with a hint of caramel sweetness. A really easy brew to drink. Overall a pleasant experiance.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.77/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. Had this at the Times Square location. Dark brownish red in color, not too much head but it didnt bother me after I tried it. Smell was sweet toffee and caramel, roasty malt. Taste reminded me of a dopplebock at first, very creamy and sweet but more carbonation, then fading to a balanced hoppy finsih. Beautifully balanced beer, easily their best brew and one of the finest ales I've ever had.

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Photo of albern
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next to the Indiana Pale Ale, the Red Rooster is about the only other drinkable beer at Heartland Brewery. The coloring is nice, kind of a reddish copper tone with very good lacing. The nose was undistinguished, with sweet malts at its core. The beer was a tad syrupy, some roasted notes, maybe a touch of grainy straw maybe a tad smokey in parts. The hop balance was about right. This was an okay beer, nothing much else.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on draft in NYC on 10.6.08 during Tour de Pink.

ok looking - not much head and whatever was there barely lasted a few seconds. good nose - nothing crazy, a little hops, slight rye. taste was ok as well. good balance, the mouthfeel and drinkability were probably the best parts.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got a pint of this at the brewery.

A: Pours a red, amber body with a small, off-white head with low retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Not much of a smell; some earthy undertones were of not, but nothing of great significance.

T: An earthy, bitter, kind of chocolate taste with an earthy aftertaste. The tastes were not very complimentary of each other and made the beer a little hard to swallow.

M: A little light and thin; nothing too impressive.

D: Ok overall, but can't say I would order it would be my go to beer. Probably an acquired taste is needed for this one.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sampled this at the empire state building location

almost a brown red, tastes of carmel are the predominat flavor in this one. kind of a bitter hop after taste that sticks with yoy way to long, this is wattery as well. run away from this one, you are better off without this one.

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

On tap at the Heartland Brewery on 43rd.

Red Rooster looks a lot like birch beer when poured into the glass. A brownish red color, lots of visible carbonation lining the inside of the glass. Its nose is fill of sweet roasted malts and spice. Upon tasting, caramel malts are definitely up front, a cherry note and some hop presence. Medium/full bodied with active carbonation. I'd revisit this one for sure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red amber. No fragrance to speak of I felt. Flavor is sweet with a touch of bitter mixed in on the back. Feel is the best part with a nice creamy texture to it. Drinkable indeed. Not the greatest, but was so smooth going down that it makes it worth going for.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint with my steak the other night.
Times Square Location.

A - Heartland was hopping so the head had subsided a bit by the time it got to the table but lacing was already sheeting the top of the glass. Nice deep red/light brownish color. Nice look overall.

S - Smell is of sweet caramel malts.

T - I really was into this one. A sweet brew featuring caramel malts. I really think this is more toward an Irish Red than an American as no real hop flavor is pronounced. Still a nice brew overall.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel.

D - Pretty nice. Like I said it's more of an Irish Red in my opinion.

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Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light brown hue with a weak head but very nice lacing. The aroma is inviting with carmel and nutbread. The taste jumps out as a bit more bitter, but there is a strong malty-nutty taste with a sweet carmel background evident as well. Perhaps a hint of charcoal. Mildly carbonated with a somewhat heavy feel. A burnt toast finsh and aftertaste that doesn't end this sample quite as happily as the aroma started it. But definitely enjoyable and worth trying. Could drink a few of these but doesn't really invite quantity.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of two malty reds offered at Radio City. This was deep red, showed lots of lace, and was a caramel story. Overcarboanted and just too sweet and light mouthfeel. Quite bland when I expected toated malt and the like, maybe just not from the best batch.

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Photo of BBM
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber red with a thin white head atop it. The aroma was faint, of caramel malt and American hops. Neither one came through too strongly though.

The taste is a very balanced blend of the afformentioned malt backbone and hops. Neither one dominates, so it doesn't stay on your palate long. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly dry finish. Overall this isn't the most complex beer in the world, but I found it very sessionable, and a really fine example of how an amber ale should be brewed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that hangs on throughout the drink, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is mild with toffee and nutty aromas.

The taste is of sweet toffee, nuts. Malty with a late hop dryness.
Not complex, but tasty.

The feel is a bit thin, but coating enough. A nice after-taste lingers.

Easy to drink, rather tasty, a bit thin. Not bad for style. Sweet with some late hop balance.

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Heartland Brewery Rooster Red Ale from Heartland Brewery Union Square
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 90 ratings