Heartland Brewery Rooster Red Ale | Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by stingrayvr6:
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4.77/5  rDev +37.1%
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 RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The ale was deep brown in color and clear with a nice head that showed some good retention.

Smell – The sharp, corny aroma covered up the hidden toasted malt backbone.

Taste – This ale was smooth but very unbalanced. The mix of toasted malts and toffee was finished with a funky, minty aftertaste. All this and not a hop to be found.

Mouthfeel – This was shy of medium-bodied. It had a rather pleasant foamy mouthfeel to it but the ale lacked balance.

Drinkability – It's not bad, but what the hell is it?

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Heartland"s new BBQ joint next the Times square location. Served in a large stein. This one pours dark reddish amber, cloudy and a bit murky. Tan head, decent lacing, nose was of lightly roasted malts. Malt sweetness carries this brew. Drying hops come in late. This is a decent take on a boring style. This one exhibits a nicely rounded mouthfeel, a moderate amount of smokey malts and a flavorful, balanced finish. Nice quaffable brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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 Ksilver2
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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 Razr86
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RandyKemka
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep mahogany hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a light aromatic hop and a light caramel aroma.

The taste featured a nice nutty caramel malt with hints of toffee. There was a decent bittering hop as well.

The mouthfeel was medium with an astringent finish.

Overall an easy to drink ale that is a bit bland.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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 BBM
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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 jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Heartland Brewery Rooster Red Ale from Heartland Brewery Union Square
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 90 ratings