Dempsey's Red Rooster Ale | Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery

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Dempsey's Red Rooster AleDempsey's Red Rooster Ale
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Dempsey's Red Rooster AleDempsey's Red Rooster Ale

Brewed by:
Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-08-2006

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 6
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3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of ToriBug13
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dempsey's Red Rooster Ale: Sample bottle, poured into Sam Adams glass

A: Thick, thick head. Nice thick lace, amber color.

S: Sweet caramel malt, slight citrusy-hoppy notes.

T&M: Great easy drinking ale. Coriander, pine, and a little citrus on the finish. Great "session" beer.

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Photo of Pilvi
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of avaldivia
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Clear red, amber color. Good head with a good amount of lacing.

S: Not as strong as I would have expected. You get some floral aromas from the hops. A bit of a caramel backbone. All just very light.

T: Meh. Not enough anything. Not enough hops. Not enough, caramel. You taste grains and not in a way I am particularly fond of. All flavors are subdued.

M: Easily the strongest part. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. The gravity you would expect from a good amber.

O: This is not in any way a bad beer. It was simply not my favorite. I would probably not order it again. Although I do live relatively close to the brewpub, so I would be interested in seeing how it differs on tap.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a tasty amber - maybe even among my favorites. Spicy and crisp and refreshing and fairly light. A good summer beer, but with some substance that will carry it into the fall.

Pours a reddish amber with a shirt-lived head and slight lacing. The aroma is a bit carmelly with a distinct cinnamon spice and a pleasant hop edge. The flavor follows through, with brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon and a cherry-ish fruit. The hops are strong and citrusy, manifesting mostly at the back of the throat and in the finishing bitterness, which also has a slight malt burn that is pleasant. The mouthfeel is a bit prickly.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: no head; nice very red/amber body with light tan wisps and light movement; good clarity

s: piney hops and warm caramel malts; toasted biscuit; sweet strawberry; light acidic fragrance; overall very sweet and fragrant

t: dry grain; sweet malts; sweet strawberry; light abv; warm malt; tinge of hoppy bitterness on the finish; toffee

m: light carb and medium light body

d: a really smooth and sweet red w/ strong malts

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Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is red amber with a thin, off-white head that soon shrinks to a ring, which eventually vanishes. It leaves behind a little weak lace that also disappears after a short while.

The aroma is a little subdued, but it's pleasant. It's faintly caramelly, lightly toasty, with citrus (mostly grapefruit), and a hint of leaves.

The taste is lightly caramelly toasty malt, with this becoming lighter after a bit, toasted cracker, a little grapefruity and a little leafy. The grapefruity-leafy hop character is intriguing but fades a bit too much to leave rather bland bitterness in the finish before a mildly bitter, toasted cracker aftertaste which is not bad but lacks depth and interest. It starts out a bit sweeter up front then becomes gradually more bitter toward the end. The alcohol seems a little too evident in a slightly rough way without providing enough warmth or anything else. The finish seems a bit too "hot" and spicey for me without corresponding flavour.

This isn't bad at all, but it's not great.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at Dempsey’s Restaurant and Brewery in Petaluma, CA during a recent road trip from Long Beach to Santa Rosa.

Described in the Dempsey’s Menu and on the Website as:

“Red Rooster Ale is our signature beer. We use lots of caramel malt and cascade hops to give this beer its robust flavor and floral hop finish. It's made to stand up to the bold flavors that come out of our kitchen. This particular batch was made using organic hops picked fresh from the Red Rooster Ranch on Brew Day.”

Appearance: Served in a Stange-style glass the off-white creamy head had more life than the earlier Pale Ale but it seemed to break quicker, left a thin covering with little lacing. Good levels of carbonation.

Nose: Wow, lots of fresh hops in the nose, fruity with caramel malts and some grassy floral hints. The mats are dominant though, toffee-like with a solid fruity presence to balance.

Taste: Lots of caramel malt and fresh zingy spicy hops all fling and tussle in the middle of this brews. Sounds chaotic but it is more of an orchestrated fight. Neither win, the malts have a pyrrhic victory because they are the strongest but ultimately the fresh spicy hops wrap the deal up long in to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Excellent body with a lot of depth. A very Robust brew indeed.

Drinkability: The nose is wonderful, and the flavors are bold and mingle nicely with the carbonation to produce a brew that presents a solid, balanced brew. Not quiet a session ale like the Petaluma Pale Ale, but its not far off, and it could be one of those brews that grows on you after a couple, I fear it would on me if I had more time here.

Overall: Of the two brews I recently had at Dempsey’s, the Petaluma Pale Ale and Red Rooster Ale, I really enjoyed this one so much more. It is a much bigger brew than the Pale Ale and would go with the spicier kinds of foods.

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Dempsey's Red Rooster Ale from Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 17 ratings