Monday, December 14, 2015

Rochester Mills Rochester Red Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20Chad9976 (1515) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Of all the beer styles out there, Irish Red seems to be one no one can agree one when it comes to defining it in terms of basic and niche parameters. Seems like you can make any red ale and call it an “Irish Red” and it’ll sell (especially around St. Patrick’s Day). Rochester Mills Rochester Red Ale is a whole lotta meh in all aspects: objective quality; taste; and style adherence. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not good. 

I poured a 16oz can into a wine glass. It was canned on 9/5/15 and cost $2.99 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful red wine-like hue (looks especially appropriate in this glass). Clear, but no carbonation to view. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Mild fruity character and a hint of sweetness. A trace of flowers. Clean, but far from appeasing.

Taste: If I had to say whether this beer meets the criteria of an Irish Red, I’d reluctantly say yes. It does have the caramel and toffee flavors you want and expect of the style; the problem is they’re just entirely too weak. There are faint British-style malt notes in the form of dark fruit and marmalade toast, but that’s about it. Hops create for just slight bitterness. The fruity flavors are enjoyable – but only when I really look for them (I shouldn’t have to do that, they should be obvious). I will say there’s nothing off-putting about the beer, so it seems to be well-brewed (objectively speaking). This reminds me of something that would bear a Michelob or Blue Moon moniker.

Drinkability: It doesn’t say on the can, but Rochester Mills’ website indicates Rochester Red Ale has a potency of 5.9% ABV, which is actually quite strong. The delivery doesn’t seem that strong, though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but low in carbonation. And yet the actual texture feels a little watery. There’s no sticky sensation, but some dryness is evident.

RATING: 5/10

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