AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20Chad9976 (1515) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2015
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
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