Appearance: Auburn with a lacy head.
Nose: Sweet. Cherry juice, malt, hint of yeast.
On the palate: Medium bodied and fruity and malty. More cherry juice, almost balanced by hops and dark roasted malt.
Finish: More balanced. A hit of cherry and then a long, lingering bitterness.
Parting words: The consensus in online reviews is that this beer is a little dull. I agree with that asessment. It’s not bad, not at all. There are some nice things going on, but the fruitiness of this beer is out of balance and makes it difficult to drink with food, something one expects to be able to do with a red ale or lager. To be clear, no cherry juice has been added to this, but the flavor is all over the place for me.
I don’t remember how much I paid for this, but I don’t remember it being too expensive, $9-$10 for four pint cans. It’s not bad but there’s not enough going on for me here to justify another purchase. Rochester Red Ale is mildly recommended.