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Ghost River Riverbank Red - Ghost River Brewing

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Ghost River Riverbank Red
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Ghost River Copperhead Red

Ghost River Riverbank Red is the Winner of the 2011 GABF Silver Medal in Irish-Style Red Ale. Ghost River Riverbank Red is a caramel, malty-flavored beer, balanced with a crisp hop finish. Originally brewed for the Memphis Redbirds.

O.G. 1054
I.B.U. 25

(Beer added by: Tone on 08-02-2010)
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Beersnob77, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

swh89, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

KrisB, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

educontech, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a 3/4" head and brilliant amber color. Aroma is toasty caramel malt and slight spicy hop note. No discernable fruity esters. This may be a lager or a very neutral ale yeast. Flavor wise, this beer excels at balance with caramel and biscuit maltiness offset by a very subtle hop bitterness and spicy/ earthy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is good, CO2 is on the high side, definitely American. Overall, the best beer of this type in the region. Diamond Bear's red is pretty good, but this beer has a cleaner, more sessionable flavor.

EagleTalon, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

rajreddy, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

BlueMoon10, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

RocksteadyRye, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

59rockabilly, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of TPINC3
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found it really hard to honestly evaluate this beer as it has been my go to beer for College football Saturday for the last couple seasons it seems. Afterall, its a red and everytime I lock up at least one growler of Red on Saturdays, the Crimson Tide pulls out a win. Anyway:

A - gave it a bad pour from the growler, so I cant give it an honest assessment from the growler. It's settled to about a fingers worth of head sitting on top of a nice amber color. not exactly what you might expect from a 'red', but in certain lighting, it definitely has a red tint to it. I'm reluctant to score it too high, cause it's just not what I'd expect from a 'Red'.

Smell - take a deep breath... go on an really get your nose into it... It's a deep malt smell. I pick up an aroma of caramel and very malty, there's also an off-hint of hops. I honestly really enjoy this beer, so it's hard for me to be too picky.

Taste - Yes, please. We'll start with the finish. The finish brings across a dryness that will having you licking the roof of your mouth for more. You can really taste the rosted-caramel malts here. Overall, the hops provide an excellent balance while not overpowering the whole brew. very malt heavy with just the right balance of hoppiness.

Mouth - Medium bodied beer. I found this beer very drinkable. I typically have a growler of this every weekend for football season. The abv is not overpowering. According to my gf's father its 'pretty high in alcohol' but he drinks bud light lime as his beer, so take his opinion for what its worth.

Overall - I think this beer is a great choice for a good session with some college football tailgaiting on staurday in memphis. I find pairing it with a burger fresh off the grill is just incomparable for any other local brew. It's definitely worth a try. Cheers!

TPINC3, Sep 16, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours on the red side of amber. A decent foamy head that has pretty good lacing.
S- Smell is malt-centric, with a yeasty aroma as well, and some spicyness to it.
T- The taste is more of the same. A bit spicy up front, malty in the finish. Just enough hops to balance it all out.
M- This was the only real issue with this one. Maybe it was just this one but I found this overcarbonated. The body was fine, but I felt that the carbonation made it too aggressive and over-crisp.
D- This is a pretty easy to drink beer. It's a pretty simple beer, but one that is easily consumable.

jsprain1, Sep 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

memphischas, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ArmedsouthernEr, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

SaisonRichBiere, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Rpreskenis, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

chrishensley, Jan 30, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber in color with a thin tan head. A light flowery aroma. Taste begins with a bit of citrus, then some caramel, finishing with some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel was somewhat average. I like this beer, the malt to hop levels work well here and make for an easy drinking beer.

tronester, Dec 30, 2012
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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

fastestmanalive, Aug 16, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap for at the Local Gastro Pub in Memphis. $3 during happy hour. Served in a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed garnet with a skim of a tan head.

The nose is of milled grains and caramel.

The taste is a cross between slow poke sucker and whole grain crackers. This is a pretty good example of a standard red. It’s a little sweet & slight grainy with just a whisper of hops.

The mouth is a tad above average.

Redrover, May 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mcdsports, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BigRedDog, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

doucmehu, Mar 14, 2012
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Ghost River Riverbank Red from Ghost River Brewing
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