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Roller Dam Red Ale - Great River Brewery

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81
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Delicious, malty ale with a hint of caramel and a peppery hop finish.

(Beer added by: dpnelson1978 on 07-24-2010)
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Reviews by BigRedN:
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: Pooured from the 16 oz can into a pint glass, I only get about 3/4 of the can in the glass on the first pour. The beer is a nice copper color, completely clear, with a thick off-white head. My pour produced a thick, fluffy, head nearly 2 inches in height which slowly fades to

Smell: A small floral hop aroma hits the nose first. As I slowly consume the beer and top it off with the rest of the can, a little sweet malt comes through. Overall, the scent was not bad but perhaps a little lacking.

Taste: The lightly roasted malts come through on the outset. A little sweet but not cloyingly sweet. There is a slightly bitter finish on the end. The beer does have a somewhat "clean" finish as there are no aftertastes to it; such as a lack of any lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body; avoids having a light watery feel. The beer has a light, natural feeling to the carbonation as it is not overly bubbly and fizzy, a few bubble streams streak through the liquid.

Overall: I bought a 4 pack of 16 oz cans for $6.29. A bit pricey IMO but I wanted to give this a try as I liked the name and like to find good craft beer in a can. An enjoyable beer and well worth trying.

04-13-2012 03:08:44 | More by BigRedN
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schoon

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

12-12-2012 01:12:40 | More by schoon
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-18-2013 22:48:28 | More by LXIXME
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -22%

A - Deep and clear ruby hued beer with a collar of light tan foam. No real head to speak of, but there is a little bit of lace.

S - Caramel, malt, and some butterscotch. Smells like a Worther's Original candy.

T - Super-sweet malt bomb with almost no hop bitterness at first. Some grassy hops pop up at the end. Slight copper penny note at the end.

M - Initially really sweet and malty, but saves itself from sugary hell by coming up with a grassy, slightly lemony, dry finish.

O - Not terribly interesting. A little to sweet, but that could make it a great gateway beer for people who aren't into craft brews.

01-22-2014 20:57:47 | More by pmcadamis
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-26-2012 17:06:09 | More by Oboogie
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plfahey

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Copper-red and brilliantly clear with a thick, pale beige cap of foam. Head retention is somewhat weak.

Aroma-Sweet, bready cereal grains with light toast notes. Low notes of floral hops. Otherwise it's rather clean. The malt notes are simple enough, but layered, so still shows some points of complexity.

Flavor-Less sweet than the nose would suggest-toasted grain, some biscuit, and bready notes. Mid-palate is marked by caramel flavors and is punctuated by moderate hop bitterness and low floral hop flavors. Round caramel/lightly toasty malt flavors carry on into the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slight carbonic bite even though the carbonation doesn't seem excessively high.

I actually rather like this one-there's not much special to it, but it's an easy drinking irish red with just enough malt character to make it special. I could knock back a few of these for sure.

03-02-2012 05:34:17 | More by plfahey
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Reddish brown hue with a huge cream-colored head--sudsy and bubbly with okay lacing

S: Herbal hops and a touch of lemon on top of a very bready, biscuity, malt backbone--lots of bread and toast and biscuit

T: Bready malts dominate but a pleasant albeit subtle herbal and flowery bitterness

F: Nice medium body with a fair amount of oily stickiness

O: A nice English style amber; nothing crazy here but flavorful and subtle

09-08-2011 01:28:43 | More by dbossman
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zoolou

Iowa

4/5  rDev +13%

Nice looking red/orange color with a light beige head that sticks unevenly down the glass. The smell is a very pleasant sweet toffee aroma.
Taste is dominated by sweet malts, but there is an underlying bitter hoppiness that cuts the sweetness just enough.

This style is usually one of my least favorites, but I really enjoyed this beer. From the few beers I've had from Great River Brewery, I have had a good experience with every one of them, and am looking forward to their other offerings.

04-18-2011 22:31:14 | More by zoolou
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-12-2012 23:08:38 | More by zonker17
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morimech

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Went to reach for Great River Pale Ale and somehow this ended up in my cart instead. Oh well, I have not had it before. Pours a clear amber color with one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Malt driven aromo of crystal and caramel malts. Somewhat fruity with hints of herbs and flowers.

I like my red ales on the hoppy side but this is definately on the malty, sweeter side of reds. Caramel and fruity esters primarily. Slight herbal and floral hop qualities.

Nicely carbonated and suitable body for a 5.3% ABV beer.

Not what I want in a red ale, but definately well crafted. I will go back to their pale ale for sure. I see this is classified as an Irish Red instead of an American Red. Not sure how I feel about that since it is brewed with Sterling hops and American yeast.

04-15-2012 18:17:33 | More by morimech
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spauldo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +41.2%

04-02-2014 23:31:44 | More by spauldo
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-01-2013 03:25:34 | More by Kunstman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks again to cpolking for sending this beer. This beer rushed out of its can and produced an amber color with a 1.5 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is also malty, a touch of hops, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

08-20-2011 14:28:43 | More by tone77
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

High clarity crimson scarlet in the glass. Really nice coloration. A few fingers of light khaki foam builds to the rim and settles at about a half inch. Random flecks of lacing are left behind.

Toffee and brown sugar aroma, raisin and plum, clearly malt forward.

Rich maltiness, fruity raisin and plum again, possibly from the ale yeast. Drying aftertaste of molasses. Bready with Crystal malt caramel sweetness. Not all that bitter, though the can states 30 IBUs. Fairly big malt flavors, and light bodied, making for an easier session. Well made and full of flavor, still it could use a touch more hops to make it really great.

08-25-2010 01:06:37 | More by emerge077
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jsh420

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%

pours clear dark amber with a creamy 1+ finger head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of biscuit malt and a little lemon

taste is very good biscuit caramel toffee malt tiny bit of hops to give it the needed bitterness

mouthfeel is medium light body with good carbonation slick yet creamy

overall i am very impressed and this could be a regular session ale and one to introduce new people to craft beer

11-02-2011 01:49:00 | More by jsh420
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-17-2014 22:42:40 | More by DCdevyl78
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

light amber pours with a huge head of white that came up a full three fingers in height. Smooth settling left a good bit of side glass lace and a nice and even coating across the top of the glass. Interesting aroma as it started out with a nice and well rounded bready malt that seemed to slowly evolve into a grassy, herbal hop profile with a bit of a kick from the caramel. Did not seem to have a clear direction, but the taste made up for it nicely. Very smooth, nice caramel and malty tones that won me over with ease. Smooth even flavor, crisp, clean and well balanced. Smooth notes of grassy bittering hops coming in at the finish gave it a nice little drying effect and warmed it up. Very drinkable as it went down smooth and left me looking for more right away.

05-30-2011 01:01:50 | More by mikesgroove
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-12-2012 03:32:41 | More by bismarksays
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-04-2013 02:25:58 | More by MN_Beerticker
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

A - Nice tawny amber color with a slightly below average (really probably would consider average on second thought), foamy, sticky, off-white head. Average retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - A touch on the faint side but it gets stronger as it warms. Plenty of nice, sweet toffee aroma with some caramel as well. Nice malty, sweet aroma. A touch of fruitiness as well.

T - Typical Amber/Red flavors with plenty of toffee malt and some caramel. Some nutty flavors as well. Some golden raisin and apple also come out mid-sip. A slight mineral tang toward the finish. Sweet but not overly sweet or cloying.

M - Between medium and light body with average carbonation. Pretty slick and smooth. The sweetness adds a touch of a drying feel at the finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. Nice flavors that are sweet and malty, but don't come off as out of balance.

Notes: A nice, although fairly typical, Amber/Red ale. Plenty of toffee and nutty flavors with some caramel. Sweet maltiness, but nothing too overboard. Another good, not great, offering for the brewery. Great options for getting a canned beer and for introducing people to craft beer. Worth picking up and trying.

10-22-2010 22:24:55 | More by FreshHawk
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Drew26

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

12-29-2013 03:27:48 | More by Drew26
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Ruddy Reddish brown with a thin tan head, ok but not great active carbonation, and the head goes away pretty quick. It's a bit dark, and not as bright as I would hope. Sort of lack-luster. 3.5

S: Mildly grainy and metallic, but not overwhelmingly so. A decent, mild hopping is present, but not a huge part of the character. Overall, it's interesting, but not crazy intriguing. Worth a try, not something I'll get regularly. 3.5

T: Again, sort of metallic, and not as robust or malty smooth as I would like. There is a bitter sharpness, but I think it comes from the grain and not any aggressive hoping. There's not a lot going on here, though it's starting to warm on me, but not great. 3.0

M: Again, it's thin, too thin for what I think it's should be, but a little refreshing as well. 3.0

D: Really quite drinkable, but simply nothing fantastic. 4

11-30-2010 15:17:31 | More by mdwalsh
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

A-pours a clear ruby brown color with a nice tan head and good looking lacing thru out
S-caramel and toffee with pepper and ginger some wood and peat
T- follows the nose its sweet with spice and hops and a nice earthy finish
M- pretty robust with medium carbonation very good red with loads of flavor
O- tasty easy to drink red in a pint can with around 5% ABV liked this one

08-11-2013 18:08:34 | More by gatornation
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, fruit, tea and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, tea, honey and some fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer with some substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

10-18-2011 02:31:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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JJFordick

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.5%

09-14-2012 23:08:26 | More by JJFordick
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Roller Dam Red Ale from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.