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Roller Dam Red Ale - Great River Brewery

Roller Dam Red AleRoller Dam Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%


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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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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

Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 18:08:34 | More by gatornation
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bnes09

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Translucent caramel color. Thick, cream colored head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

Sweet aroma of candied sugar, grains, and ginger spice.

Flavor is malty and sweet with a buttered biscuit character. Subtle caramel. Mild leafy, earthy hop tones. Descent balance. Tart finish.

Medium bodied with a grainy texture. Dry in the finish.

Solid red ale. Good balance and descent flavor. Easy to drink also.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 05:28:32 | More by bnes09
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint glass. The color is light red/copper; it looks like grenadine colored 7-Up. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee, floral hops, and perhaps strawberry jam or syrup.

Taste: Mirrors the aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, floral hops, and strawberry syrup.

Drinkability: I do not have much experience with Irish red ales, so I cannot comment on how the beer fits the style. Overall, though, it is too sweet for my taste. It is far from my favorite Great River beer.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 04:54:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
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sonata2008

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lives up to its name. It is a copperish red. A little cloudy. About 1/2 inch of cream colored foam. Almost no lacing at all.
Smell: There's some bread, a biscuit aroma. Don't smell much else.
Taste: Hops are on the back end and are not a strong part of the taste. There's a very slight bitterness. The most pronounced is a malted grain taste.
Mouthfeel: Lighter mouthfeel. Effervescent and tingly.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Would go well with roasted corn, salsa, spaghetti with a tomato sauce. Might even be very good to put into a tomato sauce.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 02:05:10 | More by sonata2008
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tallboy can poured into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber bodied beer with easily 2 finger of head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice malty red with a touch of grassy and floral hops. Malts smell of caramel and bready.

Taste: Malt forward Irish red. Nice caramel sweetness, fresh bread, and a hint of brown sugar. The malts are also a little fruity too. A touch of grassy hops in the finish offer just the right amount of a mild bitterness to help balance out the sweet malt profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking Irish Red.

Overall: Another solid beer from Great River! Riminds me of Fat tire, but I prefer the Roller Dam Red. Its worth you time! Convience of a can and priced great at 7.99 a 4pk of tall boys.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 01:46:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep deep amber color almost into the brown area with a thin off white head on it that holds sketchy lacing and retention.

S= Smells interesting. More on the malty side of an amber. I would say it smells fruity actually.

T= The taste is again sort of a fruity malt taste. I actually get like a strawberry flavor from it for some reason. The hops are dead in it keeping the sweet malts playing the main character.

M= Medium carbonation.

O= This is a pretty fun beer. The malt flavor is unique to me and unlike anything I've ever had. I'll be buying this again for sure.

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 05:14:41 | More by jjanega08
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper hue with about one finger of eggshell-colored head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Carbonation is subtle, and lacing is minimal.

S: Tons of caramel up front, with some fruity notes and a floral hop profile.

T: Big caramel notes, with some fruity, slightly sweet esters on the mid-palate. Hops lend a slightly bitter, grassy finish.

M: Medium body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Almost exact to the style.

O: While I'm not blown away by this beer, it is pretty good. Its relatively low ABV makes is very easy to drink, and a solid session brew. I'll be returning to this one from time to time.

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 00:29:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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morimech

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz. can purchased in Sioux Falls last week, no canning date.

A: Reminiscent of a mid-summer Cali girl with a nice body and an orange-amber tan, giving some nice head that lasts for quite a while.

S: Some tame sweet caramel malt, bread grain, black tea. Nothing too interesting.

T: Sweet toffee malt, cheerios, mild tartness at the back of the tongue. Fairly bold flavors for the style and they work well.

M: Back to the Cali girl analogy, this does indeed have a solid body and hangs around just long enough, leaving a mildly bittersweet finish.

O: A very drinkable, sessionable ale that I was pleasantly surprised with.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 04:19:47 | More by doucmehu
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plfahey

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeremiah for the sample pint-can of this relatively new Iowan here in MN.

Pours red-amber with a short-lived head that dissipates leaving no lacing. Smell was earthy, Lipton tea. Taste is subtle sweetness, but primarily tea leaves and biscuit-malt. A noticeable hop oil bitterness comes in late around the edges of the tongue. Bitterness lingers. Medium mouthfeel, but lower than expected carbonation. Not great, but drinkable.. I did enjoy their IPA a bit more.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 05:19:14 | More by JackieTH
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to pint glass.

A- Dark caramel, 2 finger white head, lacing that resides immediately.

S- Roasted amber malts, some toffee

T- Sweet amber malts, little roastiness to it. Very light hop bitterness.

M- Light body. Easy drinking with medium carbonation.

O- Ok beer. Fairly easy to drink it well balanced for a amber.

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 03:11:40 | More by kawilliams81
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jsh420

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: can

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

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 01:28:43 | More by dbossman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 14:28:43 | More by tone77
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Duff27

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a pint glass with a damn near 3 inch light tan head. Color is a very pleasant ruby red with some effervescence in the mix. Pretty good head retention and some lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts, slight bread.

T- Very close to the nose. Well balanced malt/hop-wise.

M- Medium to medium/thin mouthfeel with good carbonation on the tongue.

D/O- Thirst quenching...to say the least. I want more hops in my red...to say even more. I guess that'd no longer be and Irish Red but still, my preference. This would be a good "local" go-to sessionable beer for me as I'm enjoying it thoroughly.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 02:23:14 | More by Duff27
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange with 1 finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet, bready malt with a bit of floral tea in the aroma.

T: Similar to the smell. Faintest touch of pine in the bittering hops, malt flavor has a light caramel quality. Level of sweetness is just right, nothing overdone. Hops and malt taper off hand in hand through the finish, which lingers a fair amount. Soft minerals also in the finish.

M: Relatively light mouthfeel with good creaminess.

O: A fine example of the style, and a really nice beer. This beer begs to be paired, and I'm thinking that Irish Stew would be a good choice-- no strong flavors to compete between the two. Will need to test that theory the next time the weather is cold enough. Kudos to the folks at Great River for another tasty brew.

Serving type: can

06-12-2011 21:11:00 | More by AmericanGothic
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into that ol' trusty shaker glass. Poured a nice amber color with a very small whiteish head that quickly disapated. Aromas of malt, caramel, and something I can't quite put a finger on. Taste was sweet malt and caramel with no hop bitterness. Quite quaffable; I could do this one as a session beer and would definitely have this again on draft.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 06:22:58 | More by Schmittymack
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great day today - found out a long time friend was the recipient of a Grammy Award and have piles of brews from across the country to sample. This one from excellent trader GraniteSkunk...Cheers mate!

The basics: No idea omn price and 5.4% ABV...decent enough!

Brilliant and clear red with and orange hue to it. Not much of a head, and not really any lacing. A tad too lightly carbonated for me...Mehh thus far apart from the color...

Nice aroma - I get some vanmilla and cinnamon/allspice among the caramel malt notes...Some very nice, sweet notes in here, and they are subtly mixed..Very nice...

Flavor is a mixed bag. Starts off sharp, tangy and vibrant. Very nice...A strange bitterness begins to pervade the flavor in the early middle, and this carries throughout the beer. Can't say as I like it none, neither...It's like the bitterness you get from Tonic water (aka quinine)...That bitterness really pervades the whole taste. There is a slight touch of sweetness to this brew, and it offsets some of the bitterness. Ultimately this beer could do with a slight modification to the recipie to take away some of the harsher qualities and accentuate the malt a tad more. As it is it's serviceable and somewaht unique, but not overly exciting.

What I like most: The beatiful color and unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The quinine-like bitterness.

Verdict: Good enough, but not great. Try it if it's cheap.

Serving type: can

04-29-2011 01:16:29 | More by SolomonGrundy
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zoolou

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly into my pint glass, for a dark ruby red colored brew and cleanly filtered. The head retains very well, and is off white in color.

The aroma is toffee and a hint of metallic hops.

Taste wise it shares much of the same qualities as the aroma, but has a sweet figgy finish.

Nice medium bodied brew, somewhat complex with a hint of a powdery dryness. A surprisingly warm finish for a brew with a lower ABV.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 22:06:37 | More by TheSarge
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