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Roller Dam Red Ale - Great River Brewery

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

jzlyo, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

smartassboiler, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jun 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Chefaprilrose, May 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Ak555667, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Kunstman, May 01, 2013
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

bnes09, Apr 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

t0rin0, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Herky21, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

schoon, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

tgraven, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Chucker17, Oct 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

JMBSH, Oct 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Nofear048, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jgarvis, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of sonata2008
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

sonata2008, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Oboogie, Jul 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Thompson, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

jjanega08, Jun 05, 2012
Roller Dam Red Ale from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.