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Roller Dam Red Ale - Great River Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-28-2013 22:37:37 | More by jzlyo
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-15-2013 17:18:34 | More by smartassboiler
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-04-2013 17:24:18 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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Chefaprilrose

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-27-2013 20:08:52 | More by Chefaprilrose
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Ak555667

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-18-2013 01:19:59 | More by Ak555667
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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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bnes09

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

04-13-2013 05:28:32 | More by bnes09
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-27-2013 15:04:01 | More by t0rin0
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-06-2013 14:41:15 | More by Herky21
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-29-2013 10:16:17 | More by KillaB
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-19-2013 17:23:26 | More by Whiskeydeez
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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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tgraven

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13%

10-28-2012 15:51:20 | More by tgraven
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-14-2012 20:48:23 | More by Chucker17
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-05-2012 03:50:50 | More by JMBSH
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JJFordick

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.5%

09-14-2012 23:08:26 | More by JJFordick
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Nofear048

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

09-07-2012 05:22:48 | More by Nofear048
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jgarvis

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-04-2012 23:35:20 | More by jgarvis
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sonata2008

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13%

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.

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

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

07-26-2012 04:37:53 | More by Thompson
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%

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.

05-29-2012 00:29:53 | More by WYVYRN527
Roller Dam Red Ale from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.