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Roller Dam Red Ale - Great River Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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tlake38

Iowa

4/5  rDev +13%

05-28-2012 00:21:29 | More by tlake38
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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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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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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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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-12-2012 23:39:38 | More by Iowacraft
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

03-11-2012 03:55:27 | More by muddyh2oblues
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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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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%

02-17-2012 05:16:34 | More by fuzzcherry
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13%

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.

01-29-2012 05:19:14 | More by JackieTH
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-19-2012 06:48:53 | More by barnzy78
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-17-2012 06:56:16 | More by sprucetip
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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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pirmannt1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-22-2011 21:20:30 | More by pirmannt1
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DanL133

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-15-2011 00:21:56 | More by DanL133
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

I had this on-tap at Old Capitol Brew Works, served in a pint glass.

Appearance- This one has a velvety, off-white head that is about a finger in width. It has decent retention, with very little lace. The body is an amber-orange with some reddish tinge.

Smell- This one is really sweet! Some crystal malt and toffee. Although what is noticed is appealing, it is not jumping out of the glass.

Taste- The malt really makes this a nice amber. It is almost sticky sweet. It goes from biscuit malt to a honey-syrup feel, appealing to say the least! There is a little grassy and earthy hop in there that comes out near the finish, but it does not bitter up. Tastes really good!

Mouth feel- It is just borderline light to medium. It certainly could be much creamier, mouth feel is pretty hit or miss on Great River offerings.

I would not say it is "fizzy", but it does not really glide over the tongue either, or coat the mouth.

Overall- I really enjoy how this amber tastes. I would certainly have it again and could easily drink more than one in a sitting. The nose leaves a lot to be desired. It smells good, it is just really hard to pick out.

And again, mouth feel is a little bit of an issue. I would really enjoy this one being much creamier and just sliding over the tongue.

11-25-2011 22:05:36 | More by Pintofbrown
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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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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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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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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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Duff27

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%

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.

08-04-2011 02:23:14 | More by Duff27
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sonnmr31

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Pours an amber, orange color with a one finger head.

S - All I could smell is the toffee malts.

T - Good flavor and slight hop finish at end

M - Real light mouthfeel and low carbination.

O - This beer as real drinkable and is a solid red ale.

07-24-2011 04:34:22 | More by sonnmr31
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beerdown77

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

This pours dark amber and has underwhelming head/lacing/retention. There is a nice dark toasty malt flavor that finishes off pleasant and bready, I can even taste a sweet grain/almost corn flavor. There is no sourness that is sometimes seen in Red Ale. I enjoyed this representation of the style. The drinkability is great, and probably the highlight.

06-19-2011 22:30:47 | More by beerdown77
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev +13%

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.

06-12-2011 21:11:00 | More by AmericanGothic
Roller Dam Red Ale from Great River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.