Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
At one time extremely limited and brewery only, there are now a few bars in Toledo that have this beer on tap.
Red it is, deep and ruddy with a bright ruby hue though on the dark side of the color, just shy of brown. The head is a compact half-finger tall and keeps together pretty well. Eventually what remains is a thinnish layer of foam that is able to drop down some pretty good patching.
The aroma isn't as strong as I expect at first, nor as strong as the flavor. It comes out with time, though, matching the flavor hand-in-hand.
That is to say, this beer is very nicely hopped without going overboard, being a strongly hoppy beer for the style without overwhelming the malts completely. Aside from floral and moderately piney notes, along with a somewhat prefumey variety in there too, there's a nice, even caramel sweetness. Otherwise, it's strongly earthy and has a bite to it that gives the impression of rye.
The body is medium with quite a bit of bite to it in terms of crispness countered by a lesser but substantial enough smoothness. It has a very slightly leafy feel to it toward the end of the sip, which ever so slightly loses the activity on the palate just into the finish.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 14:20:15 | More by Brenden
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy khaki head that lingers.
Caramel malt, fruity specialty malt character, bubblegum, and muted grapefruit form the aroma.
Flavor reveals a toasted breadcrust and nutty backbone, accompanied by floral hops. Bitter hops take over in the finish. Underpinnings of citrus are muted, more pithy than tart. Floral hops are intriguing.
Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth.
A little more bitter than I'd prefer. There's a struggle between bitter hops and overly toasted malt that I don't enjoy. The floral hops are nice, and a welcome change.
Serving type: on-tap
04-15-2014 23:13:06 | More by barczar
Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.