Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MCDuhamel:
4.1/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a fresh growler into a British pub glass, at around 45 F or so. A large ivory head forms on the pour, eventually collapsing to a nice cap. Nice lacing follows the head. Clear amber beer. The nose is mowed grass, floral hops, cirtrus rind. Lots of hops flavor up front with pronounced citrus/grapefruit notes, but the bitterness is moderate and very well balanced with a solid malt base. A bit of tart fruit, maybe green apple skins, in the middle, with a drying finish. Medium bodied. A very nice, easy drinking, almost-sessionable beer with a moderate ABV. If you can find this, try it.
Serving type: growler
04-14-2012 21:15:31 | More by MCDuhamel
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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
Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.