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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed w/ Pacific Northwest Hops.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 04-07-2012)
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-27-2013 23:23:57 | More by Nutwood
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Served in a 16 oz. perfect pint glass at the Winking Lizard in Columbus.

A - One finger of off-white fluffy foam that falls evenly inward rather quickly. Beer is a deep sunset red. Clear and slightly opaque.

S - Big grapefruit and pine hops jump out of the glass, followed by toasted malts and fresh hard rock fruit candy, like pear or apple.

T - Hop-forward grapefruit leads this beer right into the finish, with the straight-forward malt sugars showing up on the back-end underneath. Hops linger on the tongue.

M - Touch of fizziness. Light carbonation. Rather thin, but great structure and nicely integrated components. Short-to-moderate finish.

O - As a non-hophead, this beer strikes me as a tasty hop delivery system. The underlying malts really show off the hop flavors, letting you taste and enjoy them without being overly bitter. Well-made, and clearly a quality brew. Good beer for those who avoid hop-bombs, but want to taste a recipe that reverses the traditional malt/hop roles.

04-21-2012 17:27:34 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-20-2012 03:11:23 | More by mjtiernan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-08-2014 22:47:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Brenden

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-07-2014 14:20:15 | More by Brenden
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-17-2014 03:15:15 | More by qcbrewer
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-12-2014 03:02:20 | More by prototypic
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-03-2013 16:17:08 | More by dailyminefield
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-02-2014 23:49:27 | More by woodchip
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beerhan

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-27-2013 16:15:05 | More by beerhan
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Lanstrum

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

11-27-2012 05:17:27 | More by Lanstrum
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ghowehattrick

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-23-2014 00:18:59 | More by ghowehattrick
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ninner00

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-11-2012 12:14:47 | More by ninner00
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GoGators

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-03-2013 07:46:36 | More by GoGators
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XUJOE

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2013 02:13:56 | More by XUJOE
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2014 13:12:04 | More by KevinGordon
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Booner818

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-17-2013 07:17:15 | More by Booner818
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olmane

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-12-2012 14:04:24 | More by olmane
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at Chappy's. Clear, deep amber color. Decent off-white head fades to a ring leaving some impressive lace.

Well hopped in the nose, notes of pine and citrus. Caramel and toffee malt backbone shines in the nose as well.

Nice malt character, similar to other Great Lakes beers. Malt is a bit sweet, and on the bready side. Toffee and caramel shine through without being too sweet or cloying. Hop bitterness is present, but does not dominate. Nice piney and citrusy favors. Bitterness lingers for a bit, drying finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. An enjoyable red with nice hop character.

05-12-2012 19:17:14 | More by Bierguy5
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-13-2013 01:55:24 | More by vrbulldog22
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SpartyJoe

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-05-2014 02:20:39 | More by SpartyJoe
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-13-2012 03:55:53 | More by Tyrawlings
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-17-2013 16:46:09 | More by Zaphog
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-24-2014 22:33:30 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-21-2013 14:04:31 | More by pathman
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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.