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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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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed w/ Pacific Northwest Hops.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 04-07-2012)
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
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3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear copper color with a white foam cost that recedes to a ring. Leaves plenty of lace on the pint glass

SMELL: Caramel malts, pungent hops.

TASTE: Opens up with toasty malt flavor and a good lemony hop bitterness. Leafy hop flavor lasts long on the palate. Caramelized malt and a small spicy rye suggestion. This is a hop forward ale, but the malt is strong enough to at least support the hops, if not steal the show.

FEEL: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

OVERALL: Good red ale, the hops and malts balanced well.

Stinkypuss, May 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mjtiernan, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, May 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

prototypic, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dailyminefield, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

woodchip, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

beerhan, May 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Lanstrum, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ghowehattrick, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ninner00, Apr 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GoGators, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

XUJOE, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

KevinGordon, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

olmane, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bierguy5, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

vrbulldog22, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SpartyJoe, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Tyrawlings, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Zaphog, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pathman, Apr 21, 2013
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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.