Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
3.91/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-04-2013 20:07:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.79/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours red-orange. Nice foamy topper. Laces with pleasure.
Floral, pine, and bitter citrus hops in the nose. Bitter like Campari. Underlying sweetness. A bit saline.
More of that bitters flavor with husky and toasty malts and more salinity. Pine and pith. Not very citrusy or fruity, for that matter. Finishes dry and minerally.
Lighter in body than typical. Carb levels are decent. Okay feel.
Tasty malty red ale with minerality. Drinkable. I'm good after this one.
Serving type: on-tap
06-16-2013 03:50:23 | More by thecheapies
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Cont. Liquors(Ashland, Ky.) poured into a growler by a friend of mine and I must give a shout to doing it the right way and filling it to the rim allowing minimal air into the brown growler. These guys do it the right way. Rally Drum Red has a label worthy of America's pastime though it took some inet time to find it. Anyway this new classic was poured into a standard American pint glass.
A - dark amber with flashes of red and burnt dark copper. One could say close to a bronze hue. Off-white head sits in place on top of this red bodied ale subsiding into a blanketed ring of lace still covering the body while looking down from above with its off white color. Head poured well in size and some stick clung to the walls of the glass throughout.
S - grain and break like malt are noticed before the typical citrus and soft pine hop aromas of a good red/amber ale. Nearly wet and earthy with a touch of toffee and caramel before the hops take control and do most of the work balancing the aroma.
T - nice toasted bread flavor here. Lighter fruits creep in up front. Soft sweet caramel that almost seems burnt. Citrus like and pine flavored hops again do well to balance the array of malt flavored notes. Woody and nearly roasted malt with a good portion of a just down right tasty hop profile. Finish is on the dry side of things with the hops laying the malt to nothing more than the backbone. Almost a rye like flavor in the back end.
M - pretty smooth and much thicker than I would have expected. The feel has a lot going for it and is almost too easy to drink. It's well balanced and is no slouch in terms of complexity of flavor given what it has to work with. How easy going it is paired with its flavorful character not mentioning its smooth texture and dry finish makes for an all evening drinker.
O - let's face it, there are a lot of breweries who don't have a flagship of this quality. Is it mind blowing or something you'd drive 300 miles for? Well no, but neither are the Cleveland Indians lol. All jokes aside this is an ale that has some quality and is better than most breweries flagship offerings yet GLBC is offering this up in late spring as a tribute to their local Major League Baseball team. That's saying something about the quality and just down right blue collar style these guys have. I didn't expect much from Rally Drum Red, but man did it surprise me with its class. It's not the best of the best, but its damn tasty and has some quality about it nonetheless. Hats off once again to GLBC.
Serving type: growler
06-06-2013 00:40:18 | More by BradtheGreat7
Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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