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

Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale
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85
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%


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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barczar

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a reddish-copper with a thin layer of head, most of which dissipated rather quickly leaving only a few traces of lace on the glass. Hops are upfront in the nose, but there is also something sweet discernible as well.

A little bit creamy and a little bit malty. However, the hop forward flavors are dominant over the previous mentioned qualities.

This offering has a relatively light body, which makes it very drinkable on a spring day that feels more like its the middle of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 05:35:59 | More by 57md
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

Yet another Great Lakes brew that rarely leaves the greater Cleveland area comin' right to my backyard thanks to the folks at Firkin. Gotta love 'em. This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by two fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises earthy greens, light Connecticut tobacco, and mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bite of pine resin, some bitter grass in the background, and a touch more caramel than before. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a solid red, though one that comes across a touch too bitter for its own good at times. Still, not a bad little brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 16:21:15 | More by TMoney2591
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 20:07:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As with many American Red Ales, Rally Drum starts bittersweet with citrus and pine resins and with a balance of toffee and caramel. Finishing lightly roasty the dense taste finishes remarkably dry and drinkable.

But first, it starts with a bronze amber hue that casts a mild hop and yeast haze against its tawny highlights. Off white in color, the beer's foam stance is creamy, dense and provides a blanket of froth that retains well and laces concentric as the beer fades.

Toffee and toasted grains drive the aromas, however its the distinctive hops that give identity to its scent. Sharply citrusy and piney, the earthen grass elements balance the grains to perfection.

Burnt caramel, light coffeeish roast, burnt toast and roasted pecans dictate the beer's taste and does so with a hearty yet understated sweetness. Its dry taste allows for a more complete hop balance to occur over the middle palate. Sharp citrus peels, pine needles, herbal woods and grasses all align on the tongue for an even-keel taste heading into finish. Here, hop bitterness outlasts the malt with a clean and assertive tilt.

Medium bodied, but somehow the ale seems drier and less weighted. As the beer prefers and more complete attenuation and less reliant on caramel malts- it instead drives toward a complex roasty-toasty dryness that's only aided by hop resins, mild alcohol warmth and light grain husk astringency.

Rally Drum is a masterfully crafted ale that has been beaten into obscurity by all those who afraid of dryness, complexity, or drinkability. Those sweeter ales don't know hop good they have it. But the Great Lakes guys do.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 06:18:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with an off white head, good retention and some nice lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus. Nice grapefruit backed by slight bready malt notes.

A good punch of bitter grapefruit up front with some nice fleshy grapefruit notes ( slightly sweet.) In the middle is a chewy malt with mild sweet notes. Rolls to the back with a bitter pine finish. The finish is dry. A very nice red ale - some similar notes to Founders Reds Rye, but not quite as good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 11:33:20 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 19:17:14 | More by Bierguy5
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Spider889

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Mad Mex. Excellent red color with great clarity. Short light tan colored head with slightly sticky lace.

Smelled fairly modest. Some green American hops in there along with a light bready malt base.

This one tastes fairly hoppy for a Red Ale, though the bitterness level is quite low. The hops are green with a decent citrus punch and some floral pine is hidden underneath. Cascades perhaps?

Smooth, creamy, easily drinkable.

A solid brew, but not one I'd ask for again most likely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 01:52:23 | More by Spider889
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Glenwillow Grille

A- Poured a clear dark red color with some visible carbonation. Nice frothy head that left tons of glass coating lace

S- Big piney, grapefruit, and resin hop aroma. Some nice biscuit and caramel malt aromas as well. Very hoppy aroma with some nice maltiness

T- Big on the piney hops and resinous hops, big grapefruit taste too, with a very nice biscuit and caramel backbone. A really nice hoppy red ale

M- Medium body, smooth, some prickly carbonation on the finish, very drinkable

O- This is a very good hop forward amber ale from great lakes. Reminds me of a more balanced and less bitter Nosferatu. The bitterness was akin to a stronger pale ale or maybe a lower ABV IPA. Very drinkable amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 02:33:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening Day weekend at GLBC in Cleveland!

Pour is deep red with a thin ring of a head. hm. I want more head. It smells dry and nutty. Think Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Theres a touch of herbal and floral hops mashed in somewhere with the dry malt base. The taste is well, dry. Very malt forward. Totally different monster than Nugget Nectar. The floral hops do come in, but they were just kind of lost with the dry nutty malt flavors.

I had just come off Hop Madness, but I wanted more hops than I got. I guess thats the nature of this beast.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 15:31:21 | More by VncentLIFE
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour 1120 AM Tribe opening day, April 5th, 2012.

New brew in honor of John Adams, the drummer at Tribe home games for 38 years. I have met John and he is a very personable, unassuming gent.

16oz pour into GLBC pint glass. Thick two-finger head a top ruby red elixir. Thick Belgian lacing and the head maintains a nice covering throughout.

Wonderful hop pine, a bit of grapefruit, and sweet, heavy malt.

This is a very nice red ale, well balanced, with a bit more hop presence than your standard fare. The bitterness comes through from start to finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, tangy.

A nice session ale. Also had the Firkin Rally Drum which was dry hopped with warrior hops. Improved with a smoother finish. Overall a nice red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 22:38:33 | More by CaptCleveland
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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