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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: 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:
Brewed w/ Pacific Northwest Hops.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 04-07-2012)
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-07-2012 03:17:30 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-01-2014 06:29:20 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-25-2013 06:18:10 | More by BEERchitect
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-28-2014 00:58:20 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-28-2013 15:42:05 | More by InspectorBob
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-28-2012 17:24:08 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +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.

05-04-2013 20:07:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-29-2014 23:57:17 | More by billab914
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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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-23-2013 19:04:10 | More by rolltide8425
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-11-2013 22:14:48 | More by Rhettroactive
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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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2013 01:08:42 | More by Axnjxn
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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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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-14-2012 15:41:35 | More by mhaugo
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-01-2013 19:35:01 | More by outoffocus
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-16-2013 03:50:23 | More by thecheapies
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-08-2013 03:37:07 | More by tommyguz
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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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hilgart1

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-06-2012 13:57:15 | More by hilgart1
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-05-2012 21:17:08 | More by Stinger80OH
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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.