Ghost River Riverbank Red | Ghost River Brewing

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Ghost River Riverbank RedGhost River Riverbank Red

Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Ghost River Copperhead Red

Ghost River Riverbank Red is the Winner of the 2011 GABF Silver Medal in Irish-Style Red Ale. Ghost River Riverbank Red is a caramel, malty-flavored beer, balanced with a crisp hop finish. Originally brewed for the Memphis Redbirds.

O.G. 1054
I.B.U. 25

Added by Tone on 08-02-2010

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @Celtic Crossing, Memphis, TN, into a nonic pint glass

Pours a coppery sort of reddish amber color. Lots of clarity here. Less than one finger of soapy, off-white head. No lacing, like, at all. I'm blaming the lack of foam and utter lack of lacing on a glass that isn't beer clean, so I won't rate the beer harshly on appearance.

At first I wasn't getting much out of the aroma. Just some very lightly toasted malts. As it warmed up, the beer opened up into something, erm, less than innocuous. There's an ashy characteristic here that is not unlike some cigarette butts. Gross. Some generic ale yeast aromas show up as well. I've never even brewed a batch of homebrew that smells as poorly crafted as this beer's aroma suggests that it is.

Thankfully, this beer does not taste terribly. It is merely average. Lots and lots and lots of toasty breadcrust flavor. Some banal appley yeast flavors. Maybe even a suggestion of sugar. It's pretty boring.

The mouthfeel is somewhat watery but not in a way that irritates me. This beer is just sort of... there... in the mouth. Overall, this strikes me as a below average Amber Ale. Not the best showing for Memphis beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pav42
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Grooveman53
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of cebsch
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber, copper color and moderate lacing from a modest white head. Balance of taste leans toward malt over hops, with caramel and biscuit notes. Medium to medium-light mouth feel. Mildly detectable hops are noted at the finish, without overpowering the dominance of malt.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent peach color with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Toasty, a woodiness & nuttiness

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a little pine up front. Herbal & woody hops, slight cakeyness as this warms. Finishes woody & dry, with just a little toastyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation , good balance

Drinks alright, worth a try, wouldn't buy a sixer though...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rajreddy
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: amber; tinge of red; head foamed thick but dissipated quick

S: sweet; a bit spicy maybe; clean

T: roasty, caramel up front; mild hop flavor mostly citrus, low bitterness. Most hop taste towards end in a fairly clean finish

M: medium-bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish

Overall: Solid beer, good malt flavor, balanced in the way I think Red Ales should be in that it is more malty but retains hop flavors within. No wow factor, but good quality, good style representation, and tastes good. Recommended and would buy again

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a 3/4" head and brilliant amber color. Aroma is toasty caramel malt and slight spicy hop note. No discernable fruity esters. This may be a lager or a very neutral ale yeast. Flavor wise, this beer excels at balance with caramel and biscuit maltiness offset by a very subtle hop bitterness and spicy/ earthy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is good, CO2 is on the high side, definitely American. Overall, the best beer of this type in the region. Diamond Bear's red is pretty good, but this beer has a cleaner, more sessionable flavor.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of singletary
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a rich amber color with a strong malt smell. It has a nice head that stays with it the whole time. The taste is heavly malted but not overpowering. Moutful is rich flavor of roasted malt. Overall a excellent drink one I really enjoyed.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ShutdownKings
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigRedDog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jbehlar
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle into tumbler. Bottle asserts this beer won a Silver Medal at 2011 GABF as "Copperhead Red." Not bad beer, but suspect more than the name was changed.

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Photo of memphischas
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MarkWalker6
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of swh89
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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