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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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Photo of Beersnob77
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.56/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rbhgncmp
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. Way better than regular GR, IMO.

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Photo of swh89
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of KrisB
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of singletary
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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 educontech
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Bezy901
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

My only experience with red ales was Killians. So I was pleasantly surprised to find a local variety at a Grizzlies game. It was served ice-cold on tap and the first difference I noted was the freshness of the brew compared to what I'd sampled before. It's a balanced beer clean taste with a crisp finish. I was surprised how light the it tasted as I expect a much heavier beer.

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Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewAskew
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 cburnham
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TPINC3
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found it really hard to honestly evaluate this beer as it has been my go to beer for College football Saturday for the last couple seasons it seems. Afterall, its a red and everytime I lock up at least one growler of Red on Saturdays, the Crimson Tide pulls out a win. Anyway:

A - gave it a bad pour from the growler, so I cant give it an honest assessment from the growler. It's settled to about a fingers worth of head sitting on top of a nice amber color. not exactly what you might expect from a 'red', but in certain lighting, it definitely has a red tint to it. I'm reluctant to score it too high, cause it's just not what I'd expect from a 'Red'.

Smell - take a deep breath... go on an really get your nose into it... It's a deep malt smell. I pick up an aroma of caramel and very malty, there's also an off-hint of hops. I honestly really enjoy this beer, so it's hard for me to be too picky.

Taste - Yes, please. We'll start with the finish. The finish brings across a dryness that will having you licking the roof of your mouth for more. You can really taste the rosted-caramel malts here. Overall, the hops provide an excellent balance while not overpowering the whole brew. very malt heavy with just the right balance of hoppiness.

Mouth - Medium bodied beer. I found this beer very drinkable. I typically have a growler of this every weekend for football season. The abv is not overpowering. According to my gf's father its 'pretty high in alcohol' but he drinks bud light lime as his beer, so take his opinion for what its worth.

Overall - I think this beer is a great choice for a good session with some college football tailgaiting on staurday in memphis. I find pairing it with a burger fresh off the grill is just incomparable for any other local brew. It's definitely worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Lahoi
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all. In fact, I liked it. I've had a few red ales, but not enough. I would love to try SN and Lagunitas to compare and contrast.

Amber, copper color. Nice foamy, off white head. Diminished quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Smell is malty. Toasted caramel (can one toast caramel?).

Taste is crisp, spicy, malty. Finish is dry and spicy. Nice.

Great balanced feel. Maybe a tad too carbonated.

Ghost River is what the south needs more of: folks serious about beer. My hat's off to these guys. Keep doing good work.

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3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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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Ghost River Riverbank Red from Ghost River Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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