Ghost River Riverbank Red | Ghost River Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing
Tennessee, United States
ghostriverbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Grooveman53
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of bmac157beer
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of chris826
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kobeer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of LeahM
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of target88
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of LandWorld
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap served in a standard pint glass.

Clear copper pour with a decent head that lasted about a minute.

Smells slightly malty and appropriate for the style. No discernible hop character.

Tastes appropriate for the style but nothing extraordinary.

Medium body. A little over carbonated but okay.

Overall it is okay. But not very exciting. I suspect this is actually two beers for me - the first and last.

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Photo of walterk
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight hop, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight yeast, and slight wheat. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of khargro2
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 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 BlackBeerPirate
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Malty, caramel, toffee creamy, slick mouthfeel. Bready, caramel malt nose. Amber/Copper color, clear, with a big foamy head and sticky lattice. Medium body. 25 IBUs

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Photo of Squire123
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear reddish tinted orange. Consistent ringed lacing.

Aroma: Malt comes forward, nicely toasted fairly rich malt. Hops much subdued, just enough to notice.

Taste: Malt, fairly full, yet more of a slightly roasted malt than caramel/toffee tones which if present are quite subdued. Enough hops to balance, actually well balanced.

Texture: Middle short of full.

Overall: Irish Red, American Brown, whatever the name flavor is what counts. This is a flavorful beer which to me could do with less roast malt flavor and higher ABV. Cleaner finish would be nice as well. Fairly generic as it goes.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Ruby red with a tan one finger head that lingers. Frothy lacing.

S: Cherries, corn, grainy malts.

T: Malty with cherries and attitude. A strange dry finish that reminds me of cough syrup. Not very impressed.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Just OK.

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Photo of ShutdownKings
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

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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Ghost River Riverbank Red from Ghost River Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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