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 jasadewi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear amber and an off-white head.
S: Light caramel malt smell.
T: Follows the nose, with a decent toasty aftertaste.
M: Medium to light bodied.
O: Pretty fine example of an American amber. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of singletary
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with off-white head. Caramel malts, bread, earthiness, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more maltiness, decent amber.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Squire123
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
Clearish orange-brown with little to no head formation.
Smells roasty and malty-sweet. Hint citrus peel amidst the caramel malt.
Tastes like caramelized, roasted barley. and not much else. Competent, but underwhelming.
Dry and vaguely metallic.
Pretty nice red ale, but not something to revisit.

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Photo of BigGold
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Lahoi
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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 LandWorld
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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 brewskifan55
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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 Bezy901
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 cebsch
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
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 BrewAskew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 tronester
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber in color with a thin tan head. A light flowery aroma. Taste begins with a bit of citrus, then some caramel, finishing with some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel was somewhat average. I like this beer, the malt to hop levels work well here and make for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of TPINC3
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap for at the Local Gastro Pub in Memphis. $3 during happy hour. Served in a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed garnet with a skim of a tan head.

The nose is of milled grains and caramel.

The taste is a cross between slow poke sucker and whole grain crackers. This is a pretty good example of a standard red. It’s a little sweet & slight grainy with just a whisper of hops.

The mouth is a tad above average.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
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 jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours on the red side of amber. A decent foamy head that has pretty good lacing.
S- Smell is malt-centric, with a yeasty aroma as well, and some spicyness to it.
T- The taste is more of the same. A bit spicy up front, malty in the finish. Just enough hops to balance it all out.
M- This was the only real issue with this one. Maybe it was just this one but I found this overcarbonated. The body was fine, but I felt that the carbonation made it too aggressive and over-crisp.
D- This is a pretty easy to drink beer. It's a pretty simple beer, but one that is easily consumable.

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Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Ghost River Riverbank Red from Ghost River Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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