Rally Drum
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #152
Ranked #31,716
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Notes: With a tip of the cap to Cleveland baseball superfan and bleacher seat percussionist John J. Adams, our Red Ale fields a double header of bitter hop and roasted malt flavors.

MALTS: Harrington 2-Row, Crystal 77, Special Roast
HOPS: Simcoe, Cascade

45 IBU
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 198 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour 1120 AM Tribe opening day, April 5th, 2012.

New brew in honor of John Adams, the drummer at Tribe home games for 38 years. I have met John and he is a very personable, unassuming gent.

16oz pour into GLBC pint glass. Thick two-finger head a top ruby red elixir. Thick Belgian lacing and the head maintains a nice covering throughout.

Wonderful hop pine, a bit of grapefruit, and sweet, heavy malt.

This is a very nice red ale, well balanced, with a bit more hop presence than your standard fare. The bitterness comes through from start to finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, tangy.

A nice session ale. Also had the Firkin Rally Drum which was dry hopped with warrior hops. Improved with a smoother finish. Overall a nice red ale.

Apr 07, 2012
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red Drum! I'm pretty sure one of the cans said that but mine does not. Back in the 90's and early 00's, when the Indians had a years long streak of sold out games, I sat in front of or next to John Adams (for whom this ale is dedicated) several times - those seats aren't cheap enough. A big loud bass drum gets old after a few innings.

It is very pretty in the glass, as reds usually are. It has a big head that does not stop. The aroma is nice, a bit hoppy. The taste is bitter but not dry, slightly unusual for a red - just a bit over the top. This really comes out in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a worthy namesake and I hope John appreciates the sentiment (as opposed to being exploited by it). It would be great if SOMEBODY would compensate him for his drumming - I don't think he can get enough to make up for all the personal sacrifice he has given to the team. Thanks, John, here's to you.

Jun 30, 2017
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fuzzcherry from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Oct 09, 2012
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BuckeyeSlim from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. perfect pint glass at the Winking Lizard in Columbus.

A - One finger of off-white fluffy foam that falls evenly inward rather quickly. Beer is a deep sunset red. Clear and slightly opaque.

S - Big grapefruit and pine hops jump out of the glass, followed by toasted malts and fresh hard rock fruit candy, like pear or apple.

T - Hop-forward grapefruit leads this beer right into the finish, with the straight-forward malt sugars showing up on the back-end underneath. Hops linger on the tongue.

M - Touch of fizziness. Light carbonation. Rather thin, but great structure and nicely integrated components. Short-to-moderate finish.

O - As a non-hophead, this beer strikes me as a tasty hop delivery system. The underlying malts really show off the hop flavors, letting you taste and enjoy them without being overly bitter. Well-made, and clearly a quality brew. Good beer for those who avoid hop-bombs, but want to taste a recipe that reverses the traditional malt/hop roles.

Apr 21, 2012
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ghowehattrick from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

May 23, 2014
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jstewart1130 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Apr 08, 2012
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 17, 2014
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JVan from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Aug 08, 2012
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tjwarren from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not used to having an aggressive beer from Great Lakes. What a surprise. This is a great beer. Very hoppy and bitter. Great mouthfeel. The smell seems a bit off to me. Taste is something else though.

May 29, 2019
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woodchip from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jul 03, 2014
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening Day weekend at GLBC in Cleveland!

Pour is deep red with a thin ring of a head. hm. I want more head. It smells dry and nutty. Think Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Theres a touch of herbal and floral hops mashed in somewhere with the dry malt base. The taste is well, dry. Very malt forward. Totally different monster than Nugget Nectar. The floral hops do come in, but they were just kind of lost with the dry nutty malt flavors.

I had just come off Hop Madness, but I wanted more hops than I got. I guess thats the nature of this beast.

Apr 09, 2012
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 23, 2013
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hilgart1 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

May 06, 2012
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jaidenjb from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Apr 17, 2012
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Glenwillow Grille

A- Poured a clear dark red color with some visible carbonation. Nice frothy head that left tons of glass coating lace

S- Big piney, grapefruit, and resin hop aroma. Some nice biscuit and caramel malt aromas as well. Very hoppy aroma with some nice maltiness

T- Big on the piney hops and resinous hops, big grapefruit taste too, with a very nice biscuit and caramel backbone. A really nice hoppy red ale

M- Medium body, smooth, some prickly carbonation on the finish, very drinkable

O- This is a very good hop forward amber ale from great lakes. Reminds me of a more balanced and less bitter Nosferatu. The bitterness was akin to a stronger pale ale or maybe a lower ABV IPA. Very drinkable amber ale.

Apr 13, 2012
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wfpalm from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

May 01, 2012
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HoistinBrews from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

May 20, 2012
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pathman from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Apr 21, 2013
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Cont. Liquors(Ashland, Ky.) poured into a growler by a friend of mine and I must give a shout to doing it the right way and filling it to the rim allowing minimal air into the brown growler. These guys do it the right way. Rally Drum Red has a label worthy of America's pastime though it took some inet time to find it. Anyway this new classic was poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - dark amber with flashes of red and burnt dark copper. One could say close to a bronze hue. Off-white head sits in place on top of this red bodied ale subsiding into a blanketed ring of lace still covering the body while looking down from above with its off white color. Head poured well in size and some stick clung to the walls of the glass throughout.

S - grain and break like malt are noticed before the typical citrus and soft pine hop aromas of a good red/amber ale. Nearly wet and earthy with a touch of toffee and caramel before the hops take control and do most of the work balancing the aroma.

T - nice toasted bread flavor here. Lighter fruits creep in up front. Soft sweet caramel that almost seems burnt. Citrus like and pine flavored hops again do well to balance the array of malt flavored notes. Woody and nearly roasted malt with a good portion of a just down right tasty hop profile. Finish is on the dry side of things with the hops laying the malt to nothing more than the backbone. Almost a rye like flavor in the back end.

M - pretty smooth and much thicker than I would have expected. The feel has a lot going for it and is almost too easy to drink. It's well balanced and is no slouch in terms of complexity of flavor given what it has to work with. How easy going it is paired with its flavorful character not mentioning its smooth texture and dry finish makes for an all evening drinker.

O - let's face it, there are a lot of breweries who don't have a flagship of this quality. Is it mind blowing or something you'd drive 300 miles for? Well no, but neither are the Cleveland Indians lol. All jokes aside this is an ale that has some quality and is better than most breweries flagship offerings yet GLBC is offering this up in late spring as a tribute to their local Major League Baseball team. That's saying something about the quality and just down right blue collar style these guys have. I didn't expect much from Rally Drum Red, but man did it surprise me with its class. It's not the best of the best, but its damn tasty and has some quality about it nonetheless. Hats off once again to GLBC.

Jun 06, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a reddish-copper with a thin layer of head, most of which dissipated rather quickly leaving only a few traces of lace on the glass. Hops are upfront in the nose, but there is also something sweet discernible as well.

A little bit creamy and a little bit malty. However, the hop forward flavors are dominant over the previous mentioned qualities.

This offering has a relatively light body, which makes it very drinkable on a spring day that feels more like its the middle of summer.

May 11, 2013
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. enjoy by 7/25/18, so a few weeks under the wire here.

crystal clear reddish amber body. decent streams of carbonation replenish an off white head creating good lacing initially.

faint malty aroma.

malty tasting too, and right at the end, a strong sour bitterness. tingly on the tongue. no sweetness at all.

between medium and full on the mouth, sour and bitter on the finish.

overall, while not an unpleasant drink, it seems a bit unbalanced to this particular palate. a little more sweetness, and a little less in the sour bitterness would suit me a bit better.

Jul 07, 2018
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

May 17, 2013
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Cyclone8 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Mar 25, 2013
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jul 05, 2012
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RichH55 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

May 16, 2013
Rally Drum from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 198 ratings