Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Rally Drum Red AleGreat Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale
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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red AleGreat Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed w/ Pacific Northwest Hops.

Added by CaptCleveland on 04-07-2012

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of cyguyjg
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft. Dark red. Head dissipates to a fine lace around the sides of the glass. Hops present but not forward. A substantial ale with great taste. Best red ale I have had.

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Photo of MattPfeifer
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of jstewart1130
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmv60
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoying a glass of this on-tap at Great Lakes' Hopkins Airport on before I get on my flight to go to Southern California for a long weekend. This is another on-tap only "pub exclusive" of theirs. Served to me in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear, dark red/Amber color with a small white head about 1-4 inch thick when first poured that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface along with some decent lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness along with some earthy, floral hops. The taste starts out with a nice sweet, toasted caramel, biscuity malt presence that gives way to earthy, slightly grainy, floral, dry hopped bitterness. Has a fairly crisp, slighly smooth, slighly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a dry aftertaste. Another very goon beer overall from the fine folks at the GLBC.


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Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a British pub glass, at around 45 F or so. A large ivory head forms on the pour, eventually collapsing to a nice cap. Nice lacing follows the head. Clear amber beer. The nose is mowed grass, floral hops, cirtrus rind. Lots of hops flavor up front with pronounced citrus/grapefruit notes, but the bitterness is moderate and very well balanced with a solid malt base. A bit of tart fruit, maybe green apple skins, in the middle, with a drying finish. Medium bodied. A very nice, easy drinking, almost-sessionable beer with a moderate ABV. If you can find this, try it.

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Photo of Jhandley
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chappy's. Clear, deep amber color. Decent off-white head fades to a ring leaving some impressive lace.

Well hopped in the nose, notes of pine and citrus. Caramel and toffee malt backbone shines in the nose as well.

Nice malt character, similar to other Great Lakes beers. Malt is a bit sweet, and on the bready side. Toffee and caramel shine through without being too sweet or cloying. Hop bitterness is present, but does not dominate. Nice piney and citrusy favors. Bitterness lingers for a bit, drying finish.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. An enjoyable red with nice hop character.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can (enjoy by 08/23/17 date stamp) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber-red with persistent 1/8" light tan head. Lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Pine and citrus with a hint of something metallic and caramel malt note.

Taste: Nicely hoppy with strong pine/citrus rind flavor tempered by a good malt backbone. Toasted malt tending toward caramel sweetness to counter the hops. Finish has a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, prickly carbonation. Very sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Great looking beer. Very drinkable and I would not mind having another can. Went well with food (pasta and bolognase sauce) and I think this beer would go well with a ball game on a summer day. Glad I bought a 12 pack of this so I can enjoy it again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 64.9% out of 100 with 171 ratings
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