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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rufus1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. Two fingers of foamy rocky head that lasts. Lots of sticky lacing everywhere.

Citrus hops on the nose. Mainly grapefruit but also some piney background notes. Pretty big caramel malts adds balance. Touch of apple. Smells a little like some IPA's.

Taste is sweet caramel malts up front tempered by the grapefruit. No pine that was found on the nose. Slightly nutty. Finishes with some bitter hops. Delicious.

Great medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

One of the better reds I have tried lately. Great Lakes has a winner here.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of ScottP
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lambdon
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gaddabble
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jhandley
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/3/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours amber with great clarity; big fluffy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. I would probably think that this is a pilsener if I smelled it blindfolded. The flavors are very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. Solid hop bitterness. Hints of grapefruit and red apple. It's pretty earthy. Hints of corn. Some caramel and toffee in the mix. Malts do their thing. It seems to have some lager characteristics going on. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to sharp active carbonation. It's slightly fluffy and very smooth. Easy drinking stuff.

This is a nice brew. It's somewhat unique. It's like a cross between a red ale, an amber ale, a lager and a pale ale. It's not flashy and has classic traditional qualities. It's ultimately enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect 16oz beer for this summer

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on May 5, 2017.

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Photo of heerboth
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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