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

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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: 158 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

As with many American Red Ales, Rally Drum starts bittersweet with citrus and pine resins and with a balance of toffee and caramel. Finishing lightly roasty the dense taste finishes remarkably dry and drinkable.

But first, it starts with a bronze amber hue that casts a mild hop and yeast haze against its tawny highlights. Off white in color, the beer's foam stance is creamy, dense and provides a blanket of froth that retains well and laces concentric as the beer fades.

Toffee and toasted grains drive the aromas, however its the distinctive hops that give identity to its scent. Sharply citrusy and piney, the earthen grass elements balance the grains to perfection.

Burnt caramel, light coffeeish roast, burnt toast and roasted pecans dictate the beer's taste and does so with a hearty yet understated sweetness. Its dry taste allows for a more complete hop balance to occur over the middle palate. Sharp citrus peels, pine needles, herbal woods and grasses all align on the tongue for an even-keel taste heading into finish. Here, hop bitterness outlasts the malt with a clean and assertive tilt.

Medium bodied, but somehow the ale seems drier and less weighted. As the beer prefers and more complete attenuation and less reliant on caramel malts- it instead drives toward a complex roasty-toasty dryness that's only aided by hop resins, mild alcohol warmth and light grain husk astringency.

Rally Drum is a masterfully crafted ale that has been beaten into obscurity by all those who afraid of dryness, complexity, or drinkability. Those sweeter ales don't know hop good they have it. But the Great Lakes guys do.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Melt a few days back.Iam not sure if this beer is named after that annoying drum at the Indains games,Iam guessing it is...I hate that thing.Came in a standard pint a clear rich brownze with a tight very sticky full one finger head atop,great looking beer here.Earthy and more subtle piney hops in the nose along with nutty malts.Nutty and caramel malts on the palate up front but not overly sweet,some earthy hops in the finish.A solid amber without the huge hops,I like it.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

Yet another Great Lakes brew that rarely leaves the greater Cleveland area comin' right to my backyard thanks to the folks at Firkin. Gotta love 'em. This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by two fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises earthy greens, light Connecticut tobacco, and mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bite of pine resin, some bitter grass in the background, and a touch more caramel than before. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a solid red, though one that comes across a touch too bitter for its own good at times. Still, not a bad little brew.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours reddish amber with a thin head that becomes wispy.

The smell is of caramel, toast, pine (some citrus?)

The toasted caramel almost clashes with the bitterness of the hops - which add more bitterness than flavor. It has a mint-like finish.

It has a sharp medium body.

An interesting brew. It could be smoother, but overall, it a solid brew - malt-forward but with a bitter finish.

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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 ShanePB
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

LOOK: Pours a clear copper color with a white foam cost that recedes to a ring. Leaves plenty of lace on the pint glass

SMELL: Caramel malts, pungent hops.

TASTE: Opens up with toasty malt flavor and a good lemony hop bitterness. Leafy hop flavor lasts long on the palate. Caramelized malt and a small spicy rye suggestion. This is a hop forward ale, but the malt is strong enough to at least support the hops, if not steal the show.

FEEL: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

OVERALL: Good red ale, the hops and malts balanced well.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Caramel malt, fruity specialty malt character, bubblegum, and muted grapefruit form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a toasted breadcrust and nutty backbone, accompanied by floral hops. Bitter hops take over in the finish. Underpinnings of citrus are muted, more pithy than tart. Floral hops are intriguing.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth.

A little more bitter than I'd prefer. There's a struggle between bitter hops and overly toasted malt that I don't enjoy. The floral hops are nice, and a welcome change.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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