Tuesday, February 15th 2011
Roller Dam Red Ale
(Great River Brewery)
The Great River Brewery started canning this past summer and in doing so they became the only craft brewery in Iowa that currently cans their beer. They've released two canned brews to day with a third on the way. If you're like me and you're wondering what a "Roller Dam" is you can go HERE for an answer. While you do that I'll be cracking open this beer.
From the Great River Brewery site (short and sweet):
"Delicious, malty ale with a hint of caramel and a peppery hop finish."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber with some reddish hues indeed. A nice looking inch of off-white foam on top. It looks like its glued on there and isn't going anywhere. Clean and clear. This is looking pretty tasty.
Aroma - lots of cereal and grain aromas in the first whiff. A beer like this is definitely focused on the malts and not the hops. Slight hints of orange or lemon as well as bread dough and even cinnamon(?).
Taste - lots of sweetness on the tongue and on the palate, honey and caramel combine with a slightly fruity, almost strawberry-like flavor as well. This definitely has a strong focus on all things malty and I'm actually surprised its only 5.3%, it almost drinks like a stronger brew.
Overall - sweet and tasty. Not a bad brew and certainly one that a malt-head might enjoy. What I like about it is that its not cloying, overly sweet, like some red ales and it doesn't leave me looking for a water (or other beer as the case may be) chaser.
Would I buy more of it? - St. Patrick's Day is about 4 weeks away. Time to load up...
Note - The owners of the Great River Brewery (Paul Krutzfeldt & Scott Lehnert) started Old Capitol Brew Works in Iowa City in 2004. It was actually one of the first craft breweries to can their beers, putting paper labels on blank cans, but the brewpub stopped canning after a few years and focused more on food and in-house drink. The two always wanted to run a brewery, not a brewpub, so they started Great River in 2009. Great River Brewery also cans their 483 Pale Ale and will soon be canning their Red Band Stout.
Posted by Russ
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