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Redd's Wicked Ale - Miller Brewing Co.

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Redd's Wicked Ale
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SteveJeremy on 08-06-2014)
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Reviews by RonaldTheriot:
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3.46/5  rDev +15.3%

Redd’s Wicked Apple has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, a clear, golden appearance, and lots of bubbles. Like with apple juice, there is no lacing left behind. The aroma is of light barley, apples, and wine-like alcohol. Taste is of light ale, strong sweetness (or sugar), apple juice, some spice, a bit of bitterness, and strong alcohol as the drink warms. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and boozy. Sort of an oddity, but guaranteed to come across like an apple soda that will get one hammered. The alcohol goes straight to the brain with this one. For those looking for mainline alcohol injection, this is it.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Heckpole-schpeckmole
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Tastes like a tasteful orchard of tasty Appleness. I am no drinker of apple brews as of the late trend to be that has revived the lost apple cider trend that has died and rotted away, seemingly in a deserving fashion. I am just not. But this. This affordable concoction delicious perfection. It is good...As the drinker of ailments that I am, I've offered a little of my time to this "trend of sorts" to see what these ciders and ales bring to the table. Most have disappointed and sickened me, including wasted my time and money that could've been merely doubled for a hopsy I.P.A. Then I picked this one up at a gas station. 2.37$. It was warm. Put it on ice. It tastes like a tangy Apple Cider. That is what it should taste like. If you drink Apple Cider, do you feel anything but loneliness and high blood sugar?? Then don't expect much more with this witchly brew of high. It is cheap apple couch syrup that is satisfying to anyone who is sick minded enough to try it and even sicker to complain about it.

Heckpole-schpeckmole, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev -35%

Priced at a dollar a can at least it's a 12 ounce can for 2 dollars and change you can get 25 ounce apple-cran-mang-lime-razz-a-ritas. This wicked apple ale pours a thin copper pale hue with fizzy off white bubbles a ton of carbonation is quickly released if you pour this stuff. Just faint wisps of lace are left behind.

Aroma has a really nice engineered apple notes, really red apple at that. Smell's nice if you like apples, who doesn't like apples? However once it sits for a minute you start picking up some fusel or medicinal alcohol notes that shows this 8% abv apple ale show it's true colors basically a malt liquor with "natural apple flavor and caramel color". A bit of candy caramel sweetness in the backend as well.

Flavor harsh alcohol mixed with tooth pain inducing sick sweetness, more than one can you're getting some acid reflux. GI ulcers in the population that regularly consumes these is going to increase ten fold, this is just horrible if you like beer or hard cider it's neither of the two.

Mouthfeel, thin watery high carbonation a bit of a burn in the back end of the throat with each sip. Very much a booze ridden train wreck on the palate with sick sweet residual sugars.

Overall, why is there a market for this why wouldn't Miller just make a real cider...the apple ale craze will be short lived like hard lemonade and spiked tea.

WVbeergeek, Aug 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev 0%

BeenTired, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jwc215
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours the color of apple juice. Virtually no head.

The smell is of apple juice.

The taste is of sweet hard-candy like red apple with alcohol.

Sharp and fizzy, booze and artificial red apple lingers.

Not much "ale" to it - a candy apple malt liquor character is pretty much what it is. I scored with "what it is" in mind, and still was less than impressed. It's more of a sweet malt beverage than a beer, in my opinion.

jwc215, Friday at 07:12 PM
Photo of TejasMtnBiker
1.5/5  rDev -50%

tastes ok first few sips............. then a malt liquor headache 2 hours later, I knew better

TejasMtnBiker, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev 0%

Maillard, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev 0%

Jdra, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of hopmashian
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%

Publix had 2 24 oz cans for 3 bucks. How can you pass that up? I didn't see the 8% ABV till I got home, so I let them chill for 2 days. I poured half a can into a Samuel Adams glass, it looked dark amber and smelled like sweet apples. Taste was like a thickish apple juice. A little too sweet and thick for me. I guess that masks the alcohol. One can was enough. I won't be buying any more as I like a lighter, less sweet apple cider or ale. This would go with spicy Szechuan or Mexican food.

hopmashian, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of drwatson32
3.76/5  rDev +25.3%

drwatson32, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of SteveJeremy
3.54/5  rDev +18%

Redd's Apple and Strawberry Ale caught me off guard with their elegant sweetness and their ability to toy with the senses, masquerading as a cider but surprising with an ale taste and formation to create a sensational new hit. I unabashedly enjoy them; they're sweet, easy to drink, go great with a campfire and some horderves and succeed at precisely what they set out to do. Anyone who bashes them is either not a fan of hard and sweet offerings or simply cannot acknowledge what the brand wants to do and how it succeeds.

Redd's Wicked Ale caught me off guard; earlier this summer I read that the company was trying to put out Redd's Cranberry Ale, a variation on their wildly popular brand that was a cranberry-flavored ale to add to their apple, strawberry, and hard iced tea line and was expecting that from my liquor store's Miller distributor. However, I was surprisingly greeted by this and am equally excited. Let's try this one on for size.

Appearance - Yellowish, amber color; appealing enough, as always, not much to say. I see quite a bit of carbonation, which wasn't as prominent with the apple and strawberry offerings if I remember correctly.

Smell - Smells of apple juice with an alcohol kick to it, otherwise, pretty much what you'd expect a product called Redd's Wicked Ale to smell like.

Taste - Thick and incredibly sweet, almost too sweet, like the Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita. However, this is appetizing all the more, as it goes down easy, with no real fight, and sneaks up on you, disguising its 8% ABV with its sweetness. Truly lives up to its branding that "the apple that bites back."

Mouthfeel - Thick like the beverage, but not enough to be offputting or offensive; thoroughly enjoyable.

Redd's Wicked Ale will inevitably have its haters, but frankly, this is an appetizing offering, far more successful at delivering what you'd expect than the new Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita. While its thickness and high-sugar content may hinder ones choice in a second or third beverage, unlike with the brand's traditional line, there's little to complain about here. A solid offering and a respectable contributor to a brand I hope continues to grow with the promise it bears early on.

SteveJeremy, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Really not too bad at all. 8% abv but I can barely taste the alcohol. Color is a pretty nice light gold with some tannish/light brown hues. No head or lacing. Smell is of straight apple cider. Taste is bold and hits you quickly with a crisp apple cider / sweet apple juice flavor. As I said, can barely taste the alcohol. The carbonation is a bit high and the MF is a bit thin,l other than that it's pretty decent. Probably will buy again.

Lordhelmit, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of MichaelProcton
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

MichaelProcton, Aug 24, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +29.3%

gomezc310, Today at 10:53 PM
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep amber color with a small super fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a big apple cider/juice aroma mixed with some lighter boozy smells. Along with these aromas is a little bit of a herbal smell producing a very sweet apple cider aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a very sweet apple cider flavor mixed with a little bit of a yeast and some sugary tastes. As the taste moves on some brown sugar and light malt tastes join the tongue. Some hints of yeast and a little bit of a boozy and grassy taste join the flavor at the end leaving a very sweet apple cider flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is a little thin to moderate with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the massive sweetness it is rather decent as it makes for a slightly more refreshing brew, but the sweetness is a bit overwhelming even with the slightly lighter body and higher carbonation and what would have been better would to have tons of carbonation and a super thin body.

Overall – A super sweet (on the somewhat cloying side) hard cider with the lightest touch of ale (and I mean very light). Just a sweeter, boozier and more cidery version of the original Redd’s. Redd’s x 1.5.

Darkmagus82, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Drew966, Sep 08, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -12.3%

Redd's Wicked ale pours an off red color with no head, and a lot of bubbles. There is a mellow apple like aroma. The taste is very sweet, with a very candy like a fake apple flavor. Nicely carbonated but awful flavors come through. Overall it has a lot of fake flavors, and is more offensive then anything.

vette2006c5r, Aug 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Aug 14, 2014
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1.9/5  rDev -36.7%

ThisWangsChung, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

dmorgan310, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

I was going to get down on this beer HARD(I love Woodchuck, Angry Orchard, Pumpkinhead and regular Redd's(meh) so pretty much any cider or pumpkin type brew will work.

This stuff really does taste pretty rough. Heavy apple taste, followed immediately by an unpleasant boozy flavor-explained when I look at the can and saw that it's 8% ABV, or 16 proof.

It tastes like regular Redds that someone just jammed more alcohol into. Not something to brag about, but for the price and compared to other high alcohol contents in this price tange(Steel Reserve, Colt .45 et al) one could do worse.

Not likely to be purchasing again.

McGrathARMY, Aug 30, 2014
Redd's Wicked Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.