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Redd's Wicked Ale - Miller Brewing Co.

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68
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SteveJeremy on 08-06-2014)
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Reviews by RonaldTheriot:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

RJT

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of TejasMtnBiker
1.5/5  rDev -46%

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

Photo of GameOfBeers
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Heckpole-schpeckmole
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

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.

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sth550
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10 oz. can, didn't bother pouring into a glass. Smell and taste are both like apples and alcohol. Heavily carbonated and finishes with a boozy aftertaste.

So, all that being said, it actually is somewhat enjoyable. It's definitely more of a hard cider than an ale like it claims to be, and I'd prefer Angry Orchard or original Redd's, but it's not that bad. The taste is actually very good; sour and crisp, the aftertaste is just a bit much. It's like they injected extra alcohol into each can just for the sake of high schoolers who want something cheap to get drunk on. But I'd buy it again if it was on sale.

Photo of Nostradrunkus
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

I wanted to write a review for this because I felt that many people prior had the assumption that this drink is something that it is not. Clearly, we cannot compare this Redd's to Heady Topper or any other traditionally brewed beer for that matter, but it really succeeds at doing what it has attempted to do. Plainly, this is an unoffensive and easy drinking alternative to traditional beer. I really can't get over the fact that people keep deriding this due to the fact that it is too "sweet" since it actually has the same or less calories per abv than other options in its alcohol class. Consequently, I would categorize this "sweetness" as more of a sour taste, and I think it is much more comparable to a granny smith apple taste than a traditional red. In the end, when I want to switch things up from drinking multiple craft beers, this Redd's provides great taste while very effectively masking its high alcohol content. It is by no means perfect, but I would certainly reach for a Redd's over any of the myriad of competing adjunct lagers considering that it effectively brings a unique change of pace to the table.

Photo of Travisjutin
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Pegasus
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright and clear golden orange body offers a scattering of white foam on the surface, and a slight bit of foam rings the glass walls. The carbonation is scant and slow-rising.

Aroma: Profound artificial apple aroma assails the senses, more like green apple Jolly Rancher candy than any apple I have had.

Taste: The taste seems more natural than the aroma, more like a cider made from a Honeycrisp apple. The high alcohol presence offers a spicy character, and a decent amount of warmth. Late in the taste, there is a mild hop presence, the bitterness of which serves as a pleasant counterpoint to the nearly over-the-top sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: More cider than an ale, I think, but Miller Brewing Company calls it an ale, so an ale it is. While not great, it seems pleasant enough on an Autumn evening, and reasonably priced at $3.00 for a twenty-four ounce can, including tax.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Zorro
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Amber colored ale with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Looks like apple cider.

Smell is all apple like Jolly Rodger candy. It is all apples.

Starts out sweet and full of apple, really tastes like apple soda more than beer.

Mouthfeel is soda.

Overall this is pretty much apple juice and Everclear.

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of zmbgrafx
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jwc215
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Photo of deadliest
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of hopmashian
3.46/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of One1Asterisk
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%

Got this for a dollar at the Hy-Vee grocery store in the bargain bin. It's dented up but let's see how it tastes.

Appearance (2.5) : A single ring of lace no thicker than a quarter. It soon evaporates into nothing. The body is your typical apple juice/cider color with around 60% opacity.

Aroma (2.75) : Just what I expected, it's much like Redd's Apple Ale except for some heavier alcohol aromas. Apple jolly rancher, discarded apple skins.

Taste (3.25) : It's very delicious. Very sweet, sour, and zippy with burning alcohol. Again, it tastes a lot like Redd's Apple with some more alcohol and apple skins. It's probably too cloying for some but I like the sweet and it proves a beer can be sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel (2) : Light Bodied, carbonated, crisp. Basically an apple soda.

Overall (3.18) : This is proof a beer doesn't have to be world class in every category (or even one) to be enjoyable. This is an example of a beer that I enjoy that is absolutely mediocre (or less) in every category. It's very sweet and sour at the same time, while maintaining an alcoholic burn. It's better than A/B's Lime-A-Ritas.

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Redd's Wicked Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.