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Red Skull - Revolution Brewing Company

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Red Ale is brewed with whole Cascade hops and dry-hopped in both the fermenter and the serving tank with whole Crystal hops. A flavorful, hoppy delight balanced with caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth.

(Beer added by: homebrew311 on 12-10-2011)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-24-2014 20:06:24 | More by djrn2
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-10-2013 00:36:47 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-02-2013 21:39:56 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-23-2014 13:02:22 | More by Knapp85
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thick creamy cap, leaving behind splotches of lacing. Transparent, ruby red body.

S - Big Cascade hop presence imparts tons of oranges, but there's a bigger brown sugar, caramel, and light cocoa malt backdrop that reveals the Imperial Red side of the equation. There's a bit of dank pine as well that I'm guessing is from the Crystal dry hops. Served a bit too cold, so this was a muted when I got it - give it a bit of time to warm up.

T - Taste is also generous with ripe, juicy oranges, with perhaps a touch of herbaceous character in the finish. Thankfully, the astringency that plagued Hop Princess is mostly gone. Some lightly browned sugar and icing sugar malt character. Bitterness creeps up fairly quickly and becomes palate-bruising by the end of the tulip.

M - Carbonation is a bit higher than I like, and starts off a bit harsh and zesty before settling down. Dry, crisp, medium body, with no obvious alcohol, and tons of residual hop oils and resins.

D - It's nowhere near as awesome Red Scare, but it's significantly better than Hop Princess. I'm generally not a huge fan of Imperial Reds, but this is a good take on the style and is dangerously drinkable. I found the balance between hops and malts to work well here, and I put down my tulip quite quickly (although I was assisted by the excessive crowd density at Revolution, which made me want to drink elsewhere).

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 17:26:24 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-25-2014 19:52:03 | More by Kegatron
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-28-2014 02:23:40 | More by oline73
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-16-2013 04:10:44 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balanced hop and malt notes; and great strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus hop and deep malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red ale! All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:21:39 | More by superspak
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-16-2014 20:09:23 | More by Gonzoillini
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Red bodied beer, just a touch of amber on the edges. Bit of white head on the beer that left some decent stick on the glass.

S - Some citrus fruit, earthy hops. Lots of caramel malts give it that "imperial" aroma.

T - Hops are more pine forward than I was guessing with the nose. There is also a lot of citrus that combines with the big malts to make it fairly sweet. This is solid, but I found the pine a bit surprising and leaves the beer slightly unfocused.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish, a lot of carbonation.

O - Solid beer, although i wasn't blown away with it. I have yet to find an Imperial Red that really wows me. Worth trying, but I'd stick with some of their regular offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 22:33:17 | More by AgentZero
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-26-2013 23:47:15 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-23-2014 15:37:46 | More by vfgccp
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-01-2013 17:33:28 | More by WoodBrew
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-04-2013 23:56:23 | More by Cynic-ale
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Revolution.

A - Pours a reddish color, cream-colored head, spotty lace.

S - Lots of pine and citrus, some sweeter malty caramel notes, but mostly piney hops and sweeter malts.

T - Similar to the nose, but quite a bit more alcohol. Pine, citrus, caramel, malts. The taste is nice, but I think that the alcohol is a little too much here.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily/sweet finish.

O - A little too much alcohol for 8%, but otherwise, not a bad Imperial Red. Would have again, but not make a special trip to try. Decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 17:04:39 | More by Sean9689
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Florida9

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark reddish amber in color. Clear. Forms a moderat sized off-white colored head. Excellent retention and copious amounts of sticky lace.

S: A pleasant blend of piney hops, grapefruit, and caramel maltiness.

T: Taste is more of the same. Certainly more hop forward than most for the style (which isn't bad thing by any means). A good dose of caramel malts, a mild-to-moderate sweetness, then citrus rind, grapefruit, and a little bit of pine. Sweet, almost creamy-syrupy, on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Full bodied. Mild bitterness. Low-medium carbonation.

O: A very nice example of the style. Glad I picked this one up.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 01:05:11 | More by Florida9
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revolution Red Skull
This was described to me as an imperial red ale, I was unable to gather info about its abv and such.

A: clear bold red, thick dense creamy head, lots of lacing, great retention

S: earthy floral hops, caramel, pine

T: luscious hops paired with load of caramel, a bit of caraway character
Pine needles. Everything is in harmony... No excess bitterness

Mf: smooth, silky, creamy, delightful 

O: this is a harmoniously balanced imperial red. Delicious.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2011 22:23:47 | More by homebrew311
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-20-2014 00:16:20 | More by Tyrawlings
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-26-2014 17:13:47 | More by KAF
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-23-2011 22:26:42 | More by thewimperoo
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/shiny, trace off-white head, great lacing

S: brilliant grapefruit, lemon zest, fresh pine

T: big grapefruit, decent malt middle, piney bitter finish

M: med body, oily feel

O: Enjoy this local brewery + love supporting them.
One criticism, wish this Imp Red had more
malt feel and taste.

QUITE GOOD; GIVE IT A GO

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:28:15 | More by BeerLover99
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-12-2013 22:15:07 | More by jegross2
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-22-2014 22:27:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-24-2014 19:55:59 | More by Kmlund
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Red Skull from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.