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Red Skull - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kylehay2004, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Knapp85, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jenny for introducing me to this one!
Served in a footed tulip at the brewery.

Deep copper amber, saturated red color, sharp clarity. Striated rings of lacing in the glass, long lasting retention on the surface.

Tropical hop aroma, fruity tangerine and passion fruit linger in dried form. Caramel malt lingers underneath, though the sweetness is an undercurrent and never overpowers. Taste follows suit, burly caramel malt, well offset by fruity hop character, throwing off passion fruit and sweet citrus. Pretty nice. Very well balanced, full bodied and smooth.

emerge077, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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).

MasterSki, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

superspak, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Gonzoillini, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

KAF, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

TurdFurgison, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Cynic-ale, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

WoodBrew, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

vfgccp, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

AgentZero, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz, bottled 8/28/2014, 8.3% ABV
A 3.5 - ruddy brown colored ale with a thinner beige head that quickly fades to a foam
S 4.25 - big aroma with caramel, bread, pine, fruit, grapefruit
T 3.75 - bold flavors as well with sweet caramel, bread crust, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine. Nice balance between both sweet and pungent.
M 3.5 - medium body, resinous, alcohol is quite hot and takes away from the experience
O 3.75 - I liked this, but wasn't crazy over it. Although I'm happy to have tried this one, I know of another Imperial red ale that I like more than this one - and it's half the price.

barnzy78, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

smartassboiler, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Florida9, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Sean9689, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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.

homebrew311, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Davepoolesque, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kmlund, Mar 24, 2014
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Red Skull from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.