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Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%) - Cropton Brewery

Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%)Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%)

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 23.36%


Brewed by:
Cropton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bottle Notes:
A dark bitter, using finest Cascade and a Styrian Goldings hops and English malt providing a unique hoppy beer with a fruity aftertaste.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-03-2001)
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Reviews by TheLiterati:
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TheLiterati

California

2.17/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a deep amber with a tan, finger high head. Aroma is faint and non-descriptive, mostly malt with hints of hops, perhaps a bit of fruitiness – raisins, dates, etc.

Taste? Really hard to pin down. I was put off by the acidity, which was followed by a poor balance of malts and hops. The bottle says it’s a dark bitter and I’d have to agree – kind of – in that it is slightly dark, definitely bitter, but not pleasantly so. Mouthfeel was weak, making for a not-so-drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 03:28:57 | More by TheLiterati
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -1.3%

07-08-2013 22:23:27 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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BGsWo22

New York

1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +31.6%

12-27-2012 20:23:33 | More by cliff1066
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

11-07-2012 00:56:59 | More by BanrionMAB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

When I had this brew I was not a fan of it. I would very much like to revisit this beer. Especially after reading reviews on here about how aging it would make it better. I had a fresh bottle so I would really like to have a vintage one sometime in the future. All I really remember from this beer was that it was quite Sour. I think the aging would mellow this brew out a bit which may make it a lot more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:59:01 | More by Knapp85
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bort11

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife got this for me as a stocking stuffer. Beery Christmas!

500 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall cottony off white head. Pretty good stickage with this one. Color is a dark red with some clarity. Pretty active carbonation.

Smell is a bit odd. It's sour and tart, but almost like fruit gone bad. A littler vinegary. Taste is also sour and fruity. Some of that must be from the yeast.

Carbonation is a little harsh. The bubbles are a little too scrubbing for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 04:51:29 | More by bort11
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown color with some orange hue to it. Very little head, comes down to a nice little foam ring.

Aroma is a little hoppy, but is mostly a sour, fruity scent. Hard to pick out a specific fruit, though.

Taste follows the smell - an overpowering sour, slightly bitter fruit taste, a little bit of cherry. A slight malt taste as well.

The mouthfeel is a nice, decently carbonated, finishes a little dry, but overall good.

Overall, it's an okay beer. The taste is a bit off-putting, and I wonder if they may have just had a bad batch, because it doesn't taste anywhere near most Winter Warmers. I might pick one up again to see, because I think it has the potential to be a good brew. Hope it was just a bad year.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:35:52 | More by Drewcifer
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

1.55/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

Be careful, this beer explodes in the glass. For the first inch of beer I got 4 inches of head.

A - Nice amber orange brown color with a really thick light tan head that stays for a while.

S - Strong hop and malt scents. Slight scent of spices but too faint to make out.

T - Where did this flavor come from. It's really sour with a slight tartness. It's like a unripened friut flavor. It's so strong you can't taste anything else.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Don't waste your time. I've read other reviews and this is either a bad batch that made it across the entire country or they actually brew it to taste like this. It's bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:10:50 | More by jeffmonarch
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iceviper22

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2007 Bottle from Winter Variety pack.

Pours a light brown to red hue with a large loose and bubbly white/tan head that last for a few minutes and dwidles down to a light foam ring. The smell is musty with a sour fruity aroma. Some slight hop smells noticable. The taste really caught me off gaurd on this one. It is intensly sour from beginning to end. It's hard to pick out any other flavors besides a sour cherry/fruity bitterness. There is pretty much carbonation to it also, making it even more harsh on the palate overall. I felt that overall, this was not a very drinkable brew to enjoy, living up to it's name.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:11:30 | More by iceviper22
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cropton Brewery Rudolph’s Revenge Winter Ale (6%)/2007

· Appearance: Medium brown to copper color, heavy carbonation leaves a big head with substantial lacing, very tan & frothy.
· Aroma: Obvious fruit bitterness, also spices and bready or biscuity scent.
· Taste: Dark or Tart/Sour fruit flavor, raspberry, cherry, etc. with some bitterness to follow. Not at all what I expected after smelling. Sour taste overwhelms most other flavors. I really had to search for other flavors, maybe some lights spice?
· Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and sour on the palate.
· Drinkability: One’s the limit for me. Great marketing though.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 03:11:00 | More by CHADMC3
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with an almost two-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, concentrated plum colored beer that shows a lightly hazy, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. As I pour this the aroma smells like concentrated fruit. Once I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma, I get that concentrated fruit note (raisins, orange peel & berry aromatics), but there is an almost more noticeable note that somehow reminds me of musky Brettanomyces. For the most part this funky aromatic note seems to fade after a short bit, but some slight mustiness remains. After opening up a bit the nose takes on notes of astringent burnt grain in the finish, notes of toasted malt, some light herbal hop character and even a touch of pine. After some extended sniffing, the bright, almost berry like fruitiness is the most noticed part of the aroma, but if you leave the aroma and come back to it the funkiness makes a full return.

Very dry tasting, and in fact even tart, this beer is definitely a bit more funky than it should be. Definitely some Brett has taken hold here, and maybe some souring bug as well. This is actually not half bad tasting, but is clearly not how it should taste. I find it unfortunate how unstable a small, but significant portion of British beers sent to the states (need to beef up on fermentation & packaging practices). Tastes like a cross between a tart plum, some moldy cotton balls, sour lemons, and an astringent musky hop bud.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:47:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after the pour from the 500ml bottle sits a clear deep amber to almost brown, the head is smallish and a creamy light tan in color, as it fades quickly, it leaves a thin to patchy coating of lace. Nose has a distinct rusty nail aroma, sweet malt and caramel, musty with a bit of clover, start is nicely malted, hints of spices, with the top light to medium. Finish has a personable acidity, the hops apparent, but not overly so, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but seems a bit thin for a “Winter Warmer”.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 16:00:33 | More by Gusler
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew that seems to go back and forth between an ESB and a winter warmer. Rich copper-mahogany colour with a very dense, towering head that quickly settles down but leaves a thick coat of foam on the glass.

Mellow bready and biscuit malts and a fruity, floral hop scent. A bit on the sour side.

Thick, malty flavour with a very well rounded hop profile. Almost tastes doughy. Hops are enough to prevent the malts from running away, but they don't make this too bitter.

Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable...doesn't come off as a 6% ABV. Almost sessionable, if it weren't so rich.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 04:50:18 | More by BDTyre
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Winter has come and gone in Georgia, and some of the Winter Warmers from 2006 were on sale the last time I was at my package store. At $1.95 a pint+, I couldn’t justify passing on Rudolph’s Revenge anymore, so I went ahead and got me a bottle. The pour was clear, and bubbly, with no cloudiness to provide evidence of the bottle conditioning mentioned on the label. A little pale for a Winter Warmer, this looked more like an American Amber. The smell was light and somewhere in the vicinity of malted milk balls, and orange marmalade. The start of each sip was hurt a bit by the sting of club soda like carbonation, but as I let that fizz over, and herbal bitterness followed by a tart sourness could be tasted. The dry mouthfeel and earthy and chalky aftertaste did not conceal the thinness of the body. The burps after drinking this fast were louder than the call of a Reindeer on a foggy Winter night. Over attenuated, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 03:49:11 | More by rajendra82
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GClarkage

California

3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/10/07- Purchased at Beverages and More on a close out special for a buck.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no freshness dating. Is from the 2006 batch though. Poured into my imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Not quite brown, maybe a chestnut or deep auburn colored pour. 3/4 inch head in which a nice 1'4 inch remains for the entire brew. Very creamy looking head. Leaves behind very nice lace traces.

Smell- Really digging my nose in I got a bit of sweet malt and a bit of fruity hop notes. Maybe a dask of spices (nutmeg)

Taste- Didn't really taste any spices, but I got a nice flanders style tartness. Cherry, raspberry and fruitcake with a light caramel malt. Didn't notice the hops until the aftertaste. They come through then and are reasonably bitter.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level, not really creamy, but very easy to sip.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. Good price and a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:34:14 | More by GClarkage
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afordney

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

deep red in color, very clear, tight bubbles in a relatively thin head maintained for a little while.

I could smell the hops as I poured it, very strong and fruity

Hits bitterness at the beginning with a little fruity flavors developing, a bit of alcohol throughout

very hoppy and bitter from first sip to last. The alcohol lingers for quite some time.

Very fruity, a pretty good winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 21:01:03 | More by afordney
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cabsandking

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a minimal off white head that's nearly gone in less than twenty seconds. Nice floral hop nose matched by sweet malt, plum, and ripe fruit. The first sip displays some interesting tart fruit backbone and is followed by yeasty notes, and hop bitterness that really kicks in the pucker effect. More vinous character, roasted malt, and dark bitter chocolate notes here and there. Tartness starts strong in the finish but gives way to dry, bitter, smokey tones. Medium body and semi-smooth mouthfeel has some nice carbonated fizz. Not a bad tasting beer, I’m just not sure where they were taking it as all of the flavors were disconnected.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 23:18:40 | More by cabsandking
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cheers2beers

Texas

1.33/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: This beer pours a dark caramel/ hazelnut hue with a pillowy off-white head that rose up very vigorously on an easy pour. Many columns of beading floating rapidly to the top of my tall weizen glass. Minimal amount of laceing.

Smell: Has a bready note about it. Some lingering fruits no single type fruit stands out. Light hop, and a very mild amount of alcohol can be noticed.

Taste: Yuk!! Oh my, this has gone bad I hope! This tastes metallic, has a yeast bite, lots of off flavors. Nothing good can be said about the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slick metallic not very easy to drink. High carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability: I hate say that I had to pour this shit out. Tastes like a heniken with couple plop plop fizz fizzs...very disgusting...please pass the bud light.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 23:43:15 | More by cheers2beers
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jhammerly

Nebraska

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark, golden-amber with a decent head and some lacing left behind. A slightly tart aroma is the smell I notice the most, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Not much though. The taste was disappointing. The taste was like tart green apples, fairly sour. Very dry and not much in the hops department. The mouthfeel was thin and watery. This isn't what I expected from a winter ale. My first reaction was to pour it, but I thought maybe it would get better as it warmed up a bit. No such luck. Not a terrible beer, but I probably won't be getting this again, at least not anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 05:21:56 | More by jhammerly
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Westsidethreat

California

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clean amber copper with a lot of bubble movement. Head started out fizzy but grew quickly and stayed put, now three fingers thick of light beige soapy bubbles.

S: Green apple, raspberry, cinnamon and limestone.

T: Starts off quite tart with green apple, lemon juice and pink grapefruit adding the lip smaking qualities. A rounded fruitiness reminiscent of unripe pears can be found under the tartness mixed with mineral tastes and tomato vines. Finishes woody and tart, with ascorbic acid lingering on the lips.

M: Medium body with a full and fluffy mouthfeel.

D: The question here is, is it supposed to be this sour? Because I've sampled many an infected beer that had these same characteristics. This wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 02:10:05 | More by Westsidethreat
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rallison

California

3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark slightly cloudy amber/brown with a fizzy head.

S: Yeasty malts with just a bit of a sour smell (but not in a bad way).

T: Quite good actually. Nice take on a bitter. Definitely some nut flavor, but with a nice bit of hop bite too. A little bit of caramel too. It got better as I drank more. Some spices in there too. Slightly peppery.

M: Good. Slightly thin body, but that works ok with this beer and carbonation.

D: Quite good. Very drinkable.

You know, this isn't a bad beer. Not the most interesting, but it's pretty tasty.

Note: At the $5/500ml price, this is not a deal. I picked this up on clearance at World Market for $2.50. It was worth that.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 10:43:31 | More by rallison
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like cinnamon, nutmeg and some spicy hops. It tastes spicy, but it has a citrus hop finish that's sour (not in a good way), not what I expected with this beer at all. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Drinkability is average. I just can't get past that weird sour finish. It started off OK, but just got worse the more I drank. I don't think I'll be getting this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 01:03:37 | More by bluejacket74
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Auburn, slightly cloudy appearance with a decently sized, billowy head.

Aroma is sweet and very spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows with a tangy, apple-pie quality. Sweet and fizzy, fruity with a very slight hop aroma as it warms.

Light and smooth but too much carbonation for me made it fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 02:41:14 | More by AaronHomoya
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I usually shy away from novelty packages, but this was bottle conditioned and on clearance after the holidays and I thought what the hell.

Being a fan of winter beers I was surprised and excited when it poured a very beautiful cloudy amber color with a nice head. Even better a spicy nose. Then, disappointment, the taste is a healthy malty sweetness followed by a strong sour flavor on the tongue and in the throat... then almost nothing.

It left some yeast in the bottom of my glass, that was nice.

Overall I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:43:06 | More by beerbrains
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Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%) from Cropton Brewery
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