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Revel Red - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 11-10-2011

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Photo of mempath
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep amber (of course) with lively albino-caramel head...sticky lacing. nice to behold. nice dried fruit/mincemeat nose...very floral/herbal. same dried fruit sweetness comes in immediately as it hits the tongue, but that's a veneer to the massive, yet balanced (bready menthol!) hop attack (it is a 'Hoppy Ale'). very similar to one of my all-time favorites, another amber hopped-up ale: Troeg's Nugget Nectar. creamy, full mouthfeel makes this an overall finest moment for Stoudts! so glad to see this sort of non-IPA hop creature out there. planning to mix this with their Double IPA....cheers and happy holidays!

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: reddish in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel and floral hops create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, dark fruit sweetness, and a nice floral bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: a very quaffable and sessionable red ale. Simple but has a nice flavor profile and the hops weren't over bearing. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber in appearance, clear to boot. Nice nose on this beer. The smell is malt and hop, that has a slight hint of citus. Mouthfeel is dry on the swallow, clean and crisp. Taste has that dry hop flavor; this hits the tongue with a good hop. Overall this is a well brewed beer and is a fridge worthy beer. Good anytime and any place.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How many reviews have I started by saying that this is not my favorite style - it's not. But it's good. A bit more bitter than many, and I think that makes it work. It is extremely well crafted - clear and crisp, though I am drinking it pretty warm. In fact the temperature may be what is making it good. I forgot that these weren't cold.

It's a very pretty beer, as this style usually is. It is distinguished by the hoppy taste. Off balance, but great. This sampling reminded me of why I like beer not so cold. It has a lot more character like this.

Recommended, and I will buy again.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

doing a taste of red ales which is now my new favorite style at least for the next two weeks haha we'll see how it goes well there goes it definitely red up to the top and clear as a bell too this one has a nice pure white alpine snow head on it

nice aroma here i definitely get a nice biscuit malt upfront then followed with a great little caramel underneath its really nice then a bit of nice lemon hops in there too

taste is nice balance definitely no off-flavor and quenching for sure

great mouthfeel in the end a little bit thin but overall enough substance to make it interesting and fun

overall a good red ale and recommended from me for sure i like this beer

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised by the somewhat poor reviews on what I found to be a really promising new release from Stoudt's Brewing.

Poured a deep reddish amber with a finger of creamy head. Well-balanced smell on the nose. Nice amount of hops mixed with some subtle spices make this a really nice, easy-drinking winter brew.

Dry finish washes down extremely well with the citrus hop flavor. I'll definitely pick more of this up on my way home for the holidays as I pass through on 222S.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 2 cases after my local distributor had these onsale a few weeks back. First, I noted that on the label this beer proclaims to be a "hoppy red ale". By today's standards, it's not all that hoppy. Sure it has some hop nose to it, but it's pretty tame it terms of today's hop forward ales. With that aside, it's a solid beer all around. The malt bill is very well put together. It has some nice bready & light toasted character. Has a wonderful versatility to it that pairs well with almost any food. Had this one with steak, grilled pork, chicken, salmon, etc. This one holds up well to just about anything.

As I mentioned, the hops are pretty tame and they lend themselves a nice spicy character. The beer feels medium-full and is nicely carbonated. Brewed pretty clean with no apparent off-flavors. Overall, a very solid beer. Enjoy it as a nice solid red ale and don't be too letdown by a lack of insane hoppiness.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark orange-red color almost reaching brown in its depth. An almost-white head is creamy and compact but still rises to just over a finger and retains something of itself the entire way. Some creamy lacing remains as it falls.
I get a nice, balanced combination of bready and caramel malts with pithy, herbal hops in the aroma. It's got a good strength to it and some depth.
The flavor follows suit with the pith really being showcased after the caramel brings the sweetness up front. I like where this one goes. There's lots of balance, a good dose of both malts and hops, and enough complexity even if 20 varieties of hops and malts weren't used. Simply put, this is flavorful and tasty with plenty of character.
The feel is smooth in a medium body with a lingering, almost nibbling sort of crispness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's "Revel Red"
$1.99@JoeCanal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

If there's one thing I can say about Stoudt's it's that they always put out a solid beer. It might not be cutting-edge or experimental, but they never go over the edge when making a beer either. The Revel Red is a great example of that. It's malty with a lot of caramel and toast, but it's not sweet, and it's not too full bodied. The hops follow: they're piney (and very gently citrusy), but not raspy. They make their presence well known, but they don't ride roughshod over the malt. There's just enough malt, and just enough hops, perfectly balanced. That said, the bitterness then is the one component here that really makes or breaks it, and they've hit it spot on for balance, always leaving a little bit of the sweetness of the malt to shine through. No one's going to taste this beer and call it "weak" or "lacking" - it's a solid American amber. In fact, it reminds me of a toned-down Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (which is actually an IPA). And that's where the brilliance comes in. It's remarkably balanced, and superbly polished, leaving a beer that's got lots of character and a great drinkability. They could have thrown more malt at it (as everyone seems to love the bigger beers), or pumped it up with hops (and the "hopheads" would be ga-ga) to get a little more recognition and accolade, but instead they went for focus. Charming, and remarkably drinkable! Well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with a strong flavor of caramel along with some citrus and honey. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is very hearty for the style and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s on the sweet side for the style but it’s still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, nice hop presence and a small caramel note. In the taste, caramel stands out and a small pine hop hanging out in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop in the aftertaste. A nice, new product with mellow hops and easy to drink.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear brownish-amber hue with a huge, white, frothy, 3-finger head that slowly dissolves in to a solid persistent lace leaving a gorgeous trail down the glass.

S: Equal mix of malts and hops aroma with a slight citrus and pine background.

T: Smooth, slightly bitter, flavor with a solid hoppy mix. Finishes on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer – and interesting red ale with a hoppy addition.

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange mug.

Brew pours a clear deep copper color. Lots of bubbly action; thick tight bubble filled light tan head. Head sitting thick and fluffy. Really has nice action going on. Nice thick island as it approaches the mouth with each sip and settles right back down to protect the brew after. Very good sticky lace remains throughout. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of caramel malts, citrus, bit of piney/resiny oily hops. Some mellow bread and yeast. Good nose on this one.

Brew is very tasty and balanced. Great carbonation and smoothness in the middle. Initially carbonated and prickly, almost spiced. Good pungent hops, citrus, oily and nice hop resin. Nice malt backbone in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with some nice stickiness from the hops. Nice and balanced with some drying in the end. Very good stuff here.

Great case worthy stuff here from Stoudts. An easy drinker that looks and tastes great.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper amber color with a nice big 2 finger foamy light tan head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good lacing with foamy rings as it went down.

Smells malty with a mix of citrus hops, then some caramel, herbs, sweet floral notes, bread and brown sugar; pleasant smelling, and while basic still enjoyable as all the notes really jumped out with strength.

It tastes like it smells, with sweet malt mixed with citrus hops up front, then some rich caramel, toasted grains, herbs, floral hops, wheat bread, brown sugar, orange peel, and some dark fruit like a cherry. As the beer went on it seemed more malty with caramel beating out the hops, making the hops feel like a nice accent. Very sweet overall and not cloying, sweet in a good way like a fine English brew.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off grainy like an over buttered piece of cinnamon raisin toast.

Overall I thought that this was very good and tasty; not a session beer, but I could have a few from time to time and always be satisfied. It hides the ABV completely and goes down easy.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled mere days before review. Crystal clear amber with lots of reddish highlights. Big fluffy cream colored head. Good retention, sticky lacing.

Sweet and malty aroma followed by a lovely, mildly tropical and perfumy hoppiness; faintly boozy underneath.

Very balanced flavor not dominated by any one of its many aspects; sweet malt with lots of caramel; fresh and bitter hops with perfume, floral, and tropical fruit notes, mostly pineapple. More pineapple and tangerine emerge as the beer warms. Punchy alcohol.

Medium high, lively carbonation. Long aftertaste that's both bitter and boozy. This one is pretty powerful. Interesting; I almost felt like this was too fresh and that's a little too bitter. Could use a little more in the way of caramel sweetness; hop varietals are not all that interesting to be so in your face. Also might be a little too boozy. Still, this is a good beer that drinks like a DIPA. Another nice one from Stoudt's.

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Photo of Hansford
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass

A: Beautiful amber/red color. This is what a red ale should look like. Off white head that didn't remain for very long. Minimal lacing.

S: Not picking up a whole lot here. Definitely some citrus components of hops. A little roasted malt as well.

T: All hops at the beginning. Very bitter, then it subsides. Again, I get some citrus notes right off the bat. The hop flavor quickly moves into a very mellow malt flavor. Interesting, especially for this style.

M: Smooth, maybe a tad bit too carbonated. Still, very drinkable.

O: I'm a big fan of sweet, malty red ales. I know this one has "Hoppy" in the title, but I bought a case since it was on sale for 20 bucks. It is very interesting for the style. I'm glad I bought the case, but I don't think I'd buy another whole case.

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Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly murky amber color with a big fluffy khaki head that falls slow and laces pretty well.

Aroma is nice malty lots of over ripe fruit notes, with some wet tobacco leaves. Kind of funky but I kind of like the aroma.

Taste lots of malt notes mostly bready like with touches of caramel or light toffee hints maybe, Some fruity notes for hop flavors ripe again, with some light lingering pine bitterness in the finish. Not an exciting amber but pretty solid easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly mellow carbonation levels.

Overall worth a try, wouldn't replace my go to amber but not a bad little brew either.

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Photo of potownbill
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could dring this beer all night.
Appearance: Clear Amber copper, with a 2" off-white head.
Smell: Some hop bitterness, with a hint of sugary malt.
Taste: Not an overpowering hop or malt profile. Actually, somewhat bland, with some pine hops. biscuity malt starts to emerge as the beer warms
Mouthfeel: Smooth. mildly carbonated.
Overall: You may call this beer boring. Nothing stands out, but nothing overpowers. Enjoyable beer for a fall afternoon watching some football.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lipped pint glass, color is transparent amber with a great dense off white to light an head that dissipates and clings nicely.

Smell is thin, light at first but comes through as caramel malt and mild hop bitterness with some breadiness mixed in, increaesing nicely as it warms up a bit.

Taste is pretty clean on the brink of thin, but the hoppiness and malt sweetness that lingers works well. Its a strange beer in that the taste is thin upfront but lingers in hop and malt presence, flavors are classic amber caramel, light biscuit and great hop flavors that come through in both scent and taste better when drinking.

Mouthfeel starts thin, but the flavors really linger nicely in a way that nots cloying, hops and malt balance well; I keep enjoying the taste as the mouthfeel brings it back as it warms up.

Overall, this is actually a very good amber ale, the underlying flavors come through cleanly which really help to distinguish the flavors. Give this beer a chance to warm and linger in your mouth to truly enjoy; a nice example of a beer that you can pinpoint some of the ingredients.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that has good clarity. A smallish off white head sits on top leaving some lacing. Average carbonation. Aroma is hoppy but not overwelmingly so and doesn't really present itself with any particular type.
Desent malts.
Taste is malty upfront with a bit of biscuit. Hops have mostly a bitter aspect and not much flavor. A medium weight beer with a dry bitter finish. A good beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a amber colored body with a 1" of cream color head. The smell is of strong hops. The taste is of bitter hops, with some malt and carmel coming through. The mouth feel is very nice, rolls off the tonuge really nice. Overall i really like this beer and the hop flavor to it.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly more than a fingers worthy of airy moderately fluffy whimsical off-white colored head with a slight pinkish hue... Excellent retention... The color is a pale cranberry red with some amber undertones mixed in... Loaded with swirling small bubbled carbonation that starts a bit sluggish and finishes at a fairly quick pace...

S - Loaded with sweet caramel notes... Desert like breads... Bread pudding... Some light and delicate sweet cherry notes... A bit of overly ripened dark fruit... Not much at all in the way of hop presence...

T - After the overly sweet malt nose, the hop bite at the forefront is a bit of a surprise... A biting bitter character mixes amidst all of the sweetness expected and alluded to by the nose... Sweet fruits... Heavy bready malts... Caramel... However, the moderate hop bitterness is pervasive throughout... The deep finish even has a light woody character... Very interesting and fairly complex...

M - Medium bodied... Stern carbonation... Slightly sleek... Clean and crisp... Even and consistent...

D - A very nice American Red Ale... The nose is overly sweet, but there is great balance and complexity on the palate... Easy drinking and loaded with character... Honestly, I'm a bit surprised by ratings that I don't think accurately reflect what an excellent brew this is... I would gladly drink again and recommend to those seeking an interesting everyday brew...

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear copper with a finger of head. Much of the head retained for a long time and the lace rings on the glass were substantial. The nose is both lightly malty and lightly hoppy; basically, the notes are present, but nothing really spectacular is going on here. The flavor profile is crisp and lightly malty with a clean and mildly hoppy finish. There is also a lemony bite near the finish that makes this offering quite refreshing.

This offering would make for a decent fall session ale if the abv were not quite so high.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had this one on-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of light, grassy hops, citrus, and a little bit of malt in the finish. Ambers are typically not the most complex-tasting beers, and this is no exception. That being said, it's a solid enough flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent, drinkable beer that ends up being a bit forgettable.

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Photo of gestyr
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 oz bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack.

A: Pours a red-copper color, crystal clear with a thick long lasting white head.

S: Hops, citrus hops, caramel malt

T: The taste follows the smell. Very hoppy with out a bitter aftertaste. The hops are balanced by a malt sweetness.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Very smooth

O: A very hoppy example of amber ale, but very likeable. I will buy again.

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Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.