Revel Red - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 261 | Reviews: 79
Photo of BigMike
2.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a crystal clear light reddish dark orange color with a thin khaki colored head.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes on the nose. Not a whole lot of hops comming through. Smells mostly like sticky sweet roasted malts. A touch of vanilla in the background.

Taste: Something tastes a bit off with this beer. They call it a hoppy ale but the hops a really hard to detect. Theres a caramel sweetness and some biscuit qualities but no hops. Actually thats pretty much it as far as the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Is extremely watered down and thin. I think they over filtered this thing and removed all the flavor.

This just shows why ive never been a big fan of Stoudts. Being from PA i really want to like their beers but i find them consistantly sub par.

Photo of oline73
2.52/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention.

Smell: Bready malt, mild cherry. Not much as far as hops.

Taste: bready malt up front. Some caramel and mild cherry notes. Citrus peel hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: not a very good interpretation of the style. Not again.

Photo of Stunner97
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- copper to red in color with thin white head that quickly fades to lacing, small amount of carbonation streams the glass

Smell- mostly just light hop on the nose very faint malt not whole lot going on

Taste- just an overall very hollow flavor profile, all you really get its a mildly bitter hop finish that lingers on, not whole lot of malt or complexity at all, just an overally simple bland moderately hoppy red ale

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation and drying finish

Drinkability/overall- this beer wasn't hard to drink but it was just extremely bland and simplistic, doesn't wow you in anyway and would not be anything I would ever seek out again, Stoudts is a brewery that has continually seem to disappoint me with there offering but you never know maybe that's just me they are always okay but never really good let alone great,

Photo of ShanePB
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle fresh from the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber copper body with a creamy, fluffy and sudsy looking slightly off-white head. Nice lacing on the walls and a really good retention cap once the dissipation was finished. Not a bad looking beer by any means.

S: Caramel and toasted malts, faint hoppy bitter notes. Um, the hops are more akin to an old fruit peel, with a bit of pine in there. It's really not all that complex or aromatic but I guess it accomplishes what it sets out to be. Although, for being a "Hoppy Red Ale" I would have liked a bigger hop presence to jump out.

T: First sip was pretty bad. Not completely gross but something was off to me. A few more sips and it became okay, fairly tolerable. Once I stopped sipping for a few minutes and came back to it, the same thing happened again. Way more malty than I expected. Lots of darker malts, not charred or roasted really, somewhat of a caramel flavor... It's sort of hoppy. I mean, it is but again not what I expected. A slight bitterness of pine sap and needles comes in but the finish is the worst. There's something completely off with it, leaving an abysmal flavor on my palate. I can't place it, but boy is that off-putting.

M: The body is nice, pretty well carbonated, maybe even on the lower end. The cap didn't come off with much noise, but there was a nice forming head. Pretty lively and bubbly nonetheless.

If I'm being completely honest, I didn't want to finish this beer. I actually passed it off to someone else. It's not entirely offensive really, but it's certainly no where near what I'd consider enjoyable. I've got another bottle and will certainly revisit, as well as on draft but my initial impressions of this beer are dire.

Photo of Delraypete
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick, robust, caramel. Good, but not outstanding. Interesting that they call this a "hoppy ale" on the label only because many other red ales deliver a lot more on the hop front. Hops do balance the heavy malt, but don't warrant putting it in the name. The heaviness of the malt, rightly so, dominates the flavor.

Photo of pburland23
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

When I see a hoppy red ale I immediately think of Nugget Nectar. It's an unfair comparison, I know.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. Carbonation creates a finger of tight, dark tan head. Nice head retention but only minimal head retention.

Smell: For a beer that advertises itself as a hoppy ale, I'm not getting any hops in the noise. It's incredibly malty in its smell....almost cloyingly sweet. I'm getting lots of grain. It smells like Wheaties.

Taste: Much like the nose. Very malt forward. Sweet, very sweet. Lots of grassy notes. Again, no hops presence. It's not a bad tasting bad but it's not even close to what was advertised.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fairly nondescript drinking experience. Carbonation is light. It's drinkable enough at 6.2%.

Overall: Disappointing. This beer is many things, but a hoppy ale it is not. Like I said, it's tasty enough but still disappointing. A real miss by the usually solid Stoudts.

Photo of Jimmys
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. no bottled on date. into tulip.

A: bright brownish/red. very clear. just wish the head was bigger to start as well as hung around for a bit.

S: aroma is a mash up of american hops and caramel smells. maybe a little bit of green apple? maybe just me...

T: there is an assertive hop bitterness throughout the drink. almost too much. it seems like the malt is struggling to find its place in this brew. finish has even more of a healthy dose of bitterness in it. i like hops, i like bitter, but this body needs some balance.

M: carbonation is low. too low. this brew should have a bit more fizz. light/medium body.

D: certainly drinkable, but not really seek-worthy in my opinion. there a lot of negatives i am finding and in a world filled with some rocking red ales i would pick another up.

Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 big foamy fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, leaving back a heavy cascade of lacing that hangs in a sticky latticework down the sides of the glass. The aroma is leafy and dank, with a pronounced spiciness to it and some faint metallic tones that eventually dissipate. Light supportive grains sit along the back but it’s mostly that green bitterness and spice that push through the most.

Hops coat the mouth in the taste, with a pithy bitterness and a deep spiciness that sticks to the tongue. There is a good bit of earthy and herbal character going on with this as well but that bitterness definitely has a raw and unrefined feel to it at times. The malts are thankfully silky smooth feeling along the back with notes of sweet caramel and toast but the rawness of those hops gets to be distracting, as this finishes dry, piney, and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a mellow creaminess to the carbonation that helps keep this pretty easy feeling overall despite the strength of the hops.

I don’t really know what I expected from this, as Stoudts isn’t known for doing West Coast flavors in their hoppier beers (which is the type of American Ambers that I like). I guess maybe a hop profile that wasn’t quite as green and raw feeling as what I got here. The malt profile and feel on this were fine but the bitterness here just took me out of this. It’s a somewhat passable Amber but I won’t be returning to this one.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/3/12

Best by 5/16/12

Nice depth of honey-brown color with golden highlights at the stem; a tad hazy. Three finger head is fluffy and implodes cloistered pepperings of lace in its wake.

The aroma is pretty dull. Meager floral hops, caramel, bread and a very faint earthy hop note. Yawn. Hops are more assertive to taste, bringing a piney bitterness along with the floral notions. Thankfully there is more toasted bread than caramel. The beer also brings a thin, watery feel and prickly carbonation. One plus side (I reckon I'll call it) is the spicy, zesty, bitter finish that somehow salvages a bit of the disappointing feel. Finishes quite dry; I'll take it.

Overall impression - I dislike it less as the bottle wears on; it's passable, but not one I'd consider worthy of a repeat visit.

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cranberry-ice tea coloring has a light steady rise of effervesce. A skimpy head is creamy, peanut shell in color, and quick to collapse to a sparse covering. Very thin whispy lacing on the vessel.

S: As for hoppy goes a let down. Small toasted caramel, green corn ears, with not much else jumping out at me. Mundane, light in strength.

T: Decent malt base, dry and toasted graininess, dry hoppiness shows up but again hard to distinguish. Some dry lemonflower perhaps. Seconds after the swallow a brief flash of dry lemony hoppiness appears with some sweet dry grainy moments. The hoppiness seems to pick up a bit to somewhere between average and good regards, but still remains much like the nose undistinguishable and unmemorable.

M: Light to medium bodied, some malty stickiness and very little carbonation to speak of.

O: Average. Overall a red that revels in mediocrity mostly across the board. The flavor is suitable for a backyard consumption setting, easy to handle, but not quite a tweener, wont wow you, but will pass the time. Not sure if I would bother with a six pack. The label sets itself up for a let down advertising a hoppy red that is mostly average by todays standards. Alcohol is easy enough to manage but overall lack of excitement creates a why bother attitude.

Photo of BeerCon5
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with about one finger of fluffy white head that doesn't last too long.

The scent is of toasted malt and earthy hops. Sort of light in the nose.

The taste is of moderately bitter earthy and floral hops, toasty grains, the flavor is kind of thin.

Light body, crisp and a bit thin, drying finish, moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty average Red Ale, it should be much hoppier. It wasn't bad but there's just not enough flavor.

Photo of rangerred
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep red with an off-white head. Lacing is great although the head retention is so-so.

Aroma is on the faint side but there it has a slightly sweet note with some biscuit and a touch of rye.

The flavor follows the aroma with more rye, hints of some moderately toasted malt and a very high bitterness. Hops are somewhat spicy nicely complimenting the rye notes. Finish is very dry.

Overall, a decent beer but honestly it is pretty average and nothing really sticks out. I do love rye beers but this one is just a tad watery and a bit unbalanced.

Photo of jhartley
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.
A beautiful red body (would expect no less). 1/2 finger of tan colored head, dissipated quickly left no lacing in the glass. Had to swirl the glass a few times to revive it.
Smells very malty, not what I expected with the promise of a "Hoppy Red Ale" on the label. Picking up on a little floral hop notes: piney
Caramel malts up front, fizzy carbonation in the middel and a bitter finish. After a few minutes it's almost like an unsweetened iced tea flavor that lingers. Strange, not off putting, just....strange.
Not a bad brew, just would really have liked a little more floral hops to add to the aroma and a little less bitterness in the flavor and it would really be fantastic. I really wanted it to be more than it was, especially being from PA.

Photo of ToddT
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear amber color with ruby highlights and topped with a off white head. Heads fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass..

S- Hints of hops, the aroma is pretty mild, not a pine or grapefruit hop more of a grass floral note.

T- Hoppy from start to finish, a little caramel malt in the middle to balance thing out, but not too much else going on in this one. Finish is dry and clean with a little hop bitterness to close things out as the final note.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, refreshing and clean but unremarkable.

D- Easy drinker, might be a nice gateway beer to get someone into something more interesting, but not one I’ll be going back for. The 6.2% ABV is pretty well hidden and this could but a decent session candidate if you are so inclined.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy amber/orange with some forming ivory head and clinging bubbles.

Smells of apple flavored buttered popcorn with a breezy floral hop aroma. Generous amounts of malted sweetness ride with crackers and grain.

Taste further approaches grain with some sweetness. Hops are fully represented through subdued floral additions. Fresh, with some pine. Nice contrast between smell and taste.

Fairly average body..sort of blew through this one.

Photo of jeffmart22
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Brewery... Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby orange with a finger and a half worth of a frothy head that lingers. Nice lacing on the glass. Good looking beer.

A - Not a huge aroma. Slight hop profile with a malty backbone.

T - Just a slight bitterness that is balanced well with a sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium in body. Flavor duration is moderate.

O - A good beer. Has the chance to be a great base recipe for something better.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best By Date of 6/14/12. Pours a clear orange/dark amber color with minimal head. Very little lacing. Aroma is some spicy hops, grains, and a bit earthy and floral. Taste is some floral hops with some breadiness. Floral finish. This one is almost too floral for my taste. Medium bodied. Overall, nothing special.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out of the bottle a clear, dark coppery amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Fruity aroma is mainly apple with a hint of cherry, plus a malty undertone and a subtle yeasty note. Fruity, malty flavor has a tinny undertone and a grassy hint plus a fair amount of bitterness. Texture has average body and fizziness. Maybe not Stoudt’s best, but deserves at least a chance.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a tiny little head. Smell is of hops, some sweetness. Taste is hop heavy up front, some malts, bitter at the finish and a touch on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a somewhat unbalanced and mediocre beer.

Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's been awhile since I have had a Stoudt's beer so I picked up a six pack of this today.A brilliant pour with a cealt rich deep copper/bronze with a nicely formed and defined slight off white heat atop.Just as great as the pour was the aromas are that much dissapointing,no hops just light caramel and diacetyl buttery notes.The flavors are pretty muted and not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping for,there is a light smattering of leafy hops but they are not much to right home about,carame biscuit and buttery notes prevail on the palate.It reminds me of an English-style tawny ale with it's great color and leafy hop notes,this is no American style hopped up amber by any meany....in my opinion.

Photo of Dubber55
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey color- 1/2 finger of head

Smells metallic at first- once I get past that I smell pine, grass, vanilla and booze

Definitely tastes hoppy- pine, grass- earthy hops- maybe a little caramel in the flavor but mostly bitter and dry with booze. Some bready flavors show up as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel medium to light with low carbonation.

The booze seems kind of abrasive considering this beer is only 6%. I don't really love the hop profile either. It's ok but I am not too excited about finishing the rest of the bottle and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of ski271
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium redish-amber with a small, off-white, slightly creamy head. Good retention and very good lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity. Caramel, honey, berry and light citrus. Overall, very mild but quite pleasant.

T: Hops presence isn't huge but much bigger than the nose indicates. Floral hops take center stage from start to finish, backed by malt backbone that comes off a little thin. The finish is short and citrusy.

M: Medium body, dry texture, and moderate-low carbonation. Initial smell had my attention but it just didn't live up. Good, though.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is average with small amounts of nonuniform lacing.

3.0 S: Not really that hoppy despite the label telling me that it would be. Anyway, floral and herbal hops. Moderate caramel. That's about it.

3.5 T: Same deal as the nose. Mildly hoppy with a flowery and herbal taste. Caramel from the malts. Very clean. Taste good, but pretty standard.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess. Feels right for the brew.

3.5 D: A tasty, clean, easy drinking amber, but that's all it is. Don't expect to be impressed, but you'll enjoy it nonetheless.

Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This category is always negligible for me...it was crystal clear...with a decent head and some good lacing...a ring of head remained for the entire beer.

S - A definite carmel-bready malt aroma with minimal hop pressence...I sense possibly some knoble hops...definitley not dry hopped with the typical "C" hops.

T - Apparent bitterness hits the back of the tounge and lingers nicely...carmel malt sweetness helps to balance...decent hop flavor but nothing exciting. I like the dryness of it.

M - Good mouthfeel medium-light body

Overall - Not bad...not great...I was expecting something much better from Stoudts...as I am a big fan of their flagship beers. When you have Red/Ambers out there like Nugget Nectar, you shouldnt use the term Hoppy lightly. I think their Pale Ale is hoppier than this attempt.

If you are looking for an english-like pale ale this is pretty good. It actually reminds me of their scarlet lady but with a little more too it. Maybe this should be categorized as an Extra ESB or something.

Give it a shot...decide if you like...I'm in different. Cheers!

Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to ruby red with an inch of head that fades quickly to a thin lace.

Some butter, lighter caramel, light citrus and herbal notes in the nose.

Medium to full bodied with more of an accent on malt and bread qualities than I anticipated. There is a good background bitterness and tingle from some earthy/noble hops. There is more of a balance than I was expecting from this self-proclaimed hoppy ale. Not to say it isn't hoppy but the buttery notes, caramel malt characteristics and biscuity feel really set this up as an East Coast Amber versus a hop bomb from the West Coast. Fruity esters and a toasted character throughout.

The 6.2% doesn't seem out of place but isn't driving this anywhere out of style. Easy to drink. Some sweetness that fades into a dry sharp bite on the tongue.

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Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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