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Revel Red - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ShanePB on 11-10-2011)
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Photo of Omnium


3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear orange amber with two fingers of fluffy white head, nice lacing.
S - Very astringent, a little caramel and biscuit malt, light toffee notes, floral hops, a little fruit.
T - Nice balance of malt and hops, its more on the earthy and floral side of the hop realm, a little soapy on the end.
M - Medium feel, a tad sticky.
O - Decent hoppy red ale, its just too soapy/astringent for me to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:52:31 | More by Omnium
Photo of corby112


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Floral, resinous hop aroma with some earthy pine, fresh cut grass and dank buds countered by toast bread and a sweet malt backbone. Some spicy hop character with a touch of citrus but the hop profile is more oil-y and earthy than sweet. Underneath, there's a strong caramel backbone with hints of bread, toffee sweetness, spicy rye, roasted nut and sunflower seed. Nothing about the nose really stands out but there's a decent hop presence that doesn't completely overpower the other notes.

Medium body with spicy, bitter hop flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with sticky pine and earthy grass notes dominating the palate. Much more hop forward than the nose hinted at. Hop profile is a bit one dimensional but the flavor is pretty nice and not overwhelmingly dry or intensely bitter. Really well balanced with a sweet malt backbone coming through on the back end. These sweeter notes really start to show as the beer warms with hints of caramel, toast, toffee, hazelnut and a touch of dark fruit. Faint boozy sweetness in the finish but the ABV is well masked with not heat whatsoever. Not the most complex beer but it's well balanced and easy to drink with nice flavor. I could easily drink several of these in one session. Solid beer from Stoudts.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 08:48:28 | More by corby112
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:56:30 | More by CHickman
Photo of jwhancher


4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:19:44 | More by jwhancher
Photo of philbe311


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:21:55 | More by philbe311
Photo of jhartley


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:21:26 | More by jhartley
Photo of gestyr


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:52:02 | More by gestyr
Photo of Hansford


3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:34:28 | More by Hansford
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:17:59 | More by oberon
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - orangish amber with a thick cap of off white head that has decent retention

S - bread and faintly sweet malt

T - bread, caramel, citrus, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

This is a simple beer. The flavor profile is basically big, bold, bready malt balanced with some faintly bitter, citrusy hops. Though there isn't a deeply intricate flavor, this beer is highly drinkable. I'm glad I tried it once, but I'm not sure I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:19:21 | More by tdm168
Photo of horshack7


3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear but very amber in color with an off white head which upon thinning out leaves behind some good lacing.

Aroma: Some grapefruit notes int he front. Light bready dryness in the nose with caramel malts. Twinges of caramelized sugar mixed in.

Taste: A bit of a malty backbone. Tropical fruits, caramel malts, grapefruit, light biscuit notes with a little touch of a buttery mouthfeel and toffee notes.

Notes: Rather solid and very easy to knock back. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:23:29 | More by horshack7
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Nothing too interesting.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Like other red ales but slightly more hoppy than most. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 02:13:32 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of kylehay2004


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a copper body. Aroma is very musty with toffee, caramel malts and earthy hops. Flavor has a lot of earthy hops with a metallic finish. Malts are toasted and caramel flavored. There are notes of tart citrus as well. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I like the hops here. The base beer is full flavored. So many reds are watery but this one has a nice body and decent complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:10:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Nice amber color, almost an actual "red" color. Light cream colored head that died pretty quickly.

Smell: Hops, as the bottle/beer description may lead you to believe, but also malts, and not hops like you'd want if you were an IPA fanatic.

Taste: Hops, then malts, then hops, then malts. Kinda gave my mouth a runaround in a good way. This isn't particularly complicated, but it is very servicable. Reminds me a bit of Philadelphia Brewing Company's Rowhouse Red, for a regional comparison. I actually like that beer, and I like this one too. Would picture this going nicely beside some spicy cheap Chinese take-out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, crisp as a result of the hops and solid carbonation level. Overall drinks pretty easy.

This site says this is winter only... Stoudts should probably go ahead and offer this year round. It's pretty tasty. I don't know if I'd go to this over other stuff though.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:44:40 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good amber. Thick flavor profile, though it gives a much more meaty ride than I would have expected. Seems to be a but salty and almost spicy from hops; just a little bit. Feel is pretty good and it's easy to drink, in a sipping kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:03:22 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BigMike


2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:01:45 | More by BigMike
Photo of smakawhat


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A red amber hazy body, with a three finger yellow and tan like head. Some spotted lacing and settles nicely to a finger. Looks a little dull, but appealing.

Nose is a wet sticky toffee malt mostly, some slight sugar. Yeasty punch strangely. Not particularly hoppy.

Palate improves with a good full coating body. Hop juice in the middle mostly taking over the malt feeling. Finish is airy hop, dry, with a good amount of English like tea and citrus also, getting into a bit of orange pekoe tea like action.

Overall a tasty amber, nothing mind bending, but solid none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:08:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 19:13:26 | More by Brenden
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:37:35 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:34:37 | More by ckollias
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:57:53 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: reddish-amber color; clear with a moderate, creamy head of limited duration. Little lacing.

S: nice malty aroma with hints of bread and toffee.

T: light, grassy hops, a trace of citrus, and a light malt backbone. Hoppy for style, as is mot obvious in the lingering, moderately bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied; good amount of carbonation; smooth, slightly dry finish.

O: A decent, drinkable read ale, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:58:28 | More by chinchill
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:47:13 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of BeerCon5


3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 20:04:12 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of pburland23


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:25:55 | More by pburland23
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Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.