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Revel Red - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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 AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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 chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jniagar1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Morey
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with "Best By 5/16/12" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Poured a rusty reddish-brown color with some orange hues when held up to the light. Nice clarity with a good amount of bubbles. The head is off-white and stood a little over a finger initially following the pour. It's settled a bit, but there's a good amount of lacing following each sip.

Smell is dominated by grain and malt. There's some grassy hops in the background as well.

Thankfully, the taste is more hop forward than the aroma. A good amount of bitterness up front. Malt and grain help balance things towards the middle. Again, it's almost a wet grassy hop flavor as the nose suggested. Hops linger a bit on the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A good red ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I would have loved to see Stoudts go just a bit bigger and bolder with this one. Never the less, it's still a good beer. I think that some BA's tend to knock Stoudt's for being a little conservative, but they still brew good quality beer IMO.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of barleyroad
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass

A - Clear vibrant amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates into a thin white film. Leaves a nice lacing.

S - Caramel, sweet malt, with a grassy-earthy tone. Slight citrus hop presence. Smells a bit like a marzen.

T - More grassy and hop forward than the nose, but balanced well with the caramel malt. Very clean taste.

M - Highly carbonated, perhaps a bit too much. Slightly creamy and very smooth.

O - Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this. Very well balanced, smooth, and easy drinking. They were successful in creating a more hoppy amber, while keeping it very balanced. Stoudts doesn't make any of my favorite beers, but I haven't tried one that was bad.

Photo of tat2dhllblly
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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 pvsob
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that fades quickly. Head leaves a thin film that lasts the whole pint. Very little lacing is present.

S- Caramel, brown sugar, dates, and an earthy/tea hop aroma. Very balanced.

T- Citrus (oranges) mixed with an astringent medicinal bitterness. Malt presence is stronger in the start and gradually tails off to only a hint in the finish. Some warming alcohol flavor come through in the end as well.

M- Medium texture with moderate carbonation.

O- A very balanced Amber Ale. This isn't my favorite Amber or Stoudts offering, but it's still worth a try if you see it. I'd love to see what this would be like on cask. If you're looking for something not hop heavy, but balanced, give this one try. Cheers.

Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of MacQ32
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber/copper color with a solid finger of dense near white, great lacing, good retention.

S - Sweet malts, biscuit, kind of an APA apple type aroma, slight piney hops

T - Nice caramel sweet malts into a dryer biscuit flavor. Piney hops are much more pronounced than the nose would indicate, dry and hoppy at finish. Still getting a little bit of that APA type fruityness

M - Medium bodied or less, quite drinkable, appropriate carbonation. A nice drink

O - Good maltier brew with a solid dry hop bite to it. Drinkable, solid all around

Photo of brendaniel
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect nonic pint glass, body is amber red with a bright clear body and small bubbled khaki tan head forming thick and dwindling slow. Fine evenly streaked remnants of lacing left with each sip, an eye appealing experience off the bat. Aromatics offer up a warm bready layer with mild earthy layers maybe a touch pine and dirt, blended amongst a caramel bready malt backbone. Flavor has a nutty caramel malt blend with bitter earthy hops bringing about a resinous quality that wraps around the palate and leaves things on the dry end of the bitter beer spectrum. Quite balanced with an original malt and hop flavor mix, compared to most of the citrus hop bomb beers out there this is just goood restrained malt and hop interplay, not in your face explosion o' hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation not overdone, slightly resinous quality from the hop additions finishes pretty bone dry and balanced between the caramelized malt sugars and hop additions. Overall a beer I could drink in number, yet it's not the most exciting beer I've come across even while trying one bottle it's something that you want to crack open another bottle of before your glass is even empty.

Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.