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Revel Red - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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: 259 | Reviews: 79
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.

Photo of JRHope
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a clear looking amber color with a white fizzy head on top. The head settles into a scattered film on top of the beer. The smell is full of caramel malts and some piney hops. The taste of the beer is dry with a caramel sweetness upfront that fades into a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good here, it's almost medium bodied with a solid amount of bubbles. Overall I thought it was a pretty decent brew. I can't say that I'd buy a whole case of it or anything but it's not a bad brew to have if options are limited and this one happens to be around.

Photo of mj71
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber-hued body with just under a half inch of off-white suds.

Smell: Bready, toasty malts with a low, low, vague sweetish quality to them with citrusy, herbaceous hops.

Taste: Bready malts, some noted toastiness, and with just a scarce shred of malty sweetness. Small hint of stone fruit prior to the lemony, citrusy hops with a sound bitterness, and a bit of background earthiness. Closes out with a prolonged, dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Revel Red is a Decent Red.

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 Jamstone714
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice clear dark amber brown with great carbonation. Head is a 1/4 inch opaque colored and is very sticky.

S - Smells very malt forward almost herbal like an ESB. Pine is faint at best so it doesn't really smell "hoppy"

T - The taste does transmit some good hoppy notes, nothing that really sticks around on the palate but the sweetness is very nice in this beer. As for the tea or herbal taste it is thankfully minimal with little drying in the finish. Pretty good.

M - Medium bodied since the herbal aspect does give kind of a distraction from sweet malts.

Overall it was a pretty interesting take on an amber and if this was included in a variety pack it would be drinkable. Still nothing to seek out a six pack for.

Photo of DWolf
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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 renegadeburger
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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

Photo of Runofthemiller
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of JWU
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- a nice translucent amber with a red tint to it. Thin white head that stick around a good bit. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- likely the low point of the brew. Not much going on other than some light herbal hops, and maybe some sweet malt.

T- some prickly herbal hops bite up front, and are soothed out with some sweet light carmel malts. Long bitter finish, that's surprisingly not overly dry.

M- The high point of the brew. Stoudt's has a way with a creamy mouthfeel, and it really shines on this brew. Tight carbonation that dances on the tongue, but again, that creamy feeling finishes the swallow.

O- Honestly, if the malt bill were a little bit more balancing, this would be top notch. As is, it's certainly well crafted, and tasty, just not world class such as Troegs Hopback.

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 bigred89
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of scott2269
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Mcooly
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mempath
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
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!

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger ekru-colored head. Settles to leave a thick, splotchy ring of lacing up top.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - caramel malt and some earthiness.

T: Caramel malt and toffee sweetness up front and mid-sip, then a modest hop bitterness provides balance. Some aspirin-like and minerally bitterness is noted too. Still, on the aftertaste the sweetness returns and remains lingering long after the beer is swallowed.

M: Carbonation is a little too sharp for this beer. Call it medium in heft.

O: Decent. Not sure what hops they use, but they're not my favorite - at least not in this beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of atd132
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ajaxivan
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery tulip); no freshness date is apparent on this bottle.

Appearance (3.5): Deep orange-auburn color in the body, totally clear; head starts at one finger of light tan, tight bubble, and fades to a hazy film on the surface with a few fat bubbles floating around. Some lacing, not much.

Smell (4.0): Very nice earthy, slightly grassy hop note in the nose—very, very earthy. Kind of a honey-sweet, märzen-like malt character evident. Not bad, interesting combo for the style, smells very Old World.

Taste (3.5): There’s a much stronger grassy, slightly herbal hop character to the palate—a lot more hop than what you get in the nose, but it doesn’t leave too much of a dent, either. Very earthy, too. Malts leave a grainy, not-too-sweet flavor lingering—very little toasted character here, but really not a sweet (or roasty, for that matter) beer. This tastes like a well-hopped märzen to me. Not bad, not great but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): This is nice. Light, foamy carbonation accented by a few bubbly pin pricks here and there. Just heavier than what I’d call “light,” this finishes pretty dry and is very, very drinkable.

Overall (3.5): It’s pretty good! It’s nothing super-memorable but it’s enjoyable and it’s kind of nice to see more of an Old-World take on the style. Earth and grass aren’t what people expect when they see “Hoppy [Red] Ale” on the label, but I appreciate it. My favorite American Ambers might be the Nugget Nectar-style hop grenades, but this is quite good in its own right.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.