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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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 263
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 beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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 most 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.

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Photo of ski271
3.3/5  rDev -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.

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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 BeerCon5
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Awesome frothy off white colored heading about two fingers worth. Amber with a ruby hue to it. Left good lacing after every sip.

Deep caramlaized malts and lighter more doughy finish. Slight medicinal hop aromas.

Not really all that sweet as the nose suggested. But a heavy bang of bready malt. A nice dark fruity touch mixes well with a slight citrus hop finish.

Full bodied for the 6.2% ABV. Nice,thickly balanced brew with great carbonation.

Not a bad beer at all. Something I always wanted to try but missed the releases.

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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 Delraypete
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 NoLeafClover44
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 PicoPapa
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of pvsob
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 Stunner97
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
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,

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Photo of jeffmart22
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of MacQ32
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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