Revelry - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 311
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: kawilliams81 on 11-20-2012

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Photo of BierStein711
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I rang in the New Year with!

Three finger off white head

Dark amber in color!

Smells of pine and malt, plus aromatic resins

Tastes: PIne, warming malt, and hops!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sharp, and refreshing!

Overall, this is a beer that I could drink for a good long time! I want to try more of this style, and I'd have a six pack or a on-draught in no time! Gorgeous beer! I've always liked Redheads! (427 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The revelry imperial red is amazing and is in competition with cane and ebel as my favorite beer from two bros! The beer pours a clear rich amber with a thin frothy head that is lacing like a Vicky secret catalog. The smell is powered with piney citrus hops. The taste is a beautifully balanced beer of caramel malt with California hops. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is awesome...only problem is that I want to drink a ton of it but it is loaded with abv!!! (497 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 1/17/13

Lot 3132

Nice-looking tobacco brown of medium depth. The head has loose bubbles but they hold for a while at the one and a half finger mark before dropping down. Circles of lace remain that make the inside of the glass look like a golf ball.

Hops aplenty come bursting out of the aroma, equally oily and resinous. There is a strong, bright citrus presence: peach, tangerine, grapefruit and such. It smells very juicy at first, bringing to mind marmalade and fruit jam as it opens up. Touches of pine. Biscuit dust hangs in the air as pastry-like malts lay underneath. I'm not getting any caramel.

Breakfast and beer are almost always brought together some combination of coffee, oatmeal, maple and, perhaps, bacon. But this; this, my friends, finds the oft overlook sweet side of breakfast - biscuits lathered in jam and jelly, and fruit pasties to spare.

The flavors develop in a much different manner: Toasted grains and bread come first, though both are soon awash in a swell of hop oils. Here, the hops exhibit much more pine; lots of sticky resin. Citric zest peppers the mid-section. Indeed, the hops are worthy of revelry As the oils carry the beer on, a smooth alcohol heat moves across the palate. More hop flavor than bitterness.

The feel is resinous enough that the body might as well be called full. Carbonation is taxed heavily by the oils which means it falls comfortably within my preferential range. The finish is zesty, dry and the alcohol is less appreciable over time.

I'm a sucker for a good imperial red ale, but have been disappointed many times by Two Brothers. When I came across a chilled single, I had to give it a try. They knocked it outta the park with this one. An easy recommendation. (1,767 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear maroon/amber into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. A thin bubbly head floats atop and fades away leaving a nice bit of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S- Sweet caramel, mango, grapefruit, and huge doses of pine sap/needles/bark. The alcohol shows it's head, but is pretty much covered up by pineapple and citrus. It has a touch of burnt sugar, green tea and spicy rye as well. I could sit and smell this all day.

T- Pineapple covered in caramel and rolled in pine needles and weed. Pungent Florida citrus blends well with the tropical fruit sweetness and piney hops. The alcohol is present, but not dominant. Nice notes of mild tea.

M- Pungent and dank but with a nice sweetness and caramel thickness. Glides down your throat and hangs onto your tongue nicely.

O- This is really fantastic! I'd been waiting and wanting to grab this since it came to my area a couple of weeks ago. Not sure it'll make my regular rotation at $16.99/6, but I'll be happy to grab this a few times a year. I can see drinking this next to my fire place as I am now, or out at my grill with some chicken and shrimp this summer. (1,181 characters)

Photo of RedRabbit
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - 5.00 perfect , ruby red

Smell - 4.00 Outstanding

Taste - 4.75 , What a good red ale should be

mouthfeel - 4.75 , good pallet of flavors

overall - 5.00

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I am continually surprised at the brew quality of two bros, if you are a fan of their atom smasher beer / red ales in general you will enjoy this beer (324 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resiny, off-white head that has insane persistence and lots of great lacing. Grapefruit in the nose, with a touch of pine. STUNNING red-amber color (I'm a sucker for red biers). Starts with a nice, deep grapefruit and pine-resin hop flavor. Builds into a citrus rind bitterness into the middle. Finish has warming alcohol and a nice grapefruit flavor which sits atop a slight sweet maltiness.

This is really, really nice. It's similar to Cane & Ebel; high IBU's, excellent hop flavor, but so smooth and balanced, you'd swear it was 1/3 the IBU's it is. Just great. (586 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to get my hands on this one from my local brewery.
12oz bottle, pours a nice rusty, reddish-copper color, excellent clarity, foamy beige head stands tall & holds, gradually leaving thick chunky lacing at the top of the glass. Nose is fresh citric hops, sweet grapefruit, tropical, fresh pineapple and mango, bready, malty caramel present as well. Tastes are sweet and malty up front, loads of caramel, with brown sugar, honey, toasty grain; tropical fruit in the middle with notes of juicy pineapple and mango, transferring to pine and pungent grapefruit coating the palate & lingering for a bitter, semi-dry yet still sweet finish. Nice balance & complexity. Alcohol is very well concealed. Body is syrupy, medium-to-full bodied, very smooth, hop resins stick around. What? Just read the label - 124ibu? Sweetness actually balances this pretty well. 124? Never would have guessed. Easily a new favorite of mine from Two Brothers. Well done! (959 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This big beer is on the darkest side of the spectrum, well beyond amber at a dark brownish red, bright despite its darkness but only transparent because of its complete clarity. The chunky tan head manages a full finger and settles there, and patching sticks to the glass as it follows the fluid down.
This is an aromatic red, and it makes one wonder why it has to be such a middle-of-the-road style. This beer has far more character than its many pedestrian counterparts; not only is it hoppier, it also has a stronger malts presence and just a big bouquet overall. Pine gives way to orange peel and lots of it, bitter and zesty. Heady and resinous, it achieves balance in a big caramel sweetness, lots of toast and bread crust that follow alongside it almost from the beginning.
The taste continues exactly the same pattern but switching the order, malts hitting the tongue first and hops coming alongside. It's just as big but balanced, so much flavor in this beer. Pine, orange zest, some grapefruit, and a bit more from leaf and lemon notes hit the tongue. The same balance is kept as lots of caramel and toffee add sweetness, toasted breads and crust adding depth. Every single sip gives a big dose of both hops and malt.
Big crispness hits the medium-full body up front and continues through as it goes creamy smooth on the tongue. (1,340 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is ruby/mahogany-amber with a small off-white head. Some legs of lace on the way down.

S: Very nice - citrus and pine over toffee and caramel malt. Perfect balance for this style - i.e., American Imperial Red Ale.

T: Sweet toasty malt, caramel malt, toffee & brown sugar provide the malty foundation. Follows at the back end with a good amount of grapefruity citrus and resiny pine bitterness. Finishes with lingering pine needle bitterness and a touch of ABV heat. That alcohol (9.5%, so no surprise) is felt down the gulley and as heat in the belly.

M: Call it medium-to-full in heft. Carbonation is fairly light, but enough to keep it from becoming thick or syrupy in feel.

O: Impressed with this one more so than I have been with other Two Brothers releases. Very nice balance of sweet (brown sugar, toffee, caramel malt) and bitter (citrus, pine and resiny pine). Good version of an Imperial Red; I'd have this again. (1,002 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great foam; beer is a heavy, thick brown.

Smell: Lots of oak. Some fruity alcohol as well. Smells a bit like boozy cider.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong oak and fruit. Very boozy. Lots of licorice and some plums and apples. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent. (294 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: copper body, 2 finger beige head,
stunning lacing webs

S: grapefruit, pine, fresh malt, candy sugar

T: same as nose with hint of booze and long
oily pine finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Delightful offering by Two Brothers!
Usually quite picky about red beers, but this
is insanely good.

JOYOUS; GRAB A BOTTLE! (338 characters)

Photo of mjc3151
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL.

Server said it was 12% ABV but BA says it is 9.5%, so i don't know which is correct.

This beer is very good! It is a little bitter but not too over the top. The alcohol is hidden very well. I can tell it is a red ale with the rye notes.

This is a solid beer that should be tried by all. (342 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark copper tan, ruby red. Nice 1 inch foamy thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Rye, wet danky hops, pine, lemon, grapefruit, orange, some hops, added sugars, some spices.

Taste - Huge rye/hop bite. Really nice grapefruit/orange bite with the rye as a backbone. Malts are caramel and toffee flavored and add some bold sweetness to counter the sweet acidic and citric flavors. Alcohol is present and adds warmth to each drink.

Mouthfeel - Huge rye/hop kick nails tounge with citric fruits. ALcohol warms tounge and palate. More hops and some malts coat palate with bold sweetness, and citric fruits. Aftertaste is maly, dry and bittered.

Overall - Awesome, very tasty, tons of flavors, and balanced. Each aspect adds more flavor and works together to give this a mountain of flavor. Its not to sweet, hoppy or bitter, simply balanced perfectly. Excellent beer, another winner from this great brewery. Why aint this brewery more well known? There making craft beers that are better then some of the top brewies out there. (1,065 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a big fan of Two Brothers and their beers and I just wish that they would begin CANning as so many are already doing. I spied this in the cooler at The Fridge recently and put it in my shopping basket, a.k. a. a six-pack carrier.

From the bottle: "This resiny imperial red ale is loaded with citrus and pine aromas that dominate the complex toasty malt character. Revel in the hops."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

My aggro pour created a faux-cascade which settled into two dense, tawny fingers of head with great retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity and while I would have liked to take it over to Full Circle Recycling, I have been advised that color does NOT equate to metallic value and if I attempt same again, the authorities will be brought in. Whoops! Maybe I'll try it in Lincoln, NE and they can put me in the can alongside Val Midwest. Speaking of NE, the clarity was of NE-quality standards. Nose smelled of pine resin! How do I know? I started out in Deck Department on the USS Fulton (AS-11) in the US Navy and pine resin acts as a good preservative on non-synthetic line. Speaking of sticky resin, I may just scrape the lacing out of my glass and put it into a bowl, if you catch my drift. Mouthfeel was medium, but who cares? It was the resinous, hoppy flavor that was the main attraction and it did not disappoint. This is what passes for an Amber these days?!? Gimme more. Ho! 9.5% ABV and 124 IBUs?!? No wonder I feel like I just went several rounds with a gorilla. My idea of revelry is now to get naked and make snow angels. Finish was slightly hot with a blast of hops like a flamethrower going down my gullet. All beers should be like this. (1,925 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Great head and lacing with a dark cherry red color.
Smell - Good sweet carmel malt smell with some citrus pine hop smell.
Taste - has a different tropical fruit taste maybe some slight mango with good amount of grapefruit with a good amount of Malta that give it a good backbone. Very tart and bitter.
Feel - good amount of carbonation with a full body
Overall - very complex different beer and really good. Takes a lot of thinking when drinking this beer. (467 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep orange red glow with nice clarity and about a finger and a half of off white head. Lots of grapefruit and citrus on the nose along with a good but of caramel, touch of honey, and burnt sugar.

Nice and subtle yet big on flavor. Nice underlying bitterness throughout , sweet dark fruits up front, hippiness is a bit onion yes a bit fruity as well. Sounds like an odd combination but along with some of the caramel malts it actually works kind of nicely. Layered in a strange way but it works, quite resinous with a pretty long bitterness. Overall a pretty good beer. No bottled on date but I'm sure if this were extremely fresh it'd be a totally different beer (664 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-ruby red with a fingers worth of head that leaves some lacing on the glass and around the top

S-equal parts malt and hops which blend together really nicely, caramel sweetness, and some pine notes

T-starts out with caramel malt but midway through the pine and grapefruit hops come out, ends with light caramel. Alcohol creeps out at the end but is overall well hidden.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

Overall I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but I actually really liked it. Really nice balance of the malt and hops. (554 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a wine goblet.
Deep amber/copper in color, with a moderate, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of piney, citrussy hops.
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel, immediatley pushed back by a big wave of piney and citrus hops.
Big, bold hop flavors throughout, and relatively smooth for the high ABV. Very flavorfull and warming. Hop-head recommended. (367 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, reddish hue, indicative of the style. Head is an inch thick and retains well, leaving average lacing.

Immediate smell is of caramel and bubblegum, with a strong lemon/orange citrus behind it. Candy-like combination of the citrus and malt is very, very pleasant on the nose.

Taste follows the aroma: caramel, brown sugar front, quickly followed by a tasty orange center. The orange is sweetened, not sour, and normally I'd prefer the latter, but here it works. Alcohol offers a bit of a harsh sweetness. Finish is bitter and a bit acrid.

Mouthfeel is harsh compared to the rest of the package, with the bitterness very strong (in a good way) for the style. Alcohol offers that warmth found in big stouts but not usually in red ales. Drinkability helped by the bitterness, hindered by the alcohol, but for a 9.5% abv beer this is incredibly easy to down. Overall a great red ale, and I'm happy to see it bottled in six packs. (943 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers No. 15 beer of 15 beers for 15 years. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours a clear dark copper with a 2 finger light tan head. Small blotches and bubbles linger on the glass.

S- Caramel, brown sugar, citrus, dark fruits, and pine.

T- Sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, pineapple and citrus, brown sugar, with big pungent citrus and pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a nice creaminess.

O- 2 Bros. got this one right at least! Very nice balance of sweet and bitter citrus along with some brown sugar. It lists the beer at 24 ibu's, although it has a nice bitter punch it is no palate wrecker (not the beer) by any means. (693 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of pine. Some citrus notes, too.

T - It tasted piney and resiny with a burnt toast maltiness. Bitter and tasty.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good imperial amber ale. Two Brothers continues to impress. (433 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of singles from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in North Phoenix for $2.49 each. Part of Lot 3374.

Beer poured amber brown with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus hops, quite nice.

Taste is citrus, mango, peach with a touch of pine balanced nicely by a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall I am liking how the mango and peach linger nicely after each sip. I thought 124 ibu's would be over the top but given this beer is likely born in December it may have mellowed and melded a bit over time. Glad Two Brothers has entered the Arizona market! (624 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: alright, I kinda chetaed and poured it into a weizen glass: I was hoping it would have a color that the glass would accentuate - and it did - to say it was an amber-brown beer does no justice to how great this beer looks - red-orange hightlights, off-white head - a finger+ - slimmed into a thin cap, left small motes and sheets of lace - and great clarity

S: rich hearty malts and robust hops

T: deep malts gave this beer its color, and it tastes the way it looks - great malt backbone, superior hoppage makes it like a dark IPA; slight sweetness, vaguely suggestive of the brown sugar on sweet potatoes; hops are piney, resinous, and citric

M: slightly sticky, light-to-medium-light body, crisp, bitter

O: really impressed - but I don't get to a lot of Imperial red ales, so I don't want to gush - aside from style-expectations, I would say this was an extremely enjoyable beer. (887 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After the palate-rape of Bolt Cutter last night, I’m craving something simple and hoppy. This imperial red was pretty expensive, but I have a feeling it’s got just what I need.

A: Blood red and translucent with almost no head, this looks more like wine than beer. A hint of beige foam appears for a moment but drops instantly to nearly nothing, leaving only small dots of lacing. Looks pretty viscous.

S: A strongly piney smack of hops to the nostrils leaves me reeling, packing in notes of grapefruit and fruity, gummy candy on the edges. Pure aromatic hop oils like this instantly put a smile on my face. Surprisingly fruity malt character here, as well, presenting layers of raisin and dried cherry within a sweet bread tone to form a fruitcake character; it works well to support the thick hops.

T: Hop juice! The palate starts with warmly bitter tastes of pine, lime rind, and something delightfully green and flowery – like rose water or lavender – and never lets up for a second. And they never lie too thick on the tongue, either, like other oily, viscous imperial ales; these bitters stay as light as in a 5%-alcohol IPA. Wonderful. The cinnamon and toasted bread of the malts provide a lovely cinnamon roll character (though not as sugary as the real thing), while notes of roasted barley, banana bread, and light cola roll around in varying intensities. Finishes exceptionally light, as crisp as you can ask for in a beer like this.

M: The body prickles like soda water, fizzing lightly enough to make the hops basically weightless. Impressive.

O: Revelry is the perfect name for this beer: bubbles and hops dance merrily across the palate with every sip, in a way I didn’t think was possible in a beer over 6% ABV. Everything about it just works. I’m not sure what hop strains they’re showcasing here, but I’m intrigued; I love the combination of a strong aroma and only moderate bittering effect. (1,930 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a bright amber, with a small head and some lacing. The hops hit your nose first, some citrus, some pine. After that blast, it smells more malty with maybe a little molasses. Taste is hop forward- grapefruit and orange. Pretty bitter up front, tamed a bit by the malt but not overly so. A good balance. Also picking up some brown sugar and caramel, touch of the molasses. Good body and feel, well carbonated.

This a very enjoyable beer, flavorful and balanced. It's one Two Brothers best and well worth a purchase. (561 characters)

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Revelry from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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