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Revelry - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

222 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 222
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kawilliams81 on 11-20-2012)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2013 15:42:46 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a very thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin. As the beer warms up, notes of alcohol also become apparent and somewhat mask the hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and pine resin hops along with some notes of caramel from the underlying malts and faint amounts of initial sweetness. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness are present, which intensify and linger through the finish. Some hints of alcohol become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: Although the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste (particularly before it warms up), the strong amount of bitterness makes this a beer that needs to be slowly sipped. It is a good beer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:54:30 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beers this strong should not be this drinkable- can we write a law already?! The truth is that its strong taste and balanced flavors exceed Red Ales and extends into American Strong Ale territory- with the likes of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Even as the beer pours, it separates to reveal a deep crimson redish-brown color with absolute dark clarity. Above the beer, its creamy froth is long-lived with sandy-tan foam and its trailing lace is strong with well defined rings and intricately woven patterns. It's a delight of a beer even to the eye.

Pine needles strike first, and the the citrus peels- the beer is certainly hop-centric to the nose. But a quick rebuttal of malt reveals supporting scents of bread crust, toast, deeply caramelized grain, and toffee. It gives me the sense of "Cracker Jacks" ballpark candies. Clean and pure in its aroma, the beer has not yeast fruit, spice, or distractions that pull it from the dialogue of malt and hops.

To taste, its the malt that strikes first: burnt caramel, toffee, sorghum, and maple offer boldly sweet flavors a split second ahead of the piney, gin-like, grassy, and lemony taste of hops. Citrus peels, pith, and resins seep into its taste and begin to govern the taste thereafter. The beer's incredible balance is remarkably even, as each alternating sip bring citrusy hop in one draw and then sweet malt the next.

I absolutely love this beer- but I do so with the appreciation that I do with those Stone Brewing beers that staddle this like so well. Two Brothers as captured this taste with magistracy and yearning.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 06:51:01 | More by BEERchitect
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-17-2013 18:52:04 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-08-2014 23:35:42 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

And here ends the 15-part celebration of the brewery's fifteenth anniversary, complete with no obvious mention of the fact. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear blood-garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, toasted biscuit, light rye bread, mandarin orange, and a touch of leek in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of fruit rind and a decent addition of pine resin. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice imperial red, one gushing with hops without burning the tongue, and one brimming with booze without forcing a cringe or grimace. Not a bad capstone, really.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 21:41:47 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow put off reviewing this beer until the last one in the fridge is staring me down.
Here goes... poured a 12 oz. into a tulip glass.

Deep saturated amber color with auburn crimson highlights. A dense head of foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome, sturdy and not wavering. As it settles, there's a copious amount of lace in the glass. Bright clarity, not much carbonation to see.

Earthy vegetal hop aroma, some sweet crystal malt and marmalade sweetness.

Floral bitter piney notes, light apricot sweetness, lingering earthy hop bitterness. Fairly dry with a noticeable abv. Not as smooth or flavorful as Cane & Ebel. Its sort of easy to get distracted from, a good beer but ultimately not all that compelling in the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:21:27 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:34:16 | More by zeff80
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail, enjoyed in a willybecker poured from the 12oz brown bottle lot 3183.

The color is dark crimson with great clarity and pale tan cream with fine bead lace clings in a film. The smell is very good with a hop aroma similar to ruby red grapefruit with a mild caramal odor from the malt with slight mix of tropical fruit -papaya and fruity yeast esters in general. The feel is great a very good balance of malt with low sweetness more toast and citrus influence with mild acidity/bitterness in the middle and there is a mild alcohol presence in the finish which is semi-dry.

The taste is very good, nicely hopped with some pacific northwest flavor coming through that creates the flavor of ruby red just as the nose promised, very light bitterness, however that builds into a more imperial red taste as it warms with the malt flavor supporting in a nice fresh toasted but lightly caramel influence. The hop taste becomes more tropical and the element of alcohol detracts slightly however, a mild hint of berry emerges with it. Overall I would recommend this as it exceeded my expectations, very good red from a brewer I have a lot of respect for ever since my first taste of their beer at Dark Lord day in '08

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:28:32 | More by Slatetank
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-05-2014 01:13:59 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

10-23-2013 15:05:09 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-26-2014 20:15:04 | More by beernads
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:03:57 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep garnet red in color with some amber highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit peel hops along with some lighter notes of pine hops. Very light notes of caramel malts and some hints of alcohol as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malt sweetness underneath the moderate to strong flavors of pine hops and citrus/grapefruit peel hops. There are moderate amounts of bitterness and light notes of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a small amount of alcohol warming as the beer warms.

O: This beer is a big beer and is enjoyable but is not the easiest to drink (especially as it warms up and the alcohol becomes more pronounced). There is an aggressive bitterness combined with the high ABV that makes this one have to be sipped rather slowly.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:16:43 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2013 14:52:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-30-2014 16:38:10 | More by duceswild
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-16-2013 15:25:06 | More by brandoman63
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-06-2014 19:15:26 | More by ShanePB
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I apparently paid $3.50 for this single. Hope it's worth it.

A - Color itself is a deep amber brown, clear with bubbles throughout (lively) and a 1/2 inch of sticky opaque colored head. Lacing is stellar.

S - Simone hops and caramel malts lead with bready base and some gram cracker.

T - Starts off with a citrus hop zest then caramel and gram cracker malts, sweet. Then comes the Simone which are somewhat harsh. clinging to the palate the seem to hide the ABV well which is appreciated in any DIPA or Imperial. Taste is balanced.

M - Medium to heavy you can feel the ABV but don't taste it.

Overall one of the better Imperial Amber Ales I have tried (obviously with the highest ABV) but with limited release I don't see a $3.50 charge to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 08:05:42 | More by DrDemento456
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-13-2013 20:51:15 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +18%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:42:00 | More by WoodBrew
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 18:54:40 | More by barnzy78
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-06-2013 01:51:58 | More by Duff27
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:45:04 | More by Brenden
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-18-2013 01:12:39 | More by pathman
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Revelry from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.