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Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 78
Photo of mooseisloose
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Just finished Santa's Butt so what is next, why reindeer's revolt of course, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very ready brown sugar waft. On the pour this brew is translucent copper with a two finger creamy head that quickly recedes. On the taste this brew has graham cracker taste mixed with a funky bitterness that for lack of a better word is turpentine-like. A very odd bitterness and cracker flavor. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of caramel malt, buttery, faint spice, citrus, & floral notes, biscuit. Taste sweet malt, biscuit, toffee, slight grassiness.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a bright orange color with little head that fizzes away pretty clean. The smell was slightly sour with a cherry scent to it. The taste was interesting with alcohol burn in the beginning and mellowing out into sour cherries and orange peel. Could have used a bit more balanced but made for a nice dessert beer.

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy cider. Full thick head.

Aroma- mix of spices, very mild hops, and rich wet bread dough.

Taste- a very well balanced winter warmer. Starts malty with whole grain bread notes, then sweetens in the mid-body, then finishes with a balance of mild spices (perhaps clove and grains of paradise) and gentle hops.

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 2/2/2014.

Photo of Chico1985
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sigh. Still reviewing Christmas beers 2+ weeks after the fact. Shame on me.

Copper-colored pour with thick+bubbly white head. Retains easily at a half-finger while leaving nice lacing.

Scent is extremely plain. The faintest of faint hints of honey and bread. Impressively vapid.

Taste, luckily, is an improvement, but really not interesting. Herbal+light veggie tones, sweet malts, bread, apple butter, and some nutty malts. Pretty bland.

Decent mouthfeel that seems a bit on the thin side. Low-medium carbonation.

Really not much going on with this one. Some decent malt flavors but overall very tame and uninteresting.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a Tulip Stout glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber. There is a slight haze to this beer. A dense light orange-white head upon pouring dies back to a thin soapy head across the top. Persistent tiny strands and dots of lacing noted.

Smell: Odd. Cooked veggie and sulfurous at times. Not very appealing. With a swirl though some other more pleasant smells come through, a bit flowery hops against the other smells. Still not great though.

Taste: Bitter, with some buttery malt underneath. A bit of mineral twang at the end. There are English bittering hops in abundance here, with some strong tea-like bitterness noted.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth. Otherwise nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: It's alright, but I've had much better strong ales. In fact, other than the higher ABV, I'd classify this as a bitter or an English Pale Ale before I'd call it a strong ale. Not good enough to get again (again, not a great smell, just okay in the other categories) but is strangely drinkable. I finished this off rather quickly despite the smell. I found it went quite well with food and maybe that is what makes it drinkable. Good for washing down a meal, not good on its own. So overall average and maybe slightly below average, but strangely drinkable. Go figure.

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber, minimum head.
smells hoppy, christmas-y.
tastes hoppy, christmas-y. nice, easy, drinkable.
medium feel, minor carbonation.
overall, man i am just INUNDATED with all the christmas brews in the front at Total Wine! sinister elf, criminal elf. neurotic reindeer.... easy drinking brew, a little more hoppy than i usually prefer, but a really nice brew. they do all seem the same, however. lots o' hops, taste like a christmas tree . . . .

Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer. Is a clear amber color. Not much head. To speak of.

It smells. Like caramel and rubber.

I kind of don't like the taste. Makes me mad.

There is some redeeming fruity and malty taste I like, but not enough.

It feels sad. On my mouth.

This beer cost me $5.49. Just for one bottle.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a light brownish-amber color with a brief-lived head for a minute that collapses back to an off-white rim around the inside of the glass, no real lacing is left behind on the inside of the glass. Body and carbonation levels are both on the lighter side of medium strength. Texturally, it feels just a bit too thin, and could have used a bit of a carbonation boost.

Smells mostly of semi-dry toffee malt, morning bun dough and brown sugar with chopped pecans sprinkled on top, and a subtle earthy noble hop accent in the background. Tastes of the same doughy-toffee sweetness but doesn't have a great portion of the nuts and hopping strength that was present in the nose. I'm not sure what makes this a Christmas Ale as the label of the bottle claims, and not just another dark ale, as I could not really detect any sort of holiday spicing element in particular.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-fairly clear dark ochre with about a 2 finger head that leaves a little lcaing as it fades

S-lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruits and a little carmel

T-bready character comes through here also with faint carmel and just on the fnish a bit of orange citrus

M-good carbonation but pretty light bodied

O-nothing in it that really makes it seem like a christmas beer to me, it is light enough that it can be had most of the year without feeling heavy

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, malts, bready. Taste is malts, nutty, caramel, some hops, a light bitterness.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a solid offering.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright light copper/orange with a light tan head atop. Decent lace left behind.
Smell is a well-balanced mix of caramel maltiness and herbal hoppiness. A light citrus note follows through, increasing slightly as it warms.
Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt as the English ales do so well. Citrus with notes of caramel and herb.
Medium bodied with a solid effervescence up front previews a drying finish. Hops holds sway here, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very subdued for 6% ABV. A good solid brew though I see nothing to back up the "christmas ale" on the label. No spices, nothing that typically comes as a winter seasonal brew. Had some of that been present, I could have easily gone higher in several areas.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway’s Reindeer’s Revolt has a medium, soapy, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance, with pretty thick lacing left behind and a few streaming bubbles. The aroma is mild, but one can detect hay, citrus, sweetness, and bread. Taste is of sweet barley malt, hop bitterness at the back end, caramel, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Reindeer’s Revolt finishes fairly crisp, semi-dry, and it has high drinkability. Overall, this is good, and I certainly think it’s worth a try.

RJT

Photo of StaveHooks
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 1 finger of cream colored head with nice retention. Copper/amber body with a slight haze. Tight patterns of lacing.

S - Bready biscuit malt, very yeasty, fruity alcohol, faint citrus.

T - Bready and malty with a dose of grassy hops upfront. Fruit breathes in through the middle along with a slightly buttery caramel malt. Finishes crisp with grassy hops and steely caramel left on the palate.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not really Christsmasy, this could be enjoyed anytime of year. Easy drinking and good looking. The alcohol shows up but is subtle and adds dimension.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper hue with a slight hazed overcast, visually pretty appealing forms a light tan head with fine even bands of lacing. Aroma is super fruity with layers of baked christmas bread and an oak barrel aged cherry syrup back ground note. Earthy herbal hops seem to blend within the style as well, pretty interesting smelling beer. I like the concept of the label and the idea of a reindeer rebelling against Christmas and Santa's Dominion. Flavor as a whole is pretty nondescript English style without too many bells and whistles. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly syrup like finish, even keeled drinkability not outwardly too flavorful. A nice Christmas beer marketing brew with more commercial dollar incentive than substinence.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an orange body with a sea of tiny bubbles that race to the surface of a thin head with big bubbles floating on top. The head is antique white and clings to the glass with each sip.

S- The slightly sweet toffee notes take on more caramel notes as the beer opens up and a light buttery diacetyl note comes through with some raw grain and graham notes finishing the aroma.

T- The dry light roasted notes blend with some softer sweet woody toffee notes and a dry finish with a soft bitterness lingers. As the beer warms there is a nice mineral water flavor underneath that comes through.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a soft carbonation in the finish with no alcohol heat noted.

D- The nice aroma is rich and similar to the the softer flavor that comes through. This is a nice beer for quafting in the winter.

Photo of dtivp
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy amber gold with a one finger white that dissipated quickly with very little lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, caramel and sweet fruits.

Taste follows the nose with a caramel / toffee sweetness, malts and a slight mustiness.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation.

Overall an average strong ale, probably would pass on future purchase. Great label on the bottle, which is the highlight of this beer.

Photo of THECPJ
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearnace: clear amber, 1 finger white head, no lacing

Smell: malts, caramel, and some sort of fruitiness

Taste: biscuity/bready, malts, caramel

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, almost flat, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: it's decent, though a bit bland, good for a stocking stuffer for the father in law

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One finger head receding to a semi clinging lace. Color is a 17 on the SRM beer color chart. Beer is slightly cloudy. Smell of clover, honey, malt, citrus and damp wheat. Taste offers flavors of nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin, citrus peel, roasted wheat and barley. Mouthfeel is alright, but not great, some creaminess, and carbonation, but a little dry on my tongue. This would go good with fish and rice, but for drinking one after another, I will pass.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is spicy with an overtone of caramel and honey. It pours a clear golden amber with a thick and fairly persistent off-white head. Flavor is malty and spicy with a hint of caramel and just a touch of honey sweetness. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly, leaving behind a nice fizzy and spicy finish.

Photo of Minkybut
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this awful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy sort of golden orange color. The beer poured no head at all and it had a fruity smell to it. The brew was bitter with also a very sweet hit to it. Very strange brew that I will not buy again as I think I know what was in this bottle that came from the deer.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts, caramel, toffee and raisins in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and prominently features flavors of caramel and bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink, although I can't see myself having more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. F11-237. Sampled on November 26, 2010. The pour is copper-orange with a beige colored bubbly head. Yeast. caramel malts, and a general sweetness are in the aroma. The taste is also pretty sweet with toffee and butterscotch candy. There is also some kind of overripe fruit in the background with a slight hopped finish. Nothing like what I would expect from an English strong ale.

Photo of tehawful
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reindeer's Revolt is definitely intriguing at first. Fitting of the name, the label shows a reindeer oddly resembling Panama Jack as he enjoys a beer. Some wording on the back of the bottle looks as though one of Santa's reindeer were overheard complaining about the job at a bar. The cap even has a fat little Santa who looks to be having trouble carrying his sack of toys, perhaps because his Reindeer is on strike...or perhaps I am just reading too much into a beer cap.

Reindeer's Revolt pours a nice clear amber color with a fizzy white head. You can smell this ale as soon as it pours from the bottle. There is a strong orange smell combined with spices (which is odd, as Ridgeway states they brewed this ale without them) and just a slight hint of tropical fruits. Pale malt, butterscotch and a very slight hint of scented soap are also present.

The first sip is much more dry than I had expected. There is a light caramel taste, as well as roasted malt and heavy biscuit characteristics. Finishes dry as well with English hops. The alcohol also comes out a bit near the end, probably more than it should considering the ABV. While parts of this beer are entertaining, I am somewhat disappointed as I was looking forward to a more traditional winter warmer. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be tempted to get it again anytime soon.

Photo of sauron681
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby amber color. Finishing with a thick tan creamy head. Almost zero lacing. Smells of burnt prunes, maybe some raisins too, and dark roasty malt.

Thick full body feeling, kinda chewy. Maybe i should have a fork? Tastes dry, bitter, burnt chalk, with a very harsh alcohol taste afterwards, very strong.

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.