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Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007)
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Reviews by hoplover82:
Photo of hoplover82
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmmm, not impressed...like I thought

A-Pours a hazy light orange color with a large white frothy head that has ok retention and ok lacing too.

S-The aroma is just a little booz and slightly sweet pale malt.

T-The same as the aroma. Not impressed.

M-Kinda thin given the abv... and some astringency I believe. But not bad. There is some creaminess.

D-Pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again...

hoplover82, Dec 26, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint glass a clear full golden with a tight fluggy 1 1/2 finger white head that held good lasting power,a nice looking pour with great clarity and a well defined head.Caramel toffee aromas dominate with a hint of lightly roasted nuts hop presence is slight but it has a nice malt profile.A little thin going down but not overly noticeable,malt driven flavors starting out big and buttery with caramel dominant a firm biscuity base stays through a leafy/minty hop presence is there but it takes a backseat really to the malt.I really like the caramelly,nutty aftertaste.I am a hophead but this beer really wore on me as I drank more mildly sweet with good malt complexity.

oberon, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a crystal clear orange in color with a modest head. The orange has amazing clarity; I felt like I was inspecting an opal or something.

Smell - This has your typical light yeast and bitter malt aroma with a dash of orange liqueur.

Taste - The "strong" comes through as a sharp alcohol flavor reminiscent of again something like an aged orange liqueur. The malts take a back seat to the sweetness and the yeast from the nose pretty much stayed at the nose.

Mouthfeel - This is light, definitely lighter than medium-bodied, with a presence of alcohol warming and little carbonation.

Drinkability - This ale wasn't all that good just considering its individual components, but man oh man for some reason I just couldn't stop drinking it. It was probably the most thirst-quenching "strong ale" that I've ever had.

Update - I had this earlier in the year and while I enjoyed its quaffability I thought it was too boozy to be a really good ale. Well, I popped another bottle towards the end of the year and it was much smoother. Without the distraction of the stinging alcohol, this was a Grade A brew. I raised a few of my scores and put this on my definite "to buy" list.

RoyalT, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange color with a white head. The aroma is somewhat faint but appears to be mainly caramel malt. The flavor is heavy on the caramel malt with a little bit of hop bitterness. You also get some caramel candy flavor. The finish is somewhat dirty. Thin body and highly carbonated. Not much of a beer.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of b2hogan
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

b2hogan, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Attractive glowing copper with filtered clarity and a fairly thin creamy eggshell head.

S-light nose, bready and malty. A hint of fruit. Unremarkable.

D-Nose carries forward into the taste but in a more pronounced way. Bready, slightly sweet caramel malts, a bit of fresh apple and some mild hops on the back end with an astringent bitter finish. I liked it better initially than I did as I went along.

M-Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D-This is a decent enough beer, but there are better choices out there.

Another average beer from Ridgeway, that always seems to have those fun and whimsical offerings every holiday season. I want to like these, I really do, but they always fall a bit flat. I think this is one of the better ones, but not good enough to give it another try.

caddybuyer, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really pretty crystal clear tea-gold but very little head at all.

Aroma is not very typically British...some sweet malts with a honey back....butter....and light hops.

Taste is toasted amber malt with some dry grain, honey, and citrus hops at the end. A surprising bit of alcohol warmth after you swallow.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly creamy and aftertaste is of alcohol and grains such as drying wheat.

Interesting Winter Warmer to be sure...most definitely not in an American tradition ... much more subtle and refined such as you would expect from England.

IntriqKen, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange with beige foaming head, significant lace. Malty aroma with understated spices. Medium mouthfeel, the caramel malting provides some substance. Easy drinking,it's quite drinkable, with corriander, nutmeg, cinammon. Leaning on the sweet side. Understated carbonation. Worth having the one one time.

Sammy, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/honey with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & fruittyness

T: Flinty dryness, biscuitty malt with herbal & citric hops, just a touch of sulphur as well. More of the same as this warms with a kiss of butterscotch that is working in this, plus a kiss of booze & more more hops than I would expect from this style. Finishes with sulphury dryness & fruittyness

Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than warranted

Drinks easy, I could probably accept this better as a BIPA or even a Pale Ale, reminds me a bit of Theakstons XB, from back in the day.. but tasty enough, better than expected

russpowell, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My third from this series of, what I am beginning to think, novelty beers. The label depicts a reindeer in tropical attirem drinking a beer at a bar. No visible fresheness date. Poured form the 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with 2 inches of foam that quickly settles into a thick layer of white head. Decent lacing. The beer itself is a honey amber with hints of red. Not quite clear. Some activity is evident.

Smell: Hints of hop spiciness and biscuity malt.

Taste: A mild hop bitterness right upfront that immediately transitions to a slightly metallic, slightly sweet malt body with hints of caramel and grassiness. A little bit citrusy at times. Finishes with some lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, maybe a little high for a typical English ale. Body is good.

Drinkability: I must admit, I came into this review a little jaded, having had two other Christmas beers from Ridgeway and finding them nothing more than crap with a silly label. However, I tried to remain objective and am glad I did. This beer is fairly good, showing some of what I would consider typical indiactors of a solidly made English Ale. I will have to remember to not avoid this one next holiday season.

beveritt, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

tone77, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium bright orange with a 2 finger half frothy, half bubbly soft tan head that was fairly well lasting. Visible carbonation was medium, composed of macro-bubbles quickly rising to the surface. Around the edges lied a clingy soapy ring lacing adhering well to the glass wall.

S: The nose was similar to their other xmas ale (Pickled santa) at first with a strong showing of sweet caramel grains, cinnamon spicing and cold apple pie scents being the most distinguishable. Light pear juice notes and nutmeg scents close things out.

T: A big sweetness of fresh caramel candy chew, brown sugar and apple fruitiness first emerges. The sweetness is almost overbearing at times. The best way I can describe the overall flavor is one of maples syrup covered French toast, sweet, bready, with a spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon. There were also moments of bright oranges and some candy sweetness along with a touch of alcohol warming and a soft, dry floral bitterness.

M: The mouthful is medium full in body with a honey consistency. The carbonation has died down by this time leaving you a flat offering here that makes it seem fuller with a slick smooth texture. Your tongue is left with a gentle dry floral coating, almost pollen/powdery like.

D: Drinkability is a mixed bag, starting out interesting but again like their pickled santa was just to sweet, limiting this to a one and done deal. Almost half way through the initial offering you will find yourself slowing down the pace and wanting to check your blood-sugar levels. A pounder is plenty.

beerthulhu, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL glass. The beer pours amber/orange with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, butterscotch, caramel and hops, but the aroma is weak. It tastes mainly like grain, toasted malt and some grassy hops. Finishes bitter. Not a strong flavor with this beer, but it doesn't taste bad (it's non-offensive). Mouthfeel/body is medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK. It's not hard to drink, but I can't say I was anticipating my next drink of this either. It's not bad, but there's nothing about it that would make me want to seek it out again. Other than the appearance, it's an average beer. Not worth the price, that's for sure.

bluejacket74, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

LJWalker, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another 500 ml bottle that was a Christmas gift as part of the Shelton Bros. English holiday collection from Ridgeway. A 6% "English Christmas Ale".

Pours a decent copper color; healthy carbonation leads to a nice long-lasting head. Aroma of biscuit malts and British hops, decent and enjoyable.

Flavor follows through as a relatively strong British bitter, somewhat mellowed by richer (slightly sweet) malt base and the higher alcohol and I guess the winter spices (although I can't really tell they are there). Nice orange citrus notes (in fact, I had some orange slices on the side of my dinner, and this went well with that).

Enjoyable, I like it, but to me it's not terribly Christmas-y. But to be honest, I'm OK with that.

Dukeofearl, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Pskiv
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Pskiv, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its that time of year again, gotta clean out the winter brews! I had this one stashed away so I figured it would be a good time to give it a try. Busted it out last night and it poured a very nice red tinted amber color..Great clarity hear as it was sparkling clear. Very nice. Lots of carbonation apparent trickling up toward the surface. A very nice three finger high head of foam capped off the top and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a half inch layer which stayed with it throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rather weak for me. Typical English ale with a huge malt bill attached to it. Lotso of bready notes here coing through now with that deep musty like smell, like wet hey it would seem at times. The flavor followed it up almost perfectl with a solid offering of english malts, and a nice little bit of hop bitterness, albeit not much, but just enough to give it some depth. Lots of musky wet earthy flavors here as well coming through, with the finish being very nice and drawn out which suprised me. Great carbonation never really let it die down at all and gave the light bodied feel a little more depth. Excellent session ale as it was crisp and clean with a great finish and no detectable alcohol flavor at all. I could have drank this one for the rest of the night.

Overall not half bad. I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I thought this was rather solid. I dont know if I would buy it again, but if I had no alternative, certainly a good call.

mikesgroove, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear amber with a huge off white head. Lots of lacing. Head lasts a while.

Smell: Hops Hops Hops. Good use of aroma hops here. Slight malt aroma in the background

Taste: Hops up front. finishes clean with a toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Nothing special

Drinkablity: Good beer to have with a meal. I would buy again.

Squelch, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.