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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: 1
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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Photo of BeejWins
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've really been excited this past year becoming a British style pub manager and getting to learn and expand my beer knowledge. This is especially fantastic coming into fall and winter, getting to try lots of Winter Ales, Oktoberfests, Marzen beers, etc. So, though I don't have all of the proper terminologies and so on, I certainly would like to offer my contributions to this site!

Anyways, Reindeer's Revolt is strikingly delicious in my opinion. It poured I guess a slightly unimpressive golden or maybe ruby color with a gorgeous head. I have a Sam Adams glass that I love to drink just about any beer from that wants to have a lot of head and a slow pour. This has great flavor consistent with most British Strong Ales that I've had, and even though it was a bit pricy ($5.45 for this bottle, I believe) I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something special and out of the ordinary to enjoy during these dreary and stressful Holiday times. Thanks!

BeejWins, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01-02-09
A re-review of this beer after a year of cellaring. My review numbers are the same but I want to share my thoughts on one of these a year past due:

Nothing particularly Christmas-y about it, but a solid and stable English Pale Ale with a bit more alcoholic kick. As the hop flavor and aromas have reduced to an herbal note, the malt flavors have rounded and really shine with the Golden Promise-type malts. Caramelly, fruity, a hint of toffee, cherries, yeast, and firm barley malts.

Alcohols are still a bit prevailent but doesn't interfere with the beer as much as it did fresh. The agression of the hops and alcohol have mellowed quite a bit. Very easy and a pleasure to drink.

A year's age hasn't disrupted the flavor of the beer, but maybe has improved the togetherness of the beer although the hop presence isn't nearly as strong.

11-18-07
Christmas ales typically make me think of spices, heavy ales. Although this beer is a solid, pure English Pale Ale, I was wanting something with more 'Christmas' character. The beer is a lightly colored pale, golden color with creamy head formation, retention, and lacing. Aromas are a solid blend of clean barley malt and fresh hop spiciness. Maltiness is a hearty, bready-sweetness bring on a mild caramel / toffee taste. Hops are pine-ey, grassy, and with a spicy resin note. The balance doesn't prefer either, but round eachother out nicely. Very clean medium texture with a snappy refreshing finish. Good experience, but there is nothing that makes this beer any more Christmas than any other good English Ale.

BEERchitect, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. pint bottle, bought for $2.99, on sale at BevMo Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a light orange, with a full white head, which leaves thick lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: Light maltiness, but really nothing stands out.

T: Full maltiness, no real diacetyl or butterscotch to speak of which was good, full earthy, grassy hop character, light toffee.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and refreshing for 6% alc./vol.

D: Definitely one of the better English beers I have had in a long time, bursting with traditional English ale flavours, surprisingly refreshing.

Halcyondays, Feb 15, 2008
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 Pskiv
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Pskiv, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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

RonaldTheriot, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

utfiero, May 19, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +17.6%

jaidenjb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Peg2009
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Peg2009, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 . . . .

pkalix, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +17.6%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
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 WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very clear and amber, with a thin head that quickly settles. Some lacing, but not intriguing.

S: Malt is most prominent, with aromas of toffee, caramel, and sweet bread. There is a nice fruity aroma as well. Some hop character lingers in the backround.

T: Fruity and malty, with hints of caramel, butterscotch, and some candied fruits. Fresh bread dough is also present. Hops give the beer flavors of fresh hay and some floral notes.

M: Thicker than I thought it would be given it's appearance. It's quite full-bodied, and has a long finish.

D: Easy to drink, but it's a sipper. Not one to have more than one bottle of in a given session. Overall, it's pretty solid. I'll be looking forward to trying it again at some point.

WYVYRN527, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich orange amber with just a little haze to it, and a dense slightly tan head.

Smell. Nice combination of apples and some caramel. The sweetness is strong, but not overbearing. Has a bit of a creaminess to it as well, and with the sweetness, it kinda reminds me of a tripel.

Taste. Some apple fruitiness comes through. The sweetness dies down, but is still present. It has a little bit of a spicy bite to it- a little bit of pepper, cinnamon, and all spice come to mind. Aftertaste bitters up some with just a slight puckering to it, but not bad. After a few seconds i get some yeasty characters that stick to my tongue.

Mouthfeel. Body is creamy and on the fuller side of medium. Not much bitterness, but balanced well. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. I bought this cuz it was on sale. I think it stood the test of time between last christmas and now. It's not one i would buy because it isnt one that particularly sticks out to me, and is expensive. But i do enjoy this bottle...it's getting me ready for the fall/winter seasonals now.

acrawf6, Aug 14, 2008
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 cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Reindeer's Revolt poured a copper color with a 1-2 finger foam head with some decent sudsy lacing. It had a soft foam head.

The aroma was a little subdued but you got some hint of hop smell with some fruitiness. The was real nice. Pretty bitter but was extremely smooth on the other hand. It was real juicy throughout. The hop presence made itself known at the end of the drink. Overall it was a tasty brew and worth the price.

cswhitehorse, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. Then nose is big and malty, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, big on malts, slight spicyness, with some caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 01, 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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color and clear. Small but lasting head that leaves spotty lace.

Very mild aroma; frankly disappointing.

Creamy body with low carbonation. This is largely a malty beer. The hop comes at the end and lasts long after the swallow.

This has many of the characteristics of an English ale: full bodied with lots of malt and a pleasant hop finish.

smcolw, Dec 07, 2007
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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.