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Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007

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Photo of BeejWins
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
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! (969 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (1,574 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant dark gold under a lacy 2” sudsy off-white foam collar. S: Spicy malt aromas. T: Bread and biscuit and hints of fruit. F: Creamy smooth, soft on the palate, medium body, medium low carbonation. O: Easy to drink, mild flavor. (244 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 . . . . (448 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.91/5  rDev +13%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 (660 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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. (315 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is on the side of orange amber with a nice healthy head and lace. a bit cloud in the glass. nose is a tad boozy and citrus. there is a bready earthy quality that sit in the bitter finish and hangs on the center of the tongue. dry apple honey malt finish. (259 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold orange with large cream colored head that slowly dissipates and leaves little to no lace/

A- Sweet caramel malt aroma. Slight hints of hops. Not much in the way of spice as I would expect for a holiday brew.

T- Similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a bitter hop interruption. Not too hoppy, but the bitterness cuts off that initial sweetness.

M- Medium-light body with little carbonation. A slight bit of alcohol warming, which is great for a winter brew! A very smooth drink.

D- Not as good as I had hoped for, but as a non-spiced holiday brew it is delicious just as well. Perfect to drink at a colder get-together. (657 characters)

Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what an English Xmas Ale is, but this is a nice British bitter that is worth seeking out. It pours a very clean amber with a thick, frothy head, with bubbles, retention, and copious lacing. The smell is sweet malts, some hop bitterness, some vague citrus, but overall rather subtle and insubstantial. The beer is medium bodied, decently carbonated, and starts on the crispy, dry side right after the pour, but tilting towards a more mellow sweetness as thing settle. The taste is a bit tinny as well when it's cold, although this dissipates as things settle down a bit. The beer has nice bready malts, a hop bitterness on the back end, some sweet and floral tones coming through in the middle, and increasing as the beer warms. There is some buttery consistency on the tongue, the aftertaste is mild, yet the beer feels heavier than it is at 6% ABV. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim. (890 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy cider orange body with three dense fingers of off-white froth resting atop; good duration and nice lacing provide a fine appearance score. Bready malt with some citrus and mild spice constitute the nose, which portends nice things in the taste but is on the whole faint.

The taste is as well, unfortunately. Nice flavors--buscuity malt with orange rind, some apple--on the whole fairly sweet. A fair hop bitterness lingers near the finish, but this is much more skewed toward sweet than sour. I'm perfectly fine with that and like it, but I wish this had a more pronounced taste package. Too much is hinted, not quite enough is delivered.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy, with the sweeter-than-average strong ale flavor helping to make this palatable. Honestly, I thought this was a Winter Warmer until I was about to write this review. Either way, this is one of the mildest, sweetest strong ales I've had, far more restrained than Samael's Ale, but lacking Samael's fuller flavor range and boldness.

Fairly good. (1,029 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (395 characters)

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.