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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 mooseisloose
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of cnally
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

amberish bronze coloring and a soap sud head. carbonation bubbles all around.

yeasty scents. rusty water. grainy and woodsy. wet grass smells.

surprising hop bitterness right up front. full of the bitter part of that description, a balanced yet wild flavor.

feels bubbly and dry on the tongue.

seasonal obviously, but a lacking overall flavor is compounded by the i-wouldn't-want-to-stick-my-nose-in-this-beer-for-too-long effect. maybe appealing to an IPA drinker that doesn't like a round, balanced hop flavor and a whole lot more bitterness than I desire. (562 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.63/5  rDev -24%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of sauron681
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of three odd beers picked up at Leaf & Ale in Knoxville, TN while visiting family at Christmas. I chose this one on the belief that it was a winter warmer. My mistake.

It pours a dark amber, and a very thick, off-white head formed quickly. The head was sustained for quite some time. The nose is full of floral hops, with some malted grains and citrus in the background. Some fruity esters are also present, but they're very faint. The flavor wasn't at all what I expected: it was very mild, much like an English Pale Ale, with an accent on the hoppy finish. Really, it just tastes like a mildly souped-up pale ale. The slightly higher alcohol doesn't really affect the taste. It's certainly smooth, as many English ales can be.

I have found many of Ridgeway's brews to be, at the very least, interesting. Although there's really nothing wrong with this one, it certainly doesn't stand out for any particular reason, and the flavor is too one-dimensional to induce one's palate to a new experience. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok, but disappointing.

This beer looks good since it's a clear, dark reddish copper with a light tan head that's pretty big and dense, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin head leaving some weak lacing.

The aroma is rather English and malty with yeasty wheat bread, crackers, and hints of nuts, earth, and pine.

The taste does not live up to the smell and displays little of the depth or complexity that the aroma promises. It is mostly alcholic, the malt thin, weak, and one-dimensionally caramelly. The hops seem slightly acrid, bitter hops with no real character aside from of stale leaves. However, it thnen finishes with a decent light bread character. As it warms, the acrid quality decreases and the beer becomes more smooth, but despite this it is consistently too bland and too alcoholic. (811 characters)

Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured clear gold with light tan head. It smelled skunked at first, but that subsided to a typical lager smell with scents of earthy barley and fresh wheat malts and lemon and copper hops. As it warmed, the smell of creamy yeast became quite noticeable. It tasted like earthy barley and cultured yeast with some copper hops and a bit of grassy and lemon hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was unimpressive. It definitely seemed more like a lager than an ale, and there was nothing Christmas about it. It had a boring flavor that was a bit muddled, and a decent body. I wouldn't call it terrible, but it was tedious to finish the glass. (690 characters)

Photo of hellbilly
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked this up at bevmo for $3.

pours clear an orange amber coppery color with a sandy white head and lots of spots and trails of lace.

smells like... pasteurized apple juice with some faint dry earthy spices, toasted nuts, caramel and flowers.

the flavor is a bland version of the aroma... apple juice, spice, skinless red table grapes and some floral notes (hops or abv%, idk) with a mildly bitter finish. nuttiness is present in the aftertaste. the medium body is a bit on the sticky side. 6/3/6/3/11/2.9 (513 characters)

Photo of northaustin
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark amber almost a light brown with two and a half fingers of white head which disappears very quickly and leaves thin spotted lacing.

smell: this is what maris otter malt smells like. im not really getting anything else.

taste: this is what maris otter tastes like. sweet malt flavor and a little bitterness.

mouthfeel is sort of a syrupy sweetness caused by the heavy malt and lack of carbonation.

drinkability: its pretty good. but it is just a little too bland and basic. affordable, but i would probably skip this one if i saw it again (559 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Orange/amber color with slight yellow highlights. Moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of head that recedes over a minute into a ring on the top. Leaves nice lacing through the drink.

S: A little bit of apple/floral yeast, some caramel malt, and a general full/creamy aroma. Reminds me heavily of Belgian tripel.

T: Some sweet apple tartness with a mild spicy / alcoholic kick to it, but not strong enough to evoke feelings of a winter brew. The mid-taste is dominated by breadiness. The apple reappears in the aftertaste. I feel this could be more powerful than it currently is; it's not impressive at the moment.

M: On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A good feel.

D: I wouldn't turn this down, but I have no desire to go and buy it again. It does not stand out. (832 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really impressed with this ale. Although it poured a medium amber and had a fair amout of foam and some lace, it just didn't do anything for me. The smell of mild roasted malts and hops seem to be a little weak. The taste had the flavor of mild roasted malts and hops, but, the bitter flavor was there, then gone. A very short finish, with not a lot of flavor. In fact, the flavor and everything about it was a disapointment. Not to buy again! (447 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle tried 25 Mar 2010 (yeah a bit late).

Served in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Medium sized beige fluffy head. Medium carbonation. Slightly cloudy orange brown color. Lots of caramel malts in the aroma along with a hint of resin and toffee. Starts with caramel, brown sugar, resin and ethanol up front. Flavors somewhat weaken as the beer becomes a little watery through the middle. Finish is warming and sweet with a slight resin aftertaste. Thin body.

Pretty average, would probably not get this again. (513 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear orange-amber with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, some caramel, and some spice.

taste is creamy, spice, caramel, malt, few hops, somewhat fruity, and slightly bitter.

overall a very average brew, purchased in a 4-bottle gift pack and all the beers were about the same. (306 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery orange that is as clear as polished crystal. The pastel orange-ivory crown fills the upper half of the glass after the initial pour and has a wonderfully whipped frothy texture. All that, plus a good bit of abstract-patterned lace, makes the appearance score a pretty easy call.

Reindeer's Revolt smells like nothing more and nothing less than a garden-variety amber ale. It's slightly toasted (although predominantly pale) and features a modest amount of orange fruitness. Boooring.

The same can be said for the flavor. There's no zip, no pizzazz, no hook, nothing to keep the discerning craft beer drinker coming back for more. Of course, if I drank 3.5% bitters all day, a 6.0% 'strong' ale that favors malt would probably be a novelty. To this big beer lovin' American, it's nothing I haven't seen a hundred times before.

The flavor profile follows the aroma in predictable fashion. Each mouthful delivers toasted bread, baked nuts, a few shavings of orange rind, herbal-earthy English hops and a wee dab of apple butter. It all adds up to... nothing much more than average. Is there really a market for beer like this, aside from those who think the name and the label are amusing?

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be, given the style. Still, a fraction more heft wouldn't hurt. RR's best feature is a glassy smoothness born of a perfect amount of carbonation. That is, not much.

Cropton Rudolph's Revenge and Ridgeway Reindeer's Revolt. Coincidence or conspiracy? They have similar names, an identical ABV, and neither one stands out in any meaningful way. As far as overall quality, the slight nod goes to Rudolph since this English strong ale makes me want to revolt and demand better beer. (1,728 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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... (407 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light copper with an off-white head that becomes a wide patch that nearly covers the top. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet caramel, some biscuit and orange marmalade. There a hint of mint and tropical fruitiness in the back.

The taste is of some sweet caramel, and something reminding me of yams. There's a touch of woody dryness and slight tartness in the back. Alcohol comes through slightly more raw than it should.

It is medium-bodied at most - a bit watery. Carbonation seems mild but grows a bit when gliding over the palate.

A gimmicky, rather bland beer. (585 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazy amber colour, amply carbonated supporting a huge frothy off-white head. sticky lace adorns the glass as i sip. sweet, candy like malt aroma. straightforward maltiness in the taste, some yeast, some light choco and caramel flavours...ripened fruit and a touch of boozy spice round out the profile with just a slight dose of floral hops. a bit warming in the belly after a few sips. body seems medium for the style; mouthfeel slightly creamy, like liquid pudding. finishes with a nice hop note, just enough to balance out any sweetness. drinkability is good...i could see a pint or two on a cold winter's eve...like the one i'm experiencing now.

a nice sipper. IMHO not worth the price of admission, though.

another cute x-mas themed label to add to my collection. (782 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden/amber color with ample head and some patchy lacing.

Smell is rather plain, mostly malty with a slight sweet aroma, not much spice for a holiday ale.

Taste is rather similar to the smell, malty with not much spice, rather disappointing considering the cool label, it is slick and buttery and goes down smoothly but that's the best part. (358 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,355 characters)

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