Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-09-2008 22:50:22 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-07-2011 04:19:12 | More by metter98
3.1/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-24-2008 13:09:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
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.
11-18-2007 04:07:10 | More by BEERchitect
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
03-16-2008 15:06:31 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
11-24-2007 01:12:41 | More by oberon
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-04-2011 23:33:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
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
11-17-2009 05:42:16 | More by russpowell
2.9/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
12-31-2009 21:44:38 | More by Mora2000
3.13/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
12-13-2009 05:20:42 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-07-2007 02:22:21 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
02-15-2008 01:48:34 | More by Halcyondays
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
12/13/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a numbered code stamped on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Very clear and gleaming chestnut colored pour. Very vibrant looking. Wonderful one inch full very creamy and pocky white head. Leaves decent streaks and spots of lace behind.
Smell- Really not that scented at all. A whiff of some medium sweetness caramel malt, maybe a light touch of english hops. Barely anything there.
Taste- More malty that hoppy for sure. Good and lightly chewy caramel toasted malt flavor. Buttery and a bit slick. Hoppy but flavor disappears soon after it hits your mouth. Tastes good while it's there though.
Mouthfeel- Higher than average carbonation. A tad chewy as described above.
Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable. Wouldn't go out and spend another $4 on it, but was glad I tried it.
12-14-2007 17:08:09 | More by GClarkage
4.1/5 rDev +20.6%
(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.
04-07-2011 20:56:12 | More by rhoadsrage
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Not much with the nose maybe faint malts. Flavor is a nice balance of malts and hops without a lot of spices that some Christmas ales have. $5.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
11-15-2007 23:30:28 | More by jdhilt
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Clear copper colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.
The smell is herbal and buttery with a strong bread aroma. Hops are herbal and not all that strong. Nice toffee and toasted grain aroma.
The taste starts of malty but not that sweet with a toast and mild bitterness. Mostly this is just mild. If this has a weakness more taste would be nice.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Exceptional drinkability easy to drink mass quantities of this one.
02-01-2009 01:09:28 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
06-30-2008 23:49:43 | More by Wasatch
3.4/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-28-2009 23:33:53 | More by beerthulhu
Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.