Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing
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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
3.03/5 rDev -10.9%
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!
12-09-2007 23:30:20 | More by BeerManDan
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Bright, clear bronze color with a huge, fluffy white head. OK aroma-slight hop aroma and a touch of toasted malt but not much of anything in general. Sweet malty flavor with a touch of hops. Kind of grainy tasting. Finishes dry. Ok mouthfeel. Not very impressive overall. Very similar to Youngs Winter if you ask me.
12-08-2007 21:24:54 | More by lackenhauser
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-08-2007 00:35:03 | More by budgood1
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
3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
12-02-2007 02:32:02 | More by IntriqKen
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-18-2007 02:34:57 | More by albern
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
Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.