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Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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77
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 77
Photo of Chico1985
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jslice99
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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 . . . .

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer. Is a clear amber color. Not much head. To speak of.

It smells. Like caramel and rubber.

I kind of don't like the taste. Makes me mad.

There is some redeeming fruity and malty taste I like, but not enough.

It feels sad. On my mouth.

This beer cost me $5.49. Just for one bottle.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-fairly clear dark ochre with about a 2 finger head that leaves a little lcaing as it fades

S-lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruits and a little carmel

T-bready character comes through here also with faint carmel and just on the fnish a bit of orange citrus

M-good carbonation but pretty light bodied

O-nothing in it that really makes it seem like a christmas beer to me, it is light enough that it can be had most of the year without feeling heavy

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, malts, bready. Taste is malts, nutty, caramel, some hops, a light bitterness.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a solid offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright light copper/orange with a light tan head atop. Decent lace left behind.
Smell is a well-balanced mix of caramel maltiness and herbal hoppiness. A light citrus note follows through, increasing slightly as it warms.
Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt as the English ales do so well. Citrus with notes of caramel and herb.
Medium bodied with a solid effervescence up front previews a drying finish. Hops holds sway here, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very subdued for 6% ABV. A good solid brew though I see nothing to back up the "christmas ale" on the label. No spices, nothing that typically comes as a winter seasonal brew. Had some of that been present, I could have easily gone higher in several areas.

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.