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Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007)
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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One finger head receding to a semi clinging lace. Color is a 17 on the SRM beer color chart. Beer is slightly cloudy. Smell of clover, honey, malt, citrus and damp wheat. Taste offers flavors of nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin, citrus peel, roasted wheat and barley. Mouthfeel is alright, but not great, some creaminess, and carbonation, but a little dry on my tongue. This would go good with fish and rice, but for drinking one after another, I will pass.

beerprovedwright, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Minkybut, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of tehawful
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reindeer's Revolt is definitely intriguing at first. Fitting of the name, the label shows a reindeer oddly resembling Panama Jack as he enjoys a beer. Some wording on the back of the bottle looks as though one of Santa's reindeer were overheard complaining about the job at a bar. The cap even has a fat little Santa who looks to be having trouble carrying his sack of toys, perhaps because his Reindeer is on strike...or perhaps I am just reading too much into a beer cap.

Reindeer's Revolt pours a nice clear amber color with a fizzy white head. You can smell this ale as soon as it pours from the bottle. There is a strong orange smell combined with spices (which is odd, as Ridgeway states they brewed this ale without them) and just a slight hint of tropical fruits. Pale malt, butterscotch and a very slight hint of scented soap are also present.

The first sip is much more dry than I had expected. There is a light caramel taste, as well as roasted malt and heavy biscuit characteristics. Finishes dry as well with English hops. The alcohol also comes out a bit near the end, probably more than it should considering the ABV. While parts of this beer are entertaining, I am somewhat disappointed as I was looking forward to a more traditional winter warmer. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be tempted to get it again anytime soon.

tehawful, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of sauron681
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

sauron681, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

htomsirveaux, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of potownbill
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasently suprised by the lack of spiciness typical for a Christmas beer. This is a tasty beer, easy to drink, and enjoyable on a northeast winter night, as long as it doesn't sit in the glass too long.
The appearance is an amber color with a foamy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.
The smell settles in with a sugary butterscotch aroma, after starting with a more hoppy aroma after the pour.
The taste is of sweet, biscuity malt, with a bitter hoppy aftertaste.
The beer is somewhat thin, and the carbonation just doesn't hold up. After about 15 minutes, there wasn't any life at all.
Overall, a nice beer. Nothing to rave about, but still enjoyable.

potownbill, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber color with a thick milky white head. Head clung to the side extremely well. Aroma was banana and white bread and small amounts of sweetness. Taste was slightly hoppy bitter with a very small amount of citrus after flavor. Felt a bit thin in the mouth, slighty over carbonated. Slow sipper, but not by choice, just wasn't very drinkable.

mountdew1, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of elniko
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass. Part of Ridgeway sampler.

A: Fairly light glowing amber coloring, nice head and lacing. Very little carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Strong English mustiness to brew, perhaps a little caramel tones as well.

T & M: Medium bodied, mouthfeel on the creamy side. Almost flat due to lack of carbonation. Taste is mostly sweet malt, not to the point of being cloying however. Some mustiness that comes out in the taste as well.

D: Not bad but I will not be seeking out again.

elniko, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

beerthulhu, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

hoplover82, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

jwc215, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Attractive glowing copper with filtered clarity and a fairly thin creamy eggshell head.

S-light nose, bready and malty. A hint of fruit. Unremarkable.

D-Nose carries forward into the taste but in a more pronounced way. Bready, slightly sweet caramel malts, a bit of fresh apple and some mild hops on the back end with an astringent bitter finish. I liked it better initially than I did as I went along.

M-Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D-This is a decent enough beer, but there are better choices out there.

Another average beer from Ridgeway, that always seems to have those fun and whimsical offerings every holiday season. I want to like these, I really do, but they always fall a bit flat. I think this is one of the better ones, but not good enough to give it another try.

caddybuyer, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

WYVYRN527, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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

russpowell, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

rtepiak, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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

northaustin, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of currysage1
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look is a slightly hazy, highly carbonated burnt orange, topped with a full long lasting old grandma lace colored head. Full lacing.

Smell is of brandied figs, fruity floor wax, and warm portuguese muffins (so lemon and baked bread).

Taste is caramel with cooked lemon oil, some bread crust, slight metallic aftertaste to it.

Feel is very English to it, being the first Enlish Strong Ale I've had I can only compare it to other strong ales I've had. Feel is light, carbonation is great though, very subtle.

currysage1, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Zorro, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

cswhitehorse, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Gehrig, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.98/5  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.

Arbitrator, Jan 20, 2009
Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.