Redd's Wicked Apple Ale | Miller Brewing Co.

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Redd's Wicked Apple AleRedd's Wicked Apple Ale

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 127
Reviews by RonaldTheriot:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Redd’s Wicked Apple has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, a clear, golden appearance, and lots of bubbles. Like with apple juice, there is no lacing left behind. The aroma is of light barley, apples, and wine-like alcohol. Taste is of light ale, strong sweetness (or sugar), apple juice, some spice, a bit of bitterness, and strong alcohol as the drink warms. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale finishes crisp, refreshing, and boozy. Sort of an oddity, but guaranteed to come across like an apple soda that will get one hammered. The alcohol goes straight to the brain with this one. For those looking for mainline alcohol injection, this is it.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Priced at a dollar a can at least it's a 12 ounce can for 2 dollars and change you can get 25 ounce apple-cran-mang-lime-razz-a-ritas. This wicked apple ale pours a thin copper pale hue with fizzy off white bubbles a ton of carbonation is quickly released if you pour this stuff. Just faint wisps of lace are left behind.

Aroma has a really nice engineered apple notes, really red apple at that. Smell's nice if you like apples, who doesn't like apples? However once it sits for a minute you start picking up some fusel or medicinal alcohol notes that shows this 8% abv apple ale show it's true colors basically a malt liquor with "natural apple flavor and caramel color". A bit of candy caramel sweetness in the backend as well.

Flavor harsh alcohol mixed with tooth pain inducing sick sweetness, more than one can you're getting some acid reflux. GI ulcers in the population that regularly consumes these is going to increase ten fold, this is just horrible if you like beer or hard cider it's neither of the two.

Mouthfeel, thin watery high carbonation a bit of a burn in the back end of the throat with each sip. Very much a booze ridden train wreck on the palate with sick sweet residual sugars.

Overall, why is there a market for this why wouldn't Miller just make a real cider...the apple ale craze will be short lived like hard lemonade and spiked tea.

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Photo of hope19713
5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in delaware and this stuff sells out all the time. This is the best stuff friends and i all love it.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redd's Wicked Ale brewed by Miller Brewing Co., with an ABV of 8.0 % This brew pours out deep amber color, with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with apples, grains and malts. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor and sweetness. You also pick up a hit of grains and malts in the taste. The mouthfeel of Redd's Wicked Ale is bold , full flavored and rich. Redd's Wicked Ale has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about Redd's Wicked Ale. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. You really can't pick up on the 8.0% in this brew. Overall I'm giving Redd's Wicked Ale a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Miller Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 10 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of apple juice. Taste is apples, sweet, some alcohol is present. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. A notch of other Redd's beers I have had.

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Photo of TejasMtnBiker
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

tastes ok first few sips............. then a malt liquor headache 2 hours later, I knew better

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Photo of brywhite
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My wife's family came in to town and I found myself cooking Sunday brunch for 'em all. My Brother In Law brought an ice cold 12 pack of these and we just sort of started drinking them. There is a slight metallic or artificial taste that sort of hinders the "apple-y-ness" of this beer (Is it really beer?) but... on the plus side, they go down pretty fast & after a two or three of them in the morning, who cares?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a Tighthead Oktoberfest shaker pint glass.

Found this in my local store's bargain cart (no bins, only carts...yes, shopping carts), so I figured I'd give it a shot for the hell of it. It pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises bushels of apples: some of them seemingly artificial, some seemingly genuine; some sweet, some sour-leaning. Cider style, baby. The taste brings in more of the same, a hint of booze occasionally making itself evident. There's a bit of corn syrup foundation-ing the situation as well, if you catch my drift. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, not a bad vehicle for booze delivery, really; thoroughly reminiscent of a thicker-than-usual cider and totally drinkable.

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Photo of SalJenksGo
4.44/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Like its younger brother, Redd's Ale, but with a higher alcohol content. It's still sweet and tasty like the original but you get more ABV bang for your buck. 10oz cans are a bit of a downer, but it still satisfies.

Redd's is by a wide margin the most refreshing alcoholic beverage on a hot day.

People that rate it poorly are snobs. It's darn refreshing. (This coming from a craft beer snob - I make an exception for Redd's)

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Photo of GameOfBeers
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of markallmon
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heckpole-schpeckmole
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Tastes like a tasteful orchard of tasty Appleness. I am no drinker of apple brews as of the late trend to be that has revived the lost apple cider trend that has died and rotted away, seemingly in a deserving fashion. I am just not. But this. This affordable concoction delicious perfection. It is good...As the drinker of ailments that I am, I've offered a little of my time to this "trend of sorts" to see what these ciders and ales bring to the table. Most have disappointed and sickened me, including wasted my time and money that could've been merely doubled for a hopsy I.P.A. Then I picked this one up at a gas station. 2.37$. It was warm. Put it on ice. It tastes like a tangy Apple Cider. That is what it should taste like. If you drink Apple Cider, do you feel anything but loneliness and high blood sugar?? Then don't expect much more with this witchly brew of high. It is cheap apple couch syrup that is satisfying to anyone who is sick minded enough to try it and even sicker to complain about it.

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Photo of TheRamie
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of nrm5060
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DJTOBY
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean caramel golden, with a fizzy head like a soft drink. No lace whatsoever.

Aroma: Apple. Red delicious. A hint of caramel maybe. But really, apple, simply.

Taste: Sweet sweet cider. To give this one credit, it’s clean-tasting at first, but the finish brings along a chewy and weird artificial (metallic?) coating to the tongue. Not sure what this is, and there’s little trace of the big 8% ABV (until a little later, as I discovered), but this is not one I’d care to revisit.

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Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small almost non-existent head. The aroma is uhh, apples. The taste is . . . shocker apples. not much beer flavor. But it is a very refreshing alcohol fueled drink

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Photo of Cloomis34
4.71/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just want to get faded, that's why I drink it. Found a 12 pack for 10.99.

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Photo of sth550
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10 oz. can, didn't bother pouring into a glass. Smell and taste are both like apples and alcohol. Heavily carbonated and finishes with a boozy aftertaste.

So, all that being said, it actually is somewhat enjoyable. It's definitely more of a hard cider than an ale like it claims to be, and I'd prefer Angry Orchard or original Redd's, but it's not that bad. The taste is actually very good; sour and crisp, the aftertaste is just a bit much. It's like they injected extra alcohol into each can just for the sake of high schoolers who want something cheap to get drunk on. But I'd buy it again if it was on sale.

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Photo of Nostradrunkus
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

I wanted to write a review for this because I felt that many people prior had the assumption that this drink is something that it is not. Clearly, we cannot compare this Redd's to Heady Topper or any other traditionally brewed beer for that matter, but it really succeeds at doing what it has attempted to do. Plainly, this is an unoffensive and easy drinking alternative to traditional beer. I really can't get over the fact that people keep deriding this due to the fact that it is too "sweet" since it actually has the same or less calories per abv than other options in its alcohol class. Consequently, I would categorize this "sweetness" as more of a sour taste, and I think it is much more comparable to a granny smith apple taste than a traditional red. In the end, when I want to switch things up from drinking multiple craft beers, this Redd's provides great taste while very effectively masking its high alcohol content. It is by no means perfect, but I would certainly reach for a Redd's over any of the myriad of competing adjunct lagers considering that it effectively brings a unique change of pace to the table.

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Photo of Travisjutin
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%

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