Red Skull | Revolution Brewing

Red SkullRed Skull
BA SCORE
93.2%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 234 ratings
Red SkullRed Skull
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Red Ale is brewed with whole Cascade hops and dry-hopped in both the fermenter and the serving tank with whole Crystal hops. A flavorful, hoppy delight balanced with caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth.

Added by homebrew311 on 12-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,122
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
234
Liked:
218
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
9.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of ultrasrs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poloplaya
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't a real big fan

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Photo of rossracing
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pgardner
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlakeAM
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, warm hopped up strong Red Ale. Love the caramel color and nose here - this comes across on the palate too. Big mouthfeel and slightly sweet back end notes that balance out the aggressive hopping.

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Photo of Houser
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is an awesome amber. hoppy amber, sweet malts that play well with the hops. right up there but just a step behind nugget nectar.

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Photo of Jd2391
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickyPogs
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Keelin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Sisky
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of blue-dream
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mspanos
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Skull is circled by a ligament of stained white lacing and glows with a bloody, iodine-like complexion. It's an appearance as spooky and Halloween-worthy as its label. And it's an outright handsome beer in its own right; highlights abound despite the deep tone (slivers of clarity too).

If others are anything like me, the first sniff will prompt an enthusiastic "hell ya!". There's toasty, caramel-kissed malts as well as piny, citric hops - what's not to love?! The only thing it could use - and this is true of the beer writ large - is more confidence; it's a tad modest for all it offers.

There's such an interplay between the hops and malts that Revolution could promote the brewery for corporate team-building excursions. And they could cash in on the health-food craze too - this has all the elements it needs, it tastes like a smoothie comprised of leafy greens, grapefruit, orange, lychee, green tea, pine serum and a spoonful of unpasteurized honey for flavour.

This duo is exactly the kind of teamwork I look for in an imperial red ale - the malts act as the 'dance-around-the-defenders' kind of running back, while whole flower Chinooks are more the 'bang-and-bruise' between-the-tackles power back. Touchdown either way. And what about that 8.3% alcohol? No, seriously, what about it? It's nowhere to be found.

Revolution has a growing reputation as one of the best breweries in the American Mid-West and Red Skull makes a compelling first impression. Exceptionally approachable and balanced for a beer with its strength and hop-drenched specs, this is clearly the offering of a producer with a good head on the their shoulder - and not just an empty (red) skull.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Red Skull from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 234 ratings
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