Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%) | The Great Yorkshire Brewery

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Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%)Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%)

Brewed by:
The Great Yorkshire Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bottle Notes:
A dark bitter, using finest Cascade and a Styrian Goldings hops and English malt providing a unique hoppy beer with a fruity aftertaste.

Added by maxpower on 12-03-2001

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at cellar temperature. It pours surprisingly clear for a bottle conditioned ale with a solid cake of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The body is a deep chestnut and a rough pour brings up a short but creamy light-tan head. It holds a decent collar throughout the pint and leaves some thin lace as well. The nose expresses some nice fruitiness (berries, some mild sweet cherry, and background lemon), a touch of maltiness, and a thin edge of mineral/metallic hops similar to Fuggles. The body is medium/light with an exceptionally fine & creamy, mild carbonation from bottle conditioning. It's quite soft, and silky smooth in the mouth; adding greatly to its drinkability. The flavor starts with fruitiness (that seems almost lightly tart) upfront, warms to reveal some dark caramel/treacle like malt and hop flavor, and then softly slips away into a lingering finish of soft maltiness and mild hop flavor. Nicely balanced with a restrained bitterness that leaves the malt, yeast and hops in the spotlight - totally appropriate for a "Winter Ale"/holiday beer. If you enjoy English-style ales, this is a special treat.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear copper with a thick manila head that lasts pretty much forever. Leaves thick, sticky lace on the glasswall. Good start.

Smell: Interesting... Very spicy hops with a floral yeast aroma that is not entirely un-Belgian.

Taste: Whoa. What an odd take on a bitter. The Cascades definitely come into play here, and... something... really brings a citrus edge to the bittering hops. Lemonade, baby, right down the sour pucker at the finish. There's a bit of malt to temper the acidity, but you could have picked this off a tree otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Thin, crisp, bit sticky, but nothing out of the ordinary here. That's not a bad thing, though.

Drinkability: I loved this beer. Look, is there about a 99 percent chance something funky got in here? Yes. But is the happy accident wild ale we have here pretty damn tasty? Also yes. This would a great summer beer. I'm not sure what this is supposed to taste but, who knows, maybe this is better.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.23/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew that seems to go back and forth between an ESB and a winter warmer. Rich copper-mahogany colour with a very dense, towering head that quickly settles down but leaves a thick coat of foam on the glass.

Mellow bready and biscuit malts and a fruity, floral hop scent. A bit on the sour side.

Thick, malty flavour with a very well rounded hop profile. Almost tastes doughy. Hops are enough to prevent the malts from running away, but they don't make this too bitter.

Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable...doesn't come off as a 6% ABV. Almost sessionable, if it weren't so rich.

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Photo of soultrain
4.1/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlitz chalice.

A-Dark amber brown silty appearance, 2" creamy unbleached titanium white head, amply carbonation obvious and streaming. Some chunkage. Some lacing. Muddy water comes to mind, but it's appealing in a Mississippi Huck Finn sorta way, even though this beer is English....
S-Cascade hops are in the house, so I'm psyched.
T-Chalky sour bitterness, but in a real good way, Cascade hops, mild fruit, just like it says on the bottle. Truth in advertising. This bottle conditioned ale has been hiding in the back of the DBF since the holidays, and if I knew it was gonna be this good, i'd have killed it off long ago. Really crisp and astringent. Perfect after 3 hours of mixing concrete, really washes the dust outta your mouth, and placates an overbeating heart. Would I get this again? sure, why's a bitter refresher! (Usually I expect winter warmers to have some spice content; this one doesn't, maybe that's why I like it so much.) I could see how some wouldn't appreciate this chalky/ bitter brew, but I'm diggin' it immensely.
M-Mouthfeel is light/medium, and pretty intwined with the chalky bitterness of the taste....this beer is well made.
D-If I had another one, I'd lash it down with the quickness...

CRUX: NICE HOPPY BITTER BREW. Wasn't expecting such a good brew out of a bottle with such silly graphic cartoon design on it. Good winter ale year round.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BanrionMAB
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear medium copper color with abundant creamy tannish head. Fell to a thick ring leaving modest lacing. Smell is at once fruity with a stern maltiness. Taste is initially tartly fruity and becomes more pleasnt as the beer slowly watms. Fuinishes more sweet than tart with a nice creamy mouthfeel. An easy drinking beer that worked as well on a coolish spring night as it would have on a cold winters night. An appropiate beer for my 700th review.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red body topped by a foamy beige head, which is dentable.
Nose has some fresh bread mixed with floral hops. Malty taste with a slight pinch of fine British sulfur, and enough hops for balance. Nice and full mouthfeel. This brew is becoming a Christmas Eve staple for me. The gifts are under the tree, and I am soon to bed, with this as my nightcap.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/10/07- Purchased at Beverages and More on a close out special for a buck.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no freshness dating. Is from the 2006 batch though. Poured into my imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Not quite brown, maybe a chestnut or deep auburn colored pour. 3/4 inch head in which a nice 1'4 inch remains for the entire brew. Very creamy looking head. Leaves behind very nice lace traces.

Smell- Really digging my nose in I got a bit of sweet malt and a bit of fruity hop notes. Maybe a dask of spices (nutmeg)

Taste- Didn't really taste any spices, but I got a nice flanders style tartness. Cherry, raspberry and fruitcake with a light caramel malt. Didn't notice the hops until the aftertaste. They come through then and are reasonably bitter.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level, not really creamy, but very easy to sip.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. Good price and a tasty brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A flavorful and enjoyable brew, however not one that is very surprising. Begins with a rich malt aroma that lands somewhere between a Brown Ale and and Irish Red. Lots of malt, bread, and crusty aromas and flavors with some yeast and fruits thrown in. Fruits fall in the plumb, fig, dates, and grape range with some nutty, maple characters added. All are evident equally in the nose and flavor. Feels full and modestly rich to the palate. Finish reinforces the flavors, along with the addition of spice from piney hops, and Christmas spices. A very nice beer, but I'm looking for a standout or quality character that differentiates this from other very good English brews. For me, they are not realy there.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark amber that is cloudy from the bottle conditioning. The head is creamy brown that last a while leaving a sexy lace behind. The smell of hops mixed with malts and other spices fill the nose. The first sip is a cidery taste with hops mixed in. The beer finishes nice with a clean yeast finish.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy deep amber crown with a perfectly white head that was very low, compact and fell quickly but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly fruity with some caramel and earthy hop presence.

The flavor was that of a bitter with Fuggle hops (well British at any rate) and a fruity British yeast character. Also present in the flavor was some malty caramel character.

The finish was just almost dry with a crisp mineral finish and lasting earthy bittering. The body was medium. Extremely easy to drink, great session beer.

16.9 ounce bottle, $4.99. This is listed as a Winter Warmer, it is simply another Bitter and not a bad one at all.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cloudy red with a voluminous head that returns to a solid table about 1/8 inch thick. Smell is suitably malty, cake batter sweetness. The taste starts with a clean malt sweetness blending smoothly with a mild bitterness. There is a touch of fruit in the finish, though I can't quite place the flavor, maybe a berry. I'm enjoying this brew, but as it warms some flaws begin to emerge. The mouthfeel becomes more carbonic, the finish is more acidic. So this one is aptly named: Revenge (Rudolph's, that is) is a dish best served cold.

$3.50 at Clough BP in Cincinnati.

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Photo of rallison
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark slightly cloudy amber/brown with a fizzy head.

S: Yeasty malts with just a bit of a sour smell (but not in a bad way).

T: Quite good actually. Nice take on a bitter. Definitely some nut flavor, but with a nice bit of hop bite too. A little bit of caramel too. It got better as I drank more. Some spices in there too. Slightly peppery.

M: Good. Slightly thin body, but that works ok with this beer and carbonation.

D: Quite good. Very drinkable.

You know, this isn't a bad beer. Not the most interesting, but it's pretty tasty.

Note: At the $5/500ml price, this is not a deal. I picked this up on clearance at World Market for $2.50. It was worth that.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Vancer in BIF46. 500ml bottle. The color is brown, lightly murky, with a thin wispy crust of foam fading to a ring. Nutty malt with light toasted character, plus a nice bitterness comes through in the nose. The taste is also moderately bitter, with a semi-roasty character in the malt. It also has a hint of fruit tang in the background that becomes more pronounced over time. The fruit is perhaps cherry, and definitely has some tartness. The carbonation is low, but right for an English Bitter, which this is really more like than a Winter Warmer. The mouthfeel is somewhat light/watery but not bad. Not sure I had high expectations for this brew but it turned out alright...

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after the pour from the 500ml bottle sits a clear deep amber to almost brown, the head is smallish and a creamy light tan in color, as it fades quickly, it leaves a thin to patchy coating of lace. Nose has a distinct rusty nail aroma, sweet malt and caramel, musty with a bit of clover, start is nicely malted, hints of spices, with the top light to medium. Finish has a personable acidity, the hops apparent, but not overly so, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but seems a bit thin for a “Winter Warmer”.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL, bottle-conditioned. It pours a chestnut/dark amber, with a fizzy head that reduces to a tan collar. The aroma consists of berries and vinous malts and the palate adds to this notes of toasted malts, melon/apple, light piney/citric and oily/English hops that impart a mild bitterness on top of a medium, smooth body. Not bad, but not good enough to justify the $5 price tag.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Auburn, slightly cloudy appearance with a decently sized, billowy head.

Aroma is sweet and very spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows with a tangy, apple-pie quality. Sweet and fizzy, fruity with a very slight hop aroma as it warms.

Light and smooth but too much carbonation for me made it fizzy.

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Photo of Murph
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great copper color but almost a nonexistent head characterize this beers appearance. The smell is a bit bland with some light hop characeristics. This is a very pedestrian beer. The taste is of mild tartness that I cannot place (maybe yeast as Venom says) it is almost white grape like. Malt is there to balance it out. The mouthfeel is very tangy and the beer is pretty drinkable. Not something that needs to be sought out. I thought that this was just a little better than average overall.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a cloudy, murky caramel colorthat develops a dull white head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the Imperial pint glass.
Aroma of figs, dates, brown bread and some toffee.
Flavor of light toffee, dark citrus with some biscuit and hop resins. Dinstint hard water, metallic note on the finish.
Mouthfeel has some sweetness upfront cut by a slightly toasted middle and finishes with gritty hard water.
Drinkablity is slightly above average. Deeper dark citurs notes are solid but the metallic hard water is unsettling and ruins overall effect.

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Photo of afordney
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

deep red in color, very clear, tight bubbles in a relatively thin head maintained for a little while.

I could smell the hops as I poured it, very strong and fruity

Hits bitterness at the beginning with a little fruity flavors developing, a bit of alcohol throughout

very hoppy and bitter from first sip to last. The alcohol lingers for quite some time.

Very fruity, a pretty good winter beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The internal cascade of carbonation in the body of the beer reminds me of a nitro pour, but the small, insubstantial, rapidly disappearing head does not. Hazy, dark butterscotch with bright sunlight barely visible behind the glass. Although the cap has slowed down its descent, it isn't long for this world. A short collar of lace is all that manages to stick.

The aroma is interesting, but I can't quite figure out what makes it so. It's dominanted by earthy caramel malt and spicy hops and isn't quite as enjoyable as it sounds. It isn't a nose that belongs on a winter warmer, or, for that matter, on a beer named for a reindeer who is famous for his nose.

I can't figure out what sort of a beer Rudolph's Revenge is trying to be. It tastes like a cross between an English dark mild and an English pale ale. Again, winter warmer doesn't come to mind. Shouldn't a relatively low ABV and a lack of added spices disqualify it right out of the chute? I guess Cropton should be allowed to interpret this rather loose style however they see fit, so I'll try to deal with the beer on its own terms.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is a bit of a potpourri (if I'm being kind; a disjointed muddle if I'm not). It's balanced, I suppose, and is a roughly equal mixture of caramel and fruity hops. I'm also reminded of English Breakfast tea with an added pinch of sugar to take the edge off the bitterness. The medium body begins to lose its way near the finish, barely avoiding thin.

Rudolph's Revenge needs an injection of personality. While it has a great name, a great label and lacks any truly bad characteristics, it's forgettable in the end. Ho, Ho... No.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Winter has come and gone in Georgia, and some of the Winter Warmers from 2006 were on sale the last time I was at my package store. At $1.95 a pint+, I couldn’t justify passing on Rudolph’s Revenge anymore, so I went ahead and got me a bottle. The pour was clear, and bubbly, with no cloudiness to provide evidence of the bottle conditioning mentioned on the label. A little pale for a Winter Warmer, this looked more like an American Amber. The smell was light and somewhere in the vicinity of malted milk balls, and orange marmalade. The start of each sip was hurt a bit by the sting of club soda like carbonation, but as I let that fizz over, and herbal bitterness followed by a tart sourness could be tasted. The dry mouthfeel and earthy and chalky aftertaste did not conceal the thinness of the body. The burps after drinking this fast were louder than the call of a Reindeer on a foggy Winter night. Over attenuated, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy brown color that signifies some type of bottle conditioning was present. Looked a little too hazy. Sort of a nutty, bread like aroma- nothing very special, though. Taste was also ordinary, some nice sweet maltiness at first, but otherwise not that impressive. Hops faded quickly. An OK winter beer, I have certainly had better. It did have a nice mouthfeel and made it inviting to drink, but came up short in my opinion compared to other excellent winter brews now available

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Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening the bottle the beer went nuts and I ended up using three mugs before it stopped foaming so this was a five finger plus white head that leaves little lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy ruby color with chunky bits in head and on bottom. Hoppy/malty nose. Carbonation is good. Full bodied. Starts malty/hoppy, finish slightly hoppy with cidery overtones. $4.99 for 500ml bottle.

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Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale (6%) from The Great Yorkshire Brewery
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 64 ratings