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 cheers2beers
1.39/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: This beer pours a dark caramel/ hazelnut hue with a pillowy off-white head that rose up very vigorously on an easy pour. Many columns of beading floating rapidly to the top of my tall weizen glass. Minimal amount of laceing.

Smell: Has a bready note about it. Some lingering fruits no single type fruit stands out. Light hop, and a very mild amount of alcohol can be noticed.

Taste: Yuk!! Oh my, this has gone bad I hope! This tastes metallic, has a yeast bite, lots of off flavors. Nothing good can be said about the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slick metallic not very easy to drink. High carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability: I hate say that I had to pour this shit out. Tastes like a heniken with couple plop plop fizz fizzs...very disgusting...please pass the bud light.


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Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of DogFood11
1.57/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms an off white filmy head that leaves admirable lace. Copper body with loads of slow rolling fine carbonation.

First drink took me back a bit as its like no other brew I've ever had. Thats not a compliment though as it is watered to a very thin feel and throw in some acidic backend mixed around a sourish body. This is incredibly astringent and very hard to consume. Hops are just bitter without any foundation to work off of. Malts are slightly spiced up but at the end of the day they fail to give this any balancer. Its very one sided and the "one" side is awfull. Metal seems to be a big factor the warmer it got. Sour, metallic, tart garbage.

Notes: Save your time and money and leave this on the shelves.

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Photo of budgood1
1.59/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

pours out of the half litre bottle a hazy amber colour with reddish tints. not much head to this one even with an aggressive pour. some chocolate covered tart cherries in the aroma...a bit of gingerbread and toffee, too. upon tasting, i was taken aback by the tart cranberry fruitiness that seems to dominate the taste profile. NOT what i expected. the malt flavours take a back seat to the pestering and puckering acidic fruit flavours. a few more sips to get some hop bitterness only leaves me frustrated. i think to swirl in the yeast to see if that can help...nope....only makes it worse. yuk. it's sour, and it sucks.

the body is seemingly weak and watery, and the mouthfeel is puckering and unpleasant. drinkability suffers from the fact that this x-mas ale, winter warmer, whatever the hell this is really sucks. it was hard to choke it all down and would be considered a drain pour for the less hardy.

it's been awhile since i lambasted a beer, but Rudolph's Revenge deserves a lump of coal for being a terrible concoction.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
1.63/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

Be careful, this beer explodes in the glass. For the first inch of beer I got 4 inches of head.

A - Nice amber orange brown color with a really thick light tan head that stays for a while.

S - Strong hop and malt scents. Slight scent of spices but too faint to make out.

T - Where did this flavor come from. It's really sour with a slight tartness. It's like a unripened friut flavor. It's so strong you can't taste anything else.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Don't waste your time. I've read other reviews and this is either a bad batch that made it across the entire country or they actually brew it to taste like this. It's bad.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

When I had this brew I was not a fan of it. I would very much like to revisit this beer. Especially after reading reviews on here about how aging it would make it better. I had a fresh bottle so I would really like to have a vintage one sometime in the future. All I really remember from this beer was that it was quite Sour. I think the aging would mellow this brew out a bit which may make it a lot more enjoyable.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a deep amber with a tan, finger high head. Aroma is faint and non-descriptive, mostly malt with hints of hops, perhaps a bit of fruitiness – raisins, dates, etc.

Taste? Really hard to pin down. I was put off by the acidity, which was followed by a poor balance of malts and hops. The bottle says it’s a dark bitter and I’d have to agree – kind of – in that it is slightly dark, definitely bitter, but not pleasantly so. Mouthfeel was weak, making for a not-so-drinkable beer.

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Photo of rbloomberg3
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Rudolphs revenge was on me clearly. Not a fan, overpowering taste in this. Far nicer festive ales out there.

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Photo of CHADMC3
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cropton Brewery Rudolph’s Revenge Winter Ale (6%)/2007

· Appearance: Medium brown to copper color, heavy carbonation leaves a big head with substantial lacing, very tan & frothy.
· Aroma: Obvious fruit bitterness, also spices and bready or biscuity scent.
· Taste: Dark or Tart/Sour fruit flavor, raspberry, cherry, etc. with some bitterness to follow. Not at all what I expected after smelling. Sour taste overwhelms most other flavors. I really had to search for other flavors, maybe some lights spice?
· Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and sour on the palate.
· Drinkability: One’s the limit for me. Great marketing though.

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Photo of Winter
2.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy brown with a foamy cream-colored head. A lot of carbonation present along the sides of the glass. Aroma consisted of hops, plum, malt, brown sugar and candied raisins. Fizzy mouthfeel. Malt flavor heads up the finish, then a prune taste overpowers the bitterness of the hops. This one is a take it or leave. Me? I'd leave it-- for Santa's reindeer. At least the story on the label was amusing.

From the label: "By the time Rudolph and his chums had pulled the fully laden sleigh all the way from Lapland to North Yorkshire in the freezing night air, the weary reindeer could be forgiven for making the diversion to the village of Cropton where he was delighted to find ample supplies of a new beer named in his honour. Santa however was less delighted to find his key worker's nose glowing even redder than usual and presents delivered to all the wrong addresses, if they got there at all."

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 500ml brown wide bottomed green-brown colored glass bottle sealed with a simple brass crown cap which has the Cropton Brewery logo in a dark red. Main label is slightly different to the one shown on BA; mine has the red nosed reindeer above the words ‘Rudolph’s Revenge Winter Ale’. Recommended to be served at 12 °C (54 °F). Listed at 6.0% Alc/Vol and Bottle-Conditioned. No freshness date but I know this is (obviously) a Seasonal for the Crimbo period.

Described to the right of the front label as “A dark bitter, using finest Cascade and a Styrian Goldings hops and English malt providing a unique hoppy beer with a fruity aftertaste”. Some more bullshit marketing blurb sits to the left hand side and is not worth repeating, I pretty much ignored that crap.

Appearance: Run of the mill amber brown body with a solid level of conditioning that is finely dissolved, but whilst a quick swirl evokes a nice ¼” thick off-white cap, sadly the head disappears all too quickly and fades to leave nothing but a ringed halo along the edges. This also breaks up eventually. Looks a little tired to say the least.

Nose: Caramel and earthy malts. Nice enough but the nose has some feint hints of sourness, vinegar-like almost; this was unfortunately a sign of things to come.

Taste: Tart start, in fact there is a tartness to this brew throughout, a crisp sharp vinaigrette tingle. Minimal hop influence and a mild malt angle with some earthy hues and a smidgeon of caramel. Finishes with a mélange of sour and acidic malts that tend to grab and bite a little. I know this to be a fresh sample, despite the lack of any dating on the bottle so I am perplexed by this tart trait which is off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Medium at best with a watery nature. But the vinegar pinch from the continued tart off-flavor is so annoying that it is hard to concentrate too much. Can feel thin though when first served, thickened a little as it closed in on room temperature but it was never more than below average.

Drinkability: Yeah I finished the half litre bottle, I hate to pour money down the drain, but it wasn’t gonna beat me. After half of the bottle I had grown bored of this brew but wanted to see if would provide a surprise some back as it warmed up a little, not so, it just got worse.

Overall: I am so glad that Christmas comes but once a year, this is the first time that I decided to pick up this English bottled offering and it is not worth the money to be brutally honest. Very average and that’s being kind, the persistent tart vinegar off-flavor reminds me of a Cask Ale gone bad, but not quite. Seems like Rudolph’s Revenge is that we have to drink this crap, that Red Nosed Reindeer is a f**kin specialty Burger next time I see him. One to avoid from Crapton.

Bah Humbug!!

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Photo of mschenk
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I noticed was a clump of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The beer poured well with a nice head and a bark brown color. Just right for a winter ale. The head lasted okay and left a lace on gthe glass.

The spiceness of the smell made me that this would be an excellent ber, however it turns out to be quite sour, and not in the good Guiness way. Really very little malty taste, just kind of sour.

One of the few beers I've been dissapointed with I'm sorry to say. However even some ski days don't make the grade and some SCUBA dives are less than pleasurable. Doesn't mean you should give up.

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Photo of jhammerly
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark, golden-amber with a decent head and some lacing left behind. A slightly tart aroma is the smell I notice the most, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Not much though. The taste was disappointing. The taste was like tart green apples, fairly sour. Very dry and not much in the hops department. The mouthfeel was thin and watery. This isn't what I expected from a winter ale. My first reaction was to pour it, but I thought maybe it would get better as it warmed up a bit. No such luck. Not a terrible beer, but I probably won't be getting this again, at least not anytime soon.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clean amber copper with a lot of bubble movement. Head started out fizzy but grew quickly and stayed put, now three fingers thick of light beige soapy bubbles.

S: Green apple, raspberry, cinnamon and limestone.

T: Starts off quite tart with green apple, lemon juice and pink grapefruit adding the lip smaking qualities. A rounded fruitiness reminiscent of unripe pears can be found under the tartness mixed with mineral tastes and tomato vines. Finishes woody and tart, with ascorbic acid lingering on the lips.

M: Medium body with a full and fluffy mouthfeel.

D: The question here is, is it supposed to be this sour? Because I've sampled many an infected beer that had these same characteristics. This wasn't for me.

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Photo of iceviper22
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2007 Bottle from Winter Variety pack.

Pours a light brown to red hue with a large loose and bubbly white/tan head that last for a few minutes and dwidles down to a light foam ring. The smell is musty with a sour fruity aroma. Some slight hop smells noticable. The taste really caught me off gaurd on this one. It is intensly sour from beginning to end. It's hard to pick out any other flavors besides a sour cherry/fruity bitterness. There is pretty much carbonation to it also, making it even more harsh on the palate overall. I felt that overall, this was not a very drinkable brew to enjoy, living up to it's name.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Watch it, this one’s a foamer and will jump right out of the bottle onto your new white leather easy chair. The head is very light and airy. The body is a thick, murky brown.

Smell – Big, toasted malts with a bit of tartness and a whole lot of sugar.

Taste – The malt base is washed out by the off-style tart flavor. This is not my idea of a Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel – Fizzy with some poor carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but it certainly didn’t qualify in my book as a Pale Ale.

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Photo of putnam
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reddish sherry colored. Creamy short topping. Aromas of Caramelized woods and sweet brown spices. Fiercely dry, bitter flavors don't quite obscure a creamy-textured core of lemon, clove, red apple and malt syrup flavor. Sour and woody, astingent finish. Imagine mulled wine steeped in a thousand tea bags. These are appealing flavors individually but they make a beer that I want to avoid.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with an almost two-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop a dark, concentrated plum colored beer that shows a lightly hazy, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. As I pour this the aroma smells like concentrated fruit. Once I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma, I get that concentrated fruit note (raisins, orange peel & berry aromatics), but there is an almost more noticeable note that somehow reminds me of musky Brettanomyces. For the most part this funky aromatic note seems to fade after a short bit, but some slight mustiness remains. After opening up a bit the nose takes on notes of astringent burnt grain in the finish, notes of toasted malt, some light herbal hop character and even a touch of pine. After some extended sniffing, the bright, almost berry like fruitiness is the most noticed part of the aroma, but if you leave the aroma and come back to it the funkiness makes a full return.

Very dry tasting, and in fact even tart, this beer is definitely a bit more funky than it should be. Definitely some Brett has taken hold here, and maybe some souring bug as well. This is actually not half bad tasting, but is clearly not how it should taste. I find it unfortunate how unstable a small, but significant portion of British beers sent to the states (need to beef up on fermentation & packaging practices). Tastes like a cross between a tart plum, some moldy cotton balls, sour lemons, and an astringent musky hop bud.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like cinnamon, nutmeg and some spicy hops. It tastes spicy, but it has a citrus hop finish that's sour (not in a good way), not what I expected with this beer at all. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Drinkability is average. I just can't get past that weird sour finish. It started off OK, but just got worse the more I drank. I don't think I'll be getting this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of Drewcifer
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown color with some orange hue to it. Very little head, comes down to a nice little foam ring.

Aroma is a little hoppy, but is mostly a sour, fruity scent. Hard to pick out a specific fruit, though.

Taste follows the smell - an overpowering sour, slightly bitter fruit taste, a little bit of cherry. A slight malt taste as well.

The mouthfeel is a nice, decently carbonated, finishes a little dry, but overall good.

Overall, it's an okay beer. The taste is a bit off-putting, and I wonder if they may have just had a bad batch, because it doesn't taste anywhere near most Winter Warmers. I might pick one up again to see, because I think it has the potential to be a good brew. Hope it was just a bad year.

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Photo of cabsandking
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a minimal off white head that's nearly gone in less than twenty seconds. Nice floral hop nose matched by sweet malt, plum, and ripe fruit. The first sip displays some interesting tart fruit backbone and is followed by yeasty notes, and hop bitterness that really kicks in the pucker effect. More vinous character, roasted malt, and dark bitter chocolate notes here and there. Tartness starts strong in the finish but gives way to dry, bitter, smokey tones. Medium body and semi-smooth mouthfeel has some nice carbonated fizz. Not a bad tasting beer, I’m just not sure where they were taking it as all of the flavors were disconnected.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a hazy brown beer with almost no head. What there was consisted of large bubbles and looked slightly filmy.

The aroma was of caramel malt, and was slightly sweet and fruity. There was a definite Cascade overtone.

The taste was not what I expected from a winter warmer that made itself sound like it was a bitter. It was somewhat bland, with a caramel malt core, a light fruitiness, barely sweey, a touch of Cascade flavor, and a noticeable alcohol presence. For a beer with this low an ABV, they didn't balance it very well.

For $4.49, this beer did not deliver. I was disappointed. And it definitely did not hold to the characteristics of a winter warmer.

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Photo of HopDerek
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a muddy brown with some sediment. Smells of nuts, a little chocolate, and some cherries. Tastes are very light, some caramel, dash of chocolate, a hint of cherries, and a very minute amount of bitter. A very light bodied watery beer. Not really what I was hoping for in an imported variety pack for the Christmas holiday, nothing really stands out about this beer other than it's not very memorable.

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Photo of beerbrains
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I usually shy away from novelty packages, but this was bottle conditioned and on clearance after the holidays and I thought what the hell.

Being a fan of winter beers I was surprised and excited when it poured a very beautiful cloudy amber color with a nice head. Even better a spicy nose. Then, disappointment, the taste is a healthy malty sweetness followed by a strong sour flavor on the tongue and in the throat... then almost nothing.

It left some yeast in the bottom of my glass, that was nice.

Overall I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of ADR
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium stained-oak brown appearance, pours clearish to begin with, just a touch hazy at the bottom. Pillowy head rises to 1/2 an inch. Decent laces smear most of the glass. Aroma of sugary peaches, slightly unripe with a lot of brightness. Carbonation is slightly high, the mouthfeel and overall texture are lighter than I expected. Intitially hoppy and lemony taste without a very solid malt backdrop, and not helped by the minimal body. A little iced tea-like with too much of a sour finish across the back. No sense of spices and few warming qualities. Given the ABV, I would just call this an astringent Bitter. For me, I wouldn't recommend this one.

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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