Revel Red | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Revel RedRevel Red

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ShanePB on 11-10-2011

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Photo of Act25
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Check the dates, esp when buying singles, in this case at wegmans, bought a Best by 5-15-16 on 11-30-16. Six months past its prime means a lack luster brew and review. This happened twice. Both times the beer getting stale and past its prime, and a little skunky. Had to made a black and tan out of it with some Left Hand.

My first from Stoudts.

A) A+ for red cloud body that sports aggressive 3 finger, domed head that leaves rocky hills and completely laces.
S) Sour, malt, mash, with bakery and earthy trail notes.
T) More sour (past its date), almost skunked, but not unpleasant. Complex mix of bakery shop, sour dough, sour mash, decaying flowers, and earthy trail. Finishes grassy, bitter and dry. Interesting twist.
F: Massive carbonation, tickling, bitter and drying. .

O: A decent, though sour and slightly skunked, drinkable red ale, leaning toward a Belgian style.

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Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly murky amber color with a big fluffy khaki head that falls slow and laces pretty well.

Aroma is nice malty lots of over ripe fruit notes, with some wet tobacco leaves. Kind of funky but I kind of like the aroma.

Taste lots of malt notes mostly bready like with touches of caramel or light toffee hints maybe, Some fruity notes for hop flavors ripe again, with some light lingering pine bitterness in the finish. Not an exciting amber but pretty solid easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly mellow carbonation levels.

Overall worth a try, wouldn't replace my go to amber but not a bad little brew either.

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Photo of rangerred
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep red with an off-white head. Lacing is great although the head retention is so-so.

Aroma is on the faint side but there it has a slightly sweet note with some biscuit and a touch of rye.

The flavor follows the aroma with more rye, hints of some moderately toasted malt and a very high bitterness. Hops are somewhat spicy nicely complimenting the rye notes. Finish is very dry.

Overall, a decent beer but honestly it is pretty average and nothing really sticks out. I do love rye beers but this one is just a tad watery and a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is yeast, caramel malts, light pine and a hint of tea. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, fruit, mild hop resin notes, mild tea, malts and a long and bitter/dry finish. Overall this was decent and a little better than average as far as Ambers go.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear orange amber with two fingers of fluffy white head, nice lacing.
S - Very astringent, a little caramel and biscuit malt, light toffee notes, floral hops, a little fruit.
T - Nice balance of malt and hops, its more on the earthy and floral side of the hop realm, a little soapy on the end.
M - Medium feel, a tad sticky.
O - Decent hoppy red ale, its just too soapy/astringent for me to have again.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Floral, resinous hop aroma with some earthy pine, fresh cut grass and dank buds countered by toast bread and a sweet malt backbone. Some spicy hop character with a touch of citrus but the hop profile is more oil-y and earthy than sweet. Underneath, there's a strong caramel backbone with hints of bread, toffee sweetness, spicy rye, roasted nut and sunflower seed. Nothing about the nose really stands out but there's a decent hop presence that doesn't completely overpower the other notes.

Medium body with spicy, bitter hop flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with sticky pine and earthy grass notes dominating the palate. Much more hop forward than the nose hinted at. Hop profile is a bit one dimensional but the flavor is pretty nice and not overwhelmingly dry or intensely bitter. Really well balanced with a sweet malt backbone coming through on the back end. These sweeter notes really start to show as the beer warms with hints of caramel, toast, toffee, hazelnut and a touch of dark fruit. Faint boozy sweetness in the finish but the ABV is well masked with not heat whatsoever. Not the most complex beer but it's well balanced and easy to drink with nice flavor. I could easily drink several of these in one session. Solid beer from Stoudts.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper amber color with a nice big 2 finger foamy light tan head that was packed with bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good lacing with foamy rings as it went down.

Smells malty with a mix of citrus hops, then some caramel, herbs, sweet floral notes, bread and brown sugar; pleasant smelling, and while basic still enjoyable as all the notes really jumped out with strength.

It tastes like it smells, with sweet malt mixed with citrus hops up front, then some rich caramel, toasted grains, herbs, floral hops, wheat bread, brown sugar, orange peel, and some dark fruit like a cherry. As the beer went on it seemed more malty with caramel beating out the hops, making the hops feel like a nice accent. Very sweet overall and not cloying, sweet in a good way like a fine English brew.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off grainy like an over buttered piece of cinnamon raisin toast.

Overall I thought that this was very good and tasty; not a session beer, but I could have a few from time to time and always be satisfied. It hides the ABV completely and goes down easy.

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Photo of lsummers
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright copper orange with a very sticky off white head. Tons a great lacing.

Smells of piney hops and caramel malts straight away. Touch of citric bitterness in there. A sweet sticky bun note is mixed in there as well.

Taste is balanced with the piney hop and slight citric notes. The malty caramel and oats come in as soon as the hop notes recede. There's a burnt sugar note on the backend. It's a little light in body.

Mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Feels like it could be a touch more round.

Overall this is a good red ale, and one that could be session able. It won't weigh you down but also won't overwhelm your taste. I would definitely try this again, only maybe in bottle form out of curiosity.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 2 cases after my local distributor had these onsale a few weeks back. First, I noted that on the label this beer proclaims to be a "hoppy red ale". By today's standards, it's not all that hoppy. Sure it has some hop nose to it, but it's pretty tame it terms of today's hop forward ales. With that aside, it's a solid beer all around. The malt bill is very well put together. It has some nice bready & light toasted character. Has a wonderful versatility to it that pairs well with almost any food. Had this one with steak, grilled pork, chicken, salmon, etc. This one holds up well to just about anything.

As I mentioned, the hops are pretty tame and they lend themselves a nice spicy character. The beer feels medium-full and is nicely carbonated. Brewed pretty clean with no apparent off-flavors. Overall, a very solid beer. Enjoy it as a nice solid red ale and don't be too letdown by a lack of insane hoppiness.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly more than a fingers worthy of airy moderately fluffy whimsical off-white colored head with a slight pinkish hue... Excellent retention... The color is a pale cranberry red with some amber undertones mixed in... Loaded with swirling small bubbled carbonation that starts a bit sluggish and finishes at a fairly quick pace...

S - Loaded with sweet caramel notes... Desert like breads... Bread pudding... Some light and delicate sweet cherry notes... A bit of overly ripened dark fruit... Not much at all in the way of hop presence...

T - After the overly sweet malt nose, the hop bite at the forefront is a bit of a surprise... A biting bitter character mixes amidst all of the sweetness expected and alluded to by the nose... Sweet fruits... Heavy bready malts... Caramel... However, the moderate hop bitterness is pervasive throughout... The deep finish even has a light woody character... Very interesting and fairly complex...

M - Medium bodied... Stern carbonation... Slightly sleek... Clean and crisp... Even and consistent...

D - A very nice American Red Ale... The nose is overly sweet, but there is great balance and complexity on the palate... Easy drinking and loaded with character... Honestly, I'm a bit surprised by ratings that I don't think accurately reflect what an excellent brew this is... I would gladly drink again and recommend to those seeking an interesting everyday brew...

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Photo of jhartley
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.
A beautiful red body (would expect no less). 1/2 finger of tan colored head, dissipated quickly left no lacing in the glass. Had to swirl the glass a few times to revive it.
Smells very malty, not what I expected with the promise of a "Hoppy Red Ale" on the label. Picking up on a little floral hop notes: piney
Caramel malts up front, fizzy carbonation in the middel and a bitter finish. After a few minutes it's almost like an unsweetened iced tea flavor that lingers. Strange, not off putting, just....strange.
Not a bad brew, just would really have liked a little more floral hops to add to the aroma and a little less bitterness in the flavor and it would really be fantastic. I really wanted it to be more than it was, especially being from PA.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Stoudts

Reddish amber pour, with a lasting off-white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted caramel malts and floral / piney hops. This beer seems to get a low rating, so I'm guessing it doesn't keep as good in bottles, but on tap at the source, I didn't really have a problem with it. Tasted of toasted grains, biscuity caramel malts, floral and piney hops with a good bitter bite. Light-medium body and easily drinkable. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's a basic and solid red ale overall.

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Photo of gestyr
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 oz bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack.

A: Pours a red-copper color, crystal clear with a thick long lasting white head.

S: Hops, citrus hops, caramel malt

T: The taste follows the smell. Very hoppy with out a bitter aftertaste. The hops are balanced by a malt sweetness.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Very smooth

O: A very hoppy example of amber ale, but very likeable. I will buy again.

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Photo of Hansford
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass

A: Beautiful amber/red color. This is what a red ale should look like. Off white head that didn't remain for very long. Minimal lacing.

S: Not picking up a whole lot here. Definitely some citrus components of hops. A little roasted malt as well.

T: All hops at the beginning. Very bitter, then it subsides. Again, I get some citrus notes right off the bat. The hop flavor quickly moves into a very mellow malt flavor. Interesting, especially for this style.

M: Smooth, maybe a tad bit too carbonated. Still, very drinkable.

O: I'm a big fan of sweet, malty red ales. I know this one has "Hoppy" in the title, but I bought a case since it was on sale for 20 bucks. It is very interesting for the style. I'm glad I bought the case, but I don't think I'd buy another whole case.

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's been awhile since I have had a Stoudt's beer so I picked up a six pack of this today.A brilliant pour with a cealt rich deep copper/bronze with a nicely formed and defined slight off white heat atop.Just as great as the pour was the aromas are that much dissapointing,no hops just light caramel and diacetyl buttery notes.The flavors are pretty muted and not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping for,there is a light smattering of leafy hops but they are not much to right home about,carame biscuit and buttery notes prevail on the palate.It reminds me of an English-style tawny ale with it's great color and leafy hop notes,this is no American style hopped up amber by any my opinion.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - orangish amber with a thick cap of off white head that has decent retention

S - bread and faintly sweet malt

T - bread, caramel, citrus, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

This is a simple beer. The flavor profile is basically big, bold, bready malt balanced with some faintly bitter, citrusy hops. Though there isn't a deeply intricate flavor, this beer is highly drinkable. I'm glad I tried it once, but I'm not sure I'd try it again.

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Photo of horshack7
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear but very amber in color with an off white head which upon thinning out leaves behind some good lacing.

Aroma: Some grapefruit notes int he front. Light bready dryness in the nose with caramel malts. Twinges of caramelized sugar mixed in.

Taste: A bit of a malty backbone. Tropical fruits, caramel malts, grapefruit, light biscuit notes with a little touch of a buttery mouthfeel and toffee notes.

Notes: Rather solid and very easy to knock back. Cheers.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Nothing too interesting.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Like other red ales but slightly more hoppy than most. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a copper body. Aroma is very musty with toffee, caramel malts and earthy hops. Flavor has a lot of earthy hops with a metallic finish. Malts are toasted and caramel flavored. There are notes of tart citrus as well. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I like the hops here. The base beer is full flavored. So many reds are watery but this one has a nice body and decent complexity.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Nice amber color, almost an actual "red" color. Light cream colored head that died pretty quickly.

Smell: Hops, as the bottle/beer description may lead you to believe, but also malts, and not hops like you'd want if you were an IPA fanatic.

Taste: Hops, then malts, then hops, then malts. Kinda gave my mouth a runaround in a good way. This isn't particularly complicated, but it is very servicable. Reminds me a bit of Philadelphia Brewing Company's Rowhouse Red, for a regional comparison. I actually like that beer, and I like this one too. Would picture this going nicely beside some spicy cheap Chinese take-out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, crisp as a result of the hops and solid carbonation level. Overall drinks pretty easy.

This site says this is winter only... Stoudts should probably go ahead and offer this year round. It's pretty tasty. I don't know if I'd go to this over other stuff though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good amber. Thick flavor profile, though it gives a much more meaty ride than I would have expected. Seems to be a but salty and almost spicy from hops; just a little bit. Feel is pretty good and it's easy to drink, in a sipping kind of way.

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Photo of BigMike
2.11/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a crystal clear light reddish dark orange color with a thin khaki colored head.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes on the nose. Not a whole lot of hops comming through. Smells mostly like sticky sweet roasted malts. A touch of vanilla in the background.

Taste: Something tastes a bit off with this beer. They call it a hoppy ale but the hops a really hard to detect. Theres a caramel sweetness and some biscuit qualities but no hops. Actually thats pretty much it as far as the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Is extremely watered down and thin. I think they over filtered this thing and removed all the flavor.

This just shows why ive never been a big fan of Stoudts. Being from PA i really want to like their beers but i find them consistantly sub par.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A red amber hazy body, with a three finger yellow and tan like head. Some spotted lacing and settles nicely to a finger. Looks a little dull, but appealing.

Nose is a wet sticky toffee malt mostly, some slight sugar. Yeasty punch strangely. Not particularly hoppy.

Palate improves with a good full coating body. Hop juice in the middle mostly taking over the malt feeling. Finish is airy hop, dry, with a good amount of English like tea and citrus also, getting into a bit of orange pekoe tea like action.

Overall a tasty amber, nothing mind bending, but solid none the less.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with a strong flavor of caramel along with some citrus and honey. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is very hearty for the style and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s on the sweet side for the style but it’s still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark orange-red color almost reaching brown in its depth. An almost-white head is creamy and compact but still rises to just over a finger and retains something of itself the entire way. Some creamy lacing remains as it falls.
I get a nice, balanced combination of bready and caramel malts with pithy, herbal hops in the aroma. It's got a good strength to it and some depth.
The flavor follows suit with the pith really being showcased after the caramel brings the sweetness up front. I like where this one goes. There's lots of balance, a good dose of both malts and hops, and enough complexity even if 20 varieties of hops and malts weren't used. Simply put, this is flavorful and tasty with plenty of character.
The feel is smooth in a medium body with a lingering, almost nibbling sort of crispness.

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