Revel Red Hoppy Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
stoudtsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ShanePB on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a clear looking amber color with a white fizzy head on top. The head settles into a scattered film on top of the beer. The smell is full of caramel malts and some piney hops. The taste of the beer is dry with a caramel sweetness upfront that fades into a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good here, it's almost medium bodied with a solid amount of bubbles. Overall I thought it was a pretty decent brew. I can't say that I'd buy a whole case of it or anything but it's not a bad brew to have if options are limited and this one happens to be around.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of oline73
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention.

Smell: Bready malt, mild cherry. Not much as far as hops.

Taste: bready malt up front. Some caramel and mild cherry notes. Citrus peel hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: not a very good interpretation of the style. Not again.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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 meany....in my opinion.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: reddish-amber color; clear with a moderate, creamy head of limited duration. Little lacing.

S: nice malty aroma with hints of bread and toffee.

T: light, grassy hops, a trace of citrus, and a light malt backbone. Hoppy for style, as is most obvious in the lingering, moderately bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied; good amount of carbonation; smooth, slightly dry finish.

O: A decent, drinkable read ale, but nothing special.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's "Revel Red"
$1.99@JoeCanal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

If there's one thing I can say about Stoudt's it's that they always put out a solid beer. It might not be cutting-edge or experimental, but they never go over the edge when making a beer either. The Revel Red is a great example of that. It's malty with a lot of caramel and toast, but it's not sweet, and it's not too full bodied. The hops follow: they're piney (and very gently citrusy), but not raspy. They make their presence well known, but they don't ride roughshod over the malt. There's just enough malt, and just enough hops, perfectly balanced. That said, the bitterness then is the one component here that really makes or breaks it, and they've hit it spot on for balance, always leaving a little bit of the sweetness of the malt to shine through. No one's going to taste this beer and call it "weak" or "lacking" - it's a solid American amber. In fact, it reminds me of a toned-down Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (which is actually an IPA). And that's where the brilliance comes in. It's remarkably balanced, and superbly polished, leaving a beer that's got lots of character and a great drinkability. They could have thrown more malt at it (as everyone seems to love the bigger beers), or pumped it up with hops (and the "hopheads" would be ga-ga) to get a little more recognition and accolade, but instead they went for focus. Charming, and remarkably drinkable! Well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 big foamy fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, leaving back a heavy cascade of lacing that hangs in a sticky latticework down the sides of the glass. The aroma is leafy and dank, with a pronounced spiciness to it and some faint metallic tones that eventually dissipate. Light supportive grains sit along the back but it’s mostly that green bitterness and spice that push through the most.

Hops coat the mouth in the taste, with a pithy bitterness and a deep spiciness that sticks to the tongue. There is a good bit of earthy and herbal character going on with this as well but that bitterness definitely has a raw and unrefined feel to it at times. The malts are thankfully silky smooth feeling along the back with notes of sweet caramel and toast but the rawness of those hops gets to be distracting, as this finishes dry, piney, and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a mellow creaminess to the carbonation that helps keep this pretty easy feeling overall despite the strength of the hops.

I don’t really know what I expected from this, as Stoudts isn’t known for doing West Coast flavors in their hoppier beers (which is the type of American Ambers that I like). I guess maybe a hop profile that wasn’t quite as green and raw feeling as what I got here. The malt profile and feel on this were fine but the bitterness here just took me out of this. It’s a somewhat passable Amber but I won’t be returning to this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber-hued body with just under a half inch of off-white suds.

Smell: Bready, toasty malts with a low, low, vague sweetish quality to them with citrusy, herbaceous hops.

Taste: Bready malts, some noted toastiness, and with just a scarce shred of malty sweetness. Small hint of stone fruit prior to the lemony, citrusy hops with a sound bitterness, and a bit of background earthiness. Closes out with a prolonged, dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Revel Red is a Decent Red.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, lasting head (settles in a rocky fashion) which leaves good ring lace on the glass. Very clear, deep amber color.

Mostly a toffee smelling sweetness from the malt. Light earthiness. Almost no hop bitterness to the nose.

Initial earthiness that comes from the smell. Dry, darker malt beginning to the flavor. Strong hop finish with a long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with a low carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am proud to have Stoudt's B.C. here in Lancaster County, PA & I admittedly take them for granted, not drinking their beers as regularly as I used to, given the plethora of new beers coming available every day. It is a pleasure to have at least a couple as part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: The "V" is made up of the undersides of a group of bottle caps, each with a message as follow: "indulge", "in", "...", "festivities", "party", "debauch", "frolick [sic]", "merry making", "take pleasure". What fun!

I began my fun with the Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour into an awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention that left behind some decent lacing. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very hoppy for an Amber/Red, which is what has led to the revival of what used to be a prevalent microbrewed style. Grapefruit, pine, grass and black pepper up front with an underlay of caramel and biscuit malt. Mmm. That got my mouth to begin watering. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite hoppy, more grapefruit and black pepper than pine and grass, with the malt providing a nice counterbalance. This was very close to an APA, IMHO, but it certainly lived up to the label's billing. I definitely prefer this iteration to the old malt-driven Ambers of thirty years ago. Finish was dry and actually fairly peppery, causing me to sneeze. Wow! I could Revel in this more often.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect nonic pint glass, body is amber red with a bright clear body and small bubbled khaki tan head forming thick and dwindling slow. Fine evenly streaked remnants of lacing left with each sip, an eye appealing experience off the bat. Aromatics offer up a warm bready layer with mild earthy layers maybe a touch pine and dirt, blended amongst a caramel bready malt backbone. Flavor has a nutty caramel malt blend with bitter earthy hops bringing about a resinous quality that wraps around the palate and leaves things on the dry end of the bitter beer spectrum. Quite balanced with an original malt and hop flavor mix, compared to most of the citrus hop bomb beers out there this is just goood restrained malt and hop interplay, not in your face explosion o' hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation not overdone, slightly resinous quality from the hop additions finishes pretty bone dry and balanced between the caramelized malt sugars and hop additions. Overall a beer I could drink in number, yet it's not the most exciting beer I've come across even while trying one bottle it's something that you want to crack open another bottle of before your glass is even empty.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Revel Red Hoppy Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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