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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Photo of Kegatron
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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 DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice clear dark amber brown with great carbonation. Head is a 1/4 inch opaque colored and is very sticky.

S - Smells very malt forward almost herbal like an ESB. Pine is faint at best so it doesn't really smell "hoppy"

T - The taste does transmit some good hoppy notes, nothing that really sticks around on the palate but the sweetness is very nice in this beer. As for the tea or herbal taste it is thankfully minimal with little drying in the finish. Pretty good.

M - Medium bodied since the herbal aspect does give kind of a distraction from sweet malts.

Overall it was a pretty interesting take on an amber and if this was included in a variety pack it would be drinkable. Still nothing to seek out a six pack for.

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

Poured into a stange mug.

Brew pours a clear deep copper color. Lots of bubbly action; thick tight bubble filled light tan head. Head sitting thick and fluffy. Really has nice action going on. Nice thick island as it approaches the mouth with each sip and settles right back down to protect the brew after. Very good sticky lace remains throughout. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of caramel malts, citrus, bit of piney/resiny oily hops. Some mellow bread and yeast. Good nose on this one.

Brew is very tasty and balanced. Great carbonation and smoothness in the middle. Initially carbonated and prickly, almost spiced. Good pungent hops, citrus, oily and nice hop resin. Nice malt backbone in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with some nice stickiness from the hops. Nice and balanced with some drying in the end. Very good stuff here.

Great case worthy stuff here from Stoudts. An easy drinker that looks and tastes great.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/3/12

Best by 5/16/12

Nice depth of honey-brown color with golden highlights at the stem; a tad hazy. Three finger head is fluffy and implodes cloistered pepperings of lace in its wake.

The aroma is pretty dull. Meager floral hops, caramel, bread and a very faint earthy hop note. Yawn. Hops are more assertive to taste, bringing a piney bitterness along with the floral notions. Thankfully there is more toasted bread than caramel. The beer also brings a thin, watery feel and prickly carbonation. One plus side (I reckon I'll call it) is the spicy, zesty, bitter finish that somehow salvages a bit of the disappointing feel. Finishes quite dry; I'll take it.

Overall impression - I dislike it less as the bottle wears on; it's passable, but not one I'd consider worthy of a repeat visit.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

doing a taste of red ales which is now my new favorite style at least for the next two weeks haha we'll see how it goes well there goes it definitely red up to the top and clear as a bell too this one has a nice pure white alpine snow head on it

nice aroma here i definitely get a nice biscuit malt upfront then followed with a great little caramel underneath its really nice then a bit of nice lemon hops in there too

taste is nice balance definitely no off-flavor and quenching for sure

great mouthfeel in the end a little bit thin but overall enough substance to make it interesting and fun

overall a good red ale and recommended from me for sure i like this beer

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Photo of JWU
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- a nice translucent amber with a red tint to it. Thin white head that stick around a good bit. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- likely the low point of the brew. Not much going on other than some light herbal hops, and maybe some sweet malt.

T- some prickly herbal hops bite up front, and are soothed out with some sweet light carmel malts. Long bitter finish, that's surprisingly not overly dry.

M- The high point of the brew. Stoudt's has a way with a creamy mouthfeel, and it really shines on this brew. Tight carbonation that dances on the tongue, but again, that creamy feeling finishes the swallow.

O- Honestly, if the malt bill were a little bit more balancing, this would be top notch. As is, it's certainly well crafted, and tasty, just not world class such as Troegs Hopback.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy amber/orange with some forming ivory head and clinging bubbles.

Smells of apple flavored buttered popcorn with a breezy floral hop aroma. Generous amounts of malted sweetness ride with crackers and grain.

Taste further approaches grain with some sweetness. Hops are fully represented through subdued floral additions. Fresh, with some pine. Nice contrast between smell and taste.

Fairly average body..sort of blew through this one.

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Photo of mempath
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep amber (of course) with lively albino-caramel head...sticky lacing. nice to behold. nice dried fruit/mincemeat nose...very floral/herbal. same dried fruit sweetness comes in immediately as it hits the tongue, but that's a veneer to the massive, yet balanced (bready menthol!) hop attack (it is a 'Hoppy Ale'). very similar to one of my all-time favorites, another amber hopped-up ale: Troeg's Nugget Nectar. creamy, full mouthfeel makes this an overall finest moment for Stoudts! so glad to see this sort of non-IPA hop creature out there. planning to mix this with their Double IPA....cheers and happy holidays!

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger ekru-colored head. Settles to leave a thick, splotchy ring of lacing up top.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - caramel malt and some earthiness.

T: Caramel malt and toffee sweetness up front and mid-sip, then a modest hop bitterness provides balance. Some aspirin-like and minerally bitterness is noted too. Still, on the aftertaste the sweetness returns and remains lingering long after the beer is swallowed.

M: Carbonation is a little too sharp for this beer. Call it medium in heft.

O: Decent. Not sure what hops they use, but they're not my favorite - at least not in this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had this one on-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of light, grassy hops, citrus, and a little bit of malt in the finish. Ambers are typically not the most complex-tasting beers, and this is no exception. That being said, it's a solid enough flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent, drinkable beer that ends up being a bit forgettable.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery tulip); no freshness date is apparent on this bottle.

Appearance (3.5): Deep orange-auburn color in the body, totally clear; head starts at one finger of light tan, tight bubble, and fades to a hazy film on the surface with a few fat bubbles floating around. Some lacing, not much.

Smell (4.0): Very nice earthy, slightly grassy hop note in the nose—very, very earthy. Kind of a honey-sweet, märzen-like malt character evident. Not bad, interesting combo for the style, smells very Old World.

Taste (3.5): There’s a much stronger grassy, slightly herbal hop character to the palate—a lot more hop than what you get in the nose, but it doesn’t leave too much of a dent, either. Very earthy, too. Malts leave a grainy, not-too-sweet flavor lingering—very little toasted character here, but really not a sweet (or roasty, for that matter) beer. This tastes like a well-hopped märzen to me. Not bad, not great but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): This is nice. Light, foamy carbonation accented by a few bubbly pin pricks here and there. Just heavier than what I’d call “light,” this finishes pretty dry and is very, very drinkable.

Overall (3.5): It’s pretty good! It’s nothing super-memorable but it’s enjoyable and it’s kind of nice to see more of an Old-World take on the style. Earth and grass aren’t what people expect when they see “Hoppy [Red] Ale” on the label, but I appreciate it. My favorite American Ambers might be the Nugget Nectar-style hop grenades, but this is quite good in its own right.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled mere days before review. Crystal clear amber with lots of reddish highlights. Big fluffy cream colored head. Good retention, sticky lacing.

Sweet and malty aroma followed by a lovely, mildly tropical and perfumy hoppiness; faintly boozy underneath.

Very balanced flavor not dominated by any one of its many aspects; sweet malt with lots of caramel; fresh and bitter hops with perfume, floral, and tropical fruit notes, mostly pineapple. More pineapple and tangerine emerge as the beer warms. Punchy alcohol.

Medium high, lively carbonation. Long aftertaste that's both bitter and boozy. This one is pretty powerful. Interesting; I almost felt like this was too fresh and that's a little too bitter. Could use a little more in the way of caramel sweetness; hop varietals are not all that interesting to be so in your face. Also might be a little too boozy. Still, this is a good beer that drinks like a DIPA. Another nice one from Stoudt's.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Revel Red

Pours a brilliant bright copper with a large foam collar and some lacing. Aromas of caramel, citrusy hops and light floral elements. In the taste, mellow hops giving off small orange/grapefruit notes but hiding underneath a caramel malt body. Well balanced, neither too sweet or bitter. Not mind blowing or challanging, more of a simple session red with a little ABV behind it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and overall, would be a nice beer to compliment a wide array of cuisine.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is average with small amounts of nonuniform lacing.

3.0 S: Not really that hoppy despite the label telling me that it would be. Anyway, floral and herbal hops. Moderate caramel. That's about it.

3.5 T: Same deal as the nose. Mildly hoppy with a flowery and herbal taste. Caramel from the malts. Very clean. Taste good, but pretty standard.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess. Feels right for the brew.

3.5 D: A tasty, clean, easy drinking amber, but that's all it is. Don't expect to be impressed, but you'll enjoy it nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 Jimmys
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. no bottled on date. into tulip.

A: bright brownish/red. very clear. just wish the head was bigger to start as well as hung around for a bit.

S: aroma is a mash up of american hops and caramel smells. maybe a little bit of green apple? maybe just me...

T: there is an assertive hop bitterness throughout the drink. almost too much. it seems like the malt is struggling to find its place in this brew. finish has even more of a healthy dose of bitterness in it. i like hops, i like bitter, but this body needs some balance.

M: carbonation is low. too low. this brew should have a bit more fizz. light/medium body.

D: certainly drinkable, but not really seek-worthy in my opinion. there a lot of negatives i am finding and in a world filled with some rocking red ales i would pick another up.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, nice hop presence and a small caramel note. In the taste, caramel stands out and a small pine hop hanging out in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop in the aftertaste. A nice, new product with mellow hops and easy to drink.

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

A- Clear amber color with ruby highlights and topped with a off white head. Heads fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass..

S- Hints of hops, the aroma is pretty mild, not a pine or grapefruit hop more of a grass floral note.

T- Hoppy from start to finish, a little caramel malt in the middle to balance thing out, but not too much else going on in this one. Finish is dry and clean with a little hop bitterness to close things out as the final note.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, refreshing and clean but unremarkable.

D- Easy drinker, might be a nice gateway beer to get someone into something more interesting, but not one I’ll be going back for. The 6.2% ABV is pretty well hidden and this could but a decent session candidate if you are so inclined.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that has good clarity. A smallish off white head sits on top leaving some lacing. Average carbonation. Aroma is hoppy but not overwelmingly so and doesn't really present itself with any particular type.
Desent malts.
Taste is malty upfront with a bit of biscuit. Hops have mostly a bitter aspect and not much flavor. A medium weight beer with a dry bitter finish. A good beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How many reviews have I started by saying that this is not my favorite style - it's not. But it's good. A bit more bitter than many, and I think that makes it work. It is extremely well crafted - clear and crisp, though I am drinking it pretty warm. In fact the temperature may be what is making it good. I forgot that these weren't cold.

It's a very pretty beer, as this style usually is. It is distinguished by the hoppy taste. Off balance, but great. This sampling reminded me of why I like beer not so cold. It has a lot more character like this.

Recommended, and I will buy again.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised by the somewhat poor reviews on what I found to be a really promising new release from Stoudt's Brewing.

Poured a deep reddish amber with a finger of creamy head. Well-balanced smell on the nose. Nice amount of hops mixed with some subtle spices make this a really nice, easy-drinking winter brew.

Dry finish washes down extremely well with the citrus hop flavor. I'll definitely pick more of this up on my way home for the holidays as I pass through on 222S.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear copper with a finger of head. Much of the head retained for a long time and the lace rings on the glass were substantial. The nose is both lightly malty and lightly hoppy; basically, the notes are present, but nothing really spectacular is going on here. The flavor profile is crisp and lightly malty with a clean and mildly hoppy finish. There is also a lemony bite near the finish that makes this offering quite refreshing.

This offering would make for a decent fall session ale if the abv were not quite so high.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey color- 1/2 finger of head

Smells metallic at first- once I get past that I smell pine, grass, vanilla and booze

Definitely tastes hoppy- pine, grass- earthy hops- maybe a little caramel in the flavor but mostly bitter and dry with booze. Some bready flavors show up as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel medium to light with low carbonation.

The booze seems kind of abrasive considering this beer is only 6%. I don't really love the hop profile either. It's ok but I am not too excited about finishing the rest of the bottle and I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This category is always negligible for was crystal clear...with a decent head and some good lacing...a ring of head remained for the entire beer.

S - A definite carmel-bready malt aroma with minimal hop pressence...I sense possibly some knoble hops...definitley not dry hopped with the typical "C" hops.

T - Apparent bitterness hits the back of the tounge and lingers nicely...carmel malt sweetness helps to balance...decent hop flavor but nothing exciting. I like the dryness of it.

M - Good mouthfeel medium-light body

Overall - Not bad...not great...I was expecting something much better from I am a big fan of their flagship beers. When you have Red/Ambers out there like Nugget Nectar, you shouldnt use the term Hoppy lightly. I think their Pale Ale is hoppier than this attempt.

If you are looking for an english-like pale ale this is pretty good. It actually reminds me of their scarlet lady but with a little more too it. Maybe this should be categorized as an Extra ESB or something.

Give it a shot...decide if you like...I'm in different. Cheers!

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a tiny little head. Smell is of hops, some sweetness. Taste is hop heavy up front, some malts, bitter at the finish and a touch on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a somewhat unbalanced and mediocre beer.

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Revel Red from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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