Reindeer's Revolt | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jdhilt on 11-15-2007

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#42,538
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
155
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
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Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with lots of carbonation and 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of skunk, toffee and hard water.

Tastes of hard water, iron, and Toffee.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

I got this at World Market in Redding. Drinking it January 7th, 2018. Nothing Christmas about this brew but the label, but a delicious English ale.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-red color. Lot of rising bubbles. Foamy, lingering two-finger white head. Aromas of berries. Slightly sour malt flavor, notes of berries and spices. Sweet finish.

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Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color and a slim whit head. Some lace. The aroma has a little nut and underlying malt. Faint fruit. Not a lot to get excited about. The taste is balanced, with a little bitterness. Not as rich or substantial as expected. A little spicy carbonation in the mid taste and finish. A quiet beer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.67/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. pint bottle poured into Samuel Smith's nonic with a CO2 nucleation point
(F20 192 printed on back label)

L: clear copper/bronze ... only a bit of amber in it, lots of brown/gold; with a super soft pour, the CO2 point pushes up a thick 1/2-inch head of offwhite/beige foam that sticks a bit at the top; keeps a full cap of foam, silky and dense and sticking to the glass walls on the way down ... doesn't actually lace much, but it's a gorgeous brew that looks like a proper English ale in the glass

S: fruitcake, peach colache, maple syrup ... a work of bread-malt art

T: super fruity with a lean toward darker fruits like plum or prune but also some toasted peach and apricot or fruitcake made with a darker bread; also a distinct but light fresh cranberry flavor, not candied or canned super sweet cranberry but a bit tarter ... this note is strong enough to detect in each sip but weak enough to keep this from tasting like a "sour"; relatively sweet overall but with a huge bitter backbite of earthy hops

F: fantastic, full, holds up very well to the CO2 nucleation point

O: American drinkers must be running into old bottles of this one, because it's 3.33 rating is a full point low; this beer is a true beauty, exactly what you'd expect out of a good English strong ale with all of the good English pale ale notes in there as a base but with monument of stronger, even maltier notes on top that dominate the presentation; at times I think I'm drinking a Belgian quadrupel with a true English hop backbite; I'm going back to the getting place to get some more

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Photo of Chilmer
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of toffee, nuttiness, roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Some very noticeable diacetyl in the aromas that diminished as it warmed. Not too overpowering. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of toffee, nuttiness, roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, light toffee/nuttiness/roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very good English strong ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the modestly bitter/drying finish. A bit on the buttery side, but not offensive. Really well made for the style, right on par for expectations. Perfectly balanced English yeast, malts, and hops. Most of this brewery's beers I reviewed were quite a bit old, this one was really fresh and definitely far better than the old ones. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 1971bernat
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sexmortus
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hman43
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Pours dark gold with a slightly off white head.

Smell: There are some earthly aromas with alcohol, and slight fruit.

Taste: There are earthly flavors with alcohol and slight cherry and sugar.

Feel: It is rather heavy and thick with minimal bitterness in the finish.

Overall, an interesting beer with the earthly flavors dominating and the sweetness of fruit is in the background.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 4.35 (Including tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.257/oz) at Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Bottle marked F16-267 PBT 2:09:02 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried imperial pint, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – initially very fruity, fades
Head – Large (Maximum eight cm, aggressive pour), light tan, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a three mm ring and creamy layer.
Lacing – good. Wide rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body – Bright orange, some chill haze
Flavor – begins with malty sweetness with some weak hops flavor finishing. Ester fruitiness present throughout. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation

A little sweet for my tastes but still palatable. Flavor does not overcome the price point so… one and done.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint, this one comes out a slightly hazy amber color with a nice fluffy egg shell head that leaves some lacing. Smell is very bland, some amber malts and some ale yeast. Taste isn't that great, either. I thought by the name this would be some type of spiced ale, but in the end it's just a boring amber ale. Sweetness first, some fruits and grain, earthiness near the end, maybe a bit of bitterness. Overall tough to drink, too much body. Pass!

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Photo of fishguyac
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjd315
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 9/24/16.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, earth, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but the slight metallic flavor I am getting detracts from the drinkability a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant dark gold under a lacy 2” sudsy off-white foam collar. S: Spicy malt aromas. T: Bread and biscuit and hints of fruit. F: Creamy smooth, soft on the palate, medium body, medium low carbonation. O: Easy to drink, mild flavor.

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Photo of DaveHack
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 155 ratings