Reindeer's Revolt
Ridgeway Brewing

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #95
Ranked #46,238
3.4 | pDev: 14.71%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: Bartender, if anyone calls, I'm not here, right? Every year, it's the same nightmare, hauling that over-sized, red-suited endomorph all over kingdom come, up to my shivering haunches in snow and muck! You call him a Saint? Slave-driver, more like. Going down in history is all well and good, but what about the here and now? My therapist says I have to start doing thing for me for a change. It's about time I had a Merry Christmas myself, don't you think?
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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich orange amber with just a little haze to it, and a dense slightly tan head.

Smell. Nice combination of apples and some caramel. The sweetness is strong, but not overbearing. Has a bit of a creaminess to it as well, and with the sweetness, it kinda reminds me of a tripel.

Taste. Some apple fruitiness comes through. The sweetness dies down, but is still present. It has a little bit of a spicy bite to it- a little bit of pepper, cinnamon, and all spice come to mind. Aftertaste bitters up some with just a slight puckering to it, but not bad. After a few seconds i get some yeasty characters that stick to my tongue.

Mouthfeel. Body is creamy and on the fuller side of medium. Not much bitterness, but balanced well. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. I bought this cuz it was on sale. I think it stood the test of time between last christmas and now. It's not one i would buy because it isnt one that particularly sticks out to me, and is expensive. But i do enjoy this's getting me ready for the fall/winter seasonals now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 THECPJ
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearnace: clear amber, 1 finger white head, no lacing

Smell: malts, caramel, and some sort of fruitiness

Taste: biscuity/bready, malts, caramel

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, almost flat, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: it's decent, though a bit bland, good for a stocking stuffer for the father in law


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Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gefinley
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 benloho
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MenardMa
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a light brownish-amber color with a brief-lived head for a minute that collapses back to an off-white rim around the inside of the glass, no real lacing is left behind on the inside of the glass. Body and carbonation levels are both on the lighter side of medium strength. Texturally, it feels just a bit too thin, and could have used a bit of a carbonation boost.

Smells mostly of semi-dry toffee malt, morning bun dough and brown sugar with chopped pecans sprinkled on top, and a subtle earthy noble hop accent in the background. Tastes of the same doughy-toffee sweetness but doesn't have a great portion of the nuts and hopping strength that was present in the nose. I'm not sure what makes this a Christmas Ale as the label of the bottle claims, and not just another dark ale, as I could not really detect any sort of holiday spicing element in particular.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DaveHack
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-fairly clear dark ochre with about a 2 finger head that leaves a little lcaing as it fades

S-lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruits and a little carmel

T-bready character comes through here also with faint carmel and just on the fnish a bit of orange citrus

M-good carbonation but pretty light bodied

O-nothing in it that really makes it seem like a christmas beer to me, it is light enough that it can be had most of the year without feeling heavy

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Pskiv
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Cris4545
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of fishguyac
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 164 ratings