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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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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/honey with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & fruittyness

T: Flinty dryness, biscuitty malt with herbal & citric hops, just a touch of sulphur as well. More of the same as this warms with a kiss of butterscotch that is working in this, plus a kiss of booze & more more hops than I would expect from this style. Finishes with sulphury dryness & fruittyness

Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than warranted

Drinks easy, I could probably accept this better as a BIPA or even a Pale Ale, reminds me a bit of Theakstons XB, from back in the day.. but tasty enough, better than expected

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Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is on the side of orange amber with a nice healthy head and lace. a bit cloud in the glass. nose is a tad boozy and citrus. there is a bready earthy quality that sit in the bitter finish and hangs on the center of the tongue. dry apple honey malt finish.

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Photo of northaustin
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark amber almost a light brown with two and a half fingers of white head which disappears very quickly and leaves thin spotted lacing.

smell: this is what maris otter malt smells like. im not really getting anything else.

taste: this is what maris otter tastes like. sweet malt flavor and a little bitterness.

mouthfeel is sort of a syrupy sweetness caused by the heavy malt and lack of carbonation.

drinkability: its pretty good. but it is just a little too bland and basic. affordable, but i would probably skip this one if i saw it again

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Photo of currysage1
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look is a slightly hazy, highly carbonated burnt orange, topped with a full long lasting old grandma lace colored head. Full lacing.

Smell is of brandied figs, fruity floor wax, and warm portuguese muffins (so lemon and baked bread).

Taste is caramel with cooked lemon oil, some bread crust, slight metallic aftertaste to it.

Feel is very English to it, being the first Enlish Strong Ale I've had I can only compare it to other strong ales I've had. Feel is light, carbonation is great though, very subtle.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

The smell is herbal and buttery with a strong bread aroma. Hops are herbal and not all that strong. Nice toffee and toasted grain aroma.

The taste starts of malty but not that sweet with a toast and mild bitterness. Mostly this is just mild. If this has a weakness more taste would be nice.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Exceptional drinkability easy to drink mass quantities of this one.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Reindeer's Revolt poured a copper color with a 1-2 finger foam head with some decent sudsy lacing. It had a soft foam head.

The aroma was a little subdued but you got some hint of hop smell with some fruitiness. The was real nice. Pretty bitter but was extremely smooth on the other hand. It was real juicy throughout. The hop presence made itself known at the end of the drink. Overall it was a tasty brew and worth the price.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy cider orange body with three dense fingers of off-white froth resting atop; good duration and nice lacing provide a fine appearance score. Bready malt with some citrus and mild spice constitute the nose, which portends nice things in the taste but is on the whole faint.

The taste is as well, unfortunately. Nice flavors--buscuity malt with orange rind, some apple--on the whole fairly sweet. A fair hop bitterness lingers near the finish, but this is much more skewed toward sweet than sour. I'm perfectly fine with that and like it, but I wish this had a more pronounced taste package. Too much is hinted, not quite enough is delivered.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy, with the sweeter-than-average strong ale flavor helping to make this palatable. Honestly, I thought this was a Winter Warmer until I was about to write this review. Either way, this is one of the mildest, sweetest strong ales I've had, far more restrained than Samael's Ale, but lacking Samael's fuller flavor range and boldness.

Fairly good.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Orange/amber color with slight yellow highlights. Moderate carbonation and 2 fingers of head that recedes over a minute into a ring on the top. Leaves nice lacing through the drink.

S: A little bit of apple/floral yeast, some caramel malt, and a general full/creamy aroma. Reminds me heavily of Belgian tripel.

T: Some sweet apple tartness with a mild spicy / alcoholic kick to it, but not strong enough to evoke feelings of a winter brew. The mid-taste is dominated by breadiness. The apple reappears in the aftertaste. I feel this could be more powerful than it currently is; it's not impressive at the moment.

M: On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A good feel.

D: I wouldn't turn this down, but I have no desire to go and buy it again. It does not stand out.

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Photo of hellbilly
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked this up at bevmo for $3.

pours clear an orange amber coppery color with a sandy white head and lots of spots and trails of lace.

smells like... pasteurized apple juice with some faint dry earthy spices, toasted nuts, caramel and flowers.

the flavor is a bland version of the aroma... apple juice, spice, skinless red table grapes and some floral notes (hops or abv%, idk) with a mildly bitter finish. nuttiness is present in the aftertaste. the medium body is a bit on the sticky side. 6/3/6/3/11/2.9

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Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured clear gold with light tan head. It smelled skunked at first, but that subsided to a typical lager smell with scents of earthy barley and fresh wheat malts and lemon and copper hops. As it warmed, the smell of creamy yeast became quite noticeable. It tasted like earthy barley and cultured yeast with some copper hops and a bit of grassy and lemon hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was unimpressive. It definitely seemed more like a lager than an ale, and there was nothing Christmas about it. It had a boring flavor that was a bit muddled, and a decent body. I wouldn't call it terrible, but it was tedious to finish the glass.

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Photo of cnally
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

amberish bronze coloring and a soap sud head. carbonation bubbles all around.

yeasty scents. rusty water. grainy and woodsy. wet grass smells.

surprising hop bitterness right up front. full of the bitter part of that description, a balanced yet wild flavor.

feels bubbly and dry on the tongue.

seasonal obviously, but a lacking overall flavor is compounded by the i-wouldn't-want-to-stick-my-nose-in-this-beer-for-too-long effect. maybe appealing to an IPA drinker that doesn't like a round, balanced hop flavor and a whole lot more bitterness than I desire.

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Photo of froghop
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear orange-amber with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, some caramel, and some spice.

taste is creamy, spice, caramel, malt, few hops, somewhat fruity, and slightly bitter.

overall a very average brew, purchased in a 4-bottle gift pack and all the beers were about the same.

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Photo of BeejWins
4.34/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've really been excited this past year becoming a British style pub manager and getting to learn and expand my beer knowledge. This is especially fantastic coming into fall and winter, getting to try lots of Winter Ales, Oktoberfests, Marzen beers, etc. So, though I don't have all of the proper terminologies and so on, I certainly would like to offer my contributions to this site!

Anyways, Reindeer's Revolt is strikingly delicious in my opinion. It poured I guess a slightly unimpressive golden or maybe ruby color with a gorgeous head. I have a Sam Adams glass that I love to drink just about any beer from that wants to have a lot of head and a slow pour. This has great flavor consistent with most British Strong Ales that I've had, and even though it was a bit pricy ($5.45 for this bottle, I believe) I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something special and out of the ordinary to enjoy during these dreary and stressful Holiday times. Thanks!

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange with beige foaming head, significant lace. Malty aroma with understated spices. Medium mouthfeel, the caramel malting provides some substance. Easy drinking,it's quite drinkable, with corriander, nutmeg, cinammon. Leaning on the sweet side. Understated carbonation. Worth having the one one time.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 bottle...it's getting me ready for the fall/winter seasonals now.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. Then nose is big and malty, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, big on malts, slight spicyness, with some caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, recommended.

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Photo of gpogo
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold orange with large cream colored head that slowly dissipates and leaves little to no lace/

A- Sweet caramel malt aroma. Slight hints of hops. Not much in the way of spice as I would expect for a holiday brew.

T- Similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a bitter hop interruption. Not too hoppy, but the bitterness cuts off that initial sweetness.

M- Medium-light body with little carbonation. A slight bit of alcohol warming, which is great for a winter brew! A very smooth drink.

D- Not as good as I had hoped for, but as a non-spiced holiday brew it is delicious just as well. Perfect to drink at a colder get-together.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden/amber color with ample head and some patchy lacing.

Smell is rather plain, mostly malty with a slight sweet aroma, not much spice for a holiday ale.

Taste is rather similar to the smell, malty with not much spice, rather disappointing considering the cool label, it is slick and buttery and goes down smoothly but that's the best part.

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Photo of Offa
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok, but disappointing.

This beer looks good since it's a clear, dark reddish copper with a light tan head that's pretty big and dense, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin head leaving some weak lacing.

The aroma is rather English and malty with yeasty wheat bread, crackers, and hints of nuts, earth, and pine.

The taste does not live up to the smell and displays little of the depth or complexity that the aroma promises. It is mostly alcholic, the malt thin, weak, and one-dimensionally caramelly. The hops seem slightly acrid, bitter hops with no real character aside from of stale leaves. However, it thnen finishes with a decent light bread character. As it warms, the acrid quality decreases and the beer becomes more smooth, but despite this it is consistently too bland and too alcoholic.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a crystal clear orange in color with a modest head. The orange has amazing clarity; I felt like I was inspecting an opal or something.

Smell - This has your typical light yeast and bitter malt aroma with a dash of orange liqueur.

Taste - The "strong" comes through as a sharp alcohol flavor reminiscent of again something like an aged orange liqueur. The malts take a back seat to the sweetness and the yeast from the nose pretty much stayed at the nose.

Mouthfeel - This is light, definitely lighter than medium-bodied, with a presence of alcohol warming and little carbonation.

Drinkability - This ale wasn't all that good just considering its individual components, but man oh man for some reason I just couldn't stop drinking it. It was probably the most thirst-quenching "strong ale" that I've ever had.

Update - I had this earlier in the year and while I enjoyed its quaffability I thought it was too boozy to be a really good ale. Well, I popped another bottle towards the end of the year and it was much smoother. Without the distraction of the stinging alcohol, this was a Grade A brew. I raised a few of my scores and put this on my definite "to buy" list.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery orange that is as clear as polished crystal. The pastel orange-ivory crown fills the upper half of the glass after the initial pour and has a wonderfully whipped frothy texture. All that, plus a good bit of abstract-patterned lace, makes the appearance score a pretty easy call.

Reindeer's Revolt smells like nothing more and nothing less than a garden-variety amber ale. It's slightly toasted (although predominantly pale) and features a modest amount of orange fruitness. Boooring.

The same can be said for the flavor. There's no zip, no pizzazz, no hook, nothing to keep the discerning craft beer drinker coming back for more. Of course, if I drank 3.5% bitters all day, a 6.0% 'strong' ale that favors malt would probably be a novelty. To this big beer lovin' American, it's nothing I haven't seen a hundred times before.

The flavor profile follows the aroma in predictable fashion. Each mouthful delivers toasted bread, baked nuts, a few shavings of orange rind, herbal-earthy English hops and a wee dab of apple butter. It all adds up to... nothing much more than average. Is there really a market for beer like this, aside from those who think the name and the label are amusing?

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be, given the style. Still, a fraction more heft wouldn't hurt. RR's best feature is a glassy smoothness born of a perfect amount of carbonation. That is, not much.

Cropton Rudolph's Revenge and Ridgeway Reindeer's Revolt. Coincidence or conspiracy? They have similar names, an identical ABV, and neither one stands out in any meaningful way. As far as overall quality, the slight nod goes to Rudolph since this English strong ale makes me want to revolt and demand better beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its that time of year again, gotta clean out the winter brews! I had this one stashed away so I figured it would be a good time to give it a try. Busted it out last night and it poured a very nice red tinted amber color..Great clarity hear as it was sparkling clear. Very nice. Lots of carbonation apparent trickling up toward the surface. A very nice three finger high head of foam capped off the top and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a half inch layer which stayed with it throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rather weak for me. Typical English ale with a huge malt bill attached to it. Lotso of bready notes here coing through now with that deep musty like smell, like wet hey it would seem at times. The flavor followed it up almost perfectl with a solid offering of english malts, and a nice little bit of hop bitterness, albeit not much, but just enough to give it some depth. Lots of musky wet earthy flavors here as well coming through, with the finish being very nice and drawn out which suprised me. Great carbonation never really let it die down at all and gave the light bodied feel a little more depth. Excellent session ale as it was crisp and clean with a great finish and no detectable alcohol flavor at all. I could have drank this one for the rest of the night.

Overall not half bad. I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I thought this was rather solid. I dont know if I would buy it again, but if I had no alternative, certainly a good call.

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Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed 01/01/08.

Clear golden pour with lively carbonation and moderate head. Nutmeg/cinnamon aroma with peppery note. Barely sweet fruity flavor (peach) with a bit of spice and some butter flavor, too. Bitter note on aftertaste. Good balance for the most part.

Not bad.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 500 ml bottle this poured a very clear amber with a large off-white head and good lacing rings. Nose was of caramel malts, and a hint of citrus. Medium body. Slightly sour flavor with some fruit. Finish is a bit sweet. Overall just an average brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. pint bottle, bought for $2.99, on sale at BevMo Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a light orange, with a full white head, which leaves thick lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: Light maltiness, but really nothing stands out.

T: Full maltiness, no real diacetyl or butterscotch to speak of which was good, full earthy, grassy hop character, light toffee.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and refreshing for 6% alc./vol.

D: Definitely one of the better English beers I have had in a long time, bursting with traditional English ale flavours, surprisingly refreshing.

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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