Reindeer's Revolt | Ridgeway Brewing

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Reindeer's RevoltReindeer's Revolt

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of froghop
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +27.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +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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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +8.5%
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 -5.6%
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 -13.2%
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 +16.8%
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 -8.5%
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 +6.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +20.3%
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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Photo of Onslow
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours with a magnifico head, lacing is supreme ... smell of sweet maple syrup malt ... damn smooth . . . dark tan orange .. pretty nice simple english ale .. it ain't the bee's knee's!! thanks to heather and alan for the gift pack.. one of the lower rated beers from the ridgeway xmas pack!

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Photo of ralree
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a tinge of red. Nice fluffy off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Generic golden ale smell - decent hops, alcohol is fairly strong, just a bit skunky. Maybe some citrus.

T: Good strong beer, tastes like the average ale you'd get on tap in a bar. Pretty hoppy, but not overpowering. The hops actually taste pretty good, but I like the American Northwest hops better. These English hops are alright, but not great. It's a little metallic tasting, leaving a bit of a bad taste in your mouth.

M: Medium-light body, barely astringent. Good carbonation.

D: Pretty alcoholic, but managable. A light buzz from the bottle. This is a good generic golden ale, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another 500 ml bottle that was a Christmas gift as part of the Shelton Bros. English holiday collection from Ridgeway. A 6% "English Christmas Ale".

Pours a decent copper color; healthy carbonation leads to a nice long-lasting head. Aroma of biscuit malts and British hops, decent and enjoyable.

Flavor follows through as a relatively strong British bitter, somewhat mellowed by richer (slightly sweet) malt base and the higher alcohol and I guess the winter spices (although I can't really tell they are there). Nice orange citrus notes (in fact, I had some orange slices on the side of my dinner, and this went well with that).

Enjoyable, I like it, but to me it's not terribly Christmas-y. But to be honest, I'm OK with that.

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Photo of beveritt
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My third from this series of, what I am beginning to think, novelty beers. The label depicts a reindeer in tropical attirem drinking a beer at a bar. No visible fresheness date. Poured form the 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with 2 inches of foam that quickly settles into a thick layer of white head. Decent lacing. The beer itself is a honey amber with hints of red. Not quite clear. Some activity is evident.

Smell: Hints of hop spiciness and biscuity malt.

Taste: A mild hop bitterness right upfront that immediately transitions to a slightly metallic, slightly sweet malt body with hints of caramel and grassiness. A little bit citrusy at times. Finishes with some lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, maybe a little high for a typical English ale. Body is good.

Drinkability: I must admit, I came into this review a little jaded, having had two other Christmas beers from Ridgeway and finding them nothing more than crap with a silly label. However, I tried to remain objective and am glad I did. This beer is fairly good, showing some of what I would consider typical indiactors of a solidly made English Ale. I will have to remember to not avoid this one next holiday season.

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Photo of CWiggins
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of three odd beers picked up at Leaf & Ale in Knoxville, TN while visiting family at Christmas. I chose this one on the belief that it was a winter warmer. My mistake.

It pours a dark amber, and a very thick, off-white head formed quickly. The head was sustained for quite some time. The nose is full of floral hops, with some malted grains and citrus in the background. Some fruity esters are also present, but they're very faint. The flavor wasn't at all what I expected: it was very mild, much like an English Pale Ale, with an accent on the hoppy finish. Really, it just tastes like a mildly souped-up pale ale. The slightly higher alcohol doesn't really affect the taste. It's certainly smooth, as many English ales can be.

I have found many of Ridgeway's brews to be, at the very least, interesting. Although there's really nothing wrong with this one, it certainly doesn't stand out for any particular reason, and the flavor is too one-dimensional to induce one's palate to a new experience.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL glass. The beer pours amber/orange with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, butterscotch, caramel and hops, but the aroma is weak. It tastes mainly like grain, toasted malt and some grassy hops. Finishes bitter. Not a strong flavor with this beer, but it doesn't taste bad (it's non-offensive). Mouthfeel/body is medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK. It's not hard to drink, but I can't say I was anticipating my next drink of this either. It's not bad, but there's nothing about it that would make me want to seek it out again. Other than the appearance, it's an average beer. Not worth the price, that's for sure.

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Photo of Squelch
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear amber with a huge off white head. Lots of lacing. Head lasts a while.

Smell: Hops Hops Hops. Good use of aroma hops here. Slight malt aroma in the background

Taste: Hops up front. finishes clean with a toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Nothing special

Drinkablity: Good beer to have with a meal. I would buy again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish copper color with a off white head. In the aroma, sweet gingerbread malt, and hops. In the taste, a sweet mellow malt and quite hoppy. A sweet bitterness in the mouthfeel and a dry, small hoppy aftertaste. Kind of feels like a English IPA, nice balance and quite surprised with the hops.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/13/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a numbered code stamped on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very clear and gleaming chestnut colored pour. Very vibrant looking. Wonderful one inch full very creamy and pocky white head. Leaves decent streaks and spots of lace behind.

Smell- Really not that scented at all. A whiff of some medium sweetness caramel malt, maybe a light touch of english hops. Barely anything there.

Taste- More malty that hoppy for sure. Good and lightly chewy caramel toasted malt flavor. Buttery and a bit slick. Hoppy but flavor disappears soon after it hits your mouth. Tastes good while it's there though.

Mouthfeel- Higher than average carbonation. A tad chewy as described above.

Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable. Wouldn't go out and spend another $4 on it, but was glad I tried it.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really impressed with this ale. Although it poured a medium amber and had a fair amout of foam and some lace, it just didn't do anything for me. The smell of mild roasted malts and hops seem to be a little weak. The taste had the flavor of mild roasted malts and hops, but, the bitter flavor was there, then gone. A very short finish, with not a lot of flavor. In fact, the flavor and everything about it was a disapointment. Not to buy again!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, clear bronze color with a huge, fluffy white head. OK aroma-slight hop aroma and a touch of toasted malt but not much of anything in general. Sweet malty flavor with a touch of hops. Kind of grainy tasting. Finishes dry. Ok mouthfeel. Not very impressive overall. Very similar to Youngs Winter if you ask me.

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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