Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stoudt's Revel Red Hoppy Ale

I picked up a bottle of Stoudt’s Revel Red Hoppy Ale from D’s Six Pax and Dogz in Pittsburgh. The beer pours a red-tinted amber color with a lofty and frothy cream colored head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel, lemon, pine, and has some hints of grass, grapefruit, and passion fruit. The taste is smooth and sweet at first with caramel and toasted toffee on the front end. A sharp hop bite kicks in and gives off some lemon, pine, and pepper flavors. The finish is dry and leaves some toasted malt and grassy flavors behind. The alcohol content is 6.5% ABV. The hops in this beer really take over the flavor profile, as there is only limited exposure to the sweet caramel and toffee flavors. They aren’t overly intense, but provide a decent balance to the sweetness.

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