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Ridgeline Amber Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ridgeline Amber AleRidgeline Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-06-2002)
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Reviews by terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, light brown color bordering on orange. Barely an amber, eh? Started with a medium sized white head that disappeared after a minute.

Aroma consists of a muted caramel malt base, a bit nutty, and overshadowed by a mild citrus and grassy hops.

Flavor is a somewhat watery caramel base balanced well with a harsh, grainy biscuit feel and taste. A pleasing hops overshadows the drink with only a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated. Seems a bit watery, although the graininess in the middle is nice.

Drinkability is easy. The flavor is certainly enjoyable, yet flat. I'd blame the mouthfeel on this. A better structure could have made this a real winner.

terrabyte, Feb 04, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours more of copper color than amber with a rather thin head that settles leaving a trace amount of lace behind,aromas are all malt mainly caramel with a touch of roasted nut but the caramel is the main thing.Like the aromas this ale seems dominated by sweet caramel malt along with some biscuit dough but its faint with as I drank more a definent soapy presence coming in late.A wee bit thin and watery but it lended to its drinkability buta pretty uninspiring beer Old Ruffian and Yeti are coming cant wait to try the big boys.

oberon, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The ale is a beautiful, almost perfect shiny copper in color with a wonderful golden head that showed good retention. It looks damn near perfect!

Smell – The light scotch aroma is masked by some mediocre American grain that almost gives this a macroesque nose. Very disappointing.

Taste – The malty amber improves a bit at the taste, but there’s still a sense of cheapness about the ingredients. I can pick up some smooth hopping though that evens things out a bit.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied and very creamy smooth in the mouth. The carbonation is nice but not too much and the flavors are balanced. This and the Appearance are probably my favorite two aspects of this ale.

Drinkability – This one had some good points but just wasn’t the total package.

RoyalT, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Great Head! Lacing is fantastic like in all GD brews. Brown and muddled for an amber but not bad.

Aroma: Paint chips, honey, not much else.

Taste: hmm… not what I’m used to in an Amber. I don’t care for this one at all. I don’t really get anything out of this beer. Bland.

Mouthfeel: mildly bitter. Watery.

Drinkability: Two or three of these in a row might make me ill. Not good at all.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard amber color, with a disappointing amount of lace (as in, not much). Doesn't smell like much, maybe a bit malty. Taste is okay, with a bit of honeyish sweetness, yet there's that typical Great Divide mushy vegetable flavor...

Overall, not the best beer, although it's not horrible. I'd buy again, but only if I had to.

skybluewater, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep reddish/golden hue. Dense creamy head of tiny tiny bubbles.

Malty nose, but not particularly sweet-smelling.

This is a very hearty-tasting, filling beer. Rather thick and definitely full-bodied. The flavor reminds me of oats.

The mouthfeel/aftertaste has a bit of the copper/metallic thing going on.

I'm pretty pleased with this one. I'd like to try it again, but oops, I bought just one of these, and in North Carolina. I'd like to try it next time on tap.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with a velvety off-white head.

Its aroma is nutty malts with a little DMS, a touch of hops, and some toffee.

The flavor is slightly sweet caramel malts with some light astringent hoppiness. Medium bodied with good texture.

Overall, a decent amber ale. It did seem to get better the more I drank. Its like a better Fat Tire.

Beaver13, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label it states that this ale won a Bronze medal, GABF 1996 for Socttish-style Ales. "Month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Reddish copper in colour with a tiny bubbled lace that holds fast.

Smell: Very malty with a nutty twang in the nose.

Taste: Medium bodied with a semi chewy malty mouth feel. Nutty twang with a little caramel to boot from the malts. Some alcohol is noticed with a slight warming effect. Little hop character, just enough bitterness. The finish is even nuttier with some residual sugars.

Notes: A little too clean for a Scottish style ale, no buttery diacetyl or odd fruitiness. None the less a decent ale.

Jason, May 05, 2002
Photo of Byeast
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear , reddish amber , with an inch of offwhite head.
Smell: toasted malt , molasses , nuts.
Taste: Medium bodied with some toasty malt , slight burnt edge , some caramel , light nuttiness , hops are just balancing with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied.
Drinkability: A quaffable ale , just not my cup of tea(ale) , i would go for any of their other beers over this one.

Byeast, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, honey colored. Thin head rises up, but drops right away. Aroma is thick and inviting, full of sweet malt, a little doughey, some light brown sugar and caramel, but no hops coming through. Taste has some malt initially, but without much strength or depth upfront. It firms up as it rolls across the tongue, and gets thicker toward the finish. Finishes with a fruity, malty flourish, and leaves a lingering toasted malt taste on the pallete. A tiny bit of piney hops aftertaste. A good beer, but lacking some depth for my tastes.

far333, May 08, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, slightly darker and transparent. A level layer of foam settles at about 1/4 of an inch after the pour. Laces in dripping strings that don't quite connect to form rings. Flowery aroma, hints of darker wild honey. Mouthfeel is shy of medium, but the carbonation is tame, smooth in a light way. Hops seem English in profile, subtle dry spiciness and balancing well with a maltiness that combines to remind me of fruit creme candies. Finishes slightly leathery, cleaner than I expected, but overall -- a bit diminished. A drinkable entry, no off notes I could detect, just not very distinctive overall.

ADR, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of skillerified
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange glow in the glass, this beer. Nice red and gold hues as well. A tall and frothy slightly off-white head sits atop early and fades to a lasting cap later. Good lacing.

Two scents dominate the nose of this brew: caramel and orange. In addition to these two intermingling I pick up some trace scents of chocolate and lemon peel. A mild smokey character seems to emerge as it warms. A good smell, but a fairly straight forward one.

The flavor is almost all malt. There is a mild caramel middle that's quickly pushed out of the way by the closing bitter bite. A little weak on the flavor and far from complex.

Light to medium on the body with a decent carbonation prick. Fairly well balanced, with a smooth sweet start and a reasonably bitter finish.

A beer that looks and smells great, but doesn't quite deliver. It's a reasonable option, but there are better beers in this class out there.

skillerified, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty peach. Cloudy. The head is a monument. Several inches of fluffs that retains its stature and its billowing structure for minutes after the pour.
Caramel nose with twigs and tangerines and wildflowers.
The flavor profile is dynamic and pleasing, albeit not very Scottish. Caramelized beginning. Lightly bready, and even more lightly nutty. It turns towards fruit, all mingled with vanilla. Orange creamsicles and apricots and tangerines. Woodier towards the finish. Clovers and honey and wildflowers. Herbally kissed by Goldings right at the close.
Light bodied, low carbonation. Modest, but structured.
I'm giving this some leeway. Stylewise, it's offbase, but this has long been a favorite, nuanced, malty, session brew for me.
It's one I buy by the case when I can find it fresh...which is altogether too rare here.
Call this an American Amber and the numbers go even higher.

cokes, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's first beer (formerly Arapahoe Amber) still satisfies after all these years. Within its gleaming copper body and frothy white head lies a well-balanced, semi-rich ale. It's solid, subtly toasty, sweet and caramelish malt is accented with grassy, floral and spicy hops; and backed by a solid bitterness that dries the finish but leaves a light note of lingering caramel sweetness. It's very well done, and an excellent session ale as well!

NeroFiddled, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber color with an off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma features a lot of toasted malt with just a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty and finishes with a nice modest hop finish. Overall, this is a very nice amber that is highly drinkable. Recommended.

cjgator3, May 02, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(now refered to as rich amber ale vice scottish)

pours a white thick head that is active throughout, and leaves good lace, but not so great with head retentiion. Amber to copper in color in body.

Smells of fruitness and grains, slight wiff of hops & yeast.

Pleasant grainy bitterness with a crisp hopiness that is ever so tart and inviting. Frutiness and crispness shine through.

Mouthfeel. Great balance and carbination are this beer's strength

Drinkability: Had this before & thought it was better, but still a nice quaffer !!

russpowell, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with a light white head.

Smell was all lightly toasted malts.

Taste is a very even mix of toasted bready malts, some mild smokiness with a light herbal hop quality for a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Pretty decent, would be a good session beer, or crossover beer.

bashiba, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a decent tan head that dissipated into a decent cap. The smell is of caramel and toasted malt, slightly buttery & nutty. The taste is of caramel and toasted malt, woody, has a sweety nutty presence, finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop flavor. The feel is moderate to well bodied with crisp carbonation and finishes well balanced. I find this to be a very drinkable and solid brew. It doesn't blow me away with flavor but it is good and in balance.

Gmann, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A light amber-red ale that starts with a flowery nose and bright white head of foam. The aroma is somehwat subdued and fruity with hints of apple. The flavors in this malt-centric ale are fruity and sweet with just enough spicy hops to put things in balance. The finish is balanced and light malty and bittersweet. A very drinkable and approachable beer with probably just enough character to make it interesting. A good session ale.

marcobrau, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass, bottled in the fourth week of april so yeah.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with an inch of white and bubbly head. Not very clear either, not very much lacing but still some strands here and there.

S: Bits of crushed apples with crunchy malty and bready aspects, not very complex but still pretty nice

T/MF: Not too bad, a bite of hops is present in the first few sips and then opens up to the apples that were hinted at in the initial smell test. There are bits of malts here and there but the hops seem to do most of the work here, I mean they really attack the tongue and it is sort of upsetting because it takes away from the malt presence this beer should display. The aftertaste on this beer is almost better than the actually beer where hints of spice and herbs seem to become more defined.

D: I really can't say I like this beer, it leaves me wanting more and seems a bit too one dimensional. There are better scotch ales out there to be sure.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JamLand, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer formed a small sized tan head with fine-large sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was cloudy and had some lively carbonation present.The hue was copper and the nose was hoppy, malty, fruity and vinegar.The flavor was sour, tart, bitter and tangy.The mouthfeel ws tingly on my tongue, smooth and medium bodied.The lacing was decent.

hotstuff, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of goochpunch
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep amber with a forced, small head that thins out to a ring leaving no lacing. Scant bubbles in the body. Nose is all malts. Very bready, nutty, and yeasty. Some hints of apples and dried fruits. I can pick up a very faint floral hop presence. Flavor is very malt forewarded with a hint of apple juice. Finishes with a bit of a bitter kick and some floral hop flavors. No diacetyl or smokiness. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with very mild carbonation. Little sticky in the mouth. Would be a pretty good session beer, but the stickiness in the mouth could deter me from having more than 2 in a sitting.

goochpunch, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of pbrian
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an enjoyable beer. Nicely structured head, caramel aroma, nicely balanced flavors(toasted biscuity grains, mild hops). Not a special occasion beer, but solid.

pbrian, Jul 12, 2002
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Ridgeline Amber Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.