Ridge Runner - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by HiroProtagonist:
4.08/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Ridge Runner was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a murky, apple cidery orange brown color and was topped by a thin whitish head. The nose offered a rich, almost nutty, roasty-woody, bourbon-soaked pear maltiness. On the palate, a woody, sort of mushroomy, roasty pear-tinged coffeeish malt base opened up with zippy earth-resiny hop notes that rode the carbonation into the lightly roasty/astringent, somewhat citric-piney, woody bitter, bourbon (sans alcohol) essence-laced finish. Lingering woody-piney pear notes remained. The smooth-medium body and energetic carbonation worked well for the character of the beer. Ridge Runner was an easy going, though tasty and balanced wintery brew that offered numerous complexities and great satisfying finish. This one will grow on you!
Note: Noticably better on tap, for some reason.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2004 04:48:58 | More by HiroProtagonist
More User Reviews:
3.44/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: A very deep copper color in my tulip. Very minimal white head shows up but leave that much of a trace after each sip. Looks very similar to a deep amber maple syrup honestly. Enticing enough.
S: Malts. I thought I would get a bit of hops but its pretty sweet malt oriented, which is fine just not what I expected. I also detect a bit of what I would perceive as oxidation (The cardboardy sherry type smell) but that's okay as it's except-able for the style IMO.
T: Once again very malty but the bitterness backs it up nicely. I really don't get all that much complexity out of it but its nice. Some heavily cooked raisin notes come through along with some bread like flavors. That oxidation is there as well but its not over the top and perhaps adds another interesting element the beer in a strange sense. A touch of fruity esters, really just a touch. alcohol comes through a bit but not much. Hops ? I didn't get any.
M: Very low carbonation, which is great a barley wine should be this level carbonation and makes it a great slow sipper even though the ABV might not make it one entirely I guess. Moderately thick body and a bit creamy I suppose as well.
O: A good beer. Not really a barley wine by my definition but none the less drinkable and pretty decent IMO.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 23:20:09 | More by Haydn-Juby
Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.