Ridge Runner - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by alpinebryant:
3.15/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A: pours a dark copper with a massive head and heavy lacing on the glass. Appears filtered and crystal clear.
S: aroma of heavy roasted malts. Mostly caramel and some bitterness in the hopping but not aromatic dry hop scents.
T: the flavor here is mostly caramel. I picked these up this morning in VT and was looking forward to drinking it. This is a very malt forward barley wine and it is clearly subdued from a hopping perspective. This is not a bad thing, as it really brings forward the malt and caramel flavors more instead of knocking your taste buds out with over hopping and being too sweet. That said, it is clearly an English barley wine and is slightly dry. It's true to the style and should be appreciated for that.
M: relatively thick for a 7.5 abv barley wine. Light carbonation
O: overall a very drinkable barley wine. It's enjoyable and you do not need to sip it in order to not be overtaken with too much complexity. It's good, just not as enjoyable as say a Brooklyn Monster English barley wine.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 20:06:07 | More by alpinebryant
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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 325 ratings.