Ridge Runner - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by waldowin:
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A 7.5% Barleywine? How can this be?
In all seriousness, this beer is a mix of an IPA and a brown ale.
A bit of malt body, a bit of roasty flavors (which threw me for a bit, this being a barleywine), and a smattering of bittering hops.
As a beer, it's tasty and enjoyable. Crisp, and not overpowering.
As far as style goes, it's a bit out of style, with not nearly the malt body of an English Barleywine, or the hops of an American Barleywine.
The aroma is a hint of toffee, and a bit of roast.
Definitely an interesting beer, and a good one at that, but I'm still scratching my head about why they labeled it a "Barleywine"
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2006 08:52:16 | More by waldowin
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 326 ratings.