Ridgeback Ale - No Label Brewing Company
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ridgeback Ale pours to an amber/reddish hue with a cloudy body and a nose that combines cocoa, toffee, and just a dash of herbs. The foam level is moderate, but leaves a good deal of lace on the sides of the glass as you consume.
Ridgeback Ale offers a nice amount of complexity and the taste is fuller than the nose would indicate. Flavors of cocoa and toffee are present, as expected based on the aroma. But examine each sip a little more and you will discover other pleasant sensations such as pale malt, caramel, some roasted malts, grains, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit and herb. The bitter sensation in the finish is slight, with the taste quickly returning to that of sweet malts in the aftertaste.
Ridgeback Ale was just recently released in bottles, along with the two other No Label Brewing core products. My review is based on the bottled version, but I have sampled the draft version dozens of times and find both of them similar in taste and enjoyment. The complexity of this beer is well above average and upon first impression, the taste of cocoa is the one that stands out. But with more samples and more sips, other flavors make themselves known and the complexity continues to deliver all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Ridgeback Ale is a good choice for the craft beer lover who wants something a little more adventurous without going to extremes in any direction. Grab a six-pack of bottles and enjoy the great taste of this non- pretentious and interesting amber ale.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 20:50:36 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
2.6/5 rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Appearance - It looks like an amber ale. poured from bottle into pint glass
Smell - Toasted malts. that's pretty much it.
Taste - Extraordinarily one dimensional. Toasted malts, and that's it. No sweetness or bitterness to balance the toasted malts.
Mouthfeel - Thin, weak - again, not enough bitterness to balance the malt flavor.
Overall - Tasted with another amber ale. This one paled in comparison. no depth of character at all. Toasted malt...again, that is it. It didn't taste bad, but it was blown away by another amber that gets pretty pedestrian ratings here. Will probably try it again to see if this was an anomaly.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:14:01 | More by Mtn
Ridgeback Ale from No Label Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.