Ridgeback Ale - No Label Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This is a really nice looking beer. Beautiful, thick, creamy head that sticks around a while, then laces the glass. I wanted to be a little clearer, but the color is right on.
I'm getting floral hops and some roastiness in the nose. Tastes like slight caramel with some bittering that doesn't over power. Quite roasty. The body is excellent. The malts stick to the roof of my mouth.
This is a very nice beer. Feels much hardier than most Ambers. Also, with more flavor than most.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2012 04:06:54 | More by kyleelton
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
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Growler filled from The Whip In in Austin.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and cocoa. The aroma is fairly sweet and is definitely all about the malt.
The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of cocoa and toffee notes, but I also get a little bit of dark fruit and cherry notes. There is also something that resembles vanilla in the flavor which goes very well with the other flavors.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Serving type: growler
11-03-2011 04:29:23 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at the Public House in Katy, TX.
A: Pours a dark amber/red/brown color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted and sweet caramel malt. Some light hops. Overall, fairly neutral.
T: Sweet and toasted malt again. Bread and biscuit as well. Some citrus hops lingering. Enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit thin on the carbonation. Not hard to drink, I could quaff a few without a problem.
Decent and enjoyable for the most part. The pale ale blows this away however.
Serving type: on-tap
01-08-2011 01:12:48 | More by champ103
Ridgeback Ale from No Label Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.