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Ivanhoe - Ridgeway Brewing


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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ppoitras on 06-06-2004)
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Reviews by MaltyGoodness:
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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle thanks to Josh

Pours a slightly hazed light chestnut brown with a small eggshell head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Light, nutty caramel malt aroma. Faint hint of herbal hops.

Light, toasted nutty caramel malt flavor. Mild bitterness and faint herbal hop flavor. Finishes dry with a slight lingering nutty taste.

Thin body, light carbonation.

Unoffensive yet unimpressive English pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:15:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Medium bodied, clean and crisp beer. Tasted some caramel and finished with a nice bitterness that lasted for a while.

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A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy light beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops as well as biscuit, caramel and pale malts. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange colour with a part bubbly, part foam very slightly off -white head finger sized head.

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Watery to taste and with far to much bitter for my liking. It wasn't all that well balanced in my opinion either, with the fruit flavouring doing little to compliment the bitterness.

Smooth but overly watery so that isn't a good thing in this instance. As a result the body was quite light, probably on the light side of medium & pretty bland.

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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New artwork on my 500ml bottle: this bottle conditioned beer was entered into the 2011 Sainsbury beer challenge, as already stated by a couple of other UK based BA's. It didn't win by the way. Best before 11/11/2012, drank as I reviewed on 12 Oct 2011.

Poured into a UK pint sleeve: I might have over cooled it, no chill haze but the head left before it arrived and my wife has been using my cooling fridge for her wines and turned the temp down.

Good looking beer, even without it's head, solid amber, orangey red colour and clear.

Some fruity hop notes, becoming more striking was the beer warmed.

Good balance of flavours, not too hoppy even in the semi-bitter aftertatse, the malts evening out any true bitterness. The alcohol only appears once the mouth is really dry between sips, strange but not unpleasant.

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Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Ivanhoe displays a clear amber hue beneath a thin white mousse. Nothing out of the ordinary for an English ale.

S: Clean and straight-forward on the nose with a pleasant mixture of tobacco-laced English hops and toffee. Not bad, but I would have liked to see greater depth and complexity here.

T: A crisp entry gives way to notes of biscuits, moist earth, moss, tobacco, toffee, and herbal, lemony, peppery hops. Finishes in a somewhat malty and robust manner with toffee, tobacco, and lemon notes.

M: Ivanhoe is medium-bodied, like most English pale ales, but I did not pick up on the forceful carbonation that I generally associate with the style. I'm almost tempted to classify this as an ESB.

O: This is a very earthy beer, and those who are not fans of the classic English styles may not like it. I feel that this ale showcases the outstanding qualities of English hops very effectively. I would recommend it to fans of British beers.

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United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Purchased from Sainsburys as part of their British beer hunt. Described on the label as a bottle conditioned pale ale with balance. I like the label image - two knights jousting.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with decent carbonation. Evidence of conditioning is visible in the bottle. Forms a head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with slightly sweet grainy notes, hints of fruity yeast esters and faint stewed hops. Not much evidence of aromatic hops.

Tastes of light, sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Subtle notes of yeast and grain, along with with a stewed hop bitterness and faint hop flavours. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, leaving the palate a little dry. Weak aftertaste of stewed hops.

OK, though rather standard fare. Well-rounded but average in flavour and aroma. I was hoping for a pale ale with a reasonable dose of aromatic hops, so found this disappointing. Don't go out of your way to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:06:37 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 of Sainsbury's Beer Hunt 2011! Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orange hazy colour with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly. Decent amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of yeast, malts and somewhat floral.

Taste is crisp and clean. Yeast, fruit, light malt, hops and dry at the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overal, a very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. Definitely one to try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a thin white cap. A bit of lacing, decent retention. Nice aroma. Toasted malts, apple, slightly buttery, earthy hops. Well balanced flavour. Bitterness was present throughout, but only became prominent in the finish. Buttery toasted malts up front, fruity and hoppy mid-palate. Slight hop spice in the finish. Dry, medium bodied with light carbonation. Very easy drinking and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 500ml bottle with jousters on the label. The ale is a nice amber color and clear. The head is a tan color and leaves good lacing.

Nose is fruity esters to start, there are sweet caramel and deep malts all wafting on an alcoholic wave. Rather exemplary English malt and hops indicate the tastes to come.

Yep, the tastes mirror the nose with nice and full roundness of feel and taste. A bit of plum in the flavor along with a nuttiness and a bit of spice. Not having had many beers of this style I will say that the flavors seem right to me and they are there in abundance so I am guessing this is a good example and I am enjoying it.

A bit later I will also be trying an IPA from this same brewery so there I will be able to compare and contrast some things and make a fuller judgement.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is full and dried stonefruit is the aftertaste that lingers. I find the totality of this beer to be pleasing and quite quaffable. Get some, but I hope you find it for less than seven dollars a bottle.


Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 02:47:52 | More by meeekyh
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Ivanhoe from Ridgeway Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.