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Ridgeway Bitter - Ridgeway Brewing

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84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004)
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Reviews by Toddv29424:
Photo of Toddv29424
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange-amber color with a generous head. The smell is yeasty and floral, with a crisp end. The taste is surprisingly complex for a bitter...it starts much like apple juice with not a hint of alcohol, and very little discernible carbonation. As it goes down there is more fruit that comes to the forefront, like pears and orange. The after taste incorporates the same yeastyness that was in the smell, and the bitter tongue lingers for long after its swallowed. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great.

Toddv29424, Jul 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden with a small white head that was gone pretty quickly,aromas are Gldings hop driven quite herbal and minty with a lighlty sweet brown suger malt note as well.A nice bitter here subtly complex a good mix of toasted grain quite dry malt base with a nice herbal quality in the finish that lingers nicely.A touch of mineral adds to the depth of this beer,it gldes down smooth and would be the perfect sociable pint ale.Iam sure a gem on cask,quite nice I would buy again for sure.

oberon, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway Bitter. 4.0% alcohol.

A- Pours a nice medium amber color with bold bubbly head that sticks around for awhile. Mild to none lacing that randomly sticks to edges of glass.

S- Mild sweet tropical fruits are noticed upfront with a then light grassy nole close by.
Slight malts as well.

T-M- The bottle conditioning causes the yeasty flavor to come out in the beginning that is soon turned to light bitter sweet hop flavors.
Not to much bitterness as I expected more. All and all a good all-round light bitter beer.
Has a little astringent feel but barely noticeable to me due to heavy hop overdoses on regular occation. Fresh mouthfeel is the best way to describe. ( Has a chewy texture and feel when its in a warmer state.)

D- Very drinkable and would like to put down a few later if readily available.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +7.5%

bishopdc0, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. $4.99 at OUAV. "BBF 28 05 06" on the side.

Clear light yellow-gold in color. Beefy white head that sat up and left nice, thick rings of lace. Aromas are sweet with a bit of skunk and earthen-grassy bitterness. Flavor is dry and somewhat bitter. There a subtle base of malt sweetness...a toasted brown sugar flavor. Finishes dry and has a good dose of bitterness on the palate. Thin, but not to the point of being watery. Drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of mjtiernan
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a straight sided pint.

A: Super light golden and very clear. A one finger white head settles to a nice cap throughout.

S: Light lemon and perfumy hops. Some grassiness and grain. It smells “pretty.”

T: Identical to the nose but not as full flavored as I hoped. I don’t know if that is intended or if hops have fallen off.

M: Very watery but refreshing. Super easy to drink. Body is medium, somewhat fizzy carb. Finishes with a slight dryness that is pleasing.

O: This would be an ideal beer to drink on a deck under the hot sun. I enjoyed it.

mjtiernan, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2011, so it's a little out of date. Purchased cheaply from my local beer specialist. The labels indicate that this was originally intended for the US market, and that it is bottle conditioned.

Poured into a Stella chalice (don't judge). A hazy golden-amber colour with visible sediment and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sharp citrus hops with a hint of grass and undertones of light grainy malt. Nice for an English bitter.

Tastes of light malt with a pleasantly dry bitter finish. Notes of grain, earthy yeast, citrus, and grass. Mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and quite dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent bitter with a great aroma. Nice use of aromatic hops, while the malt and bitterness are well balanced. Live yeast adds depth to the flavour. Drinkable and worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden brown color, slightly opaque in presentation. Big fuzzy head is pillow-like and rises to over an inch. Laces in dots and small strings. Sharp aroma, weedy, maybe a touch skunked. Mouthfeel is light and gets lighter, carbonation is higher than I like it. Malt profile is quite brief, astringent lemon tones take over, senses of pepper, arugala, even cilantro. Finishes thinner but with a lot of the excessive carbonation still in effect. I like softer Bitters, I figure concessions are made to bottle condition and ship, but this comes off as a little gassy and strident.

ADR, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway Bitter

Served up at Monk's in Philadelphia

Appearance- caramel brown with a med/high head.
Smell- malty with a little caramel hints.
Taste- very malty, slighty sweet yet not overpowering.
Mouthfeel- slighty weak on the malt and hops no bitterness.

Overall- a very good beer yet not as strong as it should be. Fullers ESB much better!

NJpadreFan, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light yellow colored beer at Monk's. Hops there, and the dryness of the leaf. Nutty aroma, perhaps the glass had just been in chlorine. Taste rather off, strange hops and herbal flavor of a tea I could not finish. The sweetness of honey and malt did not redeem it.

Sammy, May 13, 2005
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the General Sutter Inn (Litiz, PA).

Pours a brilliant clear golden amber with a thin, creamy white head. Retention was good, as was the lacing. The aroma is malty sweetness, some fruity citrus notes, and an earthy hoppiness.

The taste is a nice, easygoing mellow malt sweetness that is nicely balanced by a grassy/earthy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is lightbodied but still supported by a crisp carbonation.

Very nice and a good example of an English Bitter. Full flavored, light bodied, and with a low ABV, this could easily keep me entertained at the bar for hours.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swirled the yeast in the bottle resulting in a cloudy, golden-amber hued beer. Massive white head, at the apex the foam was four fingers tall. Thankfully, the head subsided to a more manageable two fingers of head after a few moments. The head retention wasn’t all that impressive. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. Bummer. Overall, I like the appearance.

Lovely nose, perfumed flowers with faint citrus notes and lemongrass. I absolutely love the malt aromas. Maris Otter malt is a gift from the beer gods. Biscuits and caramel, the aromas are very rich and deep. The nose isn’t balanced as the malt steals the show but I detect the hops in the background. The aromas are wonderful and yet so simple. Hops and malt… and little else, it’s terrific. Moderate potency and it says all the right things. Inviting!

The palate is a perfect replica of the nose. Lemongrass and citrusy hops with a tickle of flowers; light bitterness. However, the biscuits and caramel grains are so very tasty. The finish isn’t all the good though; it is kind of flat and metallic. While it is not a negative it doesn’t allow the lovely maltiness to linger. The aftertaste is a mix of flowers and lemongrass. For an English Bitter I really like this beer.

Medium/medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite agreeable. It is relaxing but not sluggish.

Well, this is very easy to drink. At 4% I could session with this beer easily. I wonder if I can get this in Omaha. I’ve seen other Ridgeway beers. Anyway, I really like the simplicity this beer offers. It really hit the spot. Thank you Daniel for the bottle, I liked it a plenty.

bditty187, May 19, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle with coded brewed-on date.

Pours transparent brown with very large soapy white head, lots of small bubbles, thin lacing. Smells of fresh leafy hops and light caramel malts. Pleasing combination of nuanced flavors; caramel malts, hard mineral water, slightly dry leafy hops, and lightly toasted biscuits. Quite light and strongly carbonated in the mouth; becoming a bit creamy and chewy as it warms. A very gentle but tasty pint that makes a sociable accompaniment to lunch.

dgallina, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Maction
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into an imperial pint glass, it's slightly hazy orange gold, almost glowing with a huge foamy soapy head.

S: The aroma is grainy sweet, some limey minerals, maybe a hint of lemon.

T: The flavor is creamy and smooth, with biscuit and marmalade, as well as hints of tea and mineral water.

M: I get surprising little carbonation considering the huge head, it's light but creamy with a non-drying finish.

D: A delicious and session-worthy bitter. I wish it was cheaper, came in six packs, and easier to find.

Maction, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of krantul
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hefty bottle of.. er.. bottle-conditioned bitter, emblazoned with a CAMRA seal of approval. Pours a somewhat murky golden color with virtually no head. Aroma is malty and a little floral.

Light, malty flavor, somewhat herbal and possessing an oddly astringent character. There's a strange bitterness that doesn't come across as hop bitterness. The beer struck me as strangely dry for a english bitter, as though the malt couldn't keep up with some of the other nuanced flavors. All in all, feels a bit unbalanced. The slight, tangy sharpness feels at odds with the smooth characteristics that I expect from english bitter, impeding drinkability.

krantul, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of TheJudge
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the gingerman in NYC, a nice light orange color, small head that holds OK. Good hoppiness in the smell, some undertone of malt. Nice. Disappointing taste. Very thin. Needed alot more body. I would have another, but with 60 choices on tap, not here.

TheJudge, May 16, 2005
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 9 fl. oz bottle no. F10-077. Sampled on April 30, 2009. It pours a slightly hazy copper-yellow with a modest creamy off-white head. It is a bottle conditioned beer so the cloudiness is not unexpected. The aroma is fresh and grassy with a little dab of hops. It is not an offensive aroma but I think I expected something a little more. It feels lie honey on the tongue but it has nothing resembling that in the taste. The taste is nice and bitter with a hint of something tart taking up the rear. A pretty good English Bitter.

puboflyons, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Moan and Dove. A murky orange look with some patchy lacing throughout drinking. Generally thin head. Citrus orange flavors are weakly permeated from the drink; enough to be apparent but nothing too strong. A dull bitter taste with a decently bready flavoring in the taste department. It was incredibly refreshing, though, with a great crispness to it. Overall, a bit too uneven, but still decent.

fitzy84, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of danny013
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a 20 oz. pint glass. Body is a wonderful light orange/honey color topped with a thick, pillowy off white head that lingers nicely for the brew. Good lacing. Bottle conditioned.

Aroma is of light bitter hops, somewhat citrusy, and a good lightly toasted grain base.

Big bread/biscuit flavors envelope the palate as the beer is drunk and linger for a moment. Some faint sweet maltiness lingers in the back of the brew, never really pulls through. Good herbal hop flavors come in, provide a gentle bitterness and intermingle with some grainy astringency as the beer is swallowed. Nice, dry finish with a lingering taste of bready malts and a light bitterness.

Light bodied with a good carbonation to match, this beer is an easy drinker. Save for the price, a great session ale. Overall, an easy drinker, light bodied and easy to put back a few, but a little thin in flavor. Doesn't really stand out as anything superb, but still a good beer to spend a bit with.

danny013, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of PeatReek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear, yellow to light amber with a white chunky head starting at about 1/2" and fading fast.

Aroma: crisp and sulphury. Some fresh, earthy hop scent. Possibly Fuggles?

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy with a dry malty attack. The bitterness kicks in halfway through the sip and kind of ... lasts. No distinct hop flavor. The body is thin and even a bit watery, but the bitterness persists and makes the aftertaste seem a shade imbalanced.

Drinkability: The light body and crisp maltiness are good, but the bitterness seems to persist just a bit much for this to be a really great session beer.

PeatReek, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of thekanna
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Had this at the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. The beer was served at cellar temperature, around 50-60 F.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with medium head, somewhat reminiscent of a cloudy lager.

Smell: Yeasts are definitely prominent; some citrusy cleanness and freshness, with faint grass-like aromas and overall sourness.

Taste: A bit bland and unassuming at first, light notes of apple-like fruits and almost a tulip-y taste. Bready and malty to the mouth. This is followed by a very prominent sourness, somewhat like lemons or vinegar; or, for that matter, lemon-flavored vinegar. Ends on a slightly bitter hop note.

Overall: Lacks a much-needed pronounced bite. Started off ok at first, but at the end I found myself having trouble finishing the over-excessive 22oz. bottle.

thekanna, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pubglass.

This is a really nice looking beer. A tight frothy head, not too big for the aggressive pour I gave it, but very thick with clinging clumpy lace. This beer is wonderfully clear, only upon close inspection can I see any sign of bottle conditioning. Color is a pale-yellow amber.

Earthy hops are the prevalent aroma I'm assuming a Fuggles addition. Also some sour notes. not much of a pickup of malts in the smell.

Taste is straightforward, bitter enough and balanced well. My tongue is puckered up as it should be. Subtle malt taste witch surprises me a bit as this is a UK import but tastes like an American bitter in that it's balance is weighted heavily toward the hop additions. I do pick up a bit of corn or another vegetable, it's not entirely out of place but I do consider it a defect. Good clean finish.

Good mouthfeel, biting carbonation that matches the bittering hops well. Pretty thin, barely coating the tongue.

I would call this beer mighty drinkable.

This brew is refreshing and clean, very bitter with malt that will stand up to it but not a malt lovers bitter. Hopheads should try it but I won;t pay 6 bucks for it again I don't believe.

cookin420, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of AlephNull
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 1.9 oz large bottle into my new Sam Adam's pint -- Thank Jim! A bright orange/brown color with 3 fingers of bright white, large-bubbled head.

S- The English hops have a slightly peppery floral flavor over a slightly fruity base.

T- At first it's a bit disappointing, almost like a weak apple juice, but a flowery peppery hop flavor takes over. Very clean.

M- Active and light. Not exceptional and not full bodied, but nice and refreshing.

D- I could see myself enjoying this in any number of situations. Quite easily drinkable. I wouldn't mind if this was my local pub's brew.

AlephNull, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellowish-amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation.. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of oranges.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has fruity flavors from the yeast and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness from the hops. There are some notes of bready malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable. The bitterness is nicely balanced by the underlying malts.

metter98, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 275ml bottle, part of a presentation pack given to me by my daughter, loads of life left before its best before date.

Poured into a UK half pint straight sided glass.

Amber body, with a mini haze in it, a good sized white foaming head sat on top.

Had trouble finding a smell at first, but some hops and yeast arrived as the beer warmed.

The taste reminded me of farmyard manure and a green beer, meaning it wasn't ready to drink. Too fizzy for me.

Not overly impressed to be honest, pleased it wasn't a pint bottle.

BlackHaddock, Sep 30, 2009
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Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.