Ridgeway Bitter - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a ½” white foam collar S: fruit and earthy hops.T: Pale malt flavors, some light biscuit, some fruit, earthy English hops F: medium low carbonation, medium light body O: very refreshing and drinkable (227 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny orange with a nice, crispy rock of foam. Leafy notes reminiscent of mint, epazote and sorrel top off zesty, succulent impressions of cherry, tangerine, orange and caramel. Windy, carnival fizz -- ambitious if impermanent -- splatters noisy fresh and preserved fruit flavors along with oatmeal cookie. Airy, light and dry. Champagne physique. Toasted nuts and fruits for flavor. Bitterness is earthy and permanent. Hot weather Bitter for sure. I like the terroir. (468 characters)

Photo of Maction
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear light gold color with a nice white head and very active carbonation. Prominent grassy and flowery hop aromas. Nicely balanced but definitely more English hoppy than English malty. Light bodied with a nicely balanced dry bitter hop finish.

Gone too quickly ... A good example of the style that I would love to try on cask when in England.

Label states: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Whole Leaf Hops" & "Marris Otter Malt" & "Challenger and Boadicea Hops"

(11.2 oz. /330 ml) (486 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice, clean, tasty, and very drinkable bitter.

It is bright gold, bubbly, with a big, dense white head that foams up fast. The head lasts and stays big to the end, leaving thick, nice lacing covering the glass.

The aroma is mild yeasty bread and citrus, especially lemon, with a hint of earthy leaves and herbs.

The taste is bready malt up front with mild sweetness. Mildly bitter hoppiness with light citrus (mostly lemon), and hints of herbs/leaves and pine rapidly complement this before a hoppy, floral finish leaving a pleasant floral atfrertaste with hints of bread, lemon, and honey. It's crisp and lively, yet still has a fairly full-bodied feel. It is very refreshing, smooth, balanced, exceedingly drinkable and satisfying. (756 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

A murky shade of amber like the color of clover honey with a 1 finger shortbread head that leaves modest lacing.

aroma of bready malt with a mix of musty and funky hops with just a kiss of honey like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: a little more solid than the typical bitter.

Taste: biscuity malt followed by an earthy, funky hoppiness that leaves a faint herbal bitterness.

Notes: A great Bitter, lots of funkiness and character. Good stuff. (492 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a medium amber color with massive white head. Lots of carbonation also noted. Smell is mildly malty but enjoyable. Taste follows through with a pleasant maltiness sweetness mixed a with a slight hoppiness. The combination of malt and hops present an excellent finish, being thirst quenching yet begging for another taste. Perfect drinkability. Would be the perfect session beer. (426 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-faded tangerine with a fine yeasty haze visible only with bright sunlight. There's actually more head than beer in the glass immediately after the pour, presumably due to a generous number of bottle-conditioned bubbles. And what a good looking lid it is too. Eggshell with a faint orange tint, fluffy (yet firm enough to be rocky) and sticky enough to lay down scads of lace.

My impression of English bitters is that they're fairly well-balanced with a nod toward the hoppy side of things... and that is just how Ridgeway Bitter smells. I've run across Challenger hops many times, but never Boadicea (a new aphid-resistant strain). Even though the aroma is on the mild side, enough of the lemon peel, lemongrass and lemon pepperiness of the hops comes through for me to find plenty of enjoyment.

Simply delicious. Sometimes it's hard for me to put my big beer love aside and appreciate a lowercase beer such as Ridgeway Bitter. I didn't have any trouble at all recognizing the beauty of Bluebird Bitter and I'm not having the least bit of difficulty here either. The key, I believe, is that both are clean and hop-focused.

The flavor is basically a reprise of the aroma. A sufficient amount of Maris Otter malt provides an understated hint of sweetness and coddles the suprising bitterness of the veddy, veddy English hops. If Boadicea is the cause of this wonderful grassy pepperiness, then count me among its admirers. What the hell do aphids know anyway?

This is scrupulously clean beer that is one of the best true session ales that I've had in a long, long time. The body/mouthfeel is unapologetically light, but still manages to fill the mouth with each upending of the glass. An energetic amount of carbonation helps in that regard and is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

While I don't love Ridgeway Bitter as much as I love Ridgeway IPA (once a hophead, always a hophead), it's a beautiful beer that is the very definition of the English bitter style, at least as I understand it. I would dearly love to work my way through a succession of pints, on-cask of course, during a warm sunny afternoon in Oxfordshire. (2,160 characters)

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish that we had more good English bitters and milds sold in this country. This beer is pleasantly light with a clean, fresh flavor. It would make for an excellent session beer. It pours a bright, light orange with dark yellow highlights and a wonderfully creamy head. The aroma is lightly citric with an excellent light malt presence. While it's very well-balanced, there is still a noticeable hop focus. The feel is soft and creamy with gentle bitterness. I imagine that it's great from the cask. Drinkability is very good. (527 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,665 characters)

Photo of DaveUK
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A large and generous head that persisted almost to the end of the pint (handled pint glass). Probably to to its bottle conditioning. An amber to light brown colour.

Aroma - Sweet hops with a peppery undertone.

Taste - Juicy and resinous hops. Medium to mild in the mouth with a lingering touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium texture but deceptively smooth considering the sizable head.

Drinkability - Highly refreshing with a balanced taste. Very drinkable, I would drink this as a session beer all night! (529 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jon for letting me know this was in the shop and that is was fresh.

A- Hazy golden orange with a nice head, lacing was ok.

S- Citrus tangs and some pepper notes, with a nice malt aroma.

T- Nuanced hops, orange citrus tones, nice bitterness, very balanced with a nice malt profile, tastes grainy and has a very smooth finish. A very clean beer.

M- light body, easy to drink, low carbonation, very smooth

O- I am beginning to love these English Style lower abv. with subtle hop flavors playing off the subtle malt flavors. At times these beers become less is more. This beer was awesome, very nuanced and complex in it's own way. I truly enjoyed it and wish that I could get it on cask or in a 6 or 12 pack, I just want to have bunch of pints. (754 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with excellent clarity. It has a foamy white head that thins to a patchy layer and eventually disappears.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma with notes of malt and hops.

Taste: An initial sweetness fades into toasty malt flavors. This finish is tart and fruity with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, smooth and light-bodied with a light dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Really easy to drink. The flavors are good but not overpowering and the alcohol content is low.

Overall): This is just what I was wanting tonight, a flavorful beer that's not overpowering and not high in alcohol. (645 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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! (354 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt (Maris Otter) scent along with some light bitterness and a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a very dry bitter flavor that boasts of Maris Otter malts and leaf hops. It goes down easy with a bit of fruitiness and a wet cardboard finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good English bitter. It's bitter, but nothing too intense as well as having a good malt base; well balanced. (585 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to slight gold with touch of amber, nice contrasting white head.

Nose is clean, ligt citrus, mellow.

Palate is a light bodied, crisp, gently balanced bitter that is very sessionable. None of the flavor components are in your face. Nothing is out of place.

An easygoing ale that I could drink just about any time of day. (336 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant golden yellow with fine white lacing.

S-Earthy hops supported nicely with sweet maltiness

T-Solid hop bitterness without getting crazy. Nice malty sweetnes supports with ease. A lovely, light hop kick.

M-Plenty of bidy for a beer so light. Malty sweetness melds nicely with the hop bitterness.

D-Excellent, true to style. Very solid and totally quaffable. Could easliy sit at the pub and drink this pint after pint. (431 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, and yeah, 4.0%abv Bitter so that make it an official Session beer. Label has this on it: BBF 24 6 10 so I'm thinking that translates to best before June 24, 2010.

A slightly hazy light gold colour with about an inch of foam. There's not much of any bubble activity.

The smell is a nice balance between sweet malts and light citrus hops(the label says Challenger & Boadicea, the latter I've never heard of) Bottom line re the smell is that it smells very much a brew coming from the UK. I'm expecting good things with the taste.

The taste has a very nice hoppy bitter flavour that is countered by some sweetish notes from the malt and a light fruitiness that I'm guessing is very cherry like. I notice it more when I swish the beer in my mouth but without swishing, it is still there. I'm liking this English Bitter. Plenty of flavour for the abv.

It borders on medium bodied but I'd still call it light, the carbonation is medium..could be restrained just a tad more but works. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Great drinkability and why the hell not! Low in alcohol and plenty of flavour. What's not to like? I wish I had picked up more than 1 bottle. (1,168 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a thin bubbly white head.

The smell is of light orange marmalade, some yeasty notes, some classic Maris Otter maltiness.

The taste is of orange marmalade with tea-leaf (Darjeeling-like) bitterness. Finishes refreshingly dry, with a well-balanced bitterness.

The feel is crisp, lighter-side of medium-bodied for the style. A bit buttery. Smooth.

An easy-drinking ale with a nice, subtle, well-balanced flavour. A bittering touch in the finish. Could see myself drinking plenty of this on-cask in an English pub! (552 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a copper/golden color with with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled herbal and floral with a sweet caramel nose.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a bready malt backbone. It had an earthy/grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer in a highly drinkable style. (430 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquours in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium copper hue. Visually effervescent. Pours with a half inch of white head that remains. Brilliant clarity as long as you don't pour out sediment.

S: Sweet malts in the background. Citrusy hoppy aromas are stronger.

T: Predominantly hoppy bitter with, as in the smell, the hop flavor trending toward a fruity citrus characteristic. As beer warms caramel malt flavor buds through and makes for a very well balanced beer.

MF: Medium light body. Quite effervescent.

D: Good thirst quenching English bitter. Easy to drink but with enough going on to remaining interesting. (652 characters)

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Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.