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Ridgeway Bitter - Ridgeway Brewing

Ridgeway BitterRidgeway Bitter

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BA SCORE
84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%


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

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004)
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:04:50 | More by zeff80
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Gorgeous copper color with a nice off-shite head that is about 1 inch and has some nice chunky bubbles peppered in with some nice dense bubbles. The head recedes at a normal pace and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Very familiar malty aroma from the English pale malts. There is a very nice hopy and flowery aroma as well. Some mild yeast and spice as well.

T - Flavor is very malty up front with some spices as well. There is a nice light hop character and bitterness as the beer finishes dry. There are some nice vinous notes to this beer as well.

M & D - Very light and drinkable. Nice malt backbone and good hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:10:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Lakes

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is clear copper with a nice white head

Aroma is slightly yeasty but it's bottle conditioned, with light spiciness.

Nice flavor. I bit more hop than I was expecting but that's never a disappointment. Good malt backbone and excellent bitter.

I should have bought two, this goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:46:30 | More by Lakes
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meeekyh

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Fin Du Monde tulip serves as the recepticle for this English bitter. The label states this is real ale, meaning as I understand it that it is live beer and unfiltered.

The pour reveals a bone white head atop a deep honey colored beer that is just a bit hazy. Lacing is good and retention is not too long.

The nose is citrusy and not too pronounced. Malt is present in light sweetness but this is a clean smelling beer.

Taste is bitter, as promised, but not out of balance. There is a good malt flavor of sweet biscuit and a medium-light body that carries the flavors well. The carbonation is light and the aftertaste lasts with the malty flavors.

This is a great example of what a session beer can and, in my opinion, should be. It is full of flavor and refreshing, lightly carbonated, and still living and containing all of its richness as opposed to having that all stripped out of it by filtering and pasteurization. Very drinkable, if a bit more expensive than I would like.

Come on America, make me a beer like this one so I can enjoy it without paying for the shipping from Britain.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 00:18:14 | More by meeekyh
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange and a bit hazy with a short, lasting head. Some short-lived lacing too. Malty and biscuity aroma, hops were grassy and a bit citrusy, a bit floral. Bitterness was solid throughout, more biscuity malt, citrus and floral hop flavours lingered. It was perhaps a bit too dry. Light bodied with average carbonation. I quite liked the flavour profile of this beer. Slightly less attenuation would help make it more drinkable and well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:24:34 | More by DrJay
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 18:00:11 | More by Bitterbill
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to fit the English bitter style reasonable well.
It is a light bodied, and light flavored beer.
Has a hops bitterness to the flavor without much more complexity. This beer would be a fine summer's day refresher-- served slightly chilled-- or even cold. The traditionally low ABV makes the beer quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is cordial but the beer itself is light bodied so it didn't make much of an impression on me.

I could however quaff a few pints of this and enjoy the experience. Furthermore I wouldn't be welded to my seat in the way the higher ABV beers and many of the more robust flavored beers affect me (and probably anyone else).

The beer has a very light nose- emitting a tad of hops and not much else.

All in all-- I don't have any complaints-- it's not particularly memorable, but there aren't too many bones to pick with in the English bitter style.

Perhaps the only issue is $6 a pint... there are a lot of fine beers out there on which I can drop $6.. so this one has a lot of competition.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:21:18 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ridgeway's whimsical Christmas beer series has been one disappointment after another, perhaps I should stick to their more sensible offerings. Here's hoping!

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, light orange-hued body akin to dehydrated tangerine peels. Topped with a ½ inch head of lasting, whitish foam.

Smell: Though not boldly so, the aroma is predominately hoppy, with notes of spice, citrus, and dried herbs along with secondary scents of pale malts and a light hint of a fruity English yeast.

Taste: Modestly sweet, mild tones of Maris Otter malt with just a hint of toffee. Pinch of lemon peels tossed with a light dose of spice and a tea-like herbaceousness from the hops. Ample amount of balancing bitterness. Touch of additional fruitiness. A bit more toffee on the back end. There's a little surge of bubbles on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A sufficient, decently refreshing, though not exemplary brew, it's certainly more appealing than all that goofball X-mas stuff their churn out at year's end.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 22:17:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 22:53:17 | More by BlackHaddock
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:21:46 | More by wesbrownyeah
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Maction

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 23:30:16 | More by Maction
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 05:22:42 | More by popery
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 19:56:20 | More by puboflyons
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bonbright7

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 4/17 at Dek's. Gravity firkin. It appeared to be a light golden color in my pint and the slight aroma of vanilla and fruit elements came to mind. It was lighter than I expected and a little watery with slight floral hops in the nose. It was very easy to drink as we joked about the hole in my pint glass. I liked the low abv as it provided a relief from the higher ones like DFH 90, which I had after wards. I hope to try the bottle version soon to test the differences.

Serving type: cask

04-18-2009 06:38:00 | More by bonbright7
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle, with a nice label reminiscent of the English countryside

Appearance: Light golden ale with fluffy/rocky ivory head with decent retention and nice cascading carbonation.

Smell: Rich, sweet, fruity...there's almost Belgian-esque notes here of fruit and candy-sugar...I'm kind of confused...

Taste: Medium-bitter, with notes of salt-water taffy, salty minerality, and odd, vague fruitiness...weird, and not that good

Mouthfeel: Light/medium

Drinkability: I did NOT crave another...

Conclusion: I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was incredibly unsorted and just plain WEIRD...I poured 2/3 of it down the drain, and that's sacrilege for me...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:48:50 | More by BedetheVenerable
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 03:52:58 | More by jwc215
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thekanna

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:12:54 | More by thekanna
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 21:36:47 | More by fitzy84
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danny013

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 22:24:20 | More by danny013
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bitter for my enjoyment.

Pours a nice orangish yellow color. Good carbonation from bottle conditioning. Reasonable head initially that dwindles down nicely. The aromas are nice, but not stellar. Biscuts, bread and some herbal qualities are noted. The flavor is quite good with a nice herbal, citrusy hop bite. This is followed by a mild biscut flavor from the malts. Slight sweetness. Mild bitterness. The beer goes down smooth and finishes dry.

Overall a solid bitter. Not the best in the world, but I'd have it again on tap. I may pick up a bottle somewhere again if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 01:08:35 | More by brewdoc75
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Offa

California

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 17:03:32 | More by Offa
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:57:08 | More by yemenmocha
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JamesS

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark gold with almost no head and a lot of carbonation. There was a large hint of sulfur in the scent that mostly covered up the hoppiness of the beer. It had a bitter/hoppy taste, but it, too, was covered up with a sulfur/egg flavor. (Yes, I checked, it had not expired.) It was fairly smoothly, but not close to the best bottle (or even bottle-conditioned) English bitter I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 20:58:08 | More by JamesS
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cookin420

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 22:55:43 | More by cookin420
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2008 18:01:41 | More by Kegatron
Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.