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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 92
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (812 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 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 puboflyons
3.85/5  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. (540 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.17/5  rDev -41.2%
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... (698 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 thekanna
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of danny013
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (603 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 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 JamesS
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of cookin420
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,198 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 ffejherb
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA on 1/25/08.

A - Very clear light, golden bronze body with very thin, creamy white head that disappeared quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma paired with an odd herbal hoppiness. Some mild honey sweetness and caramel notes.

T - Mild hop flavor with some caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bready/biscuity malt aspect.

M - Light body with very thin, watery texture leaving some residual bitterness on the tongue.

D - Certainly drinkable, but a bit of a letdown compared to other cask offerings I've had. Very thin body, but had a nice mild flavor. (627 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-gold color; slightly hazy with a big puffy head and lots of lacing. Pretty good from a bottle.

The aroma is very fruity with a little sour note; brown/sugar/cinnamon hints are there as well. Big aroma from this one, very nice.

Very tart flavor, hops definitely come through along with some great sweet/sour malt. It's a little more on the sour side than I would like, though.

Very, very drying is the first thing you notice. The body is a bit watery but the smooth and very full carbonation along with that refreshing drying ability make up for that.

Pretty good, just a little sour for my taste to be truly great. That drying ability, though, is wonderful. I would drink this again for that great sensation alone! (724 characters)

Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very classic British style bitter. It pours a deep, almost orangish color with a slight bit of haze. This is a bottle conditioned ale but it doesn't have the yeasty bits floating about, nor any sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The head is off white and doesn't retain all that well. The smell is malty, some piney hop notes, and a bit of floral aroma too. The taste is quite dry, nicely balanced between malts and hops, and with a bit of a minty flavoring as well. The beer is moderately carbonated, fairly light bodied, and very refreshing. The mouth feel is very watery and at 4% ABV, you can drink lots of this beer. It's very drinkable, enjoyable, and well worth seeking out for a nice introduction to the style. L'Chaim. (740 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy light tan with a huge head which retained itself very well.

A good balance of malt and hops which led to a pleasing smooth delivery on the tongue.

Lively carbonation which kept things interesting. Better than average mouthfeel.

A very easy to drink beer, much more so than I was expecting. Would make a great session beer. Overall I was quite surprised and pleased by this Ridgeway Bitter and would not hesitate to pick some up again and share with friends. (483 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 AlephNull
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (608 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)

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