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Ridgeway Bitter - Ridgeway Brewing

Ridgeway BitterRidgeway Bitter

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%

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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jwc215


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of Offa


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
Photo of yemenmocha


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
Photo of JamesS


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: cask

01-29-2008 18:01:41 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Deuane


4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2008 13:57:48 | More by Deuane
Photo of ffejherb


3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2008 00:29:58 | More by ffejherb
Photo of bboven


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:36:36 | More by bboven
Photo of albern


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 23:47:17 | More by albern
Photo of JBogan


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 00:33:01 | More by JBogan
Photo of DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 23:41:08 | More by DaveUK
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 01:16:35 | More by AlephNull
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 00:07:30 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of BretSikkink


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown ale, big head. Lots of carbonation here, good lacing as well.

Aroma is sweet grain husk with some spicy hops thrown in. Decent.

Flavor is just fine for the English bitter, some grain/light malt and peppery hop flavor. Slight fruit flavors emerge.

Thin and fizzy in the mouth, high carbonation is very crisp. Finishes with similar flavors, good drinkability. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 06:07:20 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of malcontent


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a hyper-frothy head. Head is fairly lumpy but still, I'm impressed by the sheer volume of it.

Mildly grainy/sweet scent but the hops do come through making this a nice enough aroma.

Nice enough flavor although there is a detectable grain quality to it that overshadows the hops I usually enjoy in a bitter. Still, the taste isn't much of a problem but...

...mouthfeel is far too fizzy and over-carbonated, especially for the style. Really hurts the overall drinkability of the brew although I'm sure I'll have little problem finishing the pint.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 02:59:41 | More by malcontent
Photo of claytri


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a lifeless copper with an off white head. The aroma was simply of light malt. The taste was of light sweet malt with a hint of better in the finish. The feel was medium and dry. This one started off a bit weak, but as I drank it grew on me and was suprisingly good, a very delicate beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 10:48:19 | More by claytri
Photo of cichief


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Max's in Baltimore, MD.

A- pours a nie gold in color with a thin white head.

S- very little in the nose, just a hint of malt.

T- malty, muted hops, probably served too cold.

M- not bad, well carbonated, medium body.

D- I would probably prefer this more if it were fresher.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2007 21:35:22 | More by cichief
Photo of Nipitato


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 18:47:53 | More by Nipitato
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 13:57:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle with a wide body and thin proboscis-like neck. Sealed with a metallic green crown cap and labeled as “Ridgeway Bitter bottle conditioned ale”. Alc. 4% Vol. My bottle is just as the one pictured in the BA Avatar.

Appearance: Superb presentation, glowing soft orange amber body with some light brown tissue. Massive off-white head rises prominently and leaves some spectacular looking lacing. Excellent catwalk looks.

Nose: Gorgeous nose, sweet malts, hints of Devon toffee and teasing bitterness of the English kind. Monkey nut pockets here and there.

Taste: Gentle malt tingling with some residual cold tea to line the cheeks. Sharp angles in this one, the malts and hops are in two camps, both joined together by a dry bitter finish with hints of nuttiness. Splashes of lemon and tobacco leaves ridge the back of this brew. English bitterness rides from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft conditioning throughout, Cask-like almost, light body with a satisfying feel. Low feel but high body, if you know what I mean.

Drinkability: A quaffing Pale Ale that holds no qualms or grudges, easy to put down and easier to pick up again.

Overall: A very interesting English Pale Ale; the Marris Otter Malt is no surprise but the mix of Challenger and Boadicea hops most certainly is. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:57:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
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