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Ridgeway Bitter - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bboven
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

bboven, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

albern, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

JBogan, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of DaveUK
4.13/5  rDev +11%

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!

DaveUK, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Toddv29424
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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
Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

BretSikkink, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

malcontent, May 31, 2007
Photo of claytri
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

claytri, May 02, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

cichief, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Nipitato, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

A-Poured to rough and about half the glass was a whitish tan head. Darker golden color with lots of carbonation. Has good head rention and a very nice lacing.
S- Hops, light malt in back, very light roasted smell also.
T-Light bitter aftertaste. Different kind of bitter than what I’m used to. Light malt in back which makes a pretty well balanced brew but with hops still winning the battle.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Body thickens when warms
D- good brew. Doubt I would get it again unless not much else.

BlindPig, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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 kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +3%

amber with a thick sudsy head.
the aroma is predominantly spiced almost tropical fruity citrus with toffee and caramel.
very tropical fruity taste, mango, peach, pinapple. it's actually vaguely belgian tasting. it's subtly spiced with baking spices. a little bit of toffee follows the fruit. the hops come in at the back with a minty floral hoppiness.
light medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation.
good drinkability, a unique, but pleasant bitter.

kmo1030, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

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)

RBorsato, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of krantul
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

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 Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Served from a 500 ml English looking bottle. In appearance this is a dark golden ale with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is rather subdued, slightly earthy, maltiness, some tinges of hoppiness. Malty , earthy tastes dominate, then a slight hoppy tatse and a longer lasting hop after tate, perhaps from the fresh hops. Pretty thin on the palte, well carbonated. A good drinkable bitter, but at the price we pay over here i could not say it was a session ale..but if in Oxford this would keep my intrest for several pints.

Reidrover, May 27, 2006
Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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 EPICAC
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

EPICAC, May 18, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

tgbljb, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%

This copper colored bitter has a tall white head that has good retention and laces well.
The aroma is muted, but it does have a trace amount of British style hops.
The flavor is also a bit muted, but is mildly hopy with a graininess throughout the drink.
Mouth feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a very mild bitter.

Naes, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

500 mL, bottle conditioned, best by 5/28/06 - certified by CAMRA as a real ale. Pours a bright amber/copper that is perfectly clear and it's topped with a fleeting off-white 1 finger head. The color is beautiful but the head is lacking (dirty glass?). It smells grassy/spicy with grapes, pineapple?, diacetyl?, toasty malts, and other, perhaps tropical, fruit notes. It has a medium body and tastes grassy/spicy/leafy and maybe some skunky from the hops. It's followed by a good bitterness, fruits, pineapple?, and maybe some citric/herbal qualities. Overall pretty tasty but it just doesn't seem like it's worth it at almost 5 bucks a bottle.

mmmbeer, Dec 27, 2005
Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
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