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IPA - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005)
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Reviews by Number3red:
Photo of Number3red
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Number3red, Dec 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Another shot at a well regarded English IPA.Poured a dull light golden with a very nice creamy,tight one fingeed head that never leaves giving me a mustache at avery drink.Herbal aromas mainly mint and geranium with some mineral quality and lghtly sweet caramel.Now this isnt the brash American IPA that I adore but this is a fine version,herbal and grassy hop flavors not big but nicely subtle over top of toasted grain and lightly sweet.I think this English IPA would be great on the beer engine nice subtle complexities,very good for what it is.

oberon, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of ricke
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Golden orange, rather clear. White head that settles into a small layer of lacings.

S: Some malts, bread and hop aromas with grapefruit as the most distinct component.

T: Plenty of malty sweetness, caramel, biscuits and some fruity flavors. Some pine-needles, floral hop notes and a somewhat bitter finish with gentle spices. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Medium body, quite crisp.

D: A rather good English IPA. However, English IPA:s are a totally different breed than the American ones and compared to some American IPA:s this comes out a bit anonymous. But it's still very refreshing and drinkable, nonetheless.

ricke, May 09, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Per my uber-dorky Treo 650 surfing while at OUAV, I saw the first few reviews for this beer and needed to purchase it.

Pours a clear, copper-tinged golden yellow in color with a densely-packed bright white head that lathers up the sides of my imperial pint glass with gusto. Stately 1" layer of head persists for eternity. Aromas are mostly a fresh floral scent, with some lingering sweetness hovering around the edges. Flavor sees more of a 1-2 punch of floral and earthy-bitter hops mixed with caramel sweetness in the middle, followed by a long-lasting, dry and bitter finish. Well-carbonated, with very nice mouthfeel and drinkabilty.

It's been my personal experience that a casked version of a beer takes some of the edge off a really hoppy beer (example: Hop Devil). Given the realatively low ABV of this one, I shudder to think of how many pints I could toss back if this were offered from a cask. A nice find.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket in Oxford. The label describes it as an authentic IPA...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A luminous golden-amber hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of bright, fruity hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, citrus and grass. Grainy caramel malt and earthy yeast underpin the hops. An unpleasant metallic twang lurks in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grass, earthy yeast and grain. Dry and slightly spicy. A decent but restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body; the low carbonation doesn't detract from the texture. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry yeast.

Tasty - a solid example of a British IPA. Not as chock-full of hops as an American IPA, but still hoppy and nicely balanced. The yeast adds depth to the flavour. Very drinkable and I would happily have another. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Light gold, lighter than I expected, pretty transparent overall (some fine yeast in the second pour) with a massive bottle-conditioned head. Laces are light but sticky on the sides of the glass. Cheesy sulfury aroma, quite sharp and possibly attributable to light effects as well as a hop influence. Light body, more than adequate carbonation, moderately gassy. Unlike many UK IPAs, this one is quite bitter, more than floral and mostly at the end -- almost a calcium carbonate/cement type of taste with some pithy elements. Malts are fairly weak and its tough to get by the pervasive smell as well. Relatively expensive single bottle, and not one I would pick up again.

ADR, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, leafy, and herbal hops, with emphasis on the last two. Underlying it all are grainy and buttery malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the malt is more dominant. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of toasted bread. Midway through the sip the malt flavors turn buttery and hops join in - herbal and leafy first and foremost with mild amounts of citrus. All these flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very well done EIPA with a nice malt backbone. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color, topped by one finger of creamy white head. Aroma of dry British hops (Kent Goldings?), a hint of pine, some pale malt, and just a touch of biscuity sweetness. Palate is well-balanced and delicious - smooth pale malt lends a biscuit character that is just offset by the mellow British hops. A lingering bitterness hangs on at the end, along with just a touch of astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy, but never foamy. This is an excellent, highly drinkable example of an English IPA. If you can find this beer fresh, go for it!

ElGordo, May 29, 2008
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -21.1%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

PaBeerLover, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Not the most impressive looking ale. However, the aroma just knocked my socks off. This IPA has a wonderful floral, herbal, and mildly citrus hop aroma. This is what the Garden of Eden must of smelled like. The flavor is not that extrordinary but it is still good. Has a solid malt base to balance the bitterness of the hops. Still the flavor is hop focused. Really herbal and mildly spiced. Bitterness is higher than most English ales I have had. The bottle conditioning is expertly done lending a nice body and texture. If only it was better looking. Very drinkable. The low ABV and a hop bill that does not punish the tastebuds makes this much more sessionable than American IPAs.

morimech, May 25, 2009
Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -47.4%

ConradKenney, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of rebel1771
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a pale gold color with a huge head.
The aroma is comprised of an intense hop aroma along with a few spicey herbs.
The flavor is outstanding with the typical hop flavors found in an IPA along with some nice fruity flavors and crisp finish.
I love this beer, this is just a damn fine brew I would drink anytime.

rebel1771, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PhillyStyle, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%

A: Poured a flat orange with a non-developing foamy capping that dissipated as quickly as it formed. Visible effervesce was strong with a ton of macro bubbles clinging to the glass walls before jet setting upwards. No lacing, no head, and a very little haze and came off looking more like an orange soda then a ipa.

S: On the nose was dry oranges and dry husky grains. Sweet caramel-orange candy notes are more forthright then any sense of hopping. The aroma started out fair enough but quickly became a non-factor after a few short minutes. Their pale ale (Ivanhoe) had a more promising display of hops then this, which came off disappointing despite the labels claim of using "large quantities of whole unprocessed hops"..yeah and miller is triple hopped brewed. A slight musky orange character is also present doing little to help matters.

T: The flavor was pale grains, dry with oranges and a slight yeasty muskiness similar more to a saison then an ipa. A candy sweetness is mixed in making for an odd combination. The malting was bready, one of the few highlights of this drink, with dried orange peels and only the faintest hints of English floral hops. Had more of a tart and sweet conflict going on with musky sickening candy notes. One final note here this beer was bought on close out which may have contributed to its weakening display of hops and carbonation, no date code was present.

M: The mouthful was bready with a thick orange juice like quality and texture. The carbonation was flat, boring and the hold all together boring. Lacked hops, crispness and any reason to hold this any longer then you need to.

D: Not impressed drinkability wise, was expecting an ipa and got a sweetened candy like orange drink instead. Wouldn't recommend or waste my time on. Uninteresting, and unfit per style with a sickening musky sweetness. Half way through I lost all interest or reason to finish.

beerthulhu, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of fitzy84
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Served on tap at Moan and Dove. A murky, dark orange glow permeates from this beverage in a glass. Its smell is a bit weak and very faint smells of citrus are barely recognizable. It's taste was a great divide: it was both sweet and sour, lemon and orange flavors wrapped in one. This IPA was really light, almost near refreshing with its high carbonation. With its light smell, this is a very nice, light IPA that will not be too overpowering for people.

fitzy84, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mdillon86, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of krberg
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

I think I have had the Ridgeway IPA before at Mahar's where it is referred to as Ridgeway APA.

Golden with a towering, solid white head. Not as bright as cask.

Tons of hop aroma. Very American IPA in smell. Also lots of sweet malt, with just a hint of citrus.

Biscuity malt. Slight lemon zest with some hop flavors and mild bitterness. The biscuit flavor lingers for a while. Tastes like a British take on the American PA. Its very good.

Way too much gas! There is a big CO2 bite that covers a lot of the flavor. I have de-gassed it a bit with a fork in order to rate flavor.

As is from the bottle, Ridgeway IPA is too carbonated to make it a session beer. Too bad, because on cask this is a winner.

krberg, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GrantBrennan, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

17 oz picked up at the Coop today for a very pricey $5.20 .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Very nice creamy looking 2 finger head ... brew is a hazy honey color.

Aroma is very assertive .. floral/grassy hoppiness ... even touches of lemon .. smells bitter and hoppy .. Not as much pale malt as expected .... I would actually appreciate a little more malt and a touch more yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is bracing hoppy the melts stubbornly into slight pale maltiness and just touches of caramel and then quickly into a drying herbal and citric hoppiness... finishes pretty dry and abruptly. Smooth mouthfeel but a little light ... fine bubble carbonation.

This is good ... but I really think it could use more malts to balance out the hop flavors ... Still pretty damn good though.

JohnGalt1, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of edbeered
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

This pours a clear very pale almost golden color with a quarter inch white head that lingers. It is bottle-conditioned, and while my second pour decreased the clarity(by adding yeast to the glass)it did not alter the smell or taste. It smells almost lemony. The taste begins with a nice hop bite and continues with a lemony floral flavor that turns into a subtle malt finish. It is very light on the tongue and has a delicate mouthfeel quite unlike American IPA's.The relatively low alcohol content(for the style)only enhances this ale's drinkability. This a nice change of pace from the more intense American interpretations of the style.

edbeered, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. It left thick rings of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the flavors of the hops really stand out in the taste but they are not overpowering and only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also fruity flavors as well as some hints of tea leaves and bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable given its low alcohol content. It has a surprisingly high amount of hop flavor compared to other English IPAs but doesn’t really have the associated bitterness.

metter98, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a transparent dark gold with a mild white head that fades quickly into a small collar.
Smell is Earthy, grassy, funky sweetness, overbrewed herbal tea.
Taste is sweet, grassy, and filled with lemony zest.
Mouthfeel is dry, funky, ugly, with a lemony tea like feel sticking to the palate.
Drinks a bit like yesterday's tea with a shot of lemon pledge.
****UPDATE 6/19/06****
I tried this one again and didn't get as much funkiness as in the first attempt to drink this. I may have had a bad bottle the first go around. I've found that this is a delicate, herbal, earthy tasting IPA that is very English.
Old Score:
A -3, S - 3, T - 2.5, M - 2.5, D - 2.5

weeare138, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

This IPA looked good on the pour- cloudy golden with bits of yeast clinging to the glass and a monstrous head. Scents were overwhelmingly citrusy hops- tatse was same with hints of pineapple and orange. The hop profile was very interesting- hard at first but quickly fading, leaving no bitterness on the tongue, just flavor. Though I like that signature hop backlash, the lack of it here did not detract. The mild flavors were balanced by the pronounced yeasty tang and mustiness. Despite the loads of carbonation it was refreshing and very drinkable.

kernalklink, Dec 09, 2006
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IPA from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.