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IPA - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.87%
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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding ale, light, highly drinkable, yet complex and full of flavour, with light hop bitterness but a lot of hop flavour.

Deep, orangish gold, very faintly hazy, it has a medium-large off-white head that steadil shrinks to a permanent, thin foamy top that leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroma is rich, hoppy with yeast and malt, flowery with a fair amount of pine, a lot of citrus (grapefruit and orange with a little lemon), leaves, raisin, apples, and yeasty bread.

The taste is very juicy and yeasty, leafy with a lot of citrus (mostly lemon, unlike the aroma, with hints of orange and grapefruit), caramelly raisin, dry bread crust, a hint of pine, and generally a lot of juiciness and some spiciness. It has light sweetness slightly dominated by light bitterness, but is actually more dry, with lively feel.

It is incredibly drinkable and fresh tasting.

Photo of meeekyh
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here we have a half liter bottle proudly proclaiming itself both a 'real beer' and an IPA. I opted for a nice mug into which to pour this ale. It is a beautiful orangy-gold color, but the smell is immediately distracting and full of floral hops.

The smell is this awesome piney/floral/citrusy burst of happiness carried on a bed of clean malts. It smells really very hoppy. I like it, a lot.

Taste is a full tangy, slightly sweet experience with the pine and citrus in tow. It is refreshing and lemony like my favorite pilsner beers but with a bit more bite and a more noticeable grain bill.
...Getting melon flavors, maybe a first for me as to beer tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium but full enough to take note of. It reminds me of Brutal Bitter from Rogue, which is among my very favorites, so it must be good.

I think very much of the greatness of this beer is the yeast strain, and so a new quest begins.

So overall this is champion of beers. It rocks the IPA world by being full and round in addition to being a hop-packed easy-drinker. At the seven dollars for a 500ml pricepoint I will not have too many in my budget, but I will make room for a few as they are very nice.

Slainte!

Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness, this is an exceptional English IPA! I'm thoroughly enjoying this beautiful beer. I think this is what English IPA's should base there goals on, as far as standards for IPA's. Because most EIPA's are just plain not good. But this is great!

A-It pours a clear yellow color with thick creamy white head that has great retention and pretty good lacing too.

S-The aroma is so nice with bright citrus and floral hops up front. With sweet pale doughy malts in the back, I'm guessing Vienna malts because of the color and flavor.

T-The flavor is of the same essence along with some nice hearty bitterness. The citrus hops are up front then a floral lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. There is for sure a slightly sweet, maybe malty but not really sweet pale doughy malts underneath. I think it is slightly sweet though.Very wonderful, yet slightly complex but straight foward beer.

M-It has a full-medium bodied mouthfeel with a very slightly dry finish. Nice full carbonation to boot.

D-Man I could drink this beer all night. I love this beer. I highly suggest this beer to anyone who has not tried this beer yet. Go and get some fo sho!

Photo of soulgrowl
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deeply hazed sunflower with a superb ivory-white head and fair retention; first a tiny-bubbled, smooth and creamy foam, then a medium-bubbled, quivering film.

Smell: Pear and lychee juice, mossy earth, plenty of clove, and some very resinous, woody hops that lend the impression of an antique store.

Taste: Lots of vanilla, floral hops, some tangy yeast, and sweet, almost nutty malts. Woodsy (cedar?) notes also appear before a sweet-then-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Very, very creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Wow, this is a good one. Very complex, especially for the style, but still easily sessionable and refreshing.

Photo of dbamarsj
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Mahar's in Albany and have to say it is one of the best beers I've ever had. Hoppy, flavorful and very drinkable. It can also be had in bottles but I have to have it other than on cask. Absolutley outstanding and highly recommended if you can find it.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NERAX 2005

Brilliant as sunlight with a bright yellow glow and an airy white head.

Sweet fresh scent. I can hardly wait to dive in--and there I find lots of lemony bright goodness and a lingering resin finish.

Conditioning is spot on and most drinkable.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle at the Moan and Dove.

This IPA poured a clear, golden color with creamy white foam that persisted a while. The aroma was a very lovely floral hop scent with a bit of malt coming through as well. The flavor was a very nice medley of floral and bitter hops together with the balanced malt backbone. The mouthfeel was smooth and well balanced with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered pleasantly in the aftertaste. This was a very nice English IPA. This brewery certainly makes some fine beers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemony amber with glittering lemon drop borders topped by an incredible head that is rich cream in color and as sticky as honey... which is only fitting since it leaves gobs of lace in a honeycomb pattern. Bee-utiful! This is one of the best lids that I've seen in a long while. It's hugely pitting, rough-hewn and mountainously rocky.

The nose is a good one, even keeping in mind its country of origin and my preference for U.S. hops. It smells of sweet, bread-and-buttery pale malt with a generous amount of little green cones that are as exotically citrusy as they are herbal. If the flavor is a fair approximation of the aroma, look out.

This is an excellent ale. If malt-driven-but-still-hoppy English IPAs are your religion, Ridgeway IPA is your god. The beer tastes like a thick, hearty slab of crusty sourdough slathered with sweet herb butter and sprinkled with a small handful of shredded hop leaves. The hops are, at once, floral, citric fruity and herbal. Earthy appears to be on holiday.

I can't get over the head and lace. Each pour generates a living, breathing foam monster that deposits ring upon crusty ring on the glass when it reluctantly drops away. The flavor profile stays in balance throughout, with an increase in both definition and intensity on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium-full and is buttery smooth, modestly mouthcoating and finely carbonated. This stuff must be pure heaven on-cask.

The Shelton Brothers website says, in effect, that this is the same beer as Bad Elf, but has been renamed so that it can be brewed year-round. If that's true, then the brewery has improved on the Bad Elf recipe circa 2003. Ridgeway IPA is a keeper and is, quite simply, one of the best beers of this style in existence.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with two finger head with decent retention and lacing. Nice, albeit somewhat subdued, floral, fresh hop nose with hints of perfume and a touch of pine. The taste was surprisingly bold. Really herbal, piney and tangy hop presence with tons of citrus as well. A solid malty sweetness balances out but doesn't diminish the excellent spicy, bitter, peppery hop bite. The finish is crisp, dry, and really bold and refreshing. Can't remember an English IPA that was this big. The drinkability is huge. This has elevated itself to one of my favorite beers from the UK. Can't wait for round two!

Photo of Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(F13 195 printed on back label)

L: pale gold, very cloudy, big fluffy white head that bursts up a good 1 1/2 inches and sticks at the top; no amber; looks like a pale ale; opacity might be clearing up a bit

S: fruity English pale ale smell with some nice sweetness; man, is that nice ... really mixes the good light malt (sweet biscuits; bread) with some yeast into a pronounced hop profile for an English ale; the hops are green and grassy more than bitter

T: follows the nose almost 1 to 1 to start with; sweet fruity English ale note, lots of barley, light barley, and there is definitely some hops in here; more than that little English "bitter" taste, you actually can detect some green/grassy/spicy tastes

F: loads of carbonation despite the big head -- the bottle-conditioning is fantastic here; feels pretty light but not watery

O: now *this* is what we thought India Pale Ales were meant to be! like the brewery says, the style floated from the UK to India to the North American Pacific Coast and now it's found a good home in this brew back in the UK. I can hardly describe how happy I am to find a hoppy British IPA that uses good English hops ... wow!

If you're a noble-hops/British-hops fan, FIND THIS BEER!

Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange tinted straw color, 1/4" white head with little retent, fine lacing

S- hoppy, floral, citrus, spicy

T- very hoppy yet not palatte pounding. citrus and grassy flavors with a touch of mouth puckering bitterness at finish, malt sweetness present, as well is some raw hop oils.

M- medim body, soft and smooth, fine carbonation

D- sessioable and damn delicious, i said wow more than a couple times

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle. BB 31/06/09(?), served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly translucent reddish amber hue, almost like a "peach geuze"; carbonation is sporadic and mild, while the puffy white head lasts pretty well.
S: upfront comes lovely pale-malt stinky+savoury sweetness underlined by "breezy" aromatic flowery hoppiness, while lychee-shells, peaches, orange-oil, and a light note of longan-fruits keep flowing from the underneath. Overall, predominantly hoppy with a faint trace of yeastiness.
T: a delicious swallow of flowery as well as aromatic tea-ish hops is ensued by a clean texture of tannic citrusness, while the pale-malt backbone stays quiet and loyal... Gradually and surely, an intriguing chewy palate creeps up, likely due to the bitter-spicy hops as well as yeasty bits, while the aromatic orangey-citric and tangy-bitter undertones outlive every other elements... just more-ish at the end of every single sip~~
M&D: refreshing, full of microscopic fizz without going spritzy, the palate is clean, crisp even, for an ale, and overall retaining a medium body fit for a session ale - the bottle-conditioning is absolutely spot'on! This IPA has accommodated the pronounced hop features of an American Pale Ale and a balanced profile true to an English Bitter. Not terribly complex, but incredibly attractive as an hoppy bitter.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed deep gold colour with a short cap of fine, off-white bubbles. Lots of sticky lacing coated the glass, good head retention. Nice hoppy aroma, floral notes, mild citrus, a bit herbal. There was also a biscuity malt presence, but this took a backseat to the hops. Great balance in the flavour. Sturdy bitterness made it obvious that you're drinking an IPA, but left room for mild malt sweetness and hop flavours that ranged from the floral and citrus present in the aroma, almost an orange blossom character, to an earthy, spicy quality that lingered in the finish. There was a hint of fruitiness that I often attribute to the yeast in English beers, but this was very subtle. Dry, but not overly so, with a medium to light body and carbonation that bordered on creamy. Nice texture. I really liked this beer - easy to drink and it made me want to pick up a couple more bottles soon. It just shows that you can tilt your balance towards hops without throwing balance out the window.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 500ml bottle a clear and bright yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam. It turns cloudy with the second pour. Hey, it's bottle conditioned. Btw, very good head retention.

The smell has a lot of sweet malt on the nose along with some fruit. Very nice. Oh, and there's a touch of citrus peeking its way through.

The taste is yummy! English IPA? You bet and the difference from most American IPAs is in your face right off the bat! Sweet malt dominates the intial taste but I also find it very fruity and then there's some bready notes and a good lemony hop kick to balance things out. I really like how the hops and malt interact with each other here...overall light sweetness and light bitterness. Makes for a perfect balance and I could drink a lot of this as the abv makes it very sessionable.

The mouthfeel is kind of light but works, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a lemon hop flavour that is fairly long lasting. Very tasty and very refreshing, and I'd guess, at least fairly fresh. I'm guessing because I can't make heads or tails out of the code on the bottle: F9 039. I'll buy this again, no problem!

Cost: US$4.99

Photo of rebel1771
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Matcpd
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden, almost tawny in color. Pours a huge head! It is immediately evident this beer is packed with carbonation. Head retention remains great throught the entire drinking session. The head is creamy, but had large "soda-like" bubbles on top, resulting from the prominent effervescent nature of the beer. The head laces and sticks to the walls of the glass. Overall, very lively apperance.

Smell:
Very fresh hop bouquet in the nose which seems to result in distant notes of candy (cotton candy perhaps). Spicy. Light maltly scent.

Taste:
The initial taste when the beer attacks the palate is a nice smooth blend of hops and malt. The hops, however, soon bleed through and become the dominating flavor. They leave a delicate dryness in the mouth and a slight lingering of flavors. After swallowing, the middle and back of the palate become very dry, but the sides remain moist and wet. This beer is extremely quench-thirsting with a spicy, peppery, almost grapefruit fruitiness, resulting in a very lively taste.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation! The texture is almost soda-like. It fizzes and tingles on the palate. The beer is somewhat vinegary and coats the palate with a thin film of "IPA residue."

Drinkability:
Drinkable. It quenches your thirst, isn't too high in alcohol, and has mild flavors. A nice summer session beer perhaps.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours with a lovely frothy head of pure, smooth and silky white, above a bright, clear golden body. For some reason, and I think it's probably Sculpin, I now associate a really light coloured IPA with transcendance. This looks good in its own right, however, with tight, intricate lacing and fine retention. I'm excited to try it.

Wow, nose is really pleasantly hoppy, and almost attuned towards an American audience, with sharp citrus characters and fruity hints of pineapple and mandarin. There's a hint of the herbal, greenery-and-bushes type of English hop character, with a touch of tea and blackberry leaf, but this is much more subdued. It's a lovely, almost hybrid hop character.

Taste is also good, but rather subdued, with more of that slightly tannic tea hop character, and plenty of earthy greenery in the flavour. It's almost as though it's heavily hopped with low-to-moderate alpha hops, with nothing to give it too much astringency. Extremely smooth and clean and utterly drinkable.

Absolutely fantastic English IPA—I find it hard to think of a better one that I've tasted. This is fresh, bright, light, quaffable; all up: gorgeous.

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle with a wide body and thin proboscis-like neck. Sealed with a metallic red crown cap and labeled as “Ridgeway IPA bottle conditioned ale India pale ale”. Alc. 5.5% Vol. My bottle is just as the one pictured in the BA Avatar.

Appearance: Turbid tangerine body with a luscious Satsuma orange background. Big white head rises up and just about fills my handled 20oz Mug to the brim. Excellent carbonation with a feisty hurricane conditioning when swirled. Look like it was pulled from an Angram only seconds earlier.

Nose: Rasping aromas cut right across the namby-pamby norm. Harsh hop flowers and a scorching bitterness with an astringent wipe. Citrus hops are Glaswegian in their harshness; Rab C. Nesbit hops sits tight in his string vest and projects that raw befuddled accent that only a limited few can understand.

Taste: Hostile bitterness does little to please the middle-of-the-road (feckin) Jessies, this IPA is acrimonious and the hops are unrepentant and forceful in their unforgiving unripe bitterness. Astringent and acerbic with a caustic dryness. The finish has a sharp edge that feels like dropping off a cliff. A base jumping IPA but it is damned good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Yet again I find the soft conditioning Cask-like and highly comforting, juxtaposed against the brusque bitterness it works extremely well.

Drinkability: Despite its uncut roughness, irregular profile and coarse unrepentant bitterness, as opposed to a gentle hoppy character, I Iove this brew. Not for the feint of heart but for those that love cutting their wrists it is an enjoyable distraction.

Overall: A harsh, raw, astringently bitter IPA that I believe more accurately reflects the older English versions rather than the softer more romantic “hoppier” versions banded about these days. Solid stuff and a great brew. This English IPA will not to be to most tastes, tough shit, it is certainly to mine and I thoroughly enjoyed its harsh edges which I consider pivotal to its heritage.

Recommended. But not for Jessies or Wankers.

Photo of Kristing
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful IPA with a golden, cloudy appearance and a well-retaining head, served in an ordinary pint glass.

There is a fresh aroma with a light citrus tone and a balance of hops and malt sweetness. All in all the bouquet creates a refreshing and rejuvenating smell.

The mouthfeel is a blend of hoppy bitterness and freshness, which is really the charm of an English IPA in my mind. The bitterness that puts itself on the palate really complements the light refreshing fruit tone, and makes for a quite complex beer.

This is a delicious and rather refreshing brew. The drinkability is not top of the notch, since the beer is too bitter and complex to be so. However, this actually commends the beer in a way, since this makes it an excellent welcome drink or aperitif.

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IPA from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.