IPA - Ridgeway Brewing
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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.
07-01-2011 21:32:47 | More by metter98
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-07-2005 19:30:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Nearly clear, toffee-colored body with a modestly-sized, white head.
Smell: Lightly scented dry maltiness in the aroma, with notes of pale malts, basic white bread, and an even more meager hint of toffee crisp. Subtle hoppiness giving off whiffs of earthy spices, citrus, and even a bit of pine.
Taste: Simple pale malts with a lightly sweet touch of toffee and a crunchy stale bread character. Spicy, earthy, citrus hops with a medium-light bitterness. Drying and bitter on the back half and until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: As with the rest of their line-up, it's no more than acceptably average. As always, I'd rather have myself a Sam Smith, though that doesn't help me on draft, as I very rarely seen their stuff on tap in my area.
07-21-2010 22:22:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.
03-14-2006 04:05:40 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +5.3%
The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful bitter hop aroma that balances well with the Maris Otter and carapils malts. The taste is good aslo. It has a solid malt bill that adds a base for the hops which are quite bitter and floral in nature. The whole leafs really stand out and make this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good drinking English IPA. I like the hop content. It has a light bitterness, but a standout aroma and finish.
10-03-2005 01:54:27 | More by WesWes
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours golden yellow - towards amber - with a thin white head that slowly becomes a patch. Little lacing sticks.
The smell is grainy, slightly earthy/herbal, a touch of lemony citrus, a bit musty.
The taste picks up well. Soft resin and citric notes, a touch of tea-leaf balanced by a generous amount of tasty Maris Otter malt. Balanced, yet enough hops and slight touch of alcohol to keep well within the style of an English IPA. Soft bittersweet, dryish finish.
Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.
A well-balanced, "sessionable" classic interpretation of the style. Certainly more subtle than the standard American versions, as it should be. A good one here.
05-31-2008 15:40:20 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
This is a bottle conditioned beer, so it is appropriately cloudy. Golden color. Lasting, but thin head; moderate lace.
Oddly, this is a malty smelling beer. I detect the very beginnings of skunkiness. Otherwise, its fine but unusual.
The hop shows up in the flavor, but it dissipates quickly so the finish is malty! The body is moderate and the carbonation is high. I like the aftertaste as it is well balanced.
I would describe this as upside down pale ale. First, it is too mild to be a IPA. Second it is far more malty and far less hoppy or alcoholic to fit the profile. That said, I like this beer very much even if it is mislabelled.
09-08-2007 01:38:08 | More by smcolw
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
11/08/08- Given to me by my wife as part of a beer birthday present.
Presentation- 500ml bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Nice amber colored pour with a large one inch plus head. Left good patchwork and webby lace.
Smell- Really fresh hops that smell more american than english. Not really grapefruit, but a citrus base. Malt is toasted but the scent comes through mostly in hops.
Taste- Very relaxed and laid back. Citrus and tea leaf hops mix well with the lightly toasted malt base. About an even mix of hops and malts. Niether one takes initiative.
Mouthfeel- Medium to lower crisp carbonation level. Short lasting, but pleasant hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability- All in all a very nice english ipa. I would have no problem drinking one of these again.
11-09-2008 22:18:39 | More by GClarkage
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.
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.
A -3, S - 3, T - 2.5, M - 2.5, D - 2.5
02-24-2006 22:40:28 | More by weeare138
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
10-14-2011 00:19:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
United Kingdom (England)
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
01-29-2009 18:40:12 | More by wl0307
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Overall I'm not much of a fan of this brewery, primarily because of all of their mediocre Christmas beers with silly names. I had this IPA at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, though and thought it was a much better effort and more of the real thing rather than a marketing ploy, so kudos where kudos are due. Poured golden with a typical cask drawn bubbly head, and quite good clarity. Smelled very citrusy and juicy with an underlying aroma of fresh baked bread. Surprisingly pleasant and fresh. The taste is similar- vibrant with orange citrus and a bit less of the fresh bread, but still a nice breadiness along with a gentle bitterness. A slight bit slippery in the mouth, but the overall effect of the beer is quite pleasant. A bit surprising to me how much I enjoyed this one.
01-29-2012 20:09:33 | More by Georgiabeer
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
I've had very little in the way of an authentic English IPA thus far. Is Ridgeway the key that unlocks the door? On to the beer:
The beer pours a cloudy straw color into my shaker glass. As the beer reaches the top of the glass, it settles in a faded blonde color (looks like a witbier) with a one centimeter thick head. Yes, there is floating sediment. The aroma is soft, a little fruity, and floral from the hops. As for the taste...yes there are hops. A good amount, but not overpowering. They're tea-like in flavor. Malt flavor and tannins play around in the back, but are light and gain momentum as the hops are washed away. Notes of diacteyl are there too.
It's not clean, but it's good. Solid choice for those days when you want a lighter IPA.
01-08-2008 04:11:44 | More by DoubleJ
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.
01-25-2010 23:11:57 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
06-27-2010 19:26:23 | More by DrJay
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.
03-14-2008 07:26:24 | More by JohnGalt1
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.
03-17-2010 22:15:39 | More by glid02
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
The colour is pale amber-gold; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of nice lacing. The liquid is somewhat cloudy.
The smell got notes of apricots, dough and yeast. Some bitter flavours as well as fruit candy, butterscotch and plum jam. Maybe a little frowzy hints...
The taste is fresh with lots of hoppy flavours although it is not that bitter. Notes of cheap fruit chewy candy, caramelized sugar, and unprocessed hop cones. I found some sweetness in the aftertaste along with flavours of dried apples and a medium strong bitterness.
The carbonation is on the stronger side of the scale, lots of small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.
An English IPA with that fresh hoppy flavour, although I could wish for some more bitternss.
12-24-2008 21:40:38 | More by bark
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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!
04-20-2008 13:52:58 | More by Bitterbill
IPA from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.