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IPA - Ridgeway Brewing

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 77
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fugazme
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper. Near clear.

Awesome, near mountain head that situated itself perfectly in an imperial pint. I've had this beer sitting for nearly ten minutes and just under a half inch still remains. Sticks to the glass like a champ.

Aroma isn't near as hoppy as I was expecting. Honeysuckle and lavendar. Very flowery. Truthfully, it smells like an old lady's perfume. Very delicate. An Evening in Paris? ha!

Wonderfully smooth. Creamy. Hoppy, but not huge. Delicious. Slightly dry. Rosemary.

Rings forming down the glass.

I would describe this as incredibly real.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 ADR
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of krberg
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  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 sublimesipping
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A VERY INTERESTING BEER. I'LL WRITE IT AGAIN AS I SAID IT OVER AND OVER AS I DRANK MY PINT. YUM AND "VERY INTERESTING". One of the best cask beers that I have had ever. This is an amazing session beer. Served on the hand-pump at Monks in Philly, it paired as good or better than many of the belgains with mussels(spicy selection) and the frites. Beautiful yellow lemon straw color. Subtle hops aroma and great malt balance. Balance excellent- smooth pour into the glass and down the hatch. I would reccomend this in spades for an excellent summer thrist quencher. Bonus points for my wife enjoying it too!

Photo of dbamarsj
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +18.6%
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.

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IPA from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.