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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-15-2005)
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Distinctive Half-Litre brown glass bottle that has a wide body and a tall long thin neck sealed with a glossy yellow painted crown cap. Main label has the title ‘Warm Welcome’ with a very cheeky description that this is a ‘Nut Browned Ale’ and a ‘A Perfect Holiday Toast’; and if you check out the picture of Santa stuck at the base of a chimney breast straddled prostrate over hot flaming fire, it all makes sense – another clever play on words. Listed at 6% ABV with lots of self-promoting blurb on the back label.

Appearance: Brown body, perfectly clear with a little ruby hue in the background light. A tried looking head on the pour collapses far too quickly to leave a flat looking brew with only a few small specks of lacing and a very thin light brown halo ring head, which breaks into a crescent after a very short time. Carbonation is low and the overall look is of an exhausted beer.

Nose: Pale malts, some hint of toffee, possibly caramel and a gentle easy going warm nose, but no nuts whatsoever…did I miss them?? Guess so!

Taste: Oh, maybe I wrong, well partly. Whilst I did not get any nutty aromas in the nose, I certainly do pick them up in the front end of this beer. They seem to add a nice entrance with pale malts and a chewy toffee tingle. Middle of the beer soon dies and the finish positively races away and is in bed for an early night. Working through the half-litre the flavors are definitely strongest in the first third of this one, and it is a clean brew, but the ending is short-lived and does little to add anything to the reasonably good start. Drops off too quickly and desperately lacks staying power, it promises much but fails to deliver.

Mouthfeel: Not as bad as I initially marked, time does benefit the Mouthfeel. Sadly the conditioning does not. Decent front end that is fairly solid, but the back end has a thin weedy character. Overall it sort of evens itself out to an average body which is more skin and bone than muscle.

Drinkability: Bit of a let down long term. Nice start, shame about the middle and…..what happened? the lights just went out…..are we finished already!?!? The premature cliff edge finish is frustrating and soon has me working my way quickly through the rest of the bottle, but not because it’s quaffable, but just because I need another injection of taste from the start of the next mouthful and with one eye on my next beer tonight.

Overall: One more bottled Ridgeway beer with a clever name and an appealing label, lots of style there but little in the way of substance to support it. I’m sensing a trend from Ridgeway, they seem to be knocking out a lot of higher gravity beers with greater frequency and more ridiculous names, possibly just for the US market (?), but the more I try them - the less I am impressed. To date my favorites from Ridgeway have been their low ABV Ridgeway Bitter and IPA in bottles, and of all the “Elf” beers, the original Bad Elf is still the best for my money. This ‘Warm Welcome’ with its ‘Nut Browned Ale’ tongue-in-cheek moniker strays closer into the latter pack of “all fur coat and no knickers” Ridgeway brews. Not their worst brew, but far from their best and another expensive one-off try.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 04:48:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Dark orange/light brownish color with a white head. Good retention as a full cap with some lace left.

Some pretty heavy hops for a brown ale, mostly of the herbal, earthy and grapefruit variety. Malts are nearly in the background here, though nuts are quite prevalent with some chocolate there as well.

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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.