Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-15-2005

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ridgeway Warm Welcome has a medium, cream-colored head, a chestnut brown, semi-clear appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is a nice combination of dark sugar, toasted malt, grain, and bread crust. Taste is similar, with a mellow, mild hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Warm Welcome finishes crisp, refreshing, and very easy going for a 6% beer. RJT (389 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just about the loosest aggregate of bubbles I have ever seen, no foam, just large bubbles a poppin', no lacing and soon enough no head. Heavy film to the orange rust, brown dirt color, some clarity around the rims. Sweet nose, not too heavy, comprised of malt and chocolate, black raisin, cherry and ginger, cinnamon spice, sweet scone dough too, undifferentiated nuttiness, while nothing hoppy of note for counterpoint in no way cloying. Full-bodied, smooth for its weight and, once more, sweet without being annoyingly so. The baking spices have more bite and there's noticeable orange and lemon citrus in support. Caramel, maple syrup, cocoa and danish to breakfast breads notes follow the tighter cadence of the carbonation, stretch out nicely. Cherry, apricot, pear fruit doesn't come across as fully dark fruit or white fruit. At the end your palate is clean while a mist lingers inside your mouth. Tactfully done, thoughtfully integrated for smooth drinking. (971 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- sparkling orangish brown color a finger of coarse white foam .

Aroma- citrus banana toast buttered brown sugar

Taste- roasted toasted bread dried fruit raisin toffee. kind of like a bread pudding malty not as sweet as a finish as a newcastle. some cola

Mouthfeel- lighter to medium bodied, malty sweet but not cloying. has a definite "holiday" sweetness.

Overall- yeah this and a warm bread pudding ! (418 characters)

Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up thinking it was a Winter Warmer, not an English Brown Ale. No big deal...

Redish-brown in color, there is a decent amount of head, about 1/4". Smell is a little light: some caramel malts and nuttiness. Taste is very nice. Sweet malts, mostly caramel cling to your palate with a nutty finish. I'd say it's medium bodied, but a little on the lighter side. This is highly drinkable. A nice blending of sweet malts and nuttiness make this a very enjoyable experience. It's easy to drink this fast, but I won't. Although it's not a Winter Warmer like I had initially thought, this would make a nice winter/holiday beer. I'm enjoying mine in front of the fireplace now. (679 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sweet, mellow beer, loaded with fruit notes (and I can't for the life of me think what the fruit is). If you like sweet beers that are very light on hops, this would be a great beer.

Pours an orangey-golden color with steady carbonation, just a ring of fine head, and very light lacing.

I haven't been drinking very many brown ales lately, and this is nice and refreshing. (384 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost the color of the bottle, perhaps a shade lighter and a shade redder. Not much for head or lacing, just a little of each. Good resilience throughout the tasting though.

Aroma - a light, woody (like hickory) nose. Toasty and roasty, pretty much what I expected.

Taste - good nutty start. Toasted, woody flavors. Some sweet malts showing a peek of abv. Those flavors yield to some modest but tasty hop balance on the swallow. Just enough to chase the sugars out, but leave the toastiness alone. Finishes with a light abv warmth, and a good malt/hop end. Not much to complain about here, so I'll just keep sippin'.

Mouthfeel - on the thin side. The carbonation is peppy. A bit of a miss here but it's not a total letdown.

Drinkability - um, by the case, please. This could be my winter sessional like, every winter. I'll need a 1/2 barrel by November 10th... :-) (882 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the 4 christmas themed beer sampler pack.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours light reddish amber with minimal foam. Very clear colored for a nut brown, at least based on my experience.

Smell is malty sweet - nutty with some caramel.

Taste open sweet but evolves into a well rounded malty brew with a very nice hop backbone. Light tasting. Good carbonation exhibited.

Well made, very drinkable. (402 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut brown color with a modest ivory head that disappears too fast to leave any lace.

The aroma is biscuits with a bit of caramel or toffee and hints of floral hops.

The taste starts out malty, nutty, hints of apple and caramel, balanced with a touch of piney hops. The hops become more apparent in the finish - still not overly aggressive but more than a typical English brown, enough for a fairly crisp finish with a little bite and alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, actually fairly mild in flavor but smooth and very drinkable for a winter brew. Supposedly it's banned in Conneticut because of the label! (626 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ding for sending this one up my way, along with some "proper" glassware to use with it! I put this one right in the fridge and decided to open it up last night for dinner, as I had really wanted something nice, and a brown ale will always fit this bill!

Appearance - The pour was rather unremarkable, with a crystal clear, honey tinted brown that appeared before me. Really no lace to speak of, which went along with the minimal head that had formed on the top of it. Nice carbonation through coming up from the bottom, the color was nice and now that I think about it, reddish hints throughout as well.

Smell - The aroma was very sweet and nutty. Very nice indeed, with hints of almonds, and pecans, some nice light citrus and a hint of earthy like tones. Really quite interesting. Not your typical winter warmer type of smell for sure. Lots of toffee and caramel in here as well, very interesting.

Taste - The flavor was excellent as well. The first wave to hit me was a sweet toffee like flavor, very rich and sweet with lots f pecans, walnut like flavors riddled throughout. There was a nice little bit of sweetness in the middle, like caramel or so, before turning it over to a nice little bit of a twang in the finish, Very interesting again. There was a touch of bitterness in there, and definitely some light citrus notes, even what taste like dandelion or clover.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side I have to say, it did come across a bit too thin. It was watery, but not in the flavor profile, more in the overall feel. I just through it would be a little bit bigger here to be honest.

Drinkability - An outstanding session ale. I found myself going through this one way too quickly. Very nice light profile with a good amount of nut and fruit like flavors. Nice light ABV, a good solid drinker here.

Overall, this was actually very good, and my favorite of the Ridgeway beers that I have had. A nice traditional English ale, I really did enjoy this. I am going to have to try more in the style to find some more that I like. Its not a boring style, by all means, I think it's just hard for us to get the good ones over here. (2,151 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear brown with nice scarlet highlights, the head a light tan creamy crown, which melts leaving a fine coating of lace to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, clean to the olfactory senses, start has a delectable malt sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness at the rear, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a benevolent acidity, the hops complaisant in their spiciness, sweet and dry at the end, a nice representative English Brown. (472 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with fairly bright highlights. White head diminishes in about half a minute. Dripping ring laces. Sweet smell, pear and vanilla impressions shine through, a bit of over-cloying sacharine. Carbonation is about medium, mouthfeel is closer to light but the beer covers the tongue well. Taste is neutral and agreeable -- in a world of extreme beers -- if maybe slightly unmemorable. Brown sugar maltiness, a touch of sweeter honey and no assertion of a hop profile. Smooth finish, no real off notes and a slight sense of light alcohol warming. Pleasant without being distinctive, overall nicely meets the style and is easily drinkable when this is what strikes your mood. Frankly, its better executed than some of the more hyped Ridgeway brews. (758 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a half-pint glass due to that being the only glass to hand.

Poured a golden syrup-y brown colour with a pretty good head coupled with decent lacing as you drink down.

Taste is mostly like caramel but less sweet, quite pleasant if not a bit harsh on the tongue when you start drinking.

Overall a decent brown ale, not sure whats so festive about it but i like the joke 'nut browned' though. (424 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy dull amber. no head

S-whiskey, caramel, strong scent.

T-comes in with holiday spices, nuts, some caramel, and a splash of whiskey. the taste lasts along with spicy dark belgianesque malts. interesting.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well its actually a unique beer that for some reason does give me flashes of christmas. its not extremely well balanced, but it for sure is a treat on a holiday night. (427 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, nutty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, nutty, chewy, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, very tasty, a different Brown Ale, but then again it's an English one, recommended. (388 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the palest brown ale I've seen--the color is no darker than amber. It has a mild chill haze. Good start to the head which leaves ample spottiness on the glass.

Nutty and sweet aroma. Lots of caramel. Mild alcohol in the background.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Good caramel malt sweetness at the front of the taste. There is a moderate hop that provides some balance. Very rich liquid but it is counterbalanced by the high fine bubble content. The aftertaste is mildly sugary with a bit of pepper from the hop. This is an easy-to-drink beer, but I'm hardpressed to call it a brown ale. (604 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a nice sweet caramel aroma. It smells of toffee. It has a subtle nutty aroma as well. It has a very subtle spicy hop aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Toffee, with a sweet caramel flavor. A slight buscuit flavor as well. A slight nutty flavor is present. Some spicy hops are detectable.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. It is a little overly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It has a very non aggressive flavor, and it is low enough in alcohol.

Overall: This beer was good, but slightly booring. I doubt I will drink it again. (731 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500-mL bottle.

This ale poured a clear, red-brown color with creamy, tan foam that settled and clung to the glass, coating a bit. The smell was malty with a light sweetness and a touch of caramel. The taste was malty with a hint of sweetness and a light taste of alcohol and low hoppiness. There was a bit of spices and a touch of vinous fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation. The finish was spicy. This was a decent "winter warmer" with a good feel. (503 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer, somewhat reminiscent of a more alcoholic, stronger Newcastle.

Pale brownish copper, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring leaving no real lace.

Aroma is toasted barley with hints of fruit and light leafiness.

Taste is light toasty barely, lightly spicey, fruity alcohol, hint of leafy tea and nut elements. It's mostly slightly on the sweet side with light bitterness and some alcohol bite. It's a bit zesty and mostly balanced. (484 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now Called "Warm Winter Welcome", $4.99 at Hollingshead Deli in March 2007, tasted in early May of the same year.

Pours a good looking brown, with very nice ruby highlights. Minimal head and no carbonation.

Aroma is light, common of the style. Lightly roasted grains. Flavor is a nice, very standard brown ale. An easy drinker, flavor is mostly roasted malts and nuts with a slight hop tang at the end keeps it from being boring. Some creaminess when swished in the mouth. Nothing outstanding, but good and goes down easily. (530 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish/ yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and a caramel presence. In the taste, malty and a dry nutty sweetness. A smooth, nice bodied mouthfeel and a nutty sweet aftertaste. Nice and easy to drink. A mellow brown ale. (278 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber with very few bubbles and just a little head, which quickly goes to nothing. The aroma gives off some odd aromas like bananas with slightly sweet bread aromas. The taste nixes the banana bread, ad just goes for toasty, bready malt with some soft hops to offset the sweetness. Pretty sessionable, sweet smooth, and medium bodied. (347 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant amber with a quickly receding yet clingy 1” cream colored foam cap. S: Spicy malt with herbal notes. T: The taste is moderate at best with biscuit, toffee and nuts. No aftertaste. Mild bitterness. F: Medium light, sparkly. O: This is a mildly flavored light beer, easy to drink, inoffensive but not very special. (327 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, caramel colored/brown hue with a small, off-white head of thin foam. Not much in terms of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty with grassy undertones. There was a bready malt smell, too.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and sweet caramel with some toffee notes. There was a grassy hop presence, too.

M - This was a soft, smooth English ale with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brown ale. I really liked the nutty characteristics. (477 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange/brown color. A small white head forms with light lace.
S: Sweet caramel and candy malt. A light fruit hop twang as well. This also smells of soap which gives this an odd aroma.
T: Caramel and sweet candy malt again. Not cloying at all though. A light hop bitterness that balances out nicely with the sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body, but not watery at all. Well carbonated. This is very easy and smooth to drink. Something I could session even at 6% ABV.

Not bad at all. Something I could drink more of, and an interesting beer to share with the non beer geeks during the holidays. (604 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 500mL bottle on clearance for 99 cents at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. Code F11 219, could be expired, who knows. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear solid amber brew gives a fizzy-looking beige head that settles quickly to half height, where it seems to finds second life as a fairly stable creamy cake. Smell has a clean dry starchy malt feel with notes of walnut and banana. Taste is similar but has a lingering dry caramel sweetness, stronger nut flavor (more like almond or benzaldehyde), and the banana isn't too pronounced. Alright so I guess maybe it isn't all that similar. But anyway, the body is of medium thickness, with a heavier than average viscosity that attenuates the carbo to a faint tingle.

Not a bad brew, and at this price point it's about what I personally would be willing to pay for a brown ale (given my usual lack of enthusiasm for the style). (900 characters)

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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
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