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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Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
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 ChainGangGuy
1.91/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm a glutton for punishment! After having not learned my lesson with their revolting Seriously Bad Elf, I'm here again with their Nut Browned Ale.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-hued body with a small, spotty, white head.

Smell: Sweetish nose of dissolved table sugar with a curiously medicinal, cidery note dosed with a dreary, lone drop of nut flavoring. Quite unappetizing, I must say.

Taste: Sugary sweetness tempered only by a shot of low-grade apple cider and hooch and artificial nut flavoring. Seems oddly warming and boozy for having only 6% ABV listed on the label. Ghastly, near-hot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! Okay, this time I really, honestly, truly do mean it -- no more of these vile Ridgeway Horrors of Christmas beers. I turned away from friends and family on Christmas Day to abuse myself with this mess? Jesus! (891 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.16/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours brown to dark amber with thin white head that doesn't last.

Nose is very weak, with some slight fruitiness. Nothing that would suggest a nut brown ale.

Palate is disappointingly thin, thin bodied, light malt, light toasted flavors.

This is pretty much what you would expect if A-B made a brown ale. It's a watery, near flavorless example of the style.

Pathetic. (371 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dirty yellow/brown with a white head. The aroma is not good, reminding me of an English Brown Ale mixed with an American Macro Lager. The flavor is about like the aroma, with some butty character and some bitter English hops. Thin mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Avoid this one. (287 characters)

Photo of TimmyL
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft into a pint
A- light in color for its style. Small head but good retention. Minimal lacing
S- little to note here, Disappoonting
T- straw, hay, mild malts but not what I'd expect from the style. Mild and average.
M- good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, pretty full
O- weak and lacking the normal characteristics of the style. Tastes more like an American adjunct lager. Pass (385 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice 1/2 liter bottle with typically good artwork from Ridgeway.

Pours a nice, clear, tea (tannin) color, clear with a very sparse head. No lace.
Smell is barely present. Light roasted malts, hops and a sour note.
Taste some roast malt, hints of smoke, sourness, caramel, a slight nuttiness with some alcohol coming late. All much fainter than expected or desired.
A decent hop bite early, warming later, but watery throughout. This beer promised a lot ("a brown ale with real attitude") but delivered naught. I consider the $6 spent money wasted. (553 characters)

Photo of hellbilly
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours clear an amber shade of honey stained maple with a soft white head.

the nose is very floral... kinda reminds me of the generic vodka. also, it's toasty with notes of some grass, nuts and caramel grains.

there's sweet apple maybe grape juice in the flavor which makes me think of cheap malt liquor... some hints of grass, noble hops, flowers and caramel with some sort of artificial taste finishing up. it's quite floral and booze laden with a tiny bit of bitterness throughout. . light to medium body is sticky on the palate.

lame.
5/3/4/2.5/10/2.5 (559 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell is faint, some spice, some nuts, and just a touch of caramel.

taste is watery, somewhat nutty, slight bitter and dry ending.

overall a below average brew, the worst one out of a variety 4-pack. (264 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a large, moderately coarse white head, which gradually subsides to a thin layer of foam, with thin, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Quite sweet, with vinous and earthy notes, and herbal hops. The aroma is quite uncharacteristic of the style.

Taste: Bitter cocoa and earthy notes dominate the taste from the open. As the taste progresses, harshly bitter, lingering herbal hop notes appear. Along the way, there is also a peculiar bitter apple note. Little or none of the toasted malts for which the style is notable are present.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Warm Welcome seems wildly off style, and is not particularly pleasant to drink. It proved difficult to finish.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (857 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Thin light tan head on a clear amber brown body.
S- Big malts with kind of a nut smell too. Grassy hops also come through too. Smells kind of old like stale beer.
T- Kind of watery. Has a good helping of malts. It has metal or something strange in it. Some nuts also. Hops help balance it all out. Leaves a hop bitterness in mouth along with a nut and metal taste. Almost taste like a stale beer.
M- Very low carbonation. Medium to thin body.
D- Don't like it at all. Glad I am sharing this bottle. (506 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

More amber than brown, and murky looking. Moderately carbonated, but head retention isn't great.

The nose has a strong green apple note, along with caramelized malt and faint buttered toast.

It tastes a little better than it smells, with a strong caramel malt backbone that covers up the acetaldehyde. It's not toasty enough for a brown ale, it's more like an amber with an overly fruity and buttery yeast profile. The finish is malty and slick, void of bitterness. This isn't awful, but it's not particularly enjoyable either. (529 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A-bronze colored with about a finger of head that faded to a partial cap with a little lacing

S-a little carmel and some earthy hints like wet leaves

T-some milk chocolate along with carmel with a mild hop on the finish

M-light bodied and carbonation

O-this is and ok beer and really no better than average it falls just a little short (382 characters)

Photo of TLove
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A decent nut brown ale, though on the light end of the taste and mouthfeel spectrum.

Some maple syrup, nutmeg, and cream cheese with some caramel sweetness and walnut flavors. A carbonation that reminds me of ginger ale and the consistency of pumpkin bread, though a lot thinner.

A pear touch on the tongue with a little bit of cinnamon. Consistent throughout, but a little dry on the back end, rolling into a soft, creamy finish, with the exception of the lack of body. (474 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, "nut browned" ale seems suspicious, like that Lienenkugel Nut Brown with "natural flavors".

Far lighter in color than I expected. This is not brown at all, it's amber...not even dark amber, so it's not a tranditional english brown ale afterall.

As far as nuttiness, not getting any in the aroma, just some grainy wood. Malt is a bit caramel in its profile.

The nut does come into the aftertaste, but it's a background note. This is just a light english pale ale in my book, malt forward, without anything christmassy about it. I actually have a similar review for their 'bad elf' beer. What has this to do with winter/xmas?

Mouthfeel is thin for a brown, but pretty spot on for an english pale. Some creamy smoothness.

It's drinkable and all, just their marketing department seems to be a few steps ahead of the brewing. I put quality ahead of graphics anyday.

Also, there's a Santa on the label? Why? What winter warmer flavors in here make me want to drink this during christmas/winter? (1,000 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this nondescript beer into my tumbler 40 degrees, the beer was a nice amber color and thats about it. The beer poured a really small flat head. The beer was bitter on the finish and weak tasting really. Really don't see any need to buy again. (251 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Warm Welcome ended up not being such a warm welcome to my taste buds.

In my perfect pour glass it was a pretty dark amber color with a small amount of head and light carbonation. The aroma had a bit of almond to it. The taste was nuts and somewhat earthy, as in, dirt. It had just this kind of dirty taste that I found off-putting. It finished it begrudgingly because I didn't want to waste that much money. This will not be a repeat buy. (444 characters)

Photo of tangentrider
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Deepstraw with an off-white head; very clear

S- Malt with a slight aroma of cheese (?) and nut

T- Some malt and herb flavors; not as sweet as expected; there is a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish, a bit surprising for the style

MF- Quite thin, low carbonation

D- Fine for a taste, but I'll not go looking for it. (333 characters)

Photo of Luchman
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml poured into a a pint glass

A: Dark, but clear, copper color. A half finger, bubbly, off white head appears at first, then removes it self quickly.

S: Malts with some light roasted character and nuts. Has a slight metallic, penny-like smell in the end.

T: Pretty average. Its got some bready malts with a very slight hint of nuttiness to it. Hops are kind of surprising, as they put a light, but noticeable, bitterness on the end. The flavor does roam, so you can enjoy it until your next drink.

M: Medium body that feels flat. Brings no "life" to this beer, which it could use.

D: Not bad. Everything was pretty average, except for the mouthfeel, which could have used some work.I didn't expect much and I didn't get much, but It wasn't bad. I wouldn't tell the world about it, nor would I buy it again, but if you hand me one, I wouldn't complain. (872 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the half litre bottle a rusted chain colour, with a thin tight head. bits of festive lace. light malty aroma...some brown sugar and that's about it. taste is of a caramel malt variety, brown sugar and dried nuts. it's toasty and roasty for sure...all very balanced and nondescript. a little bit yeasty. there is a good deal of alcohol warmth that can be detected, maybe accentuated by the fact that there is nothing to mask it in the flavour profile. it's sugary sweet and and meant to warm. very lightly hopped. the body is medium at best, with a slick mouthfeel that allows this "nut browned ale" to slide down quite easily. drinkability is good....this brew would be good with some cheese and crackers, a nice fire in the fireplace, and a good snowfall outside my window.

one-dimensional, but enjoyable. i probably wouldn't revisit this one due to the price of the single. (891 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never seen this before so I picked up a bottle. Pours a light brown color with a very thin head. Aroma is nice and malty like a standard brown ale. Taste is somewhat nutty and bitter at the same time on the tongue. Aftertaste is much of the same. The maltiness just doesn't show through as much. I would say that I've had better brown ales than this. Not bad but I wouldn't rate it highly either. (396 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle with what appears to be a coded date on the back label into a pint glass. ABV of 6%. Barely had any head and that quickly dissipated to a thin film. It had a brownish amber color with a little carbonation. The smell overall was pretty weak especially as it warmed. Roasted malt but way in the background. The mouthfeel was pretty watery even for a brown ale. The taste was just average and considering the price it was a disappointment. Had a very bitter aftertaste that I wasn't expecting. There has been a lot of hype about these beers due to the labeling controversy. It suckered me in as I probably wouldn't have bought otherwise so props to their marketing department but don't be fooled. Don't recommend unless you are just wanting to check off list. (3, RB, ML, O) (798 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a bland beer. Appearance is probably the best trait of this one. Nice brown color. Everything else is just average. There is a bit of an apple aroma and taste is unoffensive, but very ordinary. Mouthfeel is very thin. I won't be buying another. (252 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 500mL bottle into a stein.

Beer appears brown with a red hue in the light. The head fades fast, and leaves little lacing. Smell is mainly some light malts and toffee, no idea where the nuts are. Tastewise the nuts show up right at the front, followed by the malts, a bit of chocolate, and then nothing. No finish whatsoever. Mouthfeel is medium at best, more towards light. Not a horrible beer, but not really much of a Christmas brew and not something I'd race out to get again. Has a nice appearance and a good starting taste, but no finish at all. Its easy to drink though since you're constantly going back for another sip so you can have some taste in your mouth. (682 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a golden (?) brown into my sam adams pint glass. a thin layer of rocky bubbles developed. a swill of the glass and it looks like this beer is going to lace nicely.

the smell is malty and buttery. can't really pick up much else.

this beer tastes pretty good up front, but finishes with some off taste that's not the best in the world. it tastes fairly light with some malt and not much hops to speak of.

the mouthfeel is thin, but not unepected.

overall, this beer is ok. if i had to grab this or a southern pecan (both english browns), i'd pick the lazy magnolia every time. there is just not much here. ok for a summery beer, but this is a christmas seasonal. i'm glad i kept it in the refrigerator until now. (731 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spicy aroma has tones of cinnamon, malt and caramel. It pours a fizzy coppery amber with a very thick, fluffy, just-off-white head. Flavor is malty with an undertone of spice, mainly cloves and cinnamon, and just a touch of caramel. Texture is smooth, a bit on the watery side, and barely fizzy. Still, this is an enjoyable beer. (329 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, orange-copper color with a thick, off-white head. Great lacing on the glass, rings marking every sip I take.

The aroma is a soft, doughy malt. There's a cookie-like sweetness in there.

The taste comes across slightly bright and sweet with some bitterness. Alcohol warmth is there, too.

An okay beer, but nothing distinguishes it from the nut brown ale crowd. (381 characters)

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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.