Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.38/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell primarily consists of nutty aromas.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite nutty and has a light amount of malty sweetness along with notes of caramel and toffee flavors. No bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze, but I'm not sure if I would have more than one of these in a session because the taste isn't that interesting.
02-18-2011 00:52:24 | More by metter98
3.08/5 rDev -8.9%
Burnt orange with apricot trim. The cap is taupe in color and is fine-grained with seemingly hundreds of delicate, rapidly popping bubbles on its upper surface. A thick collar of lace is beginning to form and it looks as though more is on the way. WW is a dead ringer for an English pale ale.
Is this beer mislabeled? It smells like a English pale ale as well. There's very little brown ale character and, even worse, very little maltiness. It's untoasted nutty with echoes of herbal hops. It also doesn't help that the aroma is underpowered. I'm less than impressed so far.
Things aren't much better on the taste buds. Ridgeway claims that Warm Welcome is 'a little hoppier than your average brown with a little extra malty sweetness'. I'm with them on the first claim, but definitely not the second. The beer is malt deficient, even for a brown, and there's almost no sweetness. Flavors include bitter cocoa powder and toasted walnuts with the bitter skin intact.
Did I mention that the beer is bitter? If you're going to dump a significant amount of hops into a classically malt-dominant style, make sure there's enough malt to counteract all the alpha acids. This is an unbalanced brown that is strictly average in my book. Come to think of it, what makes it a winter warmer in the first place?
The light-medium mouthfeel is passable given the style. It's slightly harsh, rather than being welcoming, due to the relative malt deficit. I'm glad that it isn't aggressively carbonated or I'd have gone from disappointed to frankly pissed off that I spent $4.99 for a beer that hasn't shown me much of anything good.
The Shelton Brothers website comments on the label (which features Santa and his Claus family jewels receiving a 'warm welcome' as he comes crotch-first down the chimney) and includes the tagline "a classic brown ale with more balls". Don't you believe it. Warm Welcome is another in a long line of castrated browns that doesn't leave me feeling very merry at all.
03-06-2006 16:14:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.3/5 rDev -2.4%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head that fades rather quickly but does strand the pint glass as it fades
Smell: Caramel and a smidge of alcohol
Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns fruity and then alcohol-laden by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors fade but leave an unpleasant aftertaste somewhat akin to hazelnut skins
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little hot
Drinkability: Certainly not a brown ale; even so, the alcohol flavor clashes with the other flavors and the bitter nut skin aspect from the hops doesn't do much for me, either
12-16-2007 02:07:37 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
05-09-2008 10:20:11 | More by mikesgroove
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Gotta enjoy the English sense of humor. The Nut 'Browned' Ale title fits well with the picture on the label. Too bad the brew didn't make as much of an impact at the label. The beer, though nice and clean, was thin and lacking of character. The nutty flavors boarderlined on grainy. The chocolates were very subdued. The malts were sweet, but thin. A fermentation, yeasty aroma dominated the light amber malts. Hopped for balance and no real character. Not as spicy as expected from a Holiday brew. Otherwise, clean and crisp with a hint of mint in the end. Good beer, but I won't be going out of my way for it again.
12-04-2006 17:43:34 | More by BEERchitect
1.88/5 rDev -44.4%
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!
12-25-2009 19:37:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-11-2010 02:26:27 | More by zeff80
2.75/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
09-02-2010 05:00:33 | More by largadeer
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a crystal clear amber in the body with a slightly off white head, forms thick fine speckled lacing. Aroma offers some semi sweet toasted malts, cereal grains, and herbal earthy minimal hops in the backend. Flavor is middle of the road nice bready malts, semi sweet balanced with earthy hops, soft nutty character. Mouthfeel has ample carbonation a bit much, but overall what can I say these novelty beer labels are decent easy drinking beers middle of the road but they sell like hotcakes every holiday season, medium bodied at best. Overall I'm not sorry I tried this one very drinkable solid brewed beer labeled as a winter nut brown tastes more like a well constructed amber ale.
12-10-2013 01:48:34 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is amber in color and clear. Carbonation low, head clings to glass but there is very little lacing. White tiny diffuse broken head makes up the look of this beer. Color is fine, head dynamics are disappointing.
There is close to no aroma at all. A little bit of malt, I mostly smell the water. Its a bad sign when the water has a stronger smell.
Beer is medium bodied and overall smooth. Beer is sweet and kind of fruity. Taste is pleasant enough. For some reason I was expecting more nuttiness. This did not happen. Drinkability was fine, overall I didn't see anything special in this beer but overall it was fine.
12-01-2009 19:09:08 | More by drabmuh
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA
Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy amber color, with a creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly but left some streaky lacing behind. Not too aromatic, but still, I picked up hints of caramel, nuts, and apple skins. Basically the same on the tongue: caramel malts, nutty, with distant notes of apple and light spice. Not bad, but not great. Light-medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable, but one serving was plenty.
12-15-2011 00:37:56 | More by Rifugium
2.25/5 rDev -33.4%
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.
12-31-2009 21:42:21 | More by Mora2000
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
Sits in my glass a drab, dark brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, amber-red hue when held up to the light. It pours with a frothy, initially one and a half fingers thick, tan colored head. The aroma is slightly cider like, actually has a bit of cherry notes to it as well, but the apple note is definitely the prominent note. I am really having a hard time getting any malt aromatics here, perhaps there is a touch of caramel and a wisp of toasted malt. The slightly tart, though aromatic, apple notes are what really jump out at me.
The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of tasted / roasty grains in the finish. It is lightly tart though, and while not as prominent as in the nose, there is a cider note to this as well. Quite light on the palate, in fact it is almost thin tasting. Light caramel notes here make this taste almost as if caramelized brown sugar had been added to watered down cider. This is a very interesting drink, it is not at all what I was expecting. It really is not doing much for me, it is not bad, but it is just too thin and is lacking a malt depth that I would like to see here.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
11-19-2006 21:28:33 | More by Gueuzedude
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
11-28-2010 19:18:39 | More by smcolw
3.25/5 rDev -3.8%
16.9 oz bottle,
A: Pours a medium amber, which is fine, but the head is real fizzy, like soda pop, poor retention and no lacing.
S: Actually has a nice nutty smell, subtle, but it's there.
T: Light pecan flavour, maybe some walnut, caramel malt and a bit of ethanol roughness, but it is light, not great tasting in the beginning, but as it warmed up, it got much better, IMO.
M: Light, kind of watery, but it has some good, crisp carbonation.
D: In the end not a bad little beer from Jolly/Merry Old England, but needs more robustness for a Christmas beer, IMO.
02-18-2008 06:55:34 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
500ml Bottle: BBD 28 Aug 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 16 Dec 13. Imported by the Shilton Brothers, which was a shock as I live in Shropshire! I wonder where this bottles has been before it arrived at my house?
Nice clear amber body with a full, deep head which died but gave some heavy lacing as it did so.
Malty, woody and nutty in both the nose and the taste, caramel notes came through the maltiness as it warms.
Good bite in the finish, this is a well balanced, easy to drink beer.
12-16-2013 00:13:09 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Obtained from the Pitfield Beer Shop. Filtered, 500ml brown bottle, BB 09/03/07. Served cool in a goblet.
A: pours a lightly reddish brown hue, with a milk-white, loosely formed foamy head starting to dissipate as soon as the pouring stops.
S: the nose is dominated by juicy cherry-fruit and lightly caramel maltiness, underlined by a faint honeyish aroma added with a light touch of vanilla and nuts, and more astringent, herbal hops at the back--almost reminding me of the Anwerpen De Koninck!!
T: a smooth flow of fruit-candyish and lightly caramel malts... the malt entry is so smooth that the whole texture is rendered extra-light vis-a-vis its alcohol content, with just a slightly warmish touch at the back of the throat. Smooth fruity hop overtone in the medium-length aftertaste, where a smooth flow of bitter-sweetness also sustains.
M: the mouthfeel is almost too... clean and light for its medium-rich flavour, though it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just that overall the body appears a bit thin and rather unbalanced IMO, and fails to live up to the standards of a Winter Ale.
D: clearly a Winter Warmer rather than an English Brown Ale, this is a very easy to drink malty brew but lacks desirable complexity. Maybe bottle-conditioning might do some good?
01-02-2006 19:52:19 | More by wl0307
3.15/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy/nutty nose. Flavor is mellow hops at first some nuttiness. Some bitterness in aftertaste. $7.40 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
09-11-2007 22:44:00 | More by jdhilt
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
Had to double-check the bottle on this one cause this is no Brown Ale. Hell it is solidly in the amber range with a small white head. This is slightly chill hazed to boot.
Smell is malty and stoutly herbal with a faint vegetable aroma. Smells a bit bitter and woody with stronger caramel and tobacco leaf scent.
The taste starts out mild and malty with a reasonably strong herbal taste. Butter is quite strong here, maybe too strong.
Mouthfeel is good.
An OK beer but the butter starts to bug you fairly quickly.
01-30-2009 04:12:08 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
11-27-2007 01:57:28 | More by Wasatch
3.31/5 rDev -2.1%
LOOK: Pours a perfectly clear copper. Soapy off white head forms and leaves plenty of lace.
SMELL: English ale yeast, bready malts, green apple.
TASTE: Caramel, tea like hop profile, very English. Soft toffee and buttery notes. Mild bitterness. Some brown sugar, nut and lightly toasted malt elements. For being 6% abv it's not even close to tasting strong. Quite mellow.
FEEL: Medium bodied, rich and smooth. Ample carbonation.
OVERALL: imported by the Shelton Bros, this is a very English tasting ale, mellow nutty flavors and overall easy to drink. Nothing earth shattering, this is just a solid little ale.
01-16-2013 23:10:42 | More by Stinkypuss
Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.