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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 117
Photo of BDTyre
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, sessionable seasonal brown. Mahogany-toffee colour with a thick, creamy head that leaves rings on the glass as I drink.

Fairly standard brown ale smell. Malt heavy, with a fair amount of hops.

Good, nutty caramel flavour. Tasty malt flavour, low hop bitterness.

A bit thin in the mouth, but otherswise a very nice, easy drinking brown. Ridgeway is quickly becoming one of my favourite English breweries.

Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of sauron681
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, brown color with a 1 finger head. Very, very bubbly head, but no real noticeable carbonation. Head turns "poofy" with a nice ring of creamy lacing that lasts the entire pint.

Has a sweet buttery caramel aroma. Mild roasted malt taste thats smooth, and slightly nutty. Will drink it again next christmas time if its available by me.

Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt .9 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Golden-highlighted, faint oak in color. Very creamy, half-inch of bright-white head; lots of milky bubbles a top. Thickly cascading lace around the tumbler with good hold.

Musty, astringent-filled notes of coffee and light toffee. Rustic, unbalanced whaffs of floral hops; earthen and muddy. Faint hints of cream and hazlenut.

Sweet caramel and molasses; notes of milk chocolate. Liquid sugar with a bit of milk creaminess. The earthen, burnt floral hops present in the aroma are overpowered by the slick, malt sweetness. The bitterness is light and is followed by a slightly nutty aftertaste.

Medium bodied; sickly slick, which is completely out of sync for the style.

Too sweet and too high in octane for the style; which seems to be somewhat of a theme for Ridgeway. Moments of pleasantness, ultimately brought down by imbalance and an almost unpleasant mouthfeel.

Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 50 cl brown bottle lists 6% abv. and a F 08 244 stamped on the back, which I’m guessing (GUESSING) that’s a best by Feb 08.

Aroma: Earthy, some toasted malt, and mild noble hops.

Appearance: Amber brown with striking clarity showing larger bubbles in the glass. A solid off white cover of multi-sized bubbles that left respectable lace.

Flavor: Somewhat watery at first blush. There is a firm nutty note in some toasted malt. Any hop flavors are lost save a mild grassy note. A toffee note comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly carbonation, dry finish, light to medium body.

Overall Impression: A pleasant nutty quality saves this fairly plain beer. I like this a bit more than the other “Santa” beers in the set.

Photo of jim102864
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Ridgeway bottle and packaging for all of their Christmas themed beers is very clever. The 1.9 oz bottle pours perfectly into my imperial pint glass. The appearance is a deep, lovely mahogany. No head for this brown ale to speak of. I detected some nut aroma, but it is a glimpse at best. Taste is more or less what you would expect from a brown; light malt up front followed by chestnut, maybe walnuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly bready but really unremarkable. Overall drinkability is good, but there is nothing about this beer that makes me want to run out and buy a 6 of it. I'd like to see how it fares out of a keg. A nice brew.

Photo of jaluria
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent, brown color with a white and tan colored head that left behind lots of lacing. Medium-high carbonation. Aromas of bread, roasted nuts, dates, and dark chocolate. The taste followed suit with a very smooth texture. Malty core never fades. Crisp and sweet with subtle nut flavors adding a nice touch and making it a great beer to sip in the winter.

Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A handsome pour, with a clear mahogany color with a half-inch of head on top. A soft caramel aroma is all the scent this beer offers. Taste offers some nuttiness, among the sweet caramel flavors. Hops are not detectable apart from a light bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet. It does have a nice chewy and creamy body.

An unexceptional beer.

Photo of briman
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium dark reddish amber color. About a quarter-inch beige head, decent retention. Average lacing.

Aroma is malty, with caramel, and a little bit of a nutty characteristic.

Flavor is malty, with carmel, nuts, light brown sugar, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Finish is dry, with a mild hop bitterness coming through which lingers for a moment in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Well balanced. Pretty basic nut brown ale, nothing too distinctive. Wouldn't turn it down if it came my way again, but would seek out other examples first.

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.

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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ridgeway Brewing's Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale pours
out a fluffy, long-lasting head over a deep amber brew. The nose
is of yeast and burnt malt. The flavor is sharp dark malt and a bit
of hops. Alcohol by volume 6% I would say that, like a lot of
Ridegeway's holiday offerings, it's not a bad beer, but if you
have something you really like for the holidays in your hand,
you might want to pass it by (or just get a single bottle).

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.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat, brown, half liter bottle found in the Ridgeway Brewing Christmas gift package. The label has an illustration of Santa's ass coming through a well lite fireplace. Pours a clear, light brownish copper. Impressive off-white head that holds nicely and leaves some great lacing. Pleasant nutty aroma from pale and toasted malts, a bit of honey oat bread and some grassy hops way in back. Medium-full bodied, refreshing mouth feel. Very good taste, moderate caramel sweetness up front, toasted malts give an earthy, nutty flavor. Rather bitter for an English brown but nothing insane. Flavoring hops have a nice floral taste to them. The finish leaves a dry earthy bitterness that is very well balanced. A great session beer.


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)

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.

Photo of taez555
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, ruby/brown body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of sweet caramel malts, biscuit, alcohol and very mild nuts.

Beer is medium to full bodied with a strong bitterness from start to finish. Lots of caramel, biscuits and crackers mixed with a mild salty and roasted nut quality. An earthy hop flavor pairs nicely with the malts. The bitterness, although never annoying, really overshadows most of the other flavors. Ends with a lingering english hop bitterness.

This might be my new favorite ridgeway beer. A little over the top in bitterness, but it's that English cask type bitterness, so I really don't mind. Could be amazing on cask.

Photo of Dizzy
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent brown with a creamy off white head. The head dissipates to a thin film with some lacing. No strong aroma, maybe some carmel and faint roasted malts. Some carmel like malts, but roasted malts dominate. Flavors are faint though. Medium body. Decent, but a little boring over all. This beer is not worth it for the price. I got this in the holiday pack with three other Ridgeway beers, I hope the others are better.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a very weak, loose head that fades to a small thin island in the middle. Sporadic lace was minimal. Nice shiney highly filtered copper body with medium sized slow rolling carbonation.

While the label graphics were interesting I couldn't find any nut characteristics as it states as a "nut browned ale". Ok, not a big deal as long as its good. Yeah, this is a decent winter warmer/english brown with some spices that help out a somewhat thin offering. Light candied fruit presence and a vanilla layer that lays underneath throughout and gives it another level of depth that I enjoyed. Comes across slightly "hot" in the alcohol department. Maybe its the combination of alcohol and spices that has this a bit tough but its far from annoying. Roasted malts are very much an afterthought although as it warmed there is a touch of some nuts and roasty flavors.

Notes: Certainly not one to go out of my way for but once a year its worthy of a pickup. Probably one of the better Ridgeway brews and easily consumed with no off taste. Clean.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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.

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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.