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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-15-2005

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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 159
Photo of Haybeerman
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy reddish-brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in patches.

S: Sweet, wet grain. Faint herball hop aroma. Roasted nuts, burnt caramel, cinnamon and dark fruit. Peat and earth.

T: Roasted nutty malt. Mild herbal hops for a pleasant balance. Some fruitiness and spiciness. All-and-all, fairly muted flavors with less depth than the smell. Biscuity malts linger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and dry; a little warm in the finish.

D: Easily drinkable; moderate ABV. Flavorful and slightly sweet so not too many would be filling.

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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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for quite some time, so I hope that it has held up. In all fairness to this beer, my review should be taken with a grain of salt as I believe that this beer is at least three years old.

Appearance: The bottle neck is shaped such that it is a little difficult to pour for the first few ounces. Once you get a big enough bubble in there that you can tilt it, you can pour it pretty quickly and it ends up with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles after a somewhat aggressive pour. After a minute the head was pretty much gone, but there was still a solid ring around the edge where the beer meets the glass. The beer itself is a quite cloudy dark orange color to mud-brown. There is a decent amount of lace already accumulating on the edge of the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty reserved, but doesn't show any oxidation or any real signs of age like I feared. The beer is quite cold now, so I am really only getting some sweet malts like caramel in particular. Lots of secondary malts dominate the aroma giving you honey in particular. There is a mild floral contribution that I assume must be from the hops, but it is really reserved.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty malty, but the hops are making an appearance here for sure. There is a defined bitter edge to this beer that you pick up in the very beginning of the sip and it stays with you throughout the sip. There is no alcohol noticeable in here at all. I get more specialty malts along with some toasty notes that I didn't pick up in the nose. The overall mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation which makes the beer a bit watery feeling on the palate.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer, and one of the best from this brewery that I have tried so far. If it weren't for the assertive bitterness, this would be a quick drinker. As it is, I need some time to let the last sip settle before I take another one. I wouldn't put this up against New Castle or anything, but I will finish my glass no problem. I would give it a shot if it was convenient, and as far as I know, you can't get this in six-packs, so a single would be a good try.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Photo of erosier
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy copper orange color with a medium sized off white colored head that laces the glass pretty nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, then a nice sweet nutty aroma with some hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, then a nice sweeter nutty taste. A slight bit of hops at the end of the taste as well.
M: Very smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, all the flavors were there and mixed well.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy copper-brown body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that recede slowly and leave good lacing.

Aroma: Sweet nutty malt, dark fruit, herbal hops, cinnamon, and a dash of apple towards the edges.

Flavor: Roasty and nutty malt balanced nicely by mild herbal hops. There's a little spice and dark fruit added in (especially as it warms), but it's ultimately rather straightforward with less depth than was promised in the nose. Leafy hops and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with medium carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this is something you could easily session on a winter's eve with the family. That is, if there was more than one in a pack.

Verdict: Generally unexciting, Warm Welcome would probably benefit greatly from a little more intensity and character. That being said, this is better than I had expected and I'm looking forward to seeing how the other beers in this pack fare.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber orangish-brown with a thin but nice head and decent lacing

S- Very roasty, lots of nuts, and earthy as well as smokey

T- Nutty, like roasted peanuts or almonds. I guess I should say chestnuts, but I won't

M- Thin and easy...kind of generic to browns, but still good

D- Pretty easy drink and not bad...could use a little more boldness but I'd have it again

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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.

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Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I got as a gift from Mat & Christine for Christmas. This is the first of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F08 278 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Initially creamy light brown but all too brief head (it lasted 20 seconds) over a medium brown translucent body that has a bit of an orange or dark yellow glow to it when held in front of direct light. 3.0

S Some nuttiness which is good but there is an unexpected bock like malt sweetness and little to no hops to the nose. I like this smell. It is interesting and inviting. 4.0

T Predominant taste is a muted dopplebock like malt taste with some nutty flavor in the background. It is like a light dopplebock. The label mentions that it is a "Nut Browned Ale" and that it is "A Perfect Holiday Toast," possibly referring to toasting Santa as he comes down the chimney with the fireplace fire. I do not pick up very much "toasted" flavor or really much nut at all (I am dissappointed by that since I know that English Brewers are known for a nice, authentic nutty flavor). The taste is still reasonably interesting. 3.5

M Slighy syrupy feel but really this is rather unimpressive. 2.5

D Fair to good. There is enough interest there to allow me to finish the 50cl but I do not think that I will seek this one out again. 3.5

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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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a light brown color with a tall head. Aromas had a faint chocolate smell with a nutty tone. The drink was decently sweet but had a somewhat off bitter aftertaste. The drink had a light body with a really crisp carbonation actually. Overall, not too bad.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Into a pint poured a deep amber with burnt orange hues and a thin, creamy beige colored head that quickly dissipated almost immediately after the pour. Visible effervesce was nearly non-existent.

S: The nose portrayed a fresh roastediness along with a caramel toasted sweetness. Also adding to the mix was some warm honey and maple syrup. The overall feeling was light to medium in strength.

T: The flavor opens up with a light smokiness of rich creamy caramel chew and toffee sweetening things up. A warm nuttiness of pecan and cola nuts adds dryness and warmth. There is a distinct fruitiness of caramel apple slices, and pears. On the finish lies a warm spiciness of sweet licorice, cinnamon and toffee capping things off before a short fade of warm dry nuttiness moves in.

M: medium-bodied, and syrup like, very smooth and slick texture wise with very little if any carbonation being detected.

D: fairly good, but wouldn't venture to have more then one at any given sitting. Sweet, spicy and fruity with a big showing of caramel chew sweetness limits this to a single serving. Worthy of a try.

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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.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours with a nich thick foamy head. Surface cover is generous with nice lacing clinging to glass. Color is a medium honey golden hue. Good so far.

Smell: A nice smoaky malt presence. Good job.

Taste: Malt presence during onset with a quick taper to butter. Kind of strong and heavy. Unusual.

Mouthfeel: Heavy malt. Rolls on the tongue well, but indeed the butter tends to crowd the palate even after sustain completes. Could have been done better.

Drinkability: I really don't know how to reate this brew. It is snappy but the aftertaste is not condusive to session drinking.


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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Hazy amber color with coppery highlights. Generous 2-finger fluffy head that remains for a few minutes before receding to a moderate ring. Light lacing.

S: Toasted pecans and walnuts. Some notes of caramel, toffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: The first impression is the nutty flavors, with some toasted malts underneath. The sweeter toffee notes come in the mid-flavor, combining with the pecan to create a sweet (almost ice-cream like) taste. The aftertaste is a bit medicinal.

M: Medium to full bodied with active (too much) carbonation. Lots of burping.

D: A decent beer, but its strange aftertaste is unappealing. Like with most Ridgeway brews, my curiosity over the novelty has been satisfied, and I feel no urge to try a second.

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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.