Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
I tried this beer on tap last night at The Attic.
It's sort of a light-medium brown and some lighter highlights filter through; somewhat pale for a brown, but still brown. There's nothing that stands out in the appearance. There's a bit of head that fades to foam with some rings and legs of khaki lacing left behind.
As a brown, this is pretty representative of the style, with some nut and toast. A somewhat stronger earthy hops than many browns showcase is evident, but it's not exceptionally malty. In my mind, a well-hopped brown is great, but malts should still be the foundation. This goes the other way.
Per style, it shouldn't be a bruiser, and it's not. It does have a good, nutty flavor to it with a toasty edge, but grains tend to detract as they come out front.
The body is about medium but just a touch thin in the feel. Otherwise it's just a nip crisp with low carbonation and a bit of smoothness coming out toward the middle.
There are better examples, but this is still pretty good beer.
11-09-2011 23:32:41 | More by Brenden
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
50 cL brown bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.
A: brown with amber highlights--not particularly dark like some brown ales.
S: Mellow yet sharp, tiny hints of spice in the nose, a little sweet maltiness as well, but not too much.
T: sweet and sharp on the first taste, but mellows significantly further down the glass--not as rich as most browns I am familiar with.
M: much more carbonated/fizzy than expected. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was hoping for a bit more smooth/rich/malty feel on the mouth and tongue.
O: definitely a nice winter brew!
10-17-2011 20:48:34 | More by fullsweep
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
09-10-2011 01:30:38 | More by AdamBear
3.68/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours into my glass a dark copper color with a fizzy white head that lingers for a bit and then fades. Good clarity as well. Aromas start out with a nice light roast and some toasted malt accents. Nutty notes throughout along with a mellow fruit tone. Slight sweetness.
First sip brings smooth crisp malts upfront, lightly toasted and semi-sweet as well. Nutty flavors roll across the palate with a fruity undertone as well. Lingering nutty roast on the back end. A well balanced, easy drinking ale.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. Good carbonation and easy drinking. Makes for a good session beer. Overall, a tasty English brown ale with well balanced flavor profile. Would have this one again sometime.
03-10-2011 02:18:49 | More by orbitalr0x
3.6/5 rDev +6.5%
A finger of head sitting on a dark honey brown beer. Color is a 9 on the SRM beer color chart. Very little lace and that is non cling. Smell has aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, and honey. Taste is a mixture of flavors. There is honey, chocolate, caramel, coffee, pumpkin, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel has zing but very little smoothness. This is good with cheese and chips. A good cooler weather beer.
02-21-2011 21:08:45 | More by beerprovedwright
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
3.4/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-06-2011 21:41:13 | More by Haybeerman
3.05/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-29-2011 02:14:42 | More by Cyberkedi
3.55/5 rDev +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.
01-28-2011 06:55:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
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
3.7/5 rDev +9.5%
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).
10-15-2010 00:50:53 | More by BeerNinja007
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
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-08-2010 11:06:37 | More by erosier
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
03-15-2010 00:48:04 | More by BeanBone
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
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
01-17-2010 02:32:52 | More by wangbruins
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
3.48/5 rDev +3%
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
01-09-2010 05:25:15 | More by adamette
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
01-04-2010 02:21:04 | More by Offa
3.15/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-03-2010 21:25:48 | More by fitzy84
2.9/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
01-02-2010 19:52:40 | More by DesMoinesMike
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
4.03/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
12-31-2009 12:36:57 | More by KTCamm
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
4.15/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
12-07-2009 02:46:19 | More by farrago
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
Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.