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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-15-2005)
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Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a half-pint glass due to that being the only glass to hand.

Poured a golden syrup-y brown colour with a pretty good head coupled with decent lacing as you drink down.

Taste is mostly like caramel but less sweet, quite pleasant if not a bit harsh on the tongue when you start drinking.

Overall a decent brown ale, not sure whats so festive about it but i like the joke 'nut browned' though.

Photo of canadianghetto
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fullsweep
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of AdamBear
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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).

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of wangbruins
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.15/5  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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.