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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

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
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a decent 2 finger head with good retention. Nice brown color. I can see my fingers through the glass.

Smell is of caramel and toasted malts. I almost think I pick up a little bit of orange peel and cinammon.

Taste is of some sweet caramel malts and toasted malts. This finishes with a nice balancing hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is a little too dominant over the malts for a brown.

A nice winter nut brown ale. Easy to drink. But it's a little over hopped.

12-09-2007 05:11:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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allengarvin

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

01-15-2007 00:18:03 | More by allengarvin
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a dark amber with some bubbles and a very slight head that dissipates quite quickly.

The smell is a bit weak. Toasty, nutty, yeasty, but nothing really strong or dominating.

Slightly sweet, caramel malt taste up front, with nutty, toasty undertones. A slight bit of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. A good amount of carbonation, just enough to keep it peppy.

It's a quite drinkable brew. Not as heavy as you may expect, and the ABV doesn't seem as hard-hitting. I could see enjoying three or four on a nice cool fall evening.

02-06-2008 00:21:58 | More by Drewcifer
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abrand

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

bottle poured into snifter glass.

A- pours a golden translucent color with a nice 1 finger head with fairly good retention. Positive lacing along the glass.

S- caramel aromas hit the nose upfront. Fruits and roasted nuts linger

T- Nice hoppy bitterness with caramel and fruits predominantly hitting the palate.

M- Pretty light bodied

D- pretty smooth beer with a good taste.

12-22-2008 01:50:33 | More by abrand
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +8%

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.

02-03-2007 13:01:58 | More by jim102864
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

poured a crystal clear deep copper color with moderate tannish head, that fell to a thin coating with very large bubbles. Very imprssive lacing on the side of the glass. Taste is very bread-like with some roasted notes. Taste is malty with a distinct hop bitterness. Very pleasant. Finished more dry than malty. Very thin mouthfeel. A nice easy to drink beer.

03-31-2006 01:28:57 | More by tgbljb
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

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
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DogFood11

California

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-07-2006 01:55:09 | More by DogFood11
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zeff80

Missouri

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
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-15-2006 23:59:16 | More by taez555
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HundredWeight

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-23-2012 23:18:33 | More by HundredWeight
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish/ yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and a caramel presence. In the taste, malty and a dry nutty sweetness. A smooth, nice bodied mouthfeel and a nutty sweet aftertaste. Nice and easy to drink. A mellow brown ale.

12-11-2007 17:16:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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kobeer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

07-23-2012 21:14:22 | More by kobeer
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

10-07-2007 05:06:51 | More by BDTyre
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-23-2013 03:39:51 | More by kvnstfrd
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

01-07-2013 05:52:23 | More by dmorgan310
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champ103

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Pours a clear orange/brown color. A small white head forms with light lace.
S: Sweet caramel and candy malt. A light fruit hop twang as well. This also smells of soap which gives this an odd aroma.
T: Caramel and sweet candy malt again. Not cloying at all though. A light hop bitterness that balances out nicely with the sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body, but not watery at all. Well carbonated. This is very easy and smooth to drink. Something I could session even at 6% ABV.

Not bad at all. Something I could drink more of, and an interesting beer to share with the non beer geeks during the holidays.

12-06-2008 19:21:47 | More by champ103
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

11-11-2006 17:51:00 | More by UncleJimbo
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a mild amber with very few bubbles and just a little head, which quickly goes to nothing. The aroma gives off some odd aromas like bananas with slightly sweet bread aromas. The taste nixes the banana bread, ad just goes for toasty, bready malt with some soft hops to offset the sweetness. Pretty sessionable, sweet smooth, and medium bodied.

01-09-2008 03:47:52 | More by scruffwhor
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OStrungT

California

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a nice sweet caramel aroma. It smells of toffee. It has a subtle nutty aroma as well. It has a very subtle spicy hop aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Toffee, with a sweet caramel flavor. A slight buscuit flavor as well. A slight nutty flavor is present. Some spicy hops are detectable.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. It is a little overly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It has a very non aggressive flavor, and it is low enough in alcohol.

Overall: This beer was good, but slightly booring. I doubt I will drink it again.

02-09-2008 04:56:45 | More by OStrungT
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Dukeofearl

California

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

05-10-2007 01:10:39 | More by Dukeofearl
Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
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