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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%
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 harpus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

budgood1, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -11.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of marcdalke
3/5  rDev -11.2%

marcdalke, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3/5  rDev -11.2%

dgherm, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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)

TexIndy, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

sraimondi, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of HopDerek
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

HopDerek, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of deepsouth
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a golden (?) brown into my sam adams pint glass. a thin layer of rocky bubbles developed. a swill of the glass and it looks like this beer is going to lace nicely.

the smell is malty and buttery. can't really pick up much else.

this beer tastes pretty good up front, but finishes with some off taste that's not the best in the world. it tastes fairly light with some malt and not much hops to speak of.

the mouthfeel is thin, but not unepected.

overall, this beer is ok. if i had to grab this or a southern pecan (both english browns), i'd pick the lazy magnolia every time. there is just not much here. ok for a summery beer, but this is a christmas seasonal. i'm glad i kept it in the refrigerator until now.

deepsouth, Jul 25, 2008
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of beergoot
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, orange-copper color with a thick, off-white head. Great lacing on the glass, rings marking every sip I take.

The aroma is a soft, doughy malt. There's a cookie-like sweetness in there.

The taste comes across slightly bright and sweet with some bitterness. Alcohol warmth is there, too.

An okay beer, but nothing distinguishes it from the nut brown ale crowd.

beergoot, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange with apricot trim. The cap is taupe in color and is fine-grained with seemingly hundreds of delicate, rapidly popping bubbles on its upper surface. A thick collar of lace is beginning to form and it looks as though more is on the way. WW is a dead ringer for an English pale ale.

Is this beer mislabeled? It smells like a English pale ale as well. There's very little brown ale character and, even worse, very little maltiness. It's untoasted nutty with echoes of herbal hops. It also doesn't help that the aroma is underpowered. I'm less than impressed so far.

Things aren't much better on the taste buds. Ridgeway claims that Warm Welcome is 'a little hoppier than your average brown with a little extra malty sweetness'. I'm with them on the first claim, but definitely not the second. The beer is malt deficient, even for a brown, and there's almost no sweetness. Flavors include bitter cocoa powder and toasted walnuts with the bitter skin intact.

Did I mention that the beer is bitter? If you're going to dump a significant amount of hops into a classically malt-dominant style, make sure there's enough malt to counteract all the alpha acids. This is an unbalanced brown that is strictly average in my book. Come to think of it, what makes it a winter warmer in the first place?

The light-medium mouthfeel is passable given the style. It's slightly harsh, rather than being welcoming, due to the relative malt deficit. I'm glad that it isn't aggressively carbonated or I'd have gone from disappointed to frankly pissed off that I spent $4.99 for a beer that hasn't shown me much of anything good.

The Shelton Brothers website comments on the label (which features Santa and his Claus family jewels receiving a 'warm welcome' as he comes crotch-first down the chimney) and includes the tagline "a classic brown ale with more balls". Don't you believe it. Warm Welcome is another in a long line of castrated browns that doesn't leave me feeling very merry at all.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color (but not very a brown ale), dirty white foam, decent.
Malty smell, with light spicy notes, but again, not so brown. More than an english ale, too strong to be an english ale!
Nothing so bad, but from a winter beer you can expect a little more.
Average to light body, not so strong malt feeling into the aftertaste and pale cereal notes. Frankly speaking this should be better a little bit strong to give personality to the beer.
Nothing very remarkable.

stcules, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Arbitrator, Jan 27, 2009
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.

fitzy84, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

NEhophead, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of TCMike
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Produced a 1 finger cream color head. Nice lacing. Beer color is a translucent honey color. Lighter than most brown ales.
The smell is of lager yeast, bread, and a hint of nuts.
The taste is bolder than the appearance, and smell. It's similar to smell, but with more nuttiness, and a slight hop bite. Medium mouth-feel.
Mediocre beer... not bad, and easy drinking.

TCMike, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of briman
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

briman, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  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

Gueuzedude, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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).

shadow1961, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Chico1985
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is it! Done with these Ridgeway Xmas beers, for this year anyways...

Dark orange/light brownish color with a white head. Good retention as a full cap with some lace left.

Some pretty heavy hops for a brown ale, mostly of the herbal, earthy and grapefruit variety. Malts are nearly in the background here, though nuts are quite prevalent with some chocolate there as well.

Taste reveals an odd clashing of flavors. Lots of bitter herbal and leafy hops, hazelnut coffee, caramel, light roast+cocoa, tobacco. Toasty finish. Kinda harsh and a definite step down from the scent, not terrible though.

Mouthfeel is fine given the style, medium carbonation with some heftiness to it.

The taste is definitely just kinda too weird to make this very enjoyable. It is kinda interesting/complex in its own way though.

Chico1985, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a somewhat dark amber with a bit of light hazing and a relatively stable singe finger of cream colored foam for a lid, light amounts of lacing are present on the inside of the glass. Once again, the body seems slightly too thin and the carbonation seems to be on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of light caramel and hazelnuts, medium levels of earthy / herbal hopping and just a bit of nondescript fruity ester. The flavor presents more of a medium-high pecan sort of nuttiness that is raw... not toasted in character, so it seems sort of legume-like at times. Finishes up with plenty of herbal and steeped-tea bittering providing a stamp of dry punctuation at the end of each sip that seems somewhat jarring at the end of the caramel and legume-like nuttiness of the malt profile. It's...a bit janky and odd overall, as if the parts of the beer weren't quite glued together properly. Still, by no means does it ever taste or smell terrible. I just... prefer some more toasted and bready character on my browns.

WastingFreetime, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of charlzm
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed on 12/28/07.

Labeled as a nut brown ale, this stuff doesn't look the part. It's a crystal-clear brassy pour with a fast-disappearing head and no lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet: honey, sugar and sweet oranges. Smooth, almost tingly mouthfeel with a bit of the ol' green apples and butterscotch flaws. Nutty roasted malts mixed in, too. Finish is smooth with only a very thin bitterness as a memory.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.