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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-15-2005

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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up thinking it was a Winter Warmer, not an English Brown Ale. No big deal...

Redish-brown in color, there is a decent amount of head, about 1/4". Smell is a little light: some caramel malts and nuttiness. Taste is very nice. Sweet malts, mostly caramel cling to your palate with a nutty finish. I'd say it's medium bodied, but a little on the lighter side. This is highly drinkable. A nice blending of sweet malts and nuttiness make this a very enjoyable experience. It's easy to drink this fast, but I won't. Although it's not a Winter Warmer like I had initially thought, this would make a nice winter/holiday beer. I'm enjoying mine in front of the fireplace now.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ding for sending this one up my way, along with some "proper" glassware to use with it! I put this one right in the fridge and decided to open it up last night for dinner, as I had really wanted something nice, and a brown ale will always fit this bill!

Appearance - The pour was rather unremarkable, with a crystal clear, honey tinted brown that appeared before me. Really no lace to speak of, which went along with the minimal head that had formed on the top of it. Nice carbonation through coming up from the bottom, the color was nice and now that I think about it, reddish hints throughout as well.

Smell - The aroma was very sweet and nutty. Very nice indeed, with hints of almonds, and pecans, some nice light citrus and a hint of earthy like tones. Really quite interesting. Not your typical winter warmer type of smell for sure. Lots of toffee and caramel in here as well, very interesting.

Taste - The flavor was excellent as well. The first wave to hit me was a sweet toffee like flavor, very rich and sweet with lots f pecans, walnut like flavors riddled throughout. There was a nice little bit of sweetness in the middle, like caramel or so, before turning it over to a nice little bit of a twang in the finish, Very interesting again. There was a touch of bitterness in there, and definitely some light citrus notes, even what taste like dandelion or clover.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side I have to say, it did come across a bit too thin. It was watery, but not in the flavor profile, more in the overall feel. I just through it would be a little bit bigger here to be honest.

Drinkability - An outstanding session ale. I found myself going through this one way too quickly. Very nice light profile with a good amount of nut and fruit like flavors. Nice light ABV, a good solid drinker here.

Overall, this was actually very good, and my favorite of the Ridgeway beers that I have had. A nice traditional English ale, I really did enjoy this. I am going to have to try more in the style to find some more that I like. Its not a boring style, by all means, I think it's just hard for us to get the good ones over here.

Photo of charlzm
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber, which is fine, but the head is real fizzy, like soda pop, poor retention and no lacing.

S: Actually has a nice nutty smell, subtle, but it's there.

T: Light pecan flavour, maybe some walnut, caramel malt and a bit of ethanol roughness, but it is light, not great tasting in the beginning, but as it warmed up, it got much better, IMO.

M: Light, kind of watery, but it has some good, crisp carbonation.

D: In the end not a bad little beer from Jolly/Merry Old England, but needs more robustness for a Christmas beer, IMO.

Photo of Onslow
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

got in the ridgeway christmas sampler pack .. pours a dark tawny red colour ... lacing is decent for an english brown .. easy going brew .. at least this beer isn't spiced, points for that but is nothing special... does scream in english though..!!!

Photo of OStrungT
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost the color of the bottle, perhaps a shade lighter and a shade redder. Not much for head or lacing, just a little of each. Good resilience throughout the tasting though.

Aroma - a light, woody (like hickory) nose. Toasty and roasty, pretty much what I expected.

Taste - good nutty start. Toasted, woody flavors. Some sweet malts showing a peek of abv. Those flavors yield to some modest but tasty hop balance on the swallow. Just enough to chase the sugars out, but leave the toastiness alone. Finishes with a light abv warmth, and a good malt/hop end. Not much to complain about here, so I'll just keep sippin'.

Mouthfeel - on the thin side. The carbonation is peppy. A bit of a miss here but it's not a total letdown.

Drinkability - um, by the case, please. This could be my winter sessional like, every winter. I'll need a 1/2 barrel by November 10th... :-)

Photo of 1759Girl
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> Warm gold, with a haziness to intrigue, and a rich big head, that dissipates slowly. No lacing to speak of.
Scent> estery, yeasty. Not bad, but I wish it smelled more like a brown ale.
Taste> Very similar to its style, but with a cleaner start and a spicier finish.
Mouthfeel> thin, fizzy
Drinkability> easy to drink.

I thought that perhaps I was judging this beer on its silly labeling, but then I recalled my love for other british imports (with silly labels) like Waggledance and the beers from Jennings. Its a tasty beer just nothing I'd rush out to buy.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Squelch
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with an amber hue and an of white billowly head with little lace

Smell: Smells of yeast and nutty toasty aromas dominate. No evident hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Yeast comes through. Bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated beer with a carbonic bite.

Drinkability: Above average. Usually don't like the style but would refuse it if someone put it in front of me again.

Photo of Pegasus
2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a large, moderately coarse white head, which gradually subsides to a thin layer of foam, with thin, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Quite sweet, with vinous and earthy notes, and herbal hops. The aroma is quite uncharacteristic of the style.

Taste: Bitter cocoa and earthy notes dominate the taste from the open. As the taste progresses, harshly bitter, lingering herbal hop notes appear. Along the way, there is also a peculiar bitter apple note. Little or none of the toasted malts for which the style is notable are present.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Warm Welcome seems wildly off style, and is not particularly pleasant to drink. It proved difficult to finish.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of iceviper22
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper to brown with about a 1 or 2 finger head of fluffy light tan color.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it with some hints of nuts and caramel malts coming through.

The taste is very sweet up front, tasting of caramel maltyness with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall decent drinkablity, nice to enjoy during the winter months on a cool night.

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head that fades rather quickly but does strand the pint glass as it fades

Smell: Caramel and a smidge of alcohol

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns fruity and then alcohol-laden by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors fade but leave an unpleasant aftertaste somewhat akin to hazelnut skins

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little hot

Drinkability: Certainly not a brown ale; even so, the alcohol flavor clashes with the other flavors and the bitter nut skin aspect from the hops doesn't do much for me, either

Photo of beerking1
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brass with a large white head. Head fades fast but leaves a nice collar. Aroma is pleasant crystal malt, some apple and faint other esters. Hints of hops. Flavor is crystal malt with some hops and earthy yeast character. Soft carbonation. SLightly warming, but not very "nut brown." I would call it more of a bitter, perhaps ESB because of the strength. Nice beer, but not great.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

A nice clear orange-amber in the glass with a decent full finger of white foam that leaves a lot of sticky lace in it's wake.

Aromas are buttery-nuts mixed with the sweet roasted amber malt. A bit of a fuggle hop aroma as the malts and nuts fade.

Taste is lightly toasted sweet amber malt followed with a refreshing bitterness that adds to the drying before the hops take over. Extra hoppy and extra hot for an English Brown but it all balances well to the spice in the brew.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, nutty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, nutty, chewy, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, very tasty, a different Brown Ale, but then again it's an English one, recommended.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never seen this before so I picked up a bottle. Pours a light brown color with a very thin head. Aroma is nice and malty like a standard brown ale. Taste is somewhat nutty and bitter at the same time on the tongue. Aftertaste is much of the same. The maltiness just doesn't show through as much. I would say that I've had better brown ales than this. Not bad but I wouldn't rate it highly either.

Photo of CWiggins
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham just last evening. I'm a sucker for winter warmers, and although this isn't technically one of them I still couldn't resist.

It pours a mild chestnut brown, with a thin off-white head that lasted no time at all. However, a thin lacing around the perimeter of the brew persisted for good while. The nose detects brown nuts, a bit of sweetness, medium-dark malts and a bit of hops. The flavor is a little spicy, but mostly it's a classic English Brown Ale, with a nice amount of maltiness and a lingering hoppy finish. There is a slight metallic accent on the front that I didn't like, but it's very minor. I found the mouthfeel to be not very pleasant due to the high level of carbonation, hence the 2.5.

Overall, it's a decent brown ale with some winter spices thrown in for fun. I like it, but I'm not sure how often I'd choose it.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear brown with nice scarlet highlights, the head a light tan creamy crown, which melts leaving a fine coating of lace to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, clean to the olfactory senses, start has a delectable malt sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness at the rear, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a benevolent acidity, the hops complaisant in their spiciness, sweet and dry at the end, a nice representative English Brown.

Photo of BDTyre
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.