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Warm Welcome - Ridgeway Brewing

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 11:06:37 | More by erosier
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 00:48:04 | More by BeanBone
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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:32:52 | More by wangbruins
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:26:27 | More by zeff80
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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 05:25:15 | More by adamette
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:21:04 | More by Offa
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 19:52:40 | More by DesMoinesMike
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 21:42:21 | More by Mora2000
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 12:36:57 | More by KTCamm
Photo of ChainGangGuy


1.88/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 19:37:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:46:19 | More by farrago
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A decent nut brown ale, though on the light end of the taste and mouthfeel spectrum.

Some maple syrup, nutmeg, and cream cheese with some caramel sweetness and walnut flavors. A carbonation that reminds me of ginger ale and the consistency of pumpkin bread, though a lot thinner.

A pear touch on the tongue with a little bit of cinnamon. Consistent throughout, but a little dry on the back end, rolling into a soft, creamy finish, with the exception of the lack of body.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:08:53 | More by TLove
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Into a pint poured a deep amber with burnt orange hues and a thin, creamy beige colored head that quickly dissipated almost immediately after the pour. Visible effervesce was nearly non-existent.

S: The nose portrayed a fresh roastediness along with a caramel toasted sweetness. Also adding to the mix was some warm honey and maple syrup. The overall feeling was light to medium in strength.

T: The flavor opens up with a light smokiness of rich creamy caramel chew and toffee sweetening things up. A warm nuttiness of pecan and cola nuts adds dryness and warmth. There is a distinct fruitiness of caramel apple slices, and pears. On the finish lies a warm spiciness of sweet licorice, cinnamon and toffee capping things off before a short fade of warm dry nuttiness moves in.

M: medium-bodied, and syrup like, very smooth and slick texture wise with very little if any carbonation being detected.

D: fairly good, but wouldn't venture to have more then one at any given sitting. Sweet, spicy and fruity with a big showing of caramel chew sweetness limits this to a single serving. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:04:33 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tangentrider


2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Deepstraw with an off-white head; very clear

S- Malt with a slight aroma of cheese (?) and nut

T- Some malt and herb flavors; not as sweet as expected; there is a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish, a bit surprising for the style

MF- Quite thin, low carbonation

D- Fine for a taste, but I'll not go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:19:41 | More by tangentrider
Photo of stockingcpl


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours with a nich thick foamy head. Surface cover is generous with nice lacing clinging to glass. Color is a medium honey golden hue. Good so far.

Smell: A nice smoaky malt presence. Good job.

Taste: Malt presence during onset with a quick taper to butter. Kind of strong and heavy. Unusual.

Mouthfeel: Heavy malt. Rolls on the tongue well, but indeed the butter tends to crowd the palate even after sustain completes. Could have been done better.

Drinkability: I really don't know how to reate this brew. It is snappy but the aftertaste is not condusive to session drinking.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:30:58 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of Zorro


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had to double-check the bottle on this one cause this is no Brown Ale. Hell it is solidly in the amber range with a small white head. This is slightly chill hazed to boot.

Smell is malty and stoutly herbal with a faint vegetable aroma. Smells a bit bitter and woody with stronger caramel and tobacco leaf scent.

The taste starts out mild and malty with a reasonably strong herbal taste. Butter is quite strong here, maybe too strong.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer but the butter starts to bug you fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:12:08 | More by Zorro
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:24:03 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slight haze, amber/copper in color. 1-2 fingers of light beige head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick collar and thin cap. Some lacing.

S - Toasted pecans come to mind immediately with hints of praline, caramel, toffee, and even a suggestion of dark chocolate. Graininess and small earthiness are present as well.

T - The nutty flavors come through mild early palate with a slight toasted/roasted flavor. A kick of sweet toffee enters mid palate and combines with the pecan flavor to create an extremely candy-like taste. Unfortunately, the next part brings this score way down. After the sweetness begins wearing off there is a strange earthy, almost phenolic aftertaste. Bitterness grows as well and grabs hard to the back of the through. All traces of nuts and sweetness are completely gone.

M - Medium to full bodied with high and lively carbonation. In some weird way this sort of works with this beer, it's still a bit too carbonated.

D - An enjoyable and highly quaffable beer if not for the insanely bizarre and borderline repulsiveness of the aftertaste. Great upfront players.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 09:55:01 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of hellbilly


2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours clear an amber shade of honey stained maple with a soft white head.

the nose is very floral... kinda reminds me of the generic vodka. also, it's toasty with notes of some grass, nuts and caramel grains.

there's sweet apple maybe grape juice in the flavor which makes me think of cheap malt liquor... some hints of grass, noble hops, flowers and caramel with some sort of artificial taste finishing up. it's quite floral and booze laden with a tiny bit of bitterness throughout. . light to medium body is sticky on the palate.


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 18:48:08 | More by hellbilly
Photo of Fnord


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a brown ale? It looks far too pale for that. More of a clear, pale orange color. At least the head seems to retain all right.

Smell - Some maltiness, mostly sweet caramel.

Taste - Dry malts are the first thing I notice, with a sweet caramel flavor riding on top. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected, but not in a bad way. It leaves a pleasant warming feeling in my mouth. Some hop flavor is in the back, as well, just enough to balance the alcohol. I don't get any nut flavor at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - One large bottle will go down pretty well. I doubt I'd want to drink this all night, though.

Conclusion - I was worried at first when I saw its color, but it's a good beer, and I'm glad I tried it. A little different from some other browns in its reduced reliance on malts. Not planning on buying it again, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:09:18 | More by Fnord
Photo of TheBear11D


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

A reddish orange beer that is clear enough to see through just on the other side otherwise fairly cloudy. Had a bubbly foam white head.

A pretty strong green apple smell with some grapes added to the mix, woods and a hint of caramel hiding in the back.

Somewhat nutty with citrus. The flavors are not in great abundance.

Quite full of carbonation but prett thin.

Not difficult to drink but not a great beer with the lack of flavor and thin body.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 21:48:36 | More by TheBear11D
Photo of SurlyDuff


2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, "nut browned" ale seems suspicious, like that Lienenkugel Nut Brown with "natural flavors".

Far lighter in color than I expected. This is not brown at all, it's amber...not even dark amber, so it's not a tranditional english brown ale afterall.

As far as nuttiness, not getting any in the aroma, just some grainy wood. Malt is a bit caramel in its profile.

The nut does come into the aftertaste, but it's a background note. This is just a light english pale ale in my book, malt forward, without anything christmassy about it. I actually have a similar review for their 'bad elf' beer. What has this to do with winter/xmas?

Mouthfeel is thin for a brown, but pretty spot on for an english pale. Some creamy smoothness.

It's drinkable and all, just their marketing department seems to be a few steps ahead of the brewing. I put quality ahead of graphics anyday.

Also, there's a Santa on the label? Why? What winter warmer flavors in here make me want to drink this during christmas/winter?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 21:32:19 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of froghop


2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell is faint, some spice, some nuts, and just a touch of caramel.

taste is watery, somewhat nutty, slight bitter and dry ending.

overall a below average brew, the worst one out of a variety 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:29:04 | More by froghop
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 14:23:39 | More by stcules
Photo of snaotheus


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

This is a sweet, mellow beer, loaded with fruit notes (and I can't for the life of me think what the fruit is). If you like sweet beers that are very light on hops, this would be a great beer.

Pours an orangey-golden color with steady carbonation, just a ring of fine head, and very light lacing.

I haven't been drinking very many brown ales lately, and this is nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 03:46:22 | More by snaotheus
Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.