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Pickled Santa - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-04-2008)
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ceetee26

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +51.5%

11-30-2011 20:25:38 | More by ceetee26
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TonyW


4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

10-25-2012 15:17:04 | More by TonyW
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

10-22-2013 16:10:41 | More by RBorsato
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear deep copper color with a nice head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - seasonal spices out front with a hint of malt sweetness

T - rich malt with a touch of toasted character and prominent, but not overpowering, and of course there some hops in there as well; finishes slightly sweet

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a nicely done Christmas/seasonal beer. The spices, malt and hops are all within balance and noticeable. It's complex, but not complicated.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:22:38 | More by scoobybrew
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-30-2011 18:46:35 | More by FreshmanPour77
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +21.2%

12-07-2011 00:26:17 | More by jaidenjb
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pagardner

Virginia

4/5  rDev +21.2%

06-02-2012 00:22:23 | More by pagardner
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Cooker_stp

New York

4/5  rDev +21.2%

08-27-2013 00:46:39 | More by Cooker_stp
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south33

Illinois

4/5  rDev +21.2%

01-07-2012 20:19:20 | More by south33
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Slight spicy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light cinnamon and nutmeg, a not overpowering decent Christmas ale. Brewed for Shelton Brothers Importers for exclusive distribution in the U.S. $6.40 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:35:12 | More by jdhilt
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scottoale

California

3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in a seasonal four-pack of Ridgeway brews from Cost Plus. The brown 500ml. bottle pours a deep copper with an off-white head of a finger. 6% ABV.

The smell is sweet and malty with a dose of spices. The taste is the same with apple, plum, grapes and a bit of citric hops. The addition of the spices pull through with notes of nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon and a dash of corriander that bring the finish to a bitter spiciness. Alcohol is masked quite well.

Medium body with a bit of tartness on the tongue, overall it's a pretty tasty seasonal that suits the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 20:25:35 | More by scottoale
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pickled Santa pours a mostly clear deep-amber body with gold and orange highlights beneath a creamy cap of white that settles steadily to a short, cottony surface covering. Lacing is average.

The aroma expresses dark skinned fruit, very gently caramelish malt, and dull spice (cinnamon, and perhaps anise).

The flavor is far more pronounced than the nose suggests, and it's decidedly spicy from the get-go through to the lingering finish (I don't think it's really over-done though). It starts with a dollop of round, sweet malt that's wrapped in yeasty fruitiness (some cherry) and sprinkled with spice (thin but brittle coriander and supple cinnamon). The fruitiness peaks across the middle, but then it's right back to the spice at the swallow as the malt starts to fade and the spices are left behind. A firm, underlying bitterness balances it, and it's just enough as the spices do their part to help out as well. As the spices fade I get notes of all-spice and nutmeg, and even cola (although that is probably just from the spices combined with whatever residual caramel-tinged malt is there).

Final swigs: a pretty decent spiced ale that's not over-done. It's certainly enjoyable through one serving, but as is the case with most spiced ales, I don't think it can hold up through a second - maybe - but certainly not a third. However, it may have its moments. I think it would pair well with a festive meal. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:07:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of spices. Taste also has considerable spice, nutmeg and cardamon standing out, a touch of hop bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:35:09 | More by tone77
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

when i poured this one into a pint glass, it has a nice light orange body with a nice creamy white head that hangs around for a little bit. The smell has a sweet aroma to it, with some spice, i sense cinnamon. The taste is a little malty but then the hops come in with a hint of spice(cinnamon and some nutmeg) The mouthfeel is good and crisp and overall this beer is a above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:12:15 | More by chefhatt
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DoubleJ

California

3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Coit Liquors about three weeks ago, and now it's going to be consumed. On to the beer:

Cough syrup orange in color with hues going into yellow. The head on top is solid, developing a little bit of gentle lace that sticks. The nose is distinctly English, or at least the soft, buttery, somewhat sweet yeast that arises from the beer.

Although the bottle says that it is a winter warmer style, the taste is telling me a different story. Don't worry, this is still a likable flavor. Buttersctoch, a little diacetyl and husk, also a subtle flavor of esters and vague spice. The package as a whole gets better and better tasting as the beer moves closer towards the bottom of the glass. The carbonation is low in this beer, the texture being soft and medium bodied. While I like the overall package, I would need to be in the mood for something like this, and I would take my time drinking it.

Pickled Santa isn't just for the winter time; it's well into the spring season and all is good around here. I'm already dreaming of a helping of Spotted Dick as I finish my pint.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 05:55:13 | More by DoubleJ
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & grassy hops

T: Biscuitty malt dryness & a very dare I say west coast hop slant, grapefruit & lemony hops all over the the throat & tongue. maybe a whisper of spices too. Made for the Shelton Bros, this may explain a few things... As this warms, I pick up a bit more of the spice profile, especially coriander, but grapefruit & dryness dominate, along with a a faint bit of orchard fruit. Finishes fruitty & hoppy with faint dryness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & nice balance

Drinks pretty darn easy, abv is well hidden. I would pick this up again, pretty tasty, not a typical winter warmer, but interesting enough

Scanning all prior reviews, I am the only one picking up on the grapefruit, not sure what that means...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 04:00:01 | More by russpowell
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light rusty orange with thin white head and little lacing.

S- Spices; ginger and nutmeg, hint of clove. Hints of toffee and dark fruit; plums?

T- Sweet,clean, hints of ginger and spice.

M- Clean, slightly watery with a dry sweet finish.

D- Very easy to drink. Good Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:05:41 | More by JayS2629
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wangbruins

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light copper/caramel color with a decently thick head that stayed until I started drinking

S- Cinnamon, paprika, nutmeg, and other spices with a kind of a cookie scent that seems fitting

T- Strong cookie taste with a little cinnamon but it has a nutty aftertaste

M- Bold at first and crisp at the finish. It's almost like a dessert or pumpkin beer

D- Since it's only going to be around for a bit, I've got to get more. It's pretty darn good

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:45:13 | More by wangbruins
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Anaz

California

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Kitchen in Boulder, CO.

A-nice rusty brown color, faint head that quickly dissapates, almost no lacing.

S-Smells really bright, some citrus, even a bit of juniper and white pepper. Wasn't sure if I liked it, but didn't not like it either.

T- Tastes very different than it smells. The closest I could come to describing it was rye toast with orange marmalade, fresh ginger and fresh cracked black pepper on top. It finishes dry with a slight sweetness and bready spice.

M-Not a lot of body, a very light and crisp beer.

D-I found this to be very easy to drink, and had two. It was nice after a long shift, and a pleasant break from the usual.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 21:29:32 | More by Anaz
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seems a bit lite for a winter warmer. It's a light brown with a finger of white foam and a medium amount of carbonation. The aroma has some notable amount of spice, like cinnamon/nutmeg mixing in with the malts. For taste it had the spices but there was a bit of a hoppy twang. It was an ok beer but seemed to lack the body of a WW.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:53:14 | More by DesMoinesMike
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fading top re to yellow bottom with thick bubble off white ahead, two fingers atop...

Smells of orange cinnamon, some sour yeast and light hops

Caramel and brown sugar some spicy pepper and pumpkin behind the sweetness. The sweetness seems to be carried by something similar to belgian candy

Medium body with a sticky ending and some warmth from the alcohol even though it is only six percent

Overall I had no big expectations for an english ale. I like big bang flavors and England usually delivers on the smoother side. However this took me by huge surprise as a fantastic bold palate. Spicy refreshing and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:27:34 | More by JoeAmerican77
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astidad

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-20-2012 03:24:14 | More by astidad
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-15-2012 03:58:48 | More by JohnK17
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mitchellaneous

New York

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-16-2012 02:24:14 | More by mitchellaneous
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-07-2013 06:06:34 | More by dmorgan310
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Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.