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Pickled Santa - Ridgeway Brewing

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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bsp77

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light copper with thin white head and not much lacing.

Smell: Spicy, floral English hops, some light dry malt backing.

Taste: Biscuit and dry caramel malts with a lot of spicy and floral notes on top. Maybe some of that is from the spices but mostly seems like English hops. Fairly medicinal.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry but oddly tingly finish.

Overall: Seems more like an English Ale gone somewhat awry, as opposed to being spiced. Still drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:23:05 | More by bsp77
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as a sale on leftover Christmas beers

It poured a plain golden color. Not a whole lot here.

It smelled skunky at first then opened up into a spicy smelling beer

Tasted alot like a Pumpkin ale! Really, it did. If it was marketed as that I'd be happy with it.

I'd buy this again if it was sold as a Pumpkin ale. There are better Christmas ale's out there for sure, but if you missed a few Pumpkins in the fall, go buy this!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:29:05 | More by madtowndmb1
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Heischman

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer/Brewery - Pickled Santa/Ridgeway Brewing
City/State- South Stoke, United Kingdom (England)
STYLE –Winter Warmer
ABV – 6%
IBU – 60
DATE – 14 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 1 Pint 9 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Imperail Pint Glass
APPEARANCE – The color of honey with lots of big bubbles and a thin snow white head nice lacing
AROMA- Barley and light floral hops, touch of fruitiness as well
TASTE – Green Apple and grain with a hint of orange
MOUTHFEEL – Very light and over carbanated
CONCLUSION – It is a good brew to try but nothing exta special.
-JH-

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 22:46:10 | More by Heischman
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

17oz bottle picked up at the Coop over the holidays.. sharing it with the bro.. my half into my New Belgium snifter...

2" head.. pillowy and leaving behind a ton of lace.. the brew is a glowing tangerine... pretty.

the nose is spicy.. sorta like a Belgian or German hefe yeast was used.. but more likely xmas spices are present.. clove and subtle orange peel.

Flavor is toasted malts mainly with spices throughout.. nutmeg is also present on the palate.. body is medium with quite a bit of carbonation.. not bad by any means.. it just seems waaay to average and the spices are probably a bit much.

overall.. I am not down with this one... I wanted to elaborate more.. but the brother is bitching and saying get off the complectron..

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 09:08:39 | More by JohnGalt1
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and some bready malt. It tastes like bready malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some apples. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but I probably wouldn't buy it again at $4.99 a bottle. Just seems average overall to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:28:30 | More by bluejacket74
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A finger of quickly fading head, leaving a moderate clinging lace. Color of this brew matches a 15 on the SRM beer color chart. A good drawn sniff detects, nutmeg, ginger, citrus, pumpkin, roasted barley, and dill. Tasting the brew I detect flavors of dill, nutmeg, celery, pumpkin, ginger, malt, and citrus. Semi full with some carbonation, but not quite there. Not bad, but not overly uncommon. I would have another if I saw it on tap, but not again in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 19:21:52 | More by beerprovedwright
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colts9016

Idaho

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degree.

Appearance: A medium amber with an orangish hue. The beer clarity is slightly hazy. There is effervescence in the beer. There also was a one finger head but now it only shows a thin white line.

Nose: A rush of spices hits the palate with a nice toasted malt character. There seems to be cinnamon, pears, coriander, and nutmeg. Hops are present in the beer giving a nice citrus with fruity esters. There is a ginger and buttery note.

Taste: The hops is what I picked up first then the cinnamon and coriander spice. There is a toasted malt character, citrus, ginger, and a buttery note. There are hints of other spices, pear, and fruity esters.

Overall: There is a astringent mouth feel and a wicked finish that lingers on the palate and gives an odd character. The body of the beer is medium. I was hoping for more from this beer but all this brewery has going on is it labels. I am disappointed. There is not a lot of balance in the beer. Every time I take a sip I either get a slightly maltiness, and then the next time I get a rather hoppy finish. I it wasn't very warming like a winter warmer suppose to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:31:12 | More by colts9016
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

no obvious date

A: Head disappears very quickly with no lace.

S: Mild spice and some fruitiness but not much else.

T: Prickly spices (cinnamon mostly) and some earthy and mildly bitter hops. The spices and the hops work together quite well, and the spice is not at all overwhelming.

M: Thin and bubbly.

O: Reasonably drinkable but pretty unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:42:32 | More by greybeardloon
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges dark golden and is topped by a frothy and foamy white head of about two fingers in size.

Aroma is close to a brown/amber-ish ale with no real spiciness detected. Quite beady and biscuity with a good dose of earthy hops.

A bit of holiday spice in the flavor, mostly a touch of bitter cinnamon. Not really festive if you ask me. More earthy hops with the Christmas flavor coming in the very back, at the very end, and is quite faint. Metallic tasting.

Perhaps the trip on Santas sleigh from Europe did some damage to the delicate spiciness that is supposed to be present. My contention is that this is just an average beer. Not very warming but fairly drinkable. As far as festive beers go, this one falls way down at the bottom of the list.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 20:41:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber orange, if there was a head I missed it, no lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon spice, floral hops and light malt.

Taste of allspice, stale bread, floral hops and hints of sweet apples.

Mouth Feel was light body, little carbonation, thin, dry and a little tingly.

Overall an average beer with a nice aroma and a disappointing taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:25:50 | More by dtivp
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the flowers with some wheat, grain and grass notes. I also get a little bit of cinnamon in the aroma, which is unexpected. The flavor is a mix of cinnamon, biscuits and bread. Fairly basic and one dimensional, but not too offensive. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Better than I remember some of the other Ridgeway Christmas beers being.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 06:01:35 | More by Mora2000
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-02-2012 12:31:13 | More by Larrydoherty
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-15-2011 01:38:03 | More by oline73
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-24-2011 03:06:38 | More by Lantern
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Aroma of diacetyl, butter, malt, and a hint of spice. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, diacetyl, slight honey, light water, and some grain. Medium body. Slightly viscous, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Diacetyl and malt finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:30:54 | More by CuriousMonk
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thampel09

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-26-2013 02:55:49 | More by thampel09
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KatieKaBoom


3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-16-2012 07:16:02 | More by KatieKaBoom
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AgentMunky

California

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped F13 269.

A: Head finally, begrudingly, forms to a respectable finger and a half. Incredibly clear and golden-coloured, with few bubbles. The nigh-perfect pellucidity unnerves me, but it's a respectable looking ale.

S: Mmm, lots of spices. This is what I expect winter warmers to smell like. A bit heavy-handed, perhaps, but with powerful allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

T: Blergh, not very good. It's sour, thin, and only mildly flavourful. Brackish spices with an unpleasantly sour fruitiness that ends in a sort of dryness you'd expect if you tried to eat a teaspoon of cinnamon. Overspiced, undersupported.

M: Thin, but not obnoxiously so. Decent attempt at carbonation.

O: Average. Great smell, disappointing taste. I would not recommend this beer, nor would I have it again. Still, if you want an obviously spiced winter warmer, you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:36:41 | More by AgentMunky
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mdfb79

New York

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, light caramel malts, and light spices.

t - Tastes of bready malts, light spices, light cinnamon and nutmeg. Kind of bland, not much going on here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty bland, average winter warmer. Pretty good smell but the taste is just bready malts with a hint of cinnamon. Wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 23:25:04 | More by mdfb79
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kaseydad

California

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second of a 4-pack mix for X-mas. Label is pretty cool looking and the name says it all. Started off with a finger and a half of foam after the pour....which quickly disappeared. Major malt kick with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the mix. Thought I wouldn't enjoy this but it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 19:37:59 | More by kaseydad
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the label but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy light rust/amber. The label says “ruddy chestnut” but I think chestnut is a little darker. A lousy pour yielded a lousy head (not the beer’s fault), but I got a half finger of white head which dissipated quickly to leave a very thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Caramel, warm chestnuts, nutmeg, honey, dark fruit (mostly plum and cherry), sweet fruit (like green apple), pale malts, toffee, and a little cinnamon spice. I do not get too much spice, but that is fine. Overall it is pretty sweet.

Taste: I really do not know where to start. My first sip was full of spice, but it faded quickly as my taste buds adjusted. The mouthfeel is much like soda, which is very off-putting and does not allow the flavors to truly emerge. However, the chestnut, nutmeg, and cherry do come through, and a little grassy hop spice makes a short appearance after the beer has warmed significantly.

Drinkability: I do not really feel this one. It is neither a winter warmer or spiced beer, but it is another experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 05:51:40 | More by TheQuietMan22
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy, amber/orange, small white head fades to nothing.

S - Fruity, sweet cinnamon apples, peaches, buttery caramel malt. Some sourness when it warms up a bit.

T - Sweet husk grain, ripe orchard apples and peaches, cherries, faint dry spices come out but grassy hops overshadow the Christmas spices. Hints of diacetyl. Finishes wet and with miner hints of grassy hops.

M - Medium body, low carbonation slowly drops off.

The flavors start off good but everything gets thin and the aftertaste is unsatisfying. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:18:03 | More by StaveHooks
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latercol

California

2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off the name of this brew and the label puts me off. It is hard to take this beer seriously with a picture of santa stuffed into a jar... This was part of a gift pack and this one has been sitting a while in the back of my fridge. I guess I shouldn't complain being that it was a gift.

Poured it into an attractive tulip glass. It was a cloudy orangeish and somewhat fizzy looking. No head retention at all, looked rather flat after it was poured actually. The color is fine but the fizzyness and labeling is not attractive. That is why I give it a slightly below average ranking for appearance. The choice of glassware probably helped here.

smell is ok, some spices and sort of a hefeweizen scent.

Taste, Belgian yeast or Hefe Banana tastes mixed with spices. First sip was not great but halfway through the drink I got used to it. Better than a couple pumpkin ales I have sampled.

Mouth feel. light bodied but smooth.

Drinkablilty... I wouldn't recommend more than one. Overall not impressed, about what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:10:58 | More by latercol
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theopholis

California

2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, golden body; the color of old honey. The head is not impressive, and has no staying power.

Smell: Slightly sour with a lot of spices such as allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

Taste: Shall we say....quite Christmansy. Failry malty. Slightly Burtonized. A little overspiced,

Mouthfeel: Thin. Decent attempt at carbonation.

Overall: Average. Great smell, disappointing taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:28:59 | More by theopholis
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Vancer

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Correl Liquors, as a whim, while on a beer run. Luv the label.

Pours a clear amber with a good tan head bubbling up and leaving nice sheets of lace in my holiday Corsendonk tulip.

The label notes that cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg were used in this brew, but I'm hard pressed to find any in the aroma OR the quaff. Smells and tastes like any euro lager brew, corn and grain. Just the slightest hint of spice in the finish.

Well crap, spent $4 something for this pint o' brew, got it put to me on this one - and usually Ridgeway delivers a decent brew, albeit on the high dollar side with the import fees. Leave this one in the whim pile.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:26:22 | More by Vancer
Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.