Reindeer Droppings - Ridgeway Brewing

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 05-22-2010

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Appeared a clear orange-gold color with a delightfully bubbly white head that laced quite a bit. Didn't really give off too much of an aroma that I could detect, just hints of grains and some light fruit and maybe a bit of barnyardishness. Taste of pale malts, grains, citrus pith, herbal hops. Started out pretty good, but actually finished kind of bland and metallic. Pretty light mouthfeel, not quite medium in body, fairly drinkable overall, but not something I'd imagine myself ordering again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Acquired ages ago from Sainsbury's as part of their 2013 Beer Hunt. An English amber ale with a gimmicky name.....

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this settles as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops and grainy malt, with hints of citrus, mild white grape, floral notes, faint raisins, ale yeast and subtle stewed leaves. Not bad.

T: Tastes of grainy malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus, mild peel, a touch of white grape, grass/hay, grain, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle aromatic hops, earthy yeast and stewed leaves.

O: Not very Christmas-like but a decent pale ale. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour achieve a balance between light grainy malt and mild aroma hops. Pleasant bitterness. Body is OK. Goes down without complaint; worth trying if you chance across it.

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

Wow, a really bad beer from Ridgeway although all of them have some level of bad beer genes going on this one seems to outweight the others. Deep amber slight copper appearance with a light beige khaki head forming thikc with fine even lacing. Aroma has some earthy hops in the backend with hints of grainy fresh baked bread. Sweet bitter at the same time with hints of grapefruit peel citrus and strong earthy hops going on with each sip, the second sip is much better strong openly bitter English ale, somewhat different than most creations from over the Atlantic. A nice sugar coated hop experience, pretty damn enjoyable with hops and malts blending and English hops winning over. Finishes dry on the palate a big expressive English Pale ale really nice in fact, I hope to see more beers from the UK with a hoppier edge other than just Brew Dog, hopefully the hophead nation mentality over there carries over a bit.

Photo of dhannes
2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L=Not amber, but dark gold, like Miller or other AAL's...but a 3 finger bright white head helped.
S=Biscuits and skunk.
T=Rather skunky, like a green bottled beer. This bottle may have been brewed back in July, so it may not be representative of the beer at its freshest.
F=Not too shabby--low carbonation, and nice drinkability.
O=Not on my 'to buy again' list...while I got it at a decent price, there are too many other better beers to try instead,

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer holds no real Christmas appeal, other than the name, but I get an Old World flavor that makes it quite enjoyable.

It poured with a clearness and clarity of a filtered ale and held a amber to dark orange hue.

The smell and flavors were nearly the same as a toasty, biscuity malt was prevalent. There was quite a bit of cereal grains and even a touch of wheat germ. The malt took on a nutty and caramel malt personality towards the end.

The feel was exceptionally light, almost bubbly. It gave the feel of being any easy sessionable style.

Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy bronze color with a small head. Smell is very mild, a hint of citrus. Taste is hops up front, some citrus, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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

A: Flat rustic orange with a fair amount of clarity reveals a rapid and spacious show of macro bubbles. The head is bready in appearance with deep pores, but sticks like glue on the glass with a generous lace forming a full tribal band design on the glass.

S: The nose had a fairly weak show with only hints of mandarin oranges and a light funkiness that was hardly enough to get geddy about. Not much else here.

T: The flavor was malty oranges with light instances of lemon bitterness with a fresh wet hoppiness. Sweet malt gets balanced by an English pale ale amount of hops with a lemony quench of wet hops. The finish finds some grapefruit pulp, small instances of sweetly toasted malt and a touch of herbaceous hops on the fade.

M: The body is medium, slick with a slight malty feel. Smooth texture with a festive spicing brought about by warming and longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability. Slides down with fair ease especially for a 6.0%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has the faintest hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of butter and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and additional notes of toffee with a little bit of sweetness, but this is held in check by a slight amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and generally has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little maltier and sweeter compared to other English Pale Ales, but it is still very easy to drink and gives a little variety for the holiday season.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear coppery amber colored beer with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells mostly of tobacco. English hops with tobacco and leather being the dominant smells here. Smells herbal with some butter in there.

Starts out herbal and sharply bitter for the style. Very herbal. The flavor is like it smells tobacco and leather. Quite a dry beer, not much residual sugars here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK. Main problem is the bitterness is up to the annoying level, needs to be more balanced.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firkin at Nerax Novare Res.

Pours with a crystal clear pilsner color, bit of bubbly head.

Nose brings straw, toasty malt, a bit of a grainy earthy malt, and some grassy earthy slight herbal bitter hops.

Taste is light malts again, a bit of straw and earthy toasty grainy bready malt flavor, just really earthy, and even lightly creamy, then light floral hops, a bit of earthy and herbal hops again. A light spicy bitter finish.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent enough carb for firkin.

Overall not bad, drinkable for an English pale, decent hop addition, not too bitter but a nice bitterness, and lots of earthy flavors.

Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel and hop nose and flavor is caramel more than balanced by the hops with lingering hoppy finish. $6.10 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a small roast and a note of gingerbread like malt. In the taste, dryer malt, with notes of gingerbread and tea. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Kind of a boring, basic English ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass at Old Chicago.

The guy next to me at the bar told me to try this one, so i decided to accept his suggestion. It pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises wheat, light bubblegum, banana, light pepper, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of sharp citrus peel, clove, pepper, wheat, sourdough, light dry honey, banana (peel and all), cedar, and walnuts. Honestly, this concoction does not sit on my tongue nicely at all. The body is a heavy-feeling light (I told you it didn't sit on my tongue well, right?), with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, I really did not enjoy this beer. The seemingly off flavors, when mixed and striking my 'buds, really don't endear the beer to me at all.

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid head that leaves a decent amount of webby lace. The color is light amber with a dab of green. Quite clear.

Light grain smell to the otherwise crystal malt aroma. Slightly sour with a touch metal (iron?).

Pale malt start with a decent hop wallop mid-sip. Quite dry finish with a substantial level of carbonation. Short aftertaste given the strength of the spicy hop. The mild presence of alcohol warmth gives me the impression that this beer has a higher alcohol content. Classic English-styled ale.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No one has more fun with Christmas ales than Ridgeway Brewery. Love or hate their beers, we all want to work for their marketing and advertising departments. But with no real "Christmas" taste, the beer is simply a well-brewed and highly satisfying English pale ale.

Gold through and through, the beer is simple and direct with its appearance. Nearly brilliantly clear, a firm frothy head releases from the beer below. It holds firm and laces intricately as the foam recedes.

Rewarding aromas of sweet malt and yeasty esters converge for scents of tea leaves, sweet tobacco, peaches and apricots, and floral hops. Lightly grassy, lightly woodish, and elegant throughout, the beer simply exudes class-- except for the label.

The very first drink from the glass nearly encompass a quarter of the beer: this is a testament to its highly drinkable and flavorful taste. The nutty malt taste of English barley is rich, sweet, and biscuity- the perfect backdrop for the characterful yeast to layer upon esters of peach, apple, pear, and light lemon. Richer tastes of fruit and malt once again deliver a honey-dipped taste of fresh cut tobacco and herbal teas. As the taste draws toward finish, the sweetness fades and the broad earthy bitterness from hops close the taste with dry taste and effortless complexity.

Malty-dry from the start, the beer seems to capture the taste of sweetness with a lightly creamy carbonation, but with only a tease of the texture of sweetness. The beer does this from its nutty and fruity upstart and concludes this way with its stemmy and minty wood bitterness taste in the end. Finishing semi-dry, the alcohol warmth spices the beer and allows for a slow fade into the next sip.

It's a shame that these highly drinkable ales come in at their elevated costs. This ale is so drinkable that with only a few visits to the glass, it's gone! Much more sessionable than a 6% alcohol ale should be- dangerous for this guy!

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention and left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled floral with notes of sweet bready malt and grains.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a slight spiciness. Even a touch of pepper.

M- It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Pale Ale. Not something I'd stock up on, but worth a try.

Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is amber (22 EBC). The high foam slowly sinks down to a finger thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with lots of grass, hay and flowers. Toffee and sweet fruit candy. Fruity bitter notes, some chalk and minerals.

The taste is bitter in an American way, but the flavours are English with lots of hay, apricots, dried flowers and dried fruits. Semi-sweet notes, some toffee, caramel and hint of overripe fruits. Bitter tree-sap and banana peels. Medium to ligth body. The aftertaste is somewhat pungent and very bitter with dried fruits and hints of roasted nuts.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is dry and quite light.

Too much bitter hops, not enough body to match it.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lighter amber color with a dash of hazing and a flash head that only leaves behind minimal amounts of lacing. Lighter side of medium body heft and carbonation levels, again the beer seems slightly thin.

It has a relatively muted aroma that contains a bit of toasted bread and a small amount of grapefruit and herbal hopping. Tastes of pale cracker-malts with a touch of caramel, a small amount of orange peel, and some floral / grassy hopping accents in the background. This is a passable beer, but really nothing inspiring or amazing.

Photo of jwhancher
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden copper with long lasting white head and carbonation that seems to keep going. Smells of honey, white grapes, green raisins, and a touch of grapefruit peel. Aroma is sweet overall, almost honeydew like. Taste takes a big back seat to the aroma. Almost neutral tasting, sorta weird considering how much character the aroma gives off. Tastes grainy with some honey sweetness. Feels medium-light bodied with upfront sweetness that gives way to an ample touch of bitterness. No astrigency, no noticeable alcohols.

Overall, a promising beer in the aroma which somewhat disappoints in the flavor. I'm wondering if they mashed higher or added more residual sweetness or even more body, this one might score a bit better. Somewhat disappointing.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Christmas offering at The Chimes... this one's only $6.50 for a 1/2 liter bottle as opposed to the "Lump Of Coal" which was $9.

Served with a small pilsner glass... pours a deeper yellow color with a bubbly white head.

The aroma is definitely grainy, with some nice hopping to it as well. Not like you're going to see out of a west coast IPA, but about right for a British bitter.

The taste is slightly hoppy and refreshing. There is a definitely a malt presence as well but it doesn't come through strong and plays second fiddle to the hops.

Decent beer, not bad at all from a brewery that seems to market themselves as a holiday brewer.

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer with a great smell, taste, and a smooth feel.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a brief white bubbly head that reduces to a ring. But big surprise, that tiny ring leaves some great lacing.

Light toasted malt and some very light fruit. A bit of buttered toast.

Hop leaf bitterness up front, some toasted malt, a touch of sweetness, some boiled grain. But all of this is pushed aside by bitterness. Some slight grapefruit at the very end, and barely noticeable fruit. OK, but needs a bit more intensity, and the pure bitter edge actually is hiding shortcomings in this beer.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

Decent drinkability, but not superb. This is a seasonal close-out at $2.99, and at that price, it is very good. Original price for 1.9 pt. is $6.99 marked. No way would I buy this again at that cost. So, average, decent, but overpriced when the beer is freshest.

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what to think of a brewery that seems to give most of its lineup novelty Christmas-based names, but this one is a nice offering.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a filmy off-white head that left some good lacing. The aroma has pleasantly smooth grainy malt, light caramel and floral hopping. The flavour is slightly fruitier than the nose, and the grain presence is lessened, with the bitterness now also have a grassy dimension. It manages to be at once fairly plain, but also very quaffable, and its the kind of beer I could easily imagine sessioning in the pub and not really paying much attention to it. Medium body and carbonation.

Somewhat one-dimensional, but as noted its a pleasant drink, and a very respectable offering in a style that rarely impresses me.

Thanks to Jeremy and Karen for bringing this bottle back from England and sharing!

Reindeer Droppings from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.