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Reindeer Droppings - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 05-22-2010)
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Reviews by udouche:
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udouche

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 18:27:01 | More by udouche
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

11-05-2011 00:24:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-28-2014 14:26:46 | More by Griffith
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

12-09-2013 22:39:03 | More by KYGunner
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

02-03-2011 15:38:06 | More by tone77
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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%

12-21-2010 00:11:59 | More by beerthulhu
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

12-19-2012 02:17:37 | More by metter98
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-28-2013 19:31:39 | More by vinicole
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%

12-26-2011 14:24:33 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

11-06-2011 23:33:20 | More by Zorro
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Stidge77

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-16-2014 04:03:20 | More by Stidge77
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-31-2013 21:10:52 | More by Eric908
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-21-2012 19:53:09 | More by TeachChefs
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2014 22:03:40 | More by Drknight
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

10-27-2011 02:45:10 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

12-15-2011 02:15:42 | More by Rifugium
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-18-2012 23:28:20 | More by jdhilt
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

12-31-2012 17:54:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -19%

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.

12-25-2010 02:25:41 | More by TMoney2591
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

11-28-2010 18:03:12 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2013 12:54:24 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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!

12-21-2012 06:15:45 | More by BEERchitect
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-18-2011 03:11:10 | More by zeff80
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-05-2011 02:43:05 | More by brotherloco
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bark

Sweden

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

11-13-2011 19:08:26 | More by bark
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Reindeer Droppings from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.