Reindeer Droppings - Ridgeway Brewing
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
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
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
09-07-2012 22:47:23 | More by WastingFreetime
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
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
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
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
Reindeer Droppings from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.