Ridgetop Red - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RoyalT on 07-08-2004

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 24
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Photo of ZachHodgson
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudless amber red with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

S: The caramel really pushed through on the nose. There's evidence of some nice citrus-like aroma hops, but the malt really takes center stage.

T: Again, the caramel really pushes through big time, giving way to some honey notes and a nicely bittered finish. After all is said and done, the caramel lingers on and on.

M: This is a solid, medium-bodied ale. Carbonation is spot on.

O: In all, I would have this again. It's not my favorit red of all time, but it's well balanced and tasty for the most part. I might have rated this higher but the caramel is a little too strong for my pallet.

2012 release poured from a 22oz bottle into a wide-mouthed wine glass.

Photo of Hoppynanobeer
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at FX McRory's before a recent baseball game. The weather was sunny, the beer was perfectly balenced and terrifyingly easy to drink... And it is so refreshing to see a return to the traditional Irish red ales. So often in the Northwest everything has to be either an "imperial" version of hopped like an IPA regardless of the fact that it's not an IPA. This beer had a perfect hint of sweetness on the nose and palate, followed by a smooth flavour and crisp finish that does not linger on the palate at all. This is a beer for the masses and one that you should try!

Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Well, it says “amber” in the label description but man, is this red, red, and a little more red. It is a dark brownish red that hides the light well. The head is huge, of course, and left some beautiful lava pits as it laced my glass.

Smell – Surprise, this beer is balanced. The malts are of the refined grain variety and mix well with the floral and citrus notes.

Taste – No, it’s an amber. It looks red, and there’s a hint of grapefruity pinkish citrus flavor, but this is American grain at its best. The sweetness, unbelievably, doesn’t make me want to barf. It’s actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel – Somewhere between light and medium in the body with a nice, easy carbonation and a creamy, malty mouthfeel that pleases.

Drinkability – If you compare this to a standard grainy macro it’s a 5.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown to amber reddish in color with a fingernail of off white head covering the majority of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. I smell amber malt and light German aroma hops. The taste is amber malt and light German bittering hops. The mouth is fairly light and smooth.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Jerriko for sending this one to me in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, caramel hop, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me unfortunately. However, it was quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable at the same time. Basically only carried the typical Red Ale flavors, without adding anything new and exciting to the mix. Worth trying for a fan of the style or anyone looking for an easy to drink Red Ale.

Photo of Docer
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a somewhat clear caramel brown color. Almost like a pitcher of sun tea ready to come in to chill. It had a quick light tan head that has fizzled to a small little ring in the pint glass, and some scattered dustings above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Caramel, and roasted husky grain. Some light molasses and bitter grassy hops ride the smooth wave into the nose. Pretty sharp and common red ale aromas. Lightly sweet, and zesty.

Taste: (3.5)
- Lightly sweet grains, and almost a wheat-like grain finish. Smooth caramel, and crunchy husks. Grassy and earthy hops play a small bittering role while a bready, and zesty malt bill play smoothly. Certainly a refreshing red.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied brew with pretty standard carbonation. Slightly drying, but not overly so as it isn't a super hoppy red. Little cloying. Not at all syrupy or sticky.

Overall: (3.0)
- Overall this is a pretty standard and common red. Nothing about it really stands out though, and sets it apart from other common reds. Though it does stick pretty well it seems to the styles guidelines. Not a bad try, but not something to really go out of the way for. Reds are not very popular among any beer drinking crowd.. and if you plan to brew, and bottle one.. it had better stand out.

Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with nice thick head.

Smells soft and full of malt. Caramel, toffee, grain husk, flowery hops, and some mild orange aromas.

Malt forward red. Caramel and husk upfront with plenty of sweetness. That's one thing I notice right off the bat, is that this beer has some body and is far from a banal amber. Floral and orange hops in the middle. Finish remains full bodied with some grainy flavors.

I love the mouthfeel on this beer. It's soft and full for an American Red. This is another great offering from Silver City, these guys have a knack for creating excellent beers. Puget Sound's best kept secret.

Photo of ssteakley
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I think you must need to a a certain genetic structure to enjoy this Red Ale. I can tell you that a native Texan is not that person unless they are from El Paso I enjoy trying new things but I missed the boat on this one. I think I could drink 10 of these and regret every one.

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%

Attractive big head on the coppery-colored brew.
Sudsy mouthfeel with a nice cloud of carbonation on the tongue.
Moderately malty taste with a hint of sweetness and a hint of honey.
Hops are virtually absent, but a faint bitter twang for the finish.
This is actually quite drinkable in the Irish Red style-- it's not much as an American Red/Amber.
From the 22 oz bottle - enjoyed in the tall Timmermans goblet.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep amber-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Body is completely clear of haze. A good looking amber!

Smell: potent crystal malt aroma; very caramelly. No hops make their way through this massive caramel blast. Not bad, though not precisely to my taste.

Taste: big caramel flavor, but toned down a bit from the aroma. There are some hops here; they are earthy in nature. Ambers aren't my favorite style but this beer is pretty darn tasty; it's got a bit of a UK-ness about it that I like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a spot-on carbonation which is well-integrated and creates a boatload of creaminess; it's particularly high for the style (which I like a lot). Ba dow!

Overall: a tasty example of a beer in a style I don't normally liike; this thing is quite drinkable and has a bodacious mouthfeel.

Photo of loren01
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color, 1 finger width white head. Slight lacing down the glass
S: Very very sweet and malty, lots of caramel scent
T: Same as smell, good malty flavor, very slight hoppiness
S: Smooth easy drinking, just the right amount of carbonation
D: Very good change of pace brew, I haven't had a good malty beer like this in a while

Photo of Knuckles
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So last night was Hallowe'en, a holiday I alternately love and dread. I love it, because the boys love it. I dread it, because inevitably we saddle the boys with lame-ass costumes because my wife makes lots of grand costuming promises, and then never actually gets around to putting them together. Fortunately, the boys don't give a shit. As long as they get their candy, they could be walking around, buck-ass naked and painted yellow (that would be the famous "Hot Dog, Mustard Only" costume).

So we went over to my friend's neighborhood for some trick or treat action, mostly because my neighborhood is filled with assheads like me who draw the blinds, turn off all the exterior lights and sit there on the couch, jealously guarding the bowl of peanut butter cups from any and all who approach. This year, my wife has graciously agreed to walk the boys around, so I can go hang out with my friend and his girlfriend, drink beer and generally stay warm. I'm down with that, so I kick them out of the car and drive over there. He walks to the fridge with the intent of pulling out a bottle of Fat Bastard, but we are in for a horrible surprise: No Fat! Instead, he pulls out the bottle of Ridgetop, which is fine, because I haven't had one in quite some time. Into the mugs that I gave the two of them as a housewarming gift, and off we go.

Appearance: Pours a nice, rich red (not amber, mind you, but red) into the mug. Reminds me of the weird semi-see through red plastic on my thermal coffee cup. Not THAT red, but plenty red. Very nice.

Smell: Mmm...great malty front with a nice hoppy kick in the balls right at the end. There's also a faint bit of yeastiness lingering in the finish, but not so much that it's distracting.

Taste: This is about as 4.0 as you can get. The beer is good, dammit. Not great, not average, but good. Very, very good. The sweetness of the malts aren't overpowering, the finishing hops aren't world conquering, this is just a very solid and well-balanced beer. This is actually one of my favorite choices to use for a crossover beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, Don Spencer hit the mark. The viscosity of this beer is just perfect. As always, this is a nebulous characteristic that I personally find hard to describe, but this beer strikes the balance between maltiness and lightness of body that any good session beer requires.

Drinkability: I've sessioned the crap out of this beer many, many times, and will probably do so again. Of course, I'm generally prone to drinking the Fat, Whoop or the Imperial Stout, but every once in a while I like to play it fast and loose. And in those cases, this (or the hefe) is a great beer to do it with.

Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver City Brewing Company--Ridgetop Red Amber Ale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--45+IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Thin no lace low CO2 head. Clear rich amber red color hazes slightly brown with mild sediment. Mallty floral Liberty hop front. Creamy mellow sweet malty doughy caramel chewy mild fruit cloying smooth rich nutricious body. Balanced mild hop spice Red Ale end. Sampled 9/28/2009. $5.49 Each.

Silver City Brewery--Ridgetop Red Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale. Off white, mild lace mild head. Clear fizz hazed rich deep amber red color. Light floral mild malt ester front. Mildly creamy smooth mellow sweet light toasted caramel mellow fruit malty rich Red Ale body. Tangy balanced hop spice rich malty mild citrus nourishing tasty big Red end. Nice rich malty brew.I can see it as a GABF medal winner. Sampled 4/4/2011. Purchased for $3.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 4/4/2011.

Photo of soze47
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Red Bones at their NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Amber first, but it has an orange hue to it.

Aroma: Malty, caramel sweet and spicy. Very clear, sharp nose.

Taste: Toasty and raisiny with a nice hop spiciness. Great zip to this one. After a few drinks, the caramel from the nose comes out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light in body. However, the flavors here are pretty sharp and put your palette through a workout. Gets to be peppery toward the end of the glass.

Overall: This one is a little too much for me. I could drink one of these, but the flavors get to be a little too much, almost cloying, after a while. Needs less malt and more hop presence to balance it out.

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a tan head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet caramel malts.

Taste is sweet, caramel, not cloying, basic.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, slick, perhaps a bit watery.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice, sweet red, nothing flashy, smooth.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/14/11.

Pours a dark red amber with one finger of head that dissipates quickly to leave no lacing at all.

Smells of malt and a little spice. Some hops here but also lots of carmel and sweetness.

Taste is much like the smell. Malt sweetness and a bit of hops but not what I was expecting. It could be so much better

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of bite on the end. Resin leaves a burnt malt and a little hop flavor. After taste is to be desired.

Drinkability is moderate and thats a stretch. Its not a bad ber but its not good by any means. Subdued hop character and to much burnt malt makes this difficult to take down after awhile. ABV is good.

Photo of lwillitz
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the "six shooter sampler" at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery. This was one of the six. For whatever reason (small servings, straight glasses, environment, etc.) detecting the smells of these beers was difficult. Also, the heads had receded by the time the waitress brought the glasses to the table, decreasing my enjoyment of the appearance. With all of this in mind . . .

A - transparent red-orange with slight cloudyness; lost of carbonation bubbles

S - weak malty smell

T - good bite of hops complements a good malty backbone; quite smooth!

M - medium body; medium-high carbonation

O – good well-balanced red ale

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a amberish red color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is caramel, dry and booze. Taste has a nice caramel, booze, with a dash of hops, light bittering on the end. A pretty good but standard Amber/Red. Nothing special but easy to drink.

Photo of beertunes
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean red with a slight brownish tint and 3/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing.

A surprisingly spicy scent greets the nose. Underneath that is a solid malt foundation with a nice touch of hops. The flavors are more combined and balanced than the aroma led me to expect. A solid mixture of malt and delivers much joy to the tongue.

I found the body to be on the thin side but still satisfying. Drinkability is very good, I could have several of these easily. Overall, a very nice beer, worth trying and worth some effort to try.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark red-oak with frail, circumscribed lace, a distant yeast-meets-malt aroma, and a core ESB profile oddly suggestive of peated malts. Unobtrusive, integrated bittering makes for relaxed drinking. Another informal session ale with a filtered body and casual sensibilities.

Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a light muddy brown color, fairly cloudy, not much head, although very active carbonation. Smell is nutty, fruity, and sweet. I think I smell plums and cherries.

A little bit of sour plum in the taste, a little wateriness in the flavor, the nuttiness definitely comes out, only moderately sweet, malty breadiness.

Mouthfeel is thick but light, not sticky, pretty pleasant. Quite drinkable beer. Not my favorite style, but not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Bryanscott141
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best served on tap. Bottles and growlers available in local stores or at their tap room in Bremerton. My wife does not like beer, but found this one last summer and really enjoys it as well. I recommend it for summertime beer for parties, camping, for graduation parties.

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA, poured into UCLA pint glass while watching College World Series, 6.29.2010.

Poured a reddish amber clear body, significant carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Finger and a half creamy off-white head, fairly slow dissipation with above average lacing. Significant hoppy nose presence up-front, noble spiciness, balanced by sweetness of caramel malts. Taste is fairly sweet, not a lot of hop spiciness in the taste profile, and a fairly full mouthfeel, almost creamy, medium effervescence. A nice session beer at this 6.0% ABV. I like a bit more hop aggressive flavor profile in my reds, but this is nicely balanced, worth a try.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz bomber.

Pours dark, tastes like sweet malty caramel. Really odd for a red, actually, in that the hop profile pretty much doesn't exist. Instead you got a maltiness that starts out with a neat kind of harsh effervescence. It's neat because what its effervescing is some of the smoothest, most mellow carmel toffee malt you've ever tasted. Imagine if they made toffee flavored PopRocks and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about. In the back end, where the hops usually go, there's just the slightest little kick of bitter citrus.

All and all it's a strange package. I have to admit that I flatly didn't like it on the first couple of sips, but by the end of the bottle I wished I had more.

Ridgetop Red from Silver City Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.