Ridgeline Amber Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ridgeline Amber AleRidgeline Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer, but really, it's somewhere between an Amber and a Scottish. Dark amber colored liquid with a good head. Malty with some spice. The flavor and aroma are rather malt-forwardly sweet. There just isn't quite enough flavor from caramelization for a good Scottish ale, so the beer turns out just a tad drab for my tastes. The feel is fairly thick for a beer of this strength. I prefer clean, hoppy Ambers for general drinking, so I can't say that I'd buy more. However, this is still a pretty good beer and I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle left over from a mixed twelve pack. I had been sitting in my fridge for a while so I decided to crack it open. Poured an amber color with a decent head and lacing. Smell is sweeter than I thought it would be. Taste was much more complex than I was anticipating. Bready and sweet. Not your typical watered-down amber ale. Very drinkable. Another good one from Great Divide.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the bottle, this pours as a medium caramel color. The head is medium in thickness and disipates fairly quickly. Lacings are plentiful and adhere well to the glass. Faint cloudiness was observed.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light hop with yeast overtures. Pleasant and has an "ale" feel.

Taste: Taste has a medium flavor curve with hops detected continually through until end of sustain. There is a hops jump early which discipates after a few seconds. This brew has a nice touch on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The flavor is rich. It blends well on the palate. No heavy alcohol presence. Enjoyable and pleasant. Great job. Being a homebrewer, I would be pleasantly happy if this was the result of one of my batches.

Drinkability: Light but not "fluffy". A very nice brew tht left me wishing I had more.

Conclusions" This is a great selection for either a drinking session or for hosting. The microbrewery feel is evident and welcomed. Great brew. Recommended.


ps. if anybody has a hombrew recipe for this I would appreciate you sending it to me. Kisses.

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Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brewer. Pours a real nice hazy amber color topped with some head but not a lot. There is some lacing pretty much all the way through though. Fruity, mild hop aroma. The flavor is a very nice malt and hop balance. Slightly fruity. Not much of an aftertaste, perhaps a mild bitter malt character. Very easy to drink. I am seldom enamored with this type of beer but this is quite good.

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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours an amber color, quite clear, and has a decent light tan head. The nose has some mildly sweet malts and herbal hops. The flavor structure has sweet pale malts up front with some hidden floral hops. The medium body is clean and drinks well. A good session beer, but not very Scottish.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.79...
Pours a murky, amber-tan colored hue with a modest sized foamy and frothy head that left quite a bit of lacing around the head of the glass...
Very malty, scotchy aroma with obvious grains and a strong earthiness coming through...
Taste likewise was extremely rich and thick with a strong malt backbone along with caramel, sugars, and vanilla essences...
Decent mouthfeel coupled with a good level of drinkability, but nothing above-and-beyond, and certainly not Great Divide's best sample...

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Photo of Procrastinator
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. Part of a six-pack I purchased. Bottled on 4th week of Feb. with year unknown. Strange way of dating since the year is very important.

Appearance: muddled orange body with soapy off-white head. Lines of carbonation dance off the bottom of my glass. Sediment and debris are in suspension. I'm starting to believe this may be an old bottle.

Smell: caramel sweetness, butterscotch and old oxidized booziness.

Taste: sweet caramel with an underlying wet cardboard. Bitter hops and metallic taste and once again, oxydized booziness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with slight overcarbonation, astringent hop bitterness and no balance whatsoever.

Drinkability: I believe this was possibly old stock, but there's no way to know without understandable dating. Too many things seemed out of place and out of style. Will try again when I know it's fresh.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treasure from Great Divide, this seems mis-categorized as a Scottish Ale. Rather, it's more a very malty Amber but better than most I've had. Like so many other offerings from Great Divide, this is a gem.

Two fingers of off-white froth top a slightly cloudy brown-orange body, with ample lacing adorning the pint glass--delightful. The nsoe is really malty, much more than I expected, full of caramel and molasses, and hops as well. Same with the taste, striking a fine balance between malt and hops. Malt wins out in Ridgeline, but the presence and taste of hops are unmistakable. Richly coating the tongue, malt and hops make for a fine double-team, more creamy than gritty. Excellent.

I am admittedly not a big fan of Amber Ale, or Scottish for that matter. This is truly terrific, and one well worth grabbing a sixer for immediately enjoyment or storage. Great Divide continues to move up my list of favorite breweries.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug. This one has a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. Poured a big head and some lacing.

There's a sharp, fruity aroma here, along with some malt. Very tangy.

The taste was solid. Malts, spices, a light fruit tinge (orange?) gives a it a decent complexity. Not as strong on the finish as I would like.

There's a nice amount of carbonation here. Like I said, the finish could be a little stronger. Not a bad mouthfeel, though.

Overall, this a very solidly constructed beer. Its pluses definitely outweigh its minuses.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend left this at my house on Saturday, so drinking now.

A - very orangish brown, good color, nice white head which eventually dissipates

S - sweet malt, citrus, hops

T - sort of an allspice/cinamon initial taste, really great, sweet malt comes through obviously, caramel is there as well, really enjoyable

M - medium light body, good carbonation

D - wow, this is really tasty! Great Divide does it again and again! Would totally order/buy/drink again. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of kevman527
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice foamy white head with decent retention. Deep amber color. Hazy.

S - Prevalent hoppiness and malt aromas.

T - First thing I taste is a biscuity malt and then some hop flavor. Not much bitterness. Excellent!

M - Not much carbonation, very smooth on the back end.

D - I would recommend this beer to anyone, easy too drink.

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Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous amberish copper color, with a nice thick off white decent lasting head with lacing. Smell is more of hops and some malts to back it, and is very nice, fragrant, and balanced. Taste is initially a subtle hop bitter bite, and finishes with a deliciously slight sweet maltiness. Nothing is overpowering and it is a very well balanced beer. My only complaint is that I wish it were a touch more carbonated as it would be even more refreshing and with a touch more bite. As is though, its very easy drinking, smooth, almost creamy and great balanced simplicity all around.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer was bottled during the 3rd week of April.

a: Hazy amber body, thin white head. Typical retention. Little to no lacing.

s: Caramel malt, sweet and nutty.

t: Nutty with notes of caramel and maple syrup. Just a touch of hops for balance. A bit biscuity after it warmed.

m: Medium body. Creamy. Clean. Smooth.

d: As the bottle suggests, this is an accessible brew. Not too complex, easy to drink. It's enjoyable, but nothing special.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a thin head and no lacing. Smells very malty with maple and sugar in the background. The taste is light and slightly bitter. The finish is slightly metallic and has some sweetness. Overall the flavors are relatively fresh and balanced. The mouthfeel is somewhat tame. Light and simple and easy to drink. Nothing exciting here, but well made.

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Photo of mentor
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One finger tan-yellow head over a minimally cloudy brown-copper liquid. Streamers race to the top. Smells oranges and iron. Not much here.

Tastes biscuity malt, but then I realize that may be hop flavor instead. Fruity and drying weedy. Not co-humulone grassy, but cheesy weedy. Wet on the pull, but dry finish from the hops. Tastes like williamette with some other hop chiming in. Malt flavor is subtly blended into the hop flavor. Balanced and well crafted, aside from the cheesy hops. Touch of metallic tinge. Md body and strong carbonation. Worked will with the flavors.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a hazy orange with a tall foamy almost 3 finger thick head.

Smell: Very faint. Some fruit came through, as well as a subdued malt. Smell reminded me vaguely of caramel apples, but it wasn't quite stong enough to say for sure.

Taste: Beautifully malted beginning with a nice caramel flavor that fades into a fruity apple character - just like biting into a caramel apple. Finishes with a pleasant nutty taste, as well as a slight biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pleasant and subdued. Medium body. Goes down pretty smooth.

Notes: A great fall beer. I'll recommend it alongside a nice pumpkin pie or perhaps alongside a good meal outside in the cool autumn evening.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass, bottled in the fourth week of april so yeah.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with an inch of white and bubbly head. Not very clear either, not very much lacing but still some strands here and there.

S: Bits of crushed apples with crunchy malty and bready aspects, not very complex but still pretty nice

T/MF: Not too bad, a bite of hops is present in the first few sips and then opens up to the apples that were hinted at in the initial smell test. There are bits of malts here and there but the hops seem to do most of the work here, I mean they really attack the tongue and it is sort of upsetting because it takes away from the malt presence this beer should display. The aftertaste on this beer is almost better than the actually beer where hints of spice and herbs seem to become more defined.

D: I really can't say I like this beer, it leaves me wanting more and seems a bit too one dimensional. There are better scotch ales out there to be sure.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out orange-brown, slightly hazy, moderate tan head.

Aroma isn't much to speak of. Nothing really jumps out. Slightly sweet smelly... maybe a bit smoky.

Taste is slightly sweet. Malty with an underlying smokiness. Soft caramel flavors, mildly bitter. Certainly a well-balanced, drinkable beer. Extremely approachable. Taste doesn't linger long, leaves palate slightly sticky.

Very drinkable. Great autumn session beer. Great beer for introducing people to craft beer. Not quite what I expected from an "Amber" ale from Great Divide, but it does fairly well for what it is.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting how style characterization affects my thoughts on this beer. I enjoyed it as an amber ale, but as a scottish ale I think it might fall short (though only drinkability was affected).

Pours with a large beige white head with nice retention and lacing. A deep amber color

Aroma has deep malty notes with some juicy hops

First thing I notice was its' decent hop bite. Caramel malts with a light roasted nuttiness. Beer has a nice carbonation

I prefer my scottish ales a bit maltier, but I try not to follow styles too closely. That being said, a real drinkable beer. Very enjoyable, I just wish I didn't pick it up as a single in a mixed six.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a decent tan head that dissipated into a decent cap. The smell is of caramel and toasted malt, slightly buttery & nutty. The taste is of caramel and toasted malt, woody, has a sweety nutty presence, finishes with a slightly bitter citrus hop flavor. The feel is moderate to well bodied with crisp carbonation and finishes well balanced. I find this to be a very drinkable and solid brew. It doesn't blow me away with flavor but it is good and in balance.

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Photo of genog
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a creamy and bubbly tan head, with some lacing left behind on the glass. Smell is of toasted malt, maybe some of that is a caramel malt. Taste is of the amber malt that comes with most amber ales that I love. Also tastes of earthy type hops. Carbonation is medium on this one making it a refreshing brew.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date brewed notched on to the back of the label reads second week of May, and it's almost second week of August now, so not too bad, but not as fresh as can be. The brew pours out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass a dark amber almost brown color. Nice looking quarter-inch head that retains for an impressively long time. Hops smells with some hints of fruit, but mostly hops. Smooth and medium-bodied, with a nice bitter hops taste. A bit harsh on the tongue, but that may just be my opinion. Overall, good beer without too much going on. I'd drink it if it were available, but wouldn't take this over some higher-profile micro brews.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. The best feature is its ruby red appearance in the glass. The taste is very clean and crisp -- starts off with maltiness and finishes with hints of floral and fruity sweetness. A little thin, but very easy to sit back and enjoy a few.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from Great Divide that I've not had before. And I call myself a fan! According to the label, this beer won the Bronze Medal at the 1996 GABF in the Scottish style ale category. Lets see if it's still good.

The GD Ridgeline Amber pours a nice looking... um... amber color, with a decent head that quickly fades but leaves behind some good yeasty-looking foam globules on the beer's surface. The nose is a spicy caramel scent. Also very sweet, with lots of malt and candied fruit. Almost gives off a harsh livestock show smell, if you're familiar with that (but in a good way). A bit woody and nutty too. Not a bad aroma at all, and certainly a lot going on in there, but it's a bit too sweet for me personally. The taste is rich and sweet, with lots of caramel malts. But it's balanced nicely not so much by the faint hop presence, but by the pronounced spices within. Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry.

This isn't a bad beer at all, and I'll gladly drain my sixer this week with no problems. But it's a bit lighter and a bit spicier than some of the other Scottish style ales I've had. Still, this is quite accessible, even for initiate craft beer drinkers, and at 5.4% ABV, it's a steady session brew to boot. I don't see much of this beer in the DC area, but I'd be interested in trying it on tap for sure.

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Photo of Drew966
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridgeline Amber Ale pours an amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I definitely get a little bit of the hops in the aroma. There is a nice thick mouthfeel. There's quite a bit of malt, but citrusy hops are pretty strong too. An enjoyable quaff.

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