Ridgeline Amber Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Ridgeline Amber AleRidgeline Amber Ale
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 144 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

 551 characters

Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

 385 characters

Photo of stockingcpl
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

 1,085 characters

Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

 390 characters

Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

 298 characters

Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

 565 characters

Photo of Procrastinator
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

 897 characters

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

 933 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

 565 characters

Photo of ruckzuck
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of kevman527
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

 342 characters

Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

 584 characters

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 468 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of mentor
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

 575 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ridgeline Amber Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 39.6% out of 100 with 144 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.