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

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Added by Todd on 04-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 134
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty peach. Cloudy. The head is a monument. Several inches of fluffs that retains its stature and its billowing structure for minutes after the pour.
Caramel nose with twigs and tangerines and wildflowers.
The flavor profile is dynamic and pleasing, albeit not very Scottish. Caramelized beginning. Lightly bready, and even more lightly nutty. It turns towards fruit, all mingled with vanilla. Orange creamsicles and apricots and tangerines. Woodier towards the finish. Clovers and honey and wildflowers. Herbally kissed by Goldings right at the close.
Light bodied, low carbonation. Modest, but structured.
I'm giving this some leeway. Stylewise, it's offbase, but this has long been a favorite, nuanced, malty, session brew for me.
It's one I buy by the case when I can find it fresh...which is altogether too rare here.
Call this an American Amber and the numbers go even higher.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice head and retention. Decent smell of malt and faint hop. Nice apple phenol on the nose and palate.

Taste is very balanced, but very light tasting. Caramel malts are present followed by a decent but mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, but the beer comes off a little light. However, this makes the beer very sessionable and easy to drink. Not a scottish ale at all, but malty for an amber.

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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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown-orange with a huge white frothy head. Sheets of lacing as you drink this one down.

Smell is toasted malt with slightly sweet fruitiness. Hints of caramel and nut.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but sweeter. Nice caramel and slight woody or nutty character. Fruit really comes into it's own, apricot and orange mostly. Finish is mildly dry with lingering sweet citrus and an interesting herbal quality... Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a really good amber ale. I don't know why it's under scottish ale. I'm rating this as an amber. Flavor is very malty with nice complexity. This is one of the best amber ales I've ever had.

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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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep reddish/golden hue. Dense creamy head of tiny tiny bubbles.

Malty nose, but not particularly sweet-smelling.

This is a very hearty-tasting, filling beer. Rather thick and definitely full-bodied. The flavor reminds me of oats.

The mouthfeel/aftertaste has a bit of the copper/metallic thing going on.

I'm pretty pleased with this one. I'd like to try it again, but oops, I bought just one of these, and in North Carolina. I'd like to try it next time on tap.

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Photo of beernut7
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours into a light amber color with a very thin lace remaining along the side of the glass. A spicy sweet malt aroma greets the consumer with a nutty character buried in it. An initial malt character flashes across the palate followed by a nutty mellow spice. The body is good and supports a ver tasty amber.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden copper with a beige head that crests generously above with 2 fingers width.

S - Woody Earthy almost musty nose. Pleasing grassy hop augmented aroma with a tinge of fruit.

M - Creamy, sweet, mildly bitter, mouthfilling.

T - Mellow malt sweetness with pale malt tastes. A creaminess fades into earthy wood and citrus bite with mild honey-like sweetness that plays with the edges of the tongue

D - Great relaxed tasting blend of sweet malt and middle of the road bitterness level adds to the drinkability of the balanced amber.
Malt mellow sweetness is part of the strength here - no over the top carbonation + hops don't hit you over the head. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has lots of red hues coming through in this amber copper body. This is a very attractive beer with a huge light beige head.

Smell: Malty toasted aroma with grains and caramel leading with a hint of Werther's Original and nuts finishing with a remote smidgen of spicy hops.

Taste: Simple and clean but fantastic in that simplicity. It is a perfectly balanced rich flavor full of malts and caramel and yet balanced with a light hop bitter. The sweet butterscotch caramel flavor fades slowly and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: This is a chewy Scottish ale but not as heavy as some.

Drinkability: I love the flavor and the beer sits light (for the style) making it irresistibly drinkable!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(now refered to as rich amber ale vice scottish)

pours a white thick head that is active throughout, and leaves good lace, but not so great with head retentiion. Amber to copper in color in body.

Smells of fruitness and grains, slight wiff of hops & yeast.

Pleasant grainy bitterness with a crisp hopiness that is ever so tart and inviting. Frutiness and crispness shine through.

Mouthfeel. Great balance and carbination are this beer's strength

Drinkability: Had this before & thought it was better, but still a nice quaffer !!

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Photo of usualpulp
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a light brown foamy head.

The beer smells very sweet, lots of malt and nutty flavors .

The big taste to this brew is sweet nutty malt. There are some fruity characteristics, and a slight hop bite at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, but not too much. The beer is fairly thick, and hearty, but goes down easy.

Overall this beer is definately drinkable. Scotch ale isn't a style I've had much exposure to, so I dont really have anything to compare it to, but I know that I liked it, and this brew might lead me to try other scotch ales.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's first beer (formerly Arapahoe Amber) still satisfies after all these years. Within its gleaming copper body and frothy white head lies a well-balanced, semi-rich ale. It's solid, subtly toasty, sweet and caramelish malt is accented with grassy, floral and spicy hops; and backed by a solid bitterness that dries the finish but leaves a light note of lingering caramel sweetness. It's very well done, and an excellent session ale as well!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber color with an off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma features a lot of toasted malt with just a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty and finishes with a nice modest hop finish. Overall, this is a very nice amber that is highly drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A light amber-red ale that starts with a flowery nose and bright white head of foam. The aroma is somehwat subdued and fruity with hints of apple. The flavors in this malt-centric ale are fruity and sweet with just enough spicy hops to put things in balance. The finish is balanced and light malty and bittersweet. A very drinkable and approachable beer with probably just enough character to make it interesting. A good session ale.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a nice sized head that recedes to and holds at about a quarter inch. Nice thick tan lacing.
Smell is nutty and caramel with some fruitiness in the background.
Taste good with a big malt body and a nice fruity finish. Cherry maybe. Dry nutty finish.
Feels good and smooth in the mouth.
Over all a very good and tasty session ale. I could sit and sip on this all night. Yum!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, true amber hue, full, thick froth atop. Delicately crumbles, leaving lace.
Aroma: fresh, nutty, caramel-y, toasty, malty, lightly fruity. Nice.
Let's taste away, and see how that goes...
marvelous mouthfeel, lolls about the mouth, swishing fresh flavor about, big malt, again light fruit, tidy hops. Crisp hops bite at the fore, softly mellowing, leaving a biscuity, bread-y feel. medium bodied, with a sweet, delightful finish. An excellent session ale, tasty as an amber out to be, a real treat to loose down the throat, and tickle the tummy.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a 12 bottle sampler, just available this week in NW Connecticut. Nice copper color, gives the impression of a "warming" experience from the outset. Nice head which hangs around for a bit. Not much lacing. Aroma is dominated by a caramel nose, which is quite pleasant. The taste is sweetish caramel malt with a hint of roast, and little hop flavor, but not cloying; pretty well-balanced. The mouthfeel is just right IMO, pretty smooth on the tongue. Drinkability is quite good for a Scotch Ale; the ABV being lower than most other American versions I have tried. All in all a solid brew from Great Divide. I'm looking forward to drinking the other 2 bottles from the sampler.

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Photo of maxpower
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a glowing hazy amber with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, fruity aromas, sweet peach, apricot and caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, I really like this one, I could easily down a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, grain, some hops, a little bit of smoke and a touch of apricot.

T: The taste is slightly on the malty side, with flavors of caramel, apricot and grain. There’s a decent hop character, but it’s a bit subdued. After-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down pretty easy, not very filling, it has a nice light and refreshing quality to it that I wasn’t expecting at all. I could stick with this beer for an evening.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/12/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Golden-amber with a nice light beige head. Definitely a solid malty Scottish Ale with little to no hop character. Medium-light bodied with a dry malty finish.

Per GD website: Ridgeline originally debuted at the brewery as Great Divide’s first beer, Arapahoe Amber. It was renamed in 2004.
5.4% ABV
Bronze Medal - GABF - 1996 – Scottish Style Ale

Bottled: (2nd week notched) 11/04

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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.

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Photo of genog
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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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Ridgeline Amber Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 144 ratings