Ridgeback Ale
No Label Brewing Company

Ridgeback AleRidgeback Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #769
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,393
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 13.73%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
173
From:
No Label Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  56
SCORE
81
Good
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeback Ale pours to an amber/reddish hue with a cloudy body and a nose that combines cocoa, toffee, and just a dash of herbs. The foam level is moderate, but leaves a good deal of lace on the sides of the glass as you consume.

Ridgeback Ale offers a nice amount of complexity and the taste is fuller than the nose would indicate. Flavors of cocoa and toffee are present, as expected based on the aroma. But examine each sip a little more and you will discover other pleasant sensations such as pale malt, caramel, some roasted malts, grains, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit and herb. The bitter sensation in the finish is slight, with the taste quickly returning to that of sweet malts in the aftertaste.

Ridgeback Ale was just recently released in bottles, along with the two other No Label Brewing core products. My review is based on the bottled version, but I have sampled the draft version dozens of times and find both of them similar in taste and enjoyment. The complexity of this beer is well above average and upon first impression, the taste of cocoa is the one that stands out. But with more samples and more sips, other flavors make themselves known and the complexity continues to deliver all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Ridgeback Ale is a good choice for the craft beer lover who wants something a little more adventurous without going to extremes in any direction. Grab a six-pack of bottles and enjoy the great taste of this non- pretentious and interesting amber ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +19%

This one pours a very reddish-gold color that is clear and has a nice tan head that is thick, long lived and settles slowly leaving moderate lacing down the glass. the head settles so slow it pulls the lacing with it.

The nose is peppery, spicy hops with hints of grass, pine and bread.

The taste is nice and hoppy with notes of pepper, pine and camphor with a tinge of alcohol and nice bready sweet malt undertones.

The moutfeel is a little bit more watery than I would like, but not bad.

OVerall this on eis quite drinkable and enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Junichi
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of depechemode1983
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out hazy brown with a tan head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing.
The nose is grainy and has a caramel sweetness to it. Also picking up faint hops.
The taste has some caramel sweetness up front and a grainy finish. Somewhat bland.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Carbonation is low and could stand to be a tad higher.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of champ103
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Public House in Katy, TX.

A: Pours a dark amber/red/brown color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted and sweet caramel malt. Some light hops. Overall, fairly neutral.
T: Sweet and toasted malt again. Bread and biscuit as well. Some citrus hops lingering. Enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit thin on the carbonation. Not hard to drink, I could quaff a few without a problem.

Decent and enjoyable for the most part. The pale ale blows this away however.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled from The Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and cocoa. The aroma is fairly sweet and is definitely all about the malt.

The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of cocoa and toffee notes, but I also get a little bit of dark fruit and cherry notes. There is also something that resembles vanilla in the flavor which goes very well with the other flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Valkyrie23
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Ridgeback Ale from No Label Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 173 ratings