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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #55
Ranked #36,747
3.7 | pDev: 13.51%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Beautiful clear chestnut brown. Some rising CO2 and a 1Cm pillowy off-white head.
S- Fruity hops.
T- Comes over as very 'trad' to me. Lovely toasted grains, enough meat (5.2%) on it's bones to give balance and a balanced toasty hoppy finish.
F- Clean, well structured, nothing surprising or out of place, everything in a good balance.
O- I was drinking beer like this 40 years ago, good to know some things do not change.
500ml bottle BB: June-2020

Now I've written up my impressions I'm reading the lable. Their opening line in the description describes an aim of seeking 'balance' that is neither 'malt sweetness' or 'extreme hop' - well they've managed that very well.

Nov 09, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear burnished gold appearance. Little to no head but a nice gentle stream of rising bubbles.
Typical aroma of English hops and sweet malt.
Again a taste that reflects the flavour of most English summer beers at the moment. Well balanced.
Nice feel due to the bottle conditioning.
Nothing great but a sound pale ale.

Feb 05, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(on cask at Victoria Freehouse - served in a 20 oz proper pint)

A: pale gold liquid, relatively clear.... attractive, compact, creamy foam - fantastic retention, big bands of sudsy lace

S: bold golden raisin esters... sugar cookie dough malt... herbal, grassy hops - the quality of aroma like fresh, not-quite-dry hop cones

T: smooth, sweetish, light-toffee, graham-cracker-y malt with a fairly aggressive herbal-leafy bitterness that keeps the palate buzzing... faint toastiness and perhaps mint in the aftertaste

M: exceptionally smooth with a mild sugar/resin residue... absolutely ideal

O: just damn tasty... crazy moreish for anyone who enjoys their bitters

Apr 23, 2014
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IrishKevin from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

Nice golden color, with a two finger head that dissipated quickly.

Medium bodied, clean and crisp beer. Tasted some caramel and finished with a nice bitterness that lasted for a while.

Over all wasn't bad, but would love to try from a cask.

Apr 12, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this nasty looking concoction into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was sorta tea colored and dead looking. The beer poured absolutely no head whatsoever. The beer smelled yeasty, looked yeasty and tasted yeasty. I was not liking this beer at all and struggled to finish it off. Will not buy again.

Oct 17, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy light beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops as well as biscuit, caramel and pale malts. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the flavors of malts and hops and is very sessionable. The bottle conditioning definitely improves its taste.

Mar 04, 2012
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.16/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange colour with a part bubbly, part foam very slightly off -white head finger sized head.

More skunky than I was expecting with a little bit of a mild fruit aroma in there too. The beer is rather light smelling & not all that complex.

Watery to taste and with far to much bitter for my liking. It wasn't all that well balanced in my opinion either, with the fruit flavouring doing little to compliment the bitterness.

Smooth but overly watery so that isn't a good thing in this instance. As a result the body was quite light, probably on the light side of medium & pretty bland.

Not a pleasant drink at all, mainly due to the taste of the beer. Far too bitter & not very complex, it didn't have much going on yet still seemed unbalanced.


Oct 22, 2011
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BlackHaddock from England

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New artwork on my 500ml bottle: this bottle conditioned beer was entered into the 2011 Sainsbury beer challenge, as already stated by a couple of other UK based BA's. It didn't win by the way. Best before 11/11/2012, drank as I reviewed on 12 Oct 2011.

Poured into a UK pint sleeve: I might have over cooled it, no chill haze but the head left before it arrived and my wife has been using my cooling fridge for her wines and turned the temp down.

Good looking beer, even without it's head, solid amber, orangey red colour and clear.

Some fruity hop notes, becoming more striking was the beer warmed.

Good balance of flavours, not too hoppy even in the semi-bitter aftertatse, the malts evening out any true bitterness. The alcohol only appears once the mouth is really dry between sips, strange but not unpleasant.

Easy to drink and I'd love a cask one to compare.

Oct 12, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Ivanhoe displays a clear amber hue beneath a thin white mousse. Nothing out of the ordinary for an English ale.

S: Clean and straight-forward on the nose with a pleasant mixture of tobacco-laced English hops and toffee. Not bad, but I would have liked to see greater depth and complexity here.

T: A crisp entry gives way to notes of biscuits, moist earth, moss, tobacco, toffee, and herbal, lemony, peppery hops. Finishes in a somewhat malty and robust manner with toffee, tobacco, and lemon notes.

M: Ivanhoe is medium-bodied, like most English pale ales, but I did not pick up on the forceful carbonation that I generally associate with the style. I'm almost tempted to classify this as an ESB.

O: This is a very earthy beer, and those who are not fans of the classic English styles may not like it. I feel that this ale showcases the outstanding qualities of English hops very effectively. I would recommend it to fans of British beers.

Oct 04, 2011
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Purchased from Sainsburys as part of their British beer hunt. Described on the label as a bottle conditioned pale ale with balance. I like the label image - two knights jousting.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with decent carbonation. Evidence of conditioning is visible in the bottle. Forms a head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with slightly sweet grainy notes, hints of fruity yeast esters and faint stewed hops. Not much evidence of aromatic hops.

Tastes of light, sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Subtle notes of yeast and grain, along with with a stewed hop bitterness and faint hop flavours. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, leaving the palate a little dry. Weak aftertaste of stewed hops.

OK, though rather standard fare. Well-rounded but average in flavour and aroma. I was hoping for a pale ale with a reasonable dose of aromatic hops, so found this disappointing. Don't go out of your way to try it.

Sep 28, 2011
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 of Sainsbury's Beer Hunt 2011! Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orange hazy colour with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smells fresh and tangy/hoppy/fresh.

Tastes nice and refreshing, somewhat fruity and tangy.

Overall a decent beer, i'd certainly have it again.

Sep 22, 2011
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atigerlife from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly. Decent amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of yeast, malts and somewhat floral.

Taste is crisp and clean. Yeast, fruit, light malt, hops and dry at the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overal, a very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. Definitely one to try.

Feb 14, 2011
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DrJay from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a thin white cap. A bit of lacing, decent retention. Nice aroma. Toasted malts, apple, slightly buttery, earthy hops. Well balanced flavour. Bitterness was present throughout, but only became prominent in the finish. Buttery toasted malts up front, fruity and hoppy mid-palate. Slight hop spice in the finish. Dry, medium bodied with light carbonation. Very easy drinking and quite tasty.

Jul 31, 2010
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meeekyh from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 500ml bottle with jousters on the label. The ale is a nice amber color and clear. The head is a tan color and leaves good lacing.

Nose is fruity esters to start, there are sweet caramel and deep malts all wafting on an alcoholic wave. Rather exemplary English malt and hops indicate the tastes to come.

Yep, the tastes mirror the nose with nice and full roundness of feel and taste. A bit of plum in the flavor along with a nuttiness and a bit of spice. Not having had many beers of this style I will say that the flavors seem right to me and they are there in abundance so I am guessing this is a good example and I am enjoying it.

A bit later I will also be trying an IPA from this same brewery so there I will be able to compare and contrast some things and make a fuller judgement.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is full and dried stonefruit is the aftertaste that lingers. I find the totality of this beer to be pleasing and quite quaffable. Get some, but I hope you find it for less than seven dollars a bottle.


May 08, 2010
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Parrotbeak from Minnesota

3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber with a thin white head that fades quickly, becoming patchy.
Smell is malty, with some fruity tones, including pineapple, banana, and green apple. Faint cinnamon.
Taste is malts with some flat, bitter hops. Some cinnamon and watery fruits. Weak malts on a watery finish.
Mouthfeel is light crisp, but rather empty.
Drinkability is decent. The aspect of the bitterness is unappealing, and overall this beer is a bit drab.

Apr 11, 2010
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep sunset orange with a 2 finger solid foam beige head that was very well lasting. Visible carbonation was strong and rapid with macro bubbles while several large spongey patches were left behind for a lacing. The carbonation remained strong and steady for the entire course of the drink.

S: The nose was soft and flowery with dried orange peels, grains and dry bread highlighted with a light touch of toasted nuttiness rounding things out. The scent was very light making you work hard for any real appreciation.

T: The flavor was crisp with honey toast bread and sharp orange notes and a flowery bitterness. The level of bitterness was strong especially for an English pale with dry lemony flower notes. The alcohol was fairly noticeable providing a spiciness of dried fruit of pineapple. Overall a dried fruitiness with some spicy attributes combines nicely with a ample show of English floral hops makes for a good example.

M: The mouthful was creamy with a fizzy carbonation. Flowery dry hops gently line the tongue with a wet lemony presence.

D: Moderate drinkability with a respectable amount of hops and definitely worth checking out. Appreciable by style and good for a few.

Jan 25, 2010
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philipquarles from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. Pours golden-orange with a substantial off-white head that lasts. Great lacing. Smells of sweet, typically English malt and some light aromatic hops. Very nice. Mildly malty taste with hints of caramel and some grassiness otherwise. Slight spiciness at the end. Dry finish. Medium-full body with ideal carbonation. A very nice English pale/bitter.

Oct 16, 2009
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JoshuaJ from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful dark copper color with a creamy, two fingered head and thick lacing that clings to the glass all the way down.

Smells of faint citrusy hops and rich, doughy malts. A hint of caramel.

A nice bitter hop bite fades into bready, malts. The caramel comes through more in the mouth than on the nose. That malty flavor is just fantastic, though. Finishes dry and the hops come back and into the aftertaste.

The drinkibility for this beer is very high. It's not quite full bodied, so after having a pint, I feel like I could do one or two more. This is definitely one of the most quaffable beers I've had.

Thanks goes out to Peanut of Dilly Deli!

Jun 10, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt and a firm grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced a consisted of a grassy and pungent hop moderated by the grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty ale. Very nice on cask

May 02, 2009
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber-gold, thin soapy off-white cap.

Nose is fruity, buttery, bit of caramel, some light floral hops come through.

Taste is buttery, lots of orangey fruit over a malt body that hints at caramel and toast. Nice, firm floral hop note on the finish. Lightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is lively, slick and silky, beautiful.

Apr 08, 2009
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Amalak from New York

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very smooth, but to be honest it might be too smooth because there really isn't that much flavor to it. This is actually the perfect beer to smoke a cigar with, but by itself it is only average. The best part about it is the saying that's on it's label:

"It cannot be that in England there will not be found one to fight for justice. I challenge the privilege of trial by combat. God will raise me up a champion."

Jan 22, 2009
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koopa from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bomber purchased upon Scott at Buyrites recommendation when I said I haven't found many English Ales enjoyable.

Appearance: Attractively bright amber orange body with foamy white head. Loads of retention and lacing.

Smell: English aroma hops, roast malts, yeasty, well balanced.

Taste: Exactly like the nose. Very nice balancing btw malt and hop in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: too much carbonation in this one and a thin to med-thin body.

Drinkability: To me this is a total session beer.

Dec 13, 2008
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light-to-medium copper with a thick, off-white head that slowly descends, leaving patches of lacing.

The smell is of biscuit/bread with floral, tea-leaf, citric fruitiness. Some caramel is in the back.

The taste is of lightly toasted (buttered?) biscuit with a touch of caramel balanced by an earthy, leafy, slightly citric bitterness. Lemon/orange gives a nod towards sourish. It is well-balanced in the English Pale Ale tradition. It has a tea-leafy, cedary dry finish.

It hits medium-bodied and is smooth, though carbonation could be a bit more restrained.

Bottom line - it's a well-balanced (even leaning a bit hoppy for an English Pale) with malty sweetness and hop bitterness mixing well (with a touch of sourish fruitiness). This is certainly a respectable brew, and (perhaps other than the carbonation level, which would probably be helped by having it on-cask), and is not that much of a "detractor" (perhaps personal preference when it comes to this style), this is a "Very English Pale Ale", as asserted on the label. An enjoyable brew with a delightful finish!

Nov 01, 2008
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle thanks to Josh

Pours a slightly hazed light chestnut brown with a small eggshell head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Light, nutty caramel malt aroma. Faint hint of herbal hops.

Light, toasted nutty caramel malt flavor. Mild bitterness and faint herbal hop flavor. Finishes dry with a slight lingering nutty taste.

Thin body, light carbonation.

Unoffensive yet unimpressive English pale ale.

Oct 23, 2008
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Seanibus from California

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden, with perhaps a hint or reddish or copper, with a big fluffy, solid head that dissolves slowly to good lacing. The smell is bready with a little sour-ish bite of floral hops, almost like a good European Pilsner. The flavor is a bit sour, though not unpleasantly, with some earthy hops and the faintest whiff of floral character. There is a good bit of bready malt flavor with a sneaky blast of bitterness developing after the first few sips. The mouthfeel is slightly clingy with a faint hint of carbonation, which highlights that late developing bitterness, which becomes progressively more intense.

This is a good bottled representative of the kinds of pleasantly bitter ESBs you can find on tap in real British pubs. It's not as clean and refreshing as it's American pale ale cousins, but it is an awfully good beer and highly drinkable considering its good flavor and relatively modest alcohol content.

Sep 16, 2008
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