Ivanhoe | Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ppoitras on 06-06-2004

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Reviews by BierManVA:
Photo of BierManVA
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz stamped BBF 1-03-06 - A gift from a friend. Thanks Bro.

Pretty dark orange in color with a nice retentive head.

Smells of fruit; banana, orange, lemon. Light hop presence. Crisp and tart on the palate. Taste of light wood. More hop than malt flavors but not much, A pleasant finish. Slightly dry. Very well balanced, I could drink a lot of these.


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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle label here of two knights jousting looks like an old school tapestry or something along the lines,pours a deep copper with a big two finger head that settles leaving a trace amount of lace.Big fuggles aroma with some brown sugar intermingled in there as well,wow what a balanced ale here some brown sugar and dried fruit up front but a big dry,herbal hoppy finish that leaves a nice aftrtaste in its wake.This to me is more of an ESB with its firm maltiness and fruitiness but it has a nice hop kick as well,I think underrated by the other two who rated this but hey just my opinion.The bottle says English Pale Ale so if the brewers label it that well thats what it is.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is a muddy light brown in color with absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smell – There are trappings of English malt and light yeast in here and maybe some grassy hops, but the aroma is really just not there.

Taste – The malts are a bit better at the taste but the hops are uncouth and that classic EPA flavor wanting.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with little carbonation and a clumsy overall feel in between the cheeks.

Sinkability – This is not worthy.

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with jousting knights on the label, $3.49 at Greenlife in Asheville. Clear amber body contains immense rush of carbonation, topped by a large and spirited offwhite head that eventually settles at about one inch in height. Excellent patch lacing is left all around the glass.

Aroma features buttery toffee, floral and herbal hops, a hint of red apples, and an inviting mineral note from the hard water. Nice!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Lots of buttery toffee maltiness in the taste, balanced nicely with earthy and herbal bitter hops. A pleasing mineral character is present throughout and some biscuit is picked up midway through. Finish and aftertaste are hoppy bitter with English hops.

Excellent example of a classic style, and would be ideal as a session ale if the price was better. Paired very nicely with slices of English farmhouse cheddar cheese and unsalted wafers.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Squat 500ml bottle with a very old-looking label on the bottle. Appears to have a best before 01-03-06 on the bottle. $4.99 from OUAV.

Color is a clear honey. MASSIVE layer of incredibly sticky off-white head here. Soapy and clumpy lacing...no...covering of the glass. Aromas have an earthy funk to them. Almost a sourness hiding in there. Flavor is chalky. Bitterness predominates throughout. Slight malty sweetness as well as a bready-biscuit flavor. Slightly thin in the mouthfeel...but LOTS of carbonation. Finish is dry as the parchment used to make the label for the bottle. Balanced? Not to me. More hoppy than anything. Drinkable, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 500ml bottle had the Old Picture as the label. This bottle-conditioned Ale brought forth a huge head that was clumpy and did not last for long. The aroma was very light as I expected a medium-hop nose, but it had an almost sweet lemony fragrance. I expected a more Americanized-English pale Ale, but I believe this Ale was made to be THE palin English pale Ale as in color, right Horst?. The mouthfeel was light malt and I really like the light charcter this Ale produced. Mild hops, medium malt-body and it almost tasted organic. It was on sale for less than $4.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance- Reddish golden brown with a thin but moderate lacing head.
Smell- Not much going on here. Light hops, caramel malt, grains ( barley and wheat)
Taste- Very light on the flavor. Evenly balanced pine/ oak hop with sweet malt.
Mouthfeel- Watery and little flavor up front but intensifing in the end. Mild bitterness and dryness.

Overall- Borderline lifeless. The flavor needs to be boosted 2 fold.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper with only a few slowly climbing bubbles. Offwhite soapy head is nice and thick at first but very slowly diminishes to a thin skim.

Aromas are dominated by a wonderful floral/herbal melange. A good malt/hops balance. Earthy as can be, as if this quite literally arose from the soil.

Flavor is an extremely buoyant, refreshing mixture of herbal/floral springiness, hops bitterness and an edge of fruity freshness. A minimal sweetness comes from the malty backbone, providing just the smallest bit of fullness for this especially unassuming and very satisfying ale.

Mouthfeel is on the light and fluffy side, has a good feel but I personally prefer a thicker weight on an ale of this type. It does feel appropriate for the brightness of the flavors it carries.

A unique, very drinkable, easily enjoyable pale ale that certainly features typical hops characteristics, but isn't too overboard with the pine/citrus, allowing other interesting flavors/aromas to come through.

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Photo of Reverand
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off the American label is different than the picture shown. Two knights jousting with the damsel at the gallows. A best before date of January 2006.

The beer was extremely lively, very carbonated and aromatic. A real good balance of hops and malt. Ivanhoe poured to a beutiful chestnut colored with an off white head that laced the glass all the way to the bottom. A fruity ester aroma that enticed the palate. Full bodied and taste that didn't

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful, long-standing cap of rocky off-white foam rests majestically above the clear, deep amber body of this remarkably tasty and well-balanced pale ale. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising rather quickly, helping to sustain the head, which lasts throughout the first quarter of the pint while leaving some nice sheets and rings of white lace about the glass.

There's a wonderful yeasty fruitiness to the nose that really pulls you in, welcoming you with notes of apples, pears, and sweet berries. Notes of mineral-like, grassy, and floral hops join the chorus, bekoning you to partake. (In fact, the mineral and earthy quality seems somewhat reminiscent of Brettanomyces, and I wonder if there's a touch of it in here as that seems to be concurred by the flavor. If that's the case, I may be biased as I personally enjoy the flavors that Brettanomyces offers).

In the mouth it's initially brisk in it's carbonation, but that settles momentarily as it warms a bit (which is to be expected from a bottled version). The body is medium.

The flavor toggles back and forth with fruitiness appearing upfront, followed immediately by surrounding earthy, floral, and lightly citrusy hops, and then fading back into fruit. Finally, it shows some delicate and lightly caramelish maltiness before finishing with a flourish of hop bitterness and flavor. It lingers with a solid bitterness that's surrounded by an earthy, woody, and tea-like aftertaste. It's remarkably well-balanced and shows it's whole range of flavors with each sip.

The American label reads "A very English pale ale", and it certainly is! This one's a remarkably enjoyable pint that probably deserves more attention than it gets.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle with an updated label from the picture (two knights jousting). Described as both "a very English pale ale" and a "red beer" on the bottle. Pours a deep golden color with a huge off-white creamy head that reduces to about one-finger after a minute or two and hangs around for a while. Almost no discernable aroma, save for the faint hint of some dry English hops. Those same dry hops are evident up front in the palate, nicely balanced with some lightly sweet pale roasted malt. Finishes dry with a light hop bitterness. After pouring the remainder of the bottle contents (including yeast), flavor becomes a bit more mellow, and yeast particles are beautifully suspended throughout the glass. Medium body becomes quite foamy with the slightest jostling in the mouth. A decent, interesting beer, but probably not worth $4 a bottle.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 liter bottle, with a newer label than pictured (a Medieval -style painting of two knights jousting). Purchased from Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA in August/early Sept. 2006 for $4.99.

OK, I usually try to be analytical in these reviews, but in this case, I just want to state that this is a solid, tasty, English Pale Ale. I really like it. A sharp bitterness from proper British hops make this just go down right. Recommended.

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Photo of Amalak
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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."

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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