Ridgeway Bitter | Ridgeway Brewing

Ridgeway BitterRidgeway Bitter
BA SCORE
58.5%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 94 ratings
Ridgeway BitterRidgeway Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,179
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
94
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This English Bitter pours to a creamy, medium ivory-colored head on a deep gold, effervescent body that exhibits a very slight haze; head retention is brief and lacing is sparse and short-lived, consisting of fast-retreating blotches. The nose is light-medium in intensity: zwieback-like toasted malt over a rich, deep blend of boozy, sweet Concord grapes and earthy pipe tobacco. The palate is more assertive than the nose: bitter, earthy hops ride atop a toasty malt foundation that shows hints of dark fruit, caramel and alcohol. The finish is clean and has a nice, crisp carbonation bite, followed by the onset of a modest earthy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. While the bitterness outweighs the malt character, the malt is well-represented and the bitterness is not overbearing; I'd say this beer is properly balanced for the style. The mouthfeel is on-point for the light body and a bit astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and slightly peppery from the restrained carbonation. (16.9 oz bottle, 363 days after pkg)

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a ½” white foam collar S: fruit and earthy hops.T: Pale malt flavors, some light biscuit, some fruit, earthy English hops F: medium low carbonation, medium light body O: very refreshing and drinkable

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange body with a half inch of soapy, off-white head. Fruity, malty, bready aroma. A tad sweet. Thin body with low carbonation. Odd fruity notes in the finish. Lacking body and malt presence. Needs help.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a straight sided pint.

A: Super light golden and very clear. A one finger white head settles to a nice cap throughout.

S: Light lemon and perfumy hops. Some grassiness and grain. It smells “pretty.”

T: Identical to the nose but not as full flavored as I hoped. I don’t know if that is intended or if hops have fallen off.

M: Very watery but refreshing. Super easy to drink. Body is medium, somewhat fizzy carb. Finishes with a slight dryness that is pleasing.

O: This would be an ideal beer to drink on a deck under the hot sun. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ConorThomas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of FriedGold2112
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of charliedvrs
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a good bit of thick, off-white head that falls and leaves a solid cap on top of the beer. The aroma is faint, led by a sweet, toasted biscuit malt character. Hop aroma comes through as slightly lemon. The taste follows suit, with a dry, cracker malt taste and a grass and lemon hop profile. It has a light to medium body and rounds out with a clean dryness, aided with a touch of bitterness. A very delicately balanced beer with nothing standing out or seeming to compete with any of it's other flavors. Nothing spectacular, but refreshingly clean and a well made example of the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellowish-amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation.. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of oranges.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has fruity flavors from the yeast and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness from the hops. There are some notes of bready malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable. The bitterness is nicely balanced by the underlying malts.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

A murky shade of amber like the color of clover honey with a 1 finger shortbread head that leaves modest lacing.

aroma of bready malt with a mix of musty and funky hops with just a kiss of honey like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: a little more solid than the typical bitter.

Taste: biscuity malt followed by an earthy, funky hoppiness that leaves a faint herbal bitterness.

Notes: A great Bitter, lots of funkiness and character. Good stuff.

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Photo of nas5755
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jon for letting me know this was in the shop and that is was fresh.

A- Hazy golden orange with a nice head, lacing was ok.

S- Citrus tangs and some pepper notes, with a nice malt aroma.

T- Nuanced hops, orange citrus tones, nice bitterness, very balanced with a nice malt profile, tastes grainy and has a very smooth finish. A very clean beer.

M- light body, easy to drink, low carbonation, very smooth

O- I am beginning to love these English Style lower abv. with subtle hop flavors playing off the subtle malt flavors. At times these beers become less is more. This beer was awesome, very nuanced and complex in it's own way. I truly enjoyed it and wish that I could get it on cask or in a 6 or 12 pack, I just want to have bunch of pints.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale is clear amber with orange hints, an off-white small head, little lacing and small curtains. Much as expected.

Smelling subtly of nuts, grain and ripe apples.

The taste has a toffee and loaf of bread sweetness, then a fruity acidity, pears and apples, finishing of with a balanced grass and lemon zest bitterness.

A small carbonation, a rewarding fresh texture, a dry long ending.

A very good session beer. Sometime this is all you need in a beer!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2011, so it's a little out of date. Purchased cheaply from my local beer specialist. The labels indicate that this was originally intended for the US market, and that it is bottle conditioned.

Poured into a Stella chalice (don't judge). A hazy golden-amber colour with visible sediment and good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sharp citrus hops with a hint of grass and undertones of light grainy malt. Nice for an English bitter.

Tastes of light malt with a pleasantly dry bitter finish. Notes of grain, earthy yeast, citrus, and grass. Mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and quite dry. Aftertaste of bitter malt.

A decent bitter with a great aroma. Nice use of aromatic hops, while the malt and bitterness are well balanced. Live yeast adds depth to the flavour. Drinkable and worth sampling.

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Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 58.5% out of 100 with 94 ratings
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