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Ridgeway Bitter | Ridgeway Brewing

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3.71/5
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94 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004

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#27,652
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
94
pDev:
11.59%
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of krantul
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hefty bottle of.. er.. bottle-conditioned bitter, emblazoned with a CAMRA seal of approval. Pours a somewhat murky golden color with virtually no head. Aroma is malty and a little floral.

Light, malty flavor, somewhat herbal and possessing an oddly astringent character. There's a strange bitterness that doesn't come across as hop bitterness. The beer struck me as strangely dry for a english bitter, as though the malt couldn't keep up with some of the other nuanced flavors. All in all, feels a bit unbalanced. The slight, tangy sharpness feels at odds with the smooth characteristics that I expect from english bitter, impeding drinkability.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pumped out of a cask, the color was a golden yellow and it had a thin white head on it. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell was grainy and had a subtle hop aroma. The taste was mild upfront and finished with a nice dry bitterness. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall it's a decent bitter but nothing too great.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Moan and Dove. A murky orange look with some patchy lacing throughout drinking. Generally thin head. Citrus orange flavors are weakly permeated from the drink; enough to be apparent but nothing too strong. A dull bitter taste with a decently bready flavoring in the taste department. It was incredibly refreshing, though, with a great crispness to it. Overall, a bit too uneven, but still decent.

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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Max's in Baltimore, MD.

A- pours a nie gold in color with a thin white head.

S- very little in the nose, just a hint of malt.

T- malty, muted hops, probably served too cold.

M- not bad, well carbonated, medium body.

D- I would probably prefer this more if it were fresher.

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Photo of cookin420
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pubglass.

This is a really nice looking beer. A tight frothy head, not too big for the aggressive pour I gave it, but very thick with clinging clumpy lace. This beer is wonderfully clear, only upon close inspection can I see any sign of bottle conditioning. Color is a pale-yellow amber.

Earthy hops are the prevalent aroma I'm assuming a Fuggles addition. Also some sour notes. not much of a pickup of malts in the smell.

Taste is straightforward, bitter enough and balanced well. My tongue is puckered up as it should be. Subtle malt taste witch surprises me a bit as this is a UK import but tastes like an American bitter in that it's balance is weighted heavily toward the hop additions. I do pick up a bit of corn or another vegetable, it's not entirely out of place but I do consider it a defect. Good clean finish.

Good mouthfeel, biting carbonation that matches the bittering hops well. Pretty thin, barely coating the tongue.

I would call this beer mighty drinkable.

This brew is refreshing and clean, very bitter with malt that will stand up to it but not a malt lovers bitter. Hopheads should try it but I won;t pay 6 bucks for it again I don't believe.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell of a lot of carbonation in this beer. Thick head. Bubbles ripping their way to the top of the beer. The color is a fairly clear copper, with just the lsightest haze. Aroma is mostly of malts. Flavor is pretty decent. Lots of bittering hops throughout, followed nicely with a real woody varnish flavor. Some pine and other aromatic tones; slightly toasted malts. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but the bitterness has a broadening effect to the palate. Nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden brown color, slightly opaque in presentation. Big fuzzy head is pillow-like and rises to over an inch. Laces in dots and small strings. Sharp aroma, weedy, maybe a touch skunked. Mouthfeel is light and gets lighter, carbonation is higher than I like it. Malt profile is quite brief, astringent lemon tones take over, senses of pepper, arugala, even cilantro. Finishes thinner but with a lot of the excessive carbonation still in effect. I like softer Bitters, I figure concessions are made to bottle condition and ship, but this comes off as a little gassy and strident.

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Photo of malcontent
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a hyper-frothy head. Head is fairly lumpy but still, I'm impressed by the sheer volume of it.

Mildly grainy/sweet scent but the hops do come through making this a nice enough aroma.

Nice enough flavor although there is a detectable grain quality to it that overshadows the hops I usually enjoy in a bitter. Still, the taste isn't much of a problem but...

...mouthfeel is far too fizzy and over-carbonated, especially for the style. Really hurts the overall drinkability of the brew although I'm sure I'll have little problem finishing the pint.

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Photo of claytri
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a lifeless copper with an off white head. The aroma was simply of light malt. The taste was of light sweet malt with a hint of better in the finish. The feel was medium and dry. This one started off a bit weak, but as I drank it grew on me and was suprisingly good, a very delicate beer.

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

Served from the engine at Moan & Dove.
Clear, bright gold, a couple stray bubbles half-heartedly trying to form the semblance of a collar, leaving the beer entirely naked after a couple sips. Nearly no aroma, probably due to the lack of head. A vague floral, melon-ish fruity whiff. What is there is decent enough. The flavor opens with a mild, very easy drinking pale maltiness. Toasty, with a touch of minerally flavor and a bit of bacterial funkiness. Slightly infected cask? Subtle, melon-like fruit, easing into a passive, floral hop finish. That bit of funkiness isn't bad, but the slight, vague sourness in the finish kinda ruins the drinkability for me. It's such a delicate beer that it overpowers the other flavors very easily. Great carbonation level, just a soft sparkle, pleasant when coupled with the light body. Smooth drinkin' stuff. Light, yet flavorful, this is what session ale is all about. I just wish it were a bit cleaner. I'll definitely try it again next time I see it.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the gingerman in NYC, a nice light orange color, small head that holds OK. Good hoppiness in the smell, some undertone of malt. Nice. Disappointing taste. Very thin. Needed alot more body. I would have another, but with 60 choices on tap, not here.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ConorThomas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml English looking bottle. In appearance this is a dark golden ale with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is rather subdued, slightly earthy, maltiness, some tinges of hoppiness. Malty , earthy tastes dominate, then a slight hoppy tatse and a longer lasting hop after tate, perhaps from the fresh hops. Pretty thin on the palte, well carbonated. A good drinkable bitter, but at the price we pay over here i could not say it was a session ale..but if in Oxford this would keep my intrest for several pints.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured to rough and about half the glass was a whitish tan head. Darker golden color with lots of carbonation. Has good head rention and a very nice lacing.
S- Hops, light malt in back, very light roasted smell also.
T-Light bitter aftertaste. Different kind of bitter than what I’m used to. Light malt in back which makes a pretty well balanced brew but with hops still winning the battle.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Body thickens when warms
D- good brew. Doubt I would get it again unless not much else.

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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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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 ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ridgeway's whimsical Christmas beer series has been one disappointment after another, perhaps I should stick to their more sensible offerings. Here's hoping!

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, light orange-hued body akin to dehydrated tangerine peels. Topped with a ½ inch head of lasting, whitish foam.

Smell: Though not boldly so, the aroma is predominately hoppy, with notes of spice, citrus, and dried herbs along with secondary scents of pale malts and a light hint of a fruity English yeast.

Taste: Modestly sweet, mild tones of Maris Otter malt with just a hint of toffee. Pinch of lemon peels tossed with a light dose of spice and a tea-like herbaceousness from the hops. Ample amount of balancing bitterness. Touch of additional fruitiness. A bit more toffee on the back end. There's a little surge of bubbles on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A sufficient, decently refreshing, though not exemplary brew, it's certainly more appealing than all that goofball X-mas stuff their churn out at year's end.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle

Pours with a slight hazy amber body, fairly good foamy head, some retention and little lacing

Smell, hints of fresh english hops, some hint of wheat

Taste, dry and some hint of english hops, perhaps goldings, some wheat, slight hint of yeast, lasting hop bitterness on the finish

A pretty good ale, i'd like to try this on cask

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway Bitter. 4.0% alcohol.

A- Pours a nice medium amber color with bold bubbly head that sticks around for awhile. Mild to none lacing that randomly sticks to edges of glass.

S- Mild sweet tropical fruits are noticed upfront with a then light grassy nole close by.
Slight malts as well.

T-M- The bottle conditioning causes the yeasty flavor to come out in the beginning that is soon turned to light bitter sweet hop flavors.
Not to much bitterness as I expected more. All and all a good all-round light bitter beer.
Has a little astringent feel but barely noticeable to me due to heavy hop overdoses on regular occation. Fresh mouthfeel is the best way to describe. ( Has a chewy texture and feel when its in a warmer state.)

D- Very drinkable and would like to put down a few later if readily available.

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Photo of danny013
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a 20 oz. pint glass. Body is a wonderful light orange/honey color topped with a thick, pillowy off white head that lingers nicely for the brew. Good lacing. Bottle conditioned.

Aroma is of light bitter hops, somewhat citrusy, and a good lightly toasted grain base.

Big bread/biscuit flavors envelope the palate as the beer is drunk and linger for a moment. Some faint sweet maltiness lingers in the back of the brew, never really pulls through. Good herbal hop flavors come in, provide a gentle bitterness and intermingle with some grainy astringency as the beer is swallowed. Nice, dry finish with a lingering taste of bready malts and a light bitterness.

Light bodied with a good carbonation to match, this beer is an easy drinker. Save for the price, a great session ale. Overall, an easy drinker, light bodied and easy to put back a few, but a little thin in flavor. Doesn't really stand out as anything superb, but still a good beer to spend a bit with.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to fit the English bitter style reasonable well.
It is a light bodied, and light flavored beer.
Has a hops bitterness to the flavor without much more complexity. This beer would be a fine summer's day refresher-- served slightly chilled-- or even cold. The traditionally low ABV makes the beer quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is cordial but the beer itself is light bodied so it didn't make much of an impression on me.

I could however quaff a few pints of this and enjoy the experience. Furthermore I wouldn't be welded to my seat in the way the higher ABV beers and many of the more robust flavored beers affect me (and probably anyone else).

The beer has a very light nose- emitting a tad of hops and not much else.

All in all-- I don't have any complaints-- it's not particularly memorable, but there aren't too many bones to pick with in the English bitter style.

Perhaps the only issue is $6 a pint... there are a lot of fine beers out there on which I can drop $6.. so this one has a lot of competition.

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Photo of Stimack
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask the other night. The brew was pulled to vibrant golden color with a fairly dense white head that had pretty good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. This is a very malty beer, it definitely seems to dominate but I am able to pick up scents of hops with an earthy/grass like note that really co-mingle very nicely. The tastes are highlighted by a malty caramel flavor that is strongly accented by a hop taste that seems to linger a bit. Nice brew, one I would get again, but not one that I would classify as exceptional..

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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