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:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-10-2004

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#26,179
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
94
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.59%
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-faded tangerine with a fine yeasty haze visible only with bright sunlight. There's actually more head than beer in the glass immediately after the pour, presumably due to a generous number of bottle-conditioned bubbles. And what a good looking lid it is too. Eggshell with a faint orange tint, fluffy (yet firm enough to be rocky) and sticky enough to lay down scads of lace.

My impression of English bitters is that they're fairly well-balanced with a nod toward the hoppy side of things... and that is just how Ridgeway Bitter smells. I've run across Challenger hops many times, but never Boadicea (a new aphid-resistant strain). Even though the aroma is on the mild side, enough of the lemon peel, lemongrass and lemon pepperiness of the hops comes through for me to find plenty of enjoyment.

Simply delicious. Sometimes it's hard for me to put my big beer love aside and appreciate a lowercase beer such as Ridgeway Bitter. I didn't have any trouble at all recognizing the beauty of Bluebird Bitter and I'm not having the least bit of difficulty here either. The key, I believe, is that both are clean and hop-focused.

The flavor is basically a reprise of the aroma. A sufficient amount of Maris Otter malt provides an understated hint of sweetness and coddles the suprising bitterness of the veddy, veddy English hops. If Boadicea is the cause of this wonderful grassy pepperiness, then count me among its admirers. What the hell do aphids know anyway?

This is scrupulously clean beer that is one of the best true session ales that I've had in a long, long time. The body/mouthfeel is unapologetically light, but still manages to fill the mouth with each upending of the glass. An energetic amount of carbonation helps in that regard and is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

While I don't love Ridgeway Bitter as much as I love Ridgeway IPA (once a hophead, always a hophead), it's a beautiful beer that is the very definition of the English bitter style, at least as I understand it. I would dearly love to work my way through a succession of pints, on-cask of course, during a warm sunny afternoon in Oxfordshire.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a thin bubbly white head.

The smell is of light orange marmalade, some yeasty notes, some classic Maris Otter maltiness.

The taste is of orange marmalade with tea-leaf (Darjeeling-like) bitterness. Finishes refreshingly dry, with a well-balanced bitterness.

The feel is crisp, lighter-side of medium-bodied for the style. A bit buttery. Smooth.

An easy-drinking ale with a nice, subtle, well-balanced flavour. A bittering touch in the finish. Could see myself drinking plenty of this on-cask in an English pub!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt (Maris Otter) scent along with some light bitterness and a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a very dry bitter flavor that boasts of Maris Otter malts and leaf hops. It goes down easy with a bit of fruitiness and a wet cardboard finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good English bitter. It's bitter, but nothing too intense as well as having a good malt base; well balanced.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 9 fl. oz bottle no. F10-077. Sampled on April 30, 2009. It pours a slightly hazy copper-yellow with a modest creamy off-white head. It is a bottle conditioned beer so the cloudiness is not unexpected. The aroma is fresh and grassy with a little dab of hops. It is not an offensive aroma but I think I expected something a little more. It feels lie honey on the tongue but it has nothing resembling that in the taste. The taste is nice and bitter with a hint of something tart taking up the rear. A pretty good English Bitter.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 275ml bottle, part of a presentation pack given to me by my daughter, loads of life left before its best before date.

Poured into a UK half pint straight sided glass.

Amber body, with a mini haze in it, a good sized white foaming head sat on top.

Had trouble finding a smell at first, but some hops and yeast arrived as the beer warmed.

The taste reminded me of farmyard manure and a green beer, meaning it wasn't ready to drink. Too fizzy for me.

Not overly impressed to be honest, pleased it wasn't a pint bottle.

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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 Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, and yeah, 4.0%abv Bitter so that make it an official Session beer. Label has this on it: BBF 24 6 10 so I'm thinking that translates to best before June 24, 2010.

A slightly hazy light gold colour with about an inch of foam. There's not much of any bubble activity.

The smell is a nice balance between sweet malts and light citrus hops(the label says Challenger & Boadicea, the latter I've never heard of) Bottom line re the smell is that it smells very much a brew coming from the UK. I'm expecting good things with the taste.

The taste has a very nice hoppy bitter flavour that is countered by some sweetish notes from the malt and a light fruitiness that I'm guessing is very cherry like. I notice it more when I swish the beer in my mouth but without swishing, it is still there. I'm liking this English Bitter. Plenty of flavour for the abv.

It borders on medium bodied but I'd still call it light, the carbonation is medium..could be restrained just a tad more but works. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Great drinkability and why the hell not! Low in alcohol and plenty of flavour. What's not to like? I wish I had picked up more than 1 bottle.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear light gold color with a nice white head and very active carbonation. Prominent grassy and flowery hop aromas. Nicely balanced but definitely more English hoppy than English malty. Light bodied with a nicely balanced dry bitter hop finish.

Gone too quickly ... A good example of the style that I would love to try on cask when in England.

Label states: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Whole Leaf Hops" & "Marris Otter Malt" & "Challenger and Boadicea Hops"

(11.2 oz. /330 ml)

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange and a bit hazy with a short, lasting head. Some short-lived lacing too. Malty and biscuity aroma, hops were grassy and a bit citrusy, a bit floral. Bitterness was solid throughout, more biscuity malt, citrus and floral hop flavours lingered. It was perhaps a bit too dry. Light bodied with average carbonation. I quite liked the flavour profile of this beer. Slightly less attenuation would help make it more drinkable and well rounded.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

I wish that we had more good English bitters and milds sold in this country. This beer is pleasantly light with a clean, fresh flavor. It would make for an excellent session beer. It pours a bright, light orange with dark yellow highlights and a wonderfully creamy head. The aroma is lightly citric with an excellent light malt presence. While it's very well-balanced, there is still a noticeable hop focus. The feel is soft and creamy with gentle bitterness. I imagine that it's great from the cask. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle with a wide body and thin proboscis-like neck. Sealed with a metallic green crown cap and labeled as “Ridgeway Bitter bottle conditioned ale”. Alc. 4% Vol. My bottle is just as the one pictured in the BA Avatar.

Appearance: Superb presentation, glowing soft orange amber body with some light brown tissue. Massive off-white head rises prominently and leaves some spectacular looking lacing. Excellent catwalk looks.

Nose: Gorgeous nose, sweet malts, hints of Devon toffee and teasing bitterness of the English kind. Monkey nut pockets here and there.

Taste: Gentle malt tingling with some residual cold tea to line the cheeks. Sharp angles in this one, the malts and hops are in two camps, both joined together by a dry bitter finish with hints of nuttiness. Splashes of lemon and tobacco leaves ridge the back of this brew. English bitterness rides from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft conditioning throughout, Cask-like almost, light body with a satisfying feel. Low feel but high body, if you know what I mean.

Drinkability: A quaffing Pale Ale that holds no qualms or grudges, easy to put down and easier to pick up again.

Overall: A very interesting English Pale Ale; the Marris Otter Malt is no surprise but the mix of Challenger and Boadicea hops most certainly is. Solid stuff.

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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 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 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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Photo of ffejherb
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA on 1/25/08.

A - Very clear light, golden bronze body with very thin, creamy white head that disappeared quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma paired with an odd herbal hoppiness. Some mild honey sweetness and caramel notes.

T - Mild hop flavor with some caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bready/biscuity malt aspect.

M - Light body with very thin, watery texture leaving some residual bitterness on the tongue.

D - Certainly drinkable, but a bit of a letdown compared to other cask offerings I've had. Very thin body, but had a nice mild flavor.

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

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a medium amber color with massive white head. Lots of carbonation also noted. Smell is mildly malty but enjoyable. Taste follows through with a pleasant maltiness sweetness mixed a with a slight hoppiness. The combination of malt and hops present an excellent finish, being thirst quenching yet begging for another taste. Perfect drinkability. Would be the perfect session beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant golden yellow with fine white lacing.

S-Earthy hops supported nicely with sweet maltiness

T-Solid hop bitterness without getting crazy. Nice malty sweetnes supports with ease. A lovely, light hop kick.

M-Plenty of bidy for a beer so light. Malty sweetness melds nicely with the hop bitterness.

D-Excellent, true to style. Very solid and totally quaffable. Could easliy sit at the pub and drink this pint after pint.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy clay orange body, 2 finger fluffy head, nice lacing.

S: grain, hint of citrus, mild grass/pine

T: malt, barley, slight bitter finish

M: med/light body, low carbonation, dry + crisp, goes down smoothly.

D: nice English session brew. worth trying, but not world class. Could easily down a few.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to slight gold with touch of amber, nice contrasting white head.

Nose is clean, ligt citrus, mellow.

Palate is a light bodied, crisp, gently balanced bitter that is very sessionable. None of the flavor components are in your face. Nothing is out of place.

An easygoing ale that I could drink just about any time of day.

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