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%
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Rochefort10nh
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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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 clearlydiluted
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden with a nice 2 finger layer of white head. lacing stays around the glass the whole time

s - mildy spicy from the english hops, and hints of caramel malts

t - weedy herbal hops are upfront followed by hints of floral hops in the back. a firm bitterness dominates with enough sweetness and maltiness to cover it

m - mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is low

d - really drinkable. I wish this was more widely available and on tap...

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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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a copper/golden color with with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled herbal and floral with a sweet caramel nose.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a bready malt backbone. It had an earthy/grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer in a highly drinkable style.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Gorgeous copper color with a nice off-shite head that is about 1 inch and has some nice chunky bubbles peppered in with some nice dense bubbles. The head recedes at a normal pace and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Very familiar malty aroma from the English pale malts. There is a very nice hopy and flowery aroma as well. Some mild yeast and spice as well.

T - Flavor is very malty up front with some spices as well. There is a nice light hop character and bitterness as the beer finishes dry. There are some nice vinous notes to this beer as well.

M & D - Very light and drinkable. Nice malt backbone and good hop finish.

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Photo of Lakes
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is clear copper with a nice white head

Aroma is slightly yeasty but it's bottle conditioned, with light spiciness.

Nice flavor. I bit more hop than I was expecting but that's never a disappointment. Good malt backbone and excellent bitter.

I should have bought two, this goes down easy.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Fin Du Monde tulip serves as the recepticle for this English bitter. The label states this is real ale, meaning as I understand it that it is live beer and unfiltered.

The pour reveals a bone white head atop a deep honey colored beer that is just a bit hazy. Lacing is good and retention is not too long.

The nose is citrusy and not too pronounced. Malt is present in light sweetness but this is a clean smelling beer.

Taste is bitter, as promised, but not out of balance. There is a good malt flavor of sweet biscuit and a medium-light body that carries the flavors well. The carbonation is light and the aftertaste lasts with the malty flavors.

This is a great example of what a session beer can and, in my opinion, should be. It is full of flavor and refreshing, lightly carbonated, and still living and containing all of its richness as opposed to having that all stripped out of it by filtering and pasteurization. Very drinkable, if a bit more expensive than I would like.

Come on America, make me a beer like this one so I can enjoy it without paying for the shipping from Britain.

Slainte.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Maction
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Into an imperial pint glass, it's slightly hazy orange gold, almost glowing with a huge foamy soapy head.

S: The aroma is grainy sweet, some limey minerals, maybe a hint of lemon.

T: The flavor is creamy and smooth, with biscuit and marmalade, as well as hints of tea and mineral water.

M: I get surprising little carbonation considering the huge head, it's light but creamy with a non-drying finish.

D: A delicious and session-worthy bitter. I wish it was cheaper, came in six packs, and easier to find.

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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 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 bonbright7
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 4/17 at Dek's. Gravity firkin. It appeared to be a light golden color in my pint and the slight aroma of vanilla and fruit elements came to mind. It was lighter than I expected and a little watery with slight floral hops in the nose. It was very easy to drink as we joked about the hole in my pint glass. I liked the low abv as it provided a relief from the higher ones like DFH 90, which I had after wards. I hope to try the bottle version soon to test the differences.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle, with a nice label reminiscent of the English countryside

Appearance: Light golden ale with fluffy/rocky ivory head with decent retention and nice cascading carbonation.

Smell: Rich, sweet, fruity...there's almost Belgian-esque notes here of fruit and candy-sugar...I'm kind of confused...

Taste: Medium-bitter, with notes of salt-water taffy, salty minerality, and odd, vague fruitiness...weird, and not that good

Mouthfeel: Light/medium

Drinkability: I did NOT crave another...

Conclusion: I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was incredibly unsorted and just plain WEIRD...I poured 2/3 of it down the drain, and that's sacrilege for me...

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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 thekanna
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Had this at the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. The beer was served at cellar temperature, around 50-60 F.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with medium head, somewhat reminiscent of a cloudy lager.

Smell: Yeasts are definitely prominent; some citrusy cleanness and freshness, with faint grass-like aromas and overall sourness.

Taste: A bit bland and unassuming at first, light notes of apple-like fruits and almost a tulip-y taste. Bready and malty to the mouth. This is followed by a very prominent sourness, somewhat like lemons or vinegar; or, for that matter, lemon-flavored vinegar. Ends on a slightly bitter hop note.

Overall: Lacks a much-needed pronounced bite. Started off ok at first, but at the end I found myself having trouble finishing the over-excessive 22oz. bottle.

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