Ridgeway Bitter | Ridgeway Brewing

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of EPICAC
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with excellent clarity. It has a foamy white head that thins to a patchy layer and eventually disappears.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma with notes of malt and hops.

Taste: An initial sweetness fades into toasty malt flavors. This finish is tart and fruity with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, smooth and light-bodied with a light dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Really easy to drink. The flavors are good but not overpowering and the alcohol content is low.

Overall): This is just what I was wanting tonight, a flavorful beer that's not overpowering and not high in alcohol.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Naes
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This copper colored bitter has a tall white head that has good retention and laces well.
The aroma is muted, but it does have a trace amount of British style hops.
The flavor is also a bit muted, but is mildly hopy with a graininess throughout the drink.
Mouth feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a very mild bitter.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear, yellow to light amber with a white chunky head starting at about 1/2" and fading fast.

Aroma: crisp and sulphury. Some fresh, earthy hop scent. Possibly Fuggles?

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy with a dry malty attack. The bitterness kicks in halfway through the sip and kind of ... lasts. No distinct hop flavor. The body is thin and even a bit watery, but the bitterness persists and makes the aftertaste seem a shade imbalanced.

Drinkability: The light body and crisp maltiness are good, but the bitterness seems to persist just a bit much for this to be a really great session beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL, bottle conditioned, best by 5/28/06 - certified by CAMRA as a real ale. Pours a bright amber/copper that is perfectly clear and it's topped with a fleeting off-white 1 finger head. The color is beautiful but the head is lacking (dirty glass?). It smells grassy/spicy with grapes, pineapple?, diacetyl?, toasty malts, and other, perhaps tropical, fruit notes. It has a medium body and tastes grassy/spicy/leafy and maybe some skunky from the hops. It's followed by a good bitterness, fruits, pineapple?, and maybe some citric/herbal qualities. Overall pretty tasty but it just doesn't seem like it's worth it at almost 5 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev -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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. $4.99 at OUAV. "BBF 28 05 06" on the side.

Clear light yellow-gold in color. Beefy white head that sat up and left nice, thick rings of lace. Aromas are sweet with a bit of skunk and earthen-grassy bitterness. Flavor is dry and somewhat bitter. There a subtle base of malt sweetness...a toasted brown sugar flavor. Finishes dry and has a good dose of bitterness on the palate. Thin, but not to the point of being watery. Drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden with a small white head that was gone pretty quickly,aromas are Gldings hop driven quite herbal and minty with a lighlty sweet brown suger malt note as well.A nice bitter here subtly complex a good mix of toasted grain quite dry malt base with a nice herbal quality in the finish that lingers nicely.A touch of mineral adds to the depth of this beer,it gldes down smooth and would be the perfect sociable pint ale.Iam sure a gem on cask,quite nice I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 MuddyFeet
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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 putnam
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny orange with a nice, crispy rock of foam. Leafy notes reminiscent of mint, epazote and sorrel top off zesty, succulent impressions of cherry, tangerine, orange and caramel. Windy, carnival fizz -- ambitious if impermanent -- splatters noisy fresh and preserved fruit flavors along with oatmeal cookie. Airy, light and dry. Champagne physique. Toasted nuts and fruits for flavor. Bitterness is earthy and permanent. Hot weather Bitter for sure. I like the terroir.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway Bitter

Served up at Monk's in Philadelphia

Appearance- caramel brown with a med/high head.
Smell- malty with a little caramel hints.
Taste- very malty, slighty sweet yet not overpowering.
Mouthfeel- slighty weak on the malt and hops no bitterness.

Overall- a very good beer yet not as strong as it should be. Fullers ESB much better!

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Photo of TheJudge
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Sammy
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light yellow colored beer at Monk's. Hops there, and the dryness of the leaf. Nutty aroma, perhaps the glass had just been in chlorine. Taste rather off, strange hops and herbal flavor of a tea I could not finish. The sweetness of honey and malt did not redeem it.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NERAX 2005

Clear light gold with low white head.

Sweet almond scent.

Bready malts with the subtle nuttiness of almonds lightly toasted in butter. Some grassy bite in the finish appears after a minute.

Slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. A pleasant, light-bodied quaffable session ale.

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Photo of Stimack
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Shiredave
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand drawn at Mahars in Albany. Ivanhoe soon to follow.
Bright golden amber color with a tall, dense white head which left thick trails of lace.
Malty aromas of melon and wet grass, very soft and subdued.
Flavor and body are light even at cellar temps. Light caramel notes up front followed by strong earthy hop dryness. The firm bittering seems a bit strong compared to most of the other traditional English Bitters Iv tried, but the malt comes thru enough to keep it interesting.
A bit watery as per style, with very chalky dryness on the finish. A classic session bitter served the way it was brewed to be.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Ridgeway Bitter from Ridgeway Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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