IPA | Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Kristing
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful IPA with a golden, cloudy appearance and a well-retaining head, served in an ordinary pint glass.

There is a fresh aroma with a light citrus tone and a balance of hops and malt sweetness. All in all the bouquet creates a refreshing and rejuvenating smell.

The mouthfeel is a blend of hoppy bitterness and freshness, which is really the charm of an English IPA in my mind. The bitterness that puts itself on the palate really complements the light refreshing fruit tone, and makes for a quite complex beer.

This is a delicious and rather refreshing brew. The drinkability is not top of the notch, since the beer is too bitter and complex to be so. However, this actually commends the beer in a way, since this makes it an excellent welcome drink or aperitif.

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Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every time I drink a good British IPA I wonder why anybody would waste time on overbearing American IPAs. This was great. An attractive pale yellow, nearing a pilsner color but with a bit more maltish amber in the chroma. Bright white head deploying an aroma of lemon, apples, pears and honey; the taste is fruity and citrusy without being overly grapefruited. Lemondrops come to mind, as does more honey. And then there's the fine bitter aftertaste; mild and well-balanced and not overdone-- just bitter enough to be dry, but not so bitter as to suck all the marrow from your bones. It's a wonderful IPA, not an overloaded, high-ABV Imperial Quintuple-Decapatator IPA from the West coast. Well worth the hunt!

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Photo of morimech
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Not the most impressive looking ale. However, the aroma just knocked my socks off. This IPA has a wonderful floral, herbal, and mildly citrus hop aroma. This is what the Garden of Eden must of smelled like. The flavor is not that extrordinary but it is still good. Has a solid malt base to balance the bitterness of the hops. Still the flavor is hop focused. Really herbal and mildly spiced. Bitterness is higher than most English ales I have had. The bottle conditioning is expertly done lending a nice body and texture. If only it was better looking. Very drinkable. The low ABV and a hop bill that does not punish the tastebuds makes this much more sessionable than American IPAs.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with batch F10 190

tasted in early april 2009

clear, golden, slightly pale amber. lots of light, off-white head, fluffy, fading slowly to a thin but constant layer. great curtain of lacing.

light yet fresh citrus and pine notes in the aroma, moving to apple fruitiness and finally a base of malty caramel an toffee.

taste: citrus and pine notes of the american hops are bright but not overpowering, though they can be resinous. fruity esters, and then the toasted, caramelized, sweet maltiness, into an off-dry, semi-sweet finish with another wave of light but resinous pine and citrus.

light to medium body, with touch of acidity and astringent resins in the finish. crsip but moderate carbonation, giving fluffiness and flavor lift.

another nice incorporation of american hops to an english classic.

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Photo of ricke
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange, rather clear. White head that settles into a small layer of lacings.

S: Some malts, bread and hop aromas with grapefruit as the most distinct component.

T: Plenty of malty sweetness, caramel, biscuits and some fruity flavors. Some pine-needles, floral hop notes and a somewhat bitter finish with gentle spices. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: Medium body, quite crisp.

D: A rather good English IPA. However, English IPA:s are a totally different breed than the American ones and compared to some American IPA:s this comes out a bit anonymous. But it's still very refreshing and drinkable, nonetheless.

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Photo of tittymcj
1.78/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank this one by myself. I wouldn't dare drag anyone else into this catastrophe.

Poured nicely, a very thin light goldish red, with little head and decent lacing.

Smells of malty sweetness, with some very slight floral background.

Taste is atrocious. Extremely bitter, almost to the point that I can't swallow it. It was similar to drinking a bottle of vinegar.

Didn't get much of the mouthfeel, because I couldn't stand having it in my mouth for long enough to judge.

I will never drink this again, and would not recommend wasting money on it.

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Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle. BB 31/06/09(?), served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly translucent reddish amber hue, almost like a "peach geuze"; carbonation is sporadic and mild, while the puffy white head lasts pretty well.
S: upfront comes lovely pale-malt stinky+savoury sweetness underlined by "breezy" aromatic flowery hoppiness, while lychee-shells, peaches, orange-oil, and a light note of longan-fruits keep flowing from the underneath. Overall, predominantly hoppy with a faint trace of yeastiness.
T: a delicious swallow of flowery as well as aromatic tea-ish hops is ensued by a clean texture of tannic citrusness, while the pale-malt backbone stays quiet and loyal... Gradually and surely, an intriguing chewy palate creeps up, likely due to the bitter-spicy hops as well as yeasty bits, while the aromatic orangey-citric and tangy-bitter undertones outlive every other elements... just more-ish at the end of every single sip~~
M&D: refreshing, full of microscopic fizz without going spritzy, the palate is clean, crisp even, for an ale, and overall retaining a medium body fit for a session ale - the bottle-conditioning is absolutely spot'on! This IPA has accommodated the pronounced hop features of an American Pale Ale and a balanced profile true to an English Bitter. Not terribly complex, but incredibly attractive as an hoppy bitter.

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Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber-gold; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of nice lacing. The liquid is somewhat cloudy.

The smell got notes of apricots, dough and yeast. Some bitter flavours as well as fruit candy, butterscotch and plum jam. Maybe a little frowzy hints...

The taste is fresh with lots of hoppy flavours although it is not that bitter. Notes of cheap fruit chewy candy, caramelized sugar, and unprocessed hop cones. I found some sweetness in the aftertaste along with flavours of dried apples and a medium strong bitterness.

The carbonation is on the stronger side of the scale, lots of small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

An English IPA with that fresh hoppy flavour, although I could wish for some more bitternss.

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Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding ale, light, highly drinkable, yet complex and full of flavour, with light hop bitterness but a lot of hop flavour.

Deep, orangish gold, very faintly hazy, it has a medium-large off-white head that steadil shrinks to a permanent, thin foamy top that leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroma is rich, hoppy with yeast and malt, flowery with a fair amount of pine, a lot of citrus (grapefruit and orange with a little lemon), leaves, raisin, apples, and yeasty bread.

The taste is very juicy and yeasty, leafy with a lot of citrus (mostly lemon, unlike the aroma, with hints of orange and grapefruit), caramelly raisin, dry bread crust, a hint of pine, and generally a lot of juiciness and some spiciness. It has light sweetness slightly dominated by light bitterness, but is actually more dry, with lively feel.

It is incredibly drinkable and fresh tasting.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/08/08- Given to me by my wife as part of a beer birthday present.

Presentation- 500ml bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice amber colored pour with a large one inch plus head. Left good patchwork and webby lace.

Smell- Really fresh hops that smell more american than english. Not really grapefruit, but a citrus base. Malt is toasted but the scent comes through mostly in hops.

Taste- Very relaxed and laid back. Citrus and tea leaf hops mix well with the lightly toasted malt base. About an even mix of hops and malts. Niether one takes initiative.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower crisp carbonation level. Short lasting, but pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- All in all a very nice english ipa. I would have no problem drinking one of these again.

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Photo of Biggness
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow this beer really threw me for a loop. I could have sworn I ordered an IP and not a light beer. So I order theis beer, at first I think its from Massachusetts, but no its imported to Mass. from the UK. So yes I have only tried one EIPA and its from FFF but damn. So this beer pours a very light overly carbonated amber with no lacing. There is hardly any smell if any. The taste is like a light beer, I have a hard time beleiveing this beer is 5.5 %. There really is no hop flavor whatsoever and now malt base to it @ all, As stated before it tasted lie a light beer. The mouthfeel was ok, just overcarbonated. A very drinkable beer, but not something I would ever seek out as an IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow - towards amber - with a thin white head that slowly becomes a patch. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy, slightly earthy/herbal, a touch of lemony citrus, a bit musty.

The taste picks up well. Soft resin and citric notes, a touch of tea-leaf balanced by a generous amount of tasty Maris Otter malt. Balanced, yet enough hops and slight touch of alcohol to keep well within the style of an English IPA. Soft bittersweet, dryish finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

A well-balanced, "sessionable" classic interpretation of the style. Certainly more subtle than the standard American versions, as it should be. A good one here.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color, topped by one finger of creamy white head. Aroma of dry British hops (Kent Goldings?), a hint of pine, some pale malt, and just a touch of biscuity sweetness. Palate is well-balanced and delicious - smooth pale malt lends a biscuit character that is just offset by the mellow British hops. A lingering bitterness hangs on at the end, along with just a touch of astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy, but never foamy. This is an excellent, highly drinkable example of an English IPA. If you can find this beer fresh, go for it!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 500ml bottle a clear and bright yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam. It turns cloudy with the second pour. Hey, it's bottle conditioned. Btw, very good head retention.

The smell has a lot of sweet malt on the nose along with some fruit. Very nice. Oh, and there's a touch of citrus peeking its way through.

The taste is yummy! English IPA? You bet and the difference from most American IPAs is in your face right off the bat! Sweet malt dominates the intial taste but I also find it very fruity and then there's some bready notes and a good lemony hop kick to balance things out. I really like how the hops and malt interact with each other here...overall light sweetness and light bitterness. Makes for a perfect balance and I could drink a lot of this as the abv makes it very sessionable.

The mouthfeel is kind of light but works, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a lemon hop flavour that is fairly long lasting. Very tasty and very refreshing, and I'd guess, at least fairly fresh. I'm guessing because I can't make heads or tails out of the code on the bottle: F9 039. I'll buy this again, no problem!

Cost: US$4.99

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Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 Pint, .09 fl oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $3.99...
Actually was pretty impressed by this one... Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, almost witbier-like appearance with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing...
The smell was about average on this one, and kind of got me down... Was hoping for a stronger suggestion of hops and fuggles, but only got a somewhat bland, citrus aroma coming through...
Taste was pretty good, but nothing above-and-beyond... Plenty of citrus, lemon, and florals in the mix, with a very minimal suggestion of hops, vanilla, and earthiness...
Overall, not a bad depiction of the style, but certainly not the best I've come across... Thick, rich mouthfeel, with plenty of citrus nuances thrown around, and a very good level of drinkability due to the rather modest ABV and lack of cloying, interfering flavors...
Certainly worth a try...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz picked up at the Coop today for a very pricey $5.20 .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Very nice creamy looking 2 finger head ... brew is a hazy honey color.

Aroma is very assertive .. floral/grassy hoppiness ... even touches of lemon .. smells bitter and hoppy .. Not as much pale malt as expected .... I would actually appreciate a little more malt and a touch more yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is bracing hoppy the melts stubbornly into slight pale maltiness and just touches of caramel and then quickly into a drying herbal and citric hoppiness... finishes pretty dry and abruptly. Smooth mouthfeel but a little light ... fine bubble carbonation.

This is good ... but I really think it could use more malts to balance out the hop flavors ... Still pretty damn good though.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: This bottle conditioned beer is a hazy and opaque dull copper hue with an orangish tint. The beer is topped with a thin off white head.

S: A good strong toasty malt sweetness emanates from the glass. Hop character is fruity, mellow, and pleasant. The fruitiness is probably attributable to some esters as well. A slight sulfur aroma is detectable.

T: Well hopped for an English IPA. Bitter throughout with a clean finish. The beer has a slight sulfur flavor, which is not displeasing. A good malt flavor adds balance - though I would not describe it as caramel, if anything bready.

MF: Medium body with medium low carbonation.

D, notes: a good sessionable beer. More than sufficiently hoppy for an English IPA. I would have liked a more pronounced character in the malt.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy gold. Head not terribly thick, but retains pretty well.

S - I catch a little grass and earth, along with a few whiffs of alcohol. A little buttery. Not quite as aromatic as I'd hoped.

Tastes good, though. A *little* bit of sour funk comes through here to a different hop character than what I'm used to, even among other English IPAs. This is a tobacco-y hop flavor - doesn't scrape the tongue superficially with bitterness, but it's there. This beer is also throwing off some esters that I'm struggling to recognize. Interesting and novel.

Feel is OK - seems well-bodied enough to me.

Drinkability - broken record time with English IPAs, this isn't as good as Meantime's IPA, but I'd session it. Give it to me in cask, all the better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had very little in the way of an authentic English IPA thus far. Is Ridgeway the key that unlocks the door? On to the beer:

The beer pours a cloudy straw color into my shaker glass. As the beer reaches the top of the glass, it settles in a faded blonde color (looks like a witbier) with a one centimeter thick head. Yes, there is floating sediment. The aroma is soft, a little fruity, and floral from the hops. As for the taste...yes there are hops. A good amount, but not overpowering. They're tea-like in flavor. Malt flavor and tannins play around in the back, but are light and gain momentum as the hops are washed away. Notes of diacteyl are there too.

It's not clean, but it's good. Solid choice for those days when you want a lighter IPA.

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Photo of albern
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an impressive British style IPA. It pours a clear yellowish with plenty of white head and lots of lacing. Retention is okay, not great. The smell is a prodigious mixture of yeast, hops, piney notes, and bready malts. This is a bottle conditioned beer, the carbonation is moderate, and the taste is very raw hops, with astringent grass like characteristics. As the beer warms, there is some more mellowing citrus flavors popping through. This ale is medium bodied and very dry in the nose and mid section. The after taste is a bit overwhelming and for that I lowered the mouthfeel numbers a bit. There is a bit of creaminess on the tongue, but for the most part your getting a pretty substantial British bitter, that is dry, crisply hopped, has loads of bittering aftertastes, and is quite refreshing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Moan and Dove. A murky, dark orange glow permeates from this beverage in a glass. Its smell is a bit weak and very faint smells of citrus are barely recognizable. It's taste was a great divide: it was both sweet and sour, lemon and orange flavors wrapped in one. This IPA was really light, almost near refreshing with its high carbonation. With its light smell, this is a very nice, light IPA that will not be too overpowering for people.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle conditioned beer, so it is appropriately cloudy. Golden color. Lasting, but thin head; moderate lace.

Oddly, this is a malty smelling beer. I detect the very beginnings of skunkiness. Otherwise, its fine but unusual.

The hop shows up in the flavor, but it dissipates quickly so the finish is malty! The body is moderate and the carbonation is high. I like the aftertaste as it is well balanced.

I would describe this as upside down pale ale. First, it is too mild to be a IPA. Second it is far more malty and far less hoppy or alcoholic to fit the profile. That said, I like this beer very much even if it is mislabelled.

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Photo of jcipa88
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, Well, Well - My first English IPA in a very long time. I'm so use to the greats out of the US, that I just felt a little weak to raise my hand to the top shelf and pick up a 1pt 9oz English IPA at the local liquor store. Maybe it was the traveling time that all Europe beers must go through - I just thought it was ok, my notes about say average. Maybe a tapped brew might have been betta - who knows? Anyway, getting back to the beer - The aroma was ok, typical Engish sent that I've scented in the past, but really only have had a handful of them.

The taste just wasn't there, don't get me wrong, it was ok, I've had worse, but I need something to jump up the blood cells a little. What I would not mind, is maybe, just maybe some pub in the Boston area that might carry it on tap, then I could swish and swash away. Well - all from me for now on this beer. If yah have a choice, go with a brew from Sam Smith - now there's a beer!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Hazy yellow-orange body with a thin off-white head. Smells citrussy and herbal, no skunk to be found. Tastes like caramel malt and earthy, citrussy and herbal and a tad smoky. Hoppy but not overwhelming. A pleasing medium bodied, drinkable English IPA.

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Photo of jackorain
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at freakin frog in vegas. I was not familiar with and in fact did not know it was an English IPA from the UK until I looked it up. So intially, I though that it was not good. But that was becasue the English interpretation of the IPA is not up my alley as much as the american interpretation. Having said that I re-examiend my notes and bumped the rating up a notch and reviewed it to the style.

Appearance was off, I was suprised that the bartender at the frog poured this beer right tot he top of the pintglass with no head. Color was okay, burnt orange and clear.

Smell was nearly all malts baby, biscuit, carmel, and toast. The hops come through near the end of the sniff

Taste is well balcned with earthy and floral hops upfront and a solid carmel and biscuit malt backbone that follows through tot he end. There is no lingering bitterness.

Mouthfell was decent with a medim body and nice smooth carbonation

Drinkability is where I had to have the opportunity to put my tastes in I quess as this is the most subjective of the categories. I propaably would not have another unless it was the only non-BMC offering

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