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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Added by gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours with a lovely frothy head of pure, smooth and silky white, above a bright, clear golden body. For some reason, and I think it's probably Sculpin, I now associate a really light coloured IPA with transcendance. This looks good in its own right, however, with tight, intricate lacing and fine retention. I'm excited to try it.

Wow, nose is really pleasantly hoppy, and almost attuned towards an American audience, with sharp citrus characters and fruity hints of pineapple and mandarin. There's a hint of the herbal, greenery-and-bushes type of English hop character, with a touch of tea and blackberry leaf, but this is much more subdued. It's a lovely, almost hybrid hop character.

Taste is also good, but rather subdued, with more of that slightly tannic tea hop character, and plenty of earthy greenery in the flavour. It's almost as though it's heavily hopped with low-to-moderate alpha hops, with nothing to give it too much astringency. Extremely smooth and clean and utterly drinkable.

Absolutely fantastic English IPA—I find it hard to think of a better one that I've tasted. This is fresh, bright, light, quaffable; all up: gorgeous.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a huge, rocky white head. Looks good in the glass.

S: Aromas of citrus, caramel, and spicy English hops are present on the nose. Further investigation reveals subtle notes of cream and biscuits.

T: A floral, spicy entry leads to notes of caramel, biscuits, lemon zest, kumquat, bitter orange, heather honey, and herbal, spicy hops. The finish is deceptively smooth with a delicate balance of biscuit and herbal hop flavors.

M: Dry and medium-bodied, but a little spritzy. The mouthfeel is similar to some of the other English IPAs that I've tried.

O: Better than average for the style. I do wish it were a little stronger and a little heavier, but in the end, I have no serious complaints.

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Photo of rarbring
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and light orange amber, an off-white head with little lacing and curtains.

The smell has toffee and nuts, pears and grass in it.

The taste starts sweet, brown bread, fruity notes, lemon, apples, and a seedy bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small lively bubbles, refreshing but with slightly coarse dry ending.

A very mellow and pleasant English IPA, almost in the bitter area. That's nice.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with two finger head with decent retention and lacing. Nice, albeit somewhat subdued, floral, fresh hop nose with hints of perfume and a touch of pine. The taste was surprisingly bold. Really herbal, piney and tangy hop presence with tons of citrus as well. A solid malty sweetness balances out but doesn't diminish the excellent spicy, bitter, peppery hop bite. The finish is crisp, dry, and really bold and refreshing. Can't remember an English IPA that was this big. The drinkability is huge. This has elevated itself to one of my favorite beers from the UK. Can't wait for round two!

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Photo of salvo
1.85/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A thorough disappointment. Head foams up and disappears over toffee-to-amber beer with soda-like carbonation. The nose has hints of earthy and flowery hops.

Very little hops on the tongue. Tastes of bitter earthy hops with some mild suggestions of flowers. Really weak in many ways.

Worth avoiding.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. It left thick rings of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the flavors of the hops really stand out in the taste but they are not overpowering and only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also fruity flavors as well as some hints of tea leaves and bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable given its low alcohol content. It has a surprisingly high amount of hop flavor compared to other English IPAs but doesn’t really have the associated bitterness.

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Photo of stcules
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber, quite clean appearance. With one finger of whitefoam, with some bubbles.
Spicy hop in the smell, typical english hop, some pepper, grassy, and a bit oily.
A good hop in the mouth, balanced by the maltiness, again grassy notes, and peppery ones. Light citrus fruitness.
Quite well structured aftertaste, with a background maltiness, and the english hop.
Pleasant, very drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Nearly clear, toffee-colored body with a modestly-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly scented dry maltiness in the aroma, with notes of pale malts, basic white bread, and an even more meager hint of toffee crisp. Subtle hoppiness giving off whiffs of earthy spices, citrus, and even a bit of pine.

Taste: Simple pale malts with a lightly sweet touch of toffee and a crunchy stale bread character. Spicy, earthy, citrus hops with a medium-light bitterness. Drying and bitter on the back half and until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As with the rest of their line-up, it's no more than acceptably average. As always, I'd rather have myself a Sam Smith, though that doesn't help me on draft, as I very rarely seen their stuff on tap in my area.

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

Lightly hazed deep gold colour with a short cap of fine, off-white bubbles. Lots of sticky lacing coated the glass, good head retention. Nice hoppy aroma, floral notes, mild citrus, a bit herbal. There was also a biscuity malt presence, but this took a backseat to the hops. Great balance in the flavour. Sturdy bitterness made it obvious that you're drinking an IPA, but left room for mild malt sweetness and hop flavours that ranged from the floral and citrus present in the aroma, almost an orange blossom character, to an earthy, spicy quality that lingered in the finish. There was a hint of fruitiness that I often attribute to the yeast in English beers, but this was very subtle. Dry, but not overly so, with a medium to light body and carbonation that bordered on creamy. Nice texture. I really liked this beer - easy to drink and it made me want to pick up a couple more bottles soon. It just shows that you can tilt your balance towards hops without throwing balance out the window.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here we have a half liter bottle proudly proclaiming itself both a 'real beer' and an IPA. I opted for a nice mug into which to pour this ale. It is a beautiful orangy-gold color, but the smell is immediately distracting and full of floral hops.

The smell is this awesome piney/floral/citrusy burst of happiness carried on a bed of clean malts. It smells really very hoppy. I like it, a lot.

Taste is a full tangy, slightly sweet experience with the pine and citrus in tow. It is refreshing and lemony like my favorite pilsner beers but with a bit more bite and a more noticeable grain bill.
...Getting melon flavors, maybe a first for me as to beer tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium but full enough to take note of. It reminds me of Brutal Bitter from Rogue, which is among my very favorites, so it must be good.

I think very much of the greatness of this beer is the yeast strain, and so a new quest begins.

So overall this is champion of beers. It rocks the IPA world by being full and round in addition to being a hop-packed easy-drinker. At the seven dollars for a 500ml pricepoint I will not have too many in my budget, but I will make room for a few as they are very nice.


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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, leafy, and herbal hops, with emphasis on the last two. Underlying it all are grainy and buttery malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the malt is more dominant. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of toasted bread. Midway through the sip the malt flavors turn buttery and hops join in - herbal and leafy first and foremost with mild amounts of citrus. All these flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very well done EIPA with a nice malt backbone. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a flat orange with a non-developing foamy capping that dissipated as quickly as it formed. Visible effervesce was strong with a ton of macro bubbles clinging to the glass walls before jet setting upwards. No lacing, no head, and a very little haze and came off looking more like an orange soda then a ipa.

S: On the nose was dry oranges and dry husky grains. Sweet caramel-orange candy notes are more forthright then any sense of hopping. The aroma started out fair enough but quickly became a non-factor after a few short minutes. Their pale ale (Ivanhoe) had a more promising display of hops then this, which came off disappointing despite the labels claim of using "large quantities of whole unprocessed hops"..yeah and miller is triple hopped brewed. A slight musky orange character is also present doing little to help matters.

T: The flavor was pale grains, dry with oranges and a slight yeasty muskiness similar more to a saison then an ipa. A candy sweetness is mixed in making for an odd combination. The malting was bready, one of the few highlights of this drink, with dried orange peels and only the faintest hints of English floral hops. Had more of a tart and sweet conflict going on with musky sickening candy notes. One final note here this beer was bought on close out which may have contributed to its weakening display of hops and carbonation, no date code was present.

M: The mouthful was bready with a thick orange juice like quality and texture. The carbonation was flat, boring and the hold all together boring. Lacked hops, crispness and any reason to hold this any longer then you need to.

D: Not impressed drinkability wise, was expecting an ipa and got a sweetened candy like orange drink instead. Wouldn't recommend or waste my time on. Uninteresting, and unfit per style with a sickening musky sweetness. Half way through I lost all interest or reason to finish.

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Photo of phillipzayas
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very very nice dark golden color to it. A great amount of head retention.

S - Didn't pick up a heavy hop aroma. However it is still present, but just in a light character. Considering this is an English variety, that is perfectly fine and in styling guidelines. Pleasant aroma.

T - This was a very pleasant surprise. It had a nice hoppy profile balanced out nicely with the maltiness of the Maris Otter. Definately can pick up on the English Ale flavors in it and the heavy use of what I assume to be English hop varieties. It finishes rather well. The flavor is very unique and it was quite a surprise that I enjoyed.

M - medium-full to full body I would say. As the beer warmed up, I'd say more to the medium side of it. Finished fairly dry which was nice.

D - I really enjoyed this one. I was really pleasantly surpised. It is quite drinkable and I would recommend it. It is hard to say what I'd pair it with, but something a bit lighter than a typical American IPA.

Try it out.

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

@ Redbones 11/27.

Clear, still honey color with a thin white head. Glass bottom retention leaves chunky lace to blankets one the sides. Aroma is of peppery lemon: kinda kitchen spice like thyme. Taste is thin cracker malt with a never before experienced (for me at least) dry menthol hop. Somewhat thin and brittle, once I got used to it I really enjoyed this fine English lass.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber with a thick, creamy head on top. The nose is a little disappointing: some lemony citrus hops, rather light, with a faint faint hint of malt. Nice flavor though: very minty hop flavor, unlikely any hop variety I can recall before. Moderately high bitterness dries things out nicely. Malt is restrained but adds a little toasted character. Dry finish.

Probably the best beer I've had from this brewery, certainly better than the * elf ones. Like the mintiness!

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

yellow amber with a mild white head that has some nice stickiness. nice nose of lemon pulp, bit of honey, and sweet apple. palate is quite dry and lemon zest/peppery. the palate is interesting but the malt doesn't broaden the body. the bottle conditioning has promise for so some interesting aged properties. very nice earthy quality blends with zestiness in bitter finish. very consistent ipa that would probably be a bit better after a year of storage.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a pale orange color.

Smell is of some marris otter malts with a slight toastiness balanced with a spicy hoppiness.

Taste is of marris otter malts balanced with a decent amount of spicy hops. Nothing is over the top, this beer is well balanced with a very nice breadiness.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is perfect.

Very well done IPA.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness, this is an exceptional English IPA! I'm thoroughly enjoying this beautiful beer. I think this is what English IPA's should base there goals on, as far as standards for IPA's. Because most EIPA's are just plain not good. But this is great!

A-It pours a clear yellow color with thick creamy white head that has great retention and pretty good lacing too.

S-The aroma is so nice with bright citrus and floral hops up front. With sweet pale doughy malts in the back, I'm guessing Vienna malts because of the color and flavor.

T-The flavor is of the same essence along with some nice hearty bitterness. The citrus hops are up front then a floral lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. There is for sure a slightly sweet, maybe malty but not really sweet pale doughy malts underneath. I think it is slightly sweet though.Very wonderful, yet slightly complex but straight foward beer.

M-It has a full-medium bodied mouthfeel with a very slightly dry finish. Nice full carbonation to boot.

D-Man I could drink this beer all night. I love this beer. I highly suggest this beer to anyone who has not tried this beer yet. Go and get some fo sho!

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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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