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 bark
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +25.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -28.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.3%
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 -1.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.4%
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 -8.8%
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 +3.4%
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 -25.7%
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 +9.3%
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 -6.6%
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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Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I do enjoy stiff upper lip restraint the British show when they craft an IPA. Ridgeway's comes with a well-architectured head displaying pits and caves mushrooming over the glass. The beer itself looks slightly thin, orange-gold, but lighter around the edges.

Smell is a battle between unassertive malt and unassuming hop tang. Nothing flashy, a little floral quality.

The taste is propelled by the malt but benefits greatly from the lightly spicy hops. Quaffable, this pint-and-nine bottle is gone relatively quickly, at 5.5 per it's really easy to drink, although a tiny little bit watery.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy orange tinted straw color, 1/4" white head with little retent, fine lacing

S- hoppy, floral, citrus, spicy

T- very hoppy yet not palatte pounding. citrus and grassy flavors with a touch of mouth puckering bitterness at finish, malt sweetness present, as well is some raw hop oils.

M- medim body, soft and smooth, fine carbonation

D- sessioable and damn delicious, i said wow more than a couple times

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Photo of kernalklink
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA looked good on the pour- cloudy golden with bits of yeast clinging to the glass and a monstrous head. Scents were overwhelmingly citrusy hops- tatse was same with hints of pineapple and orange. The hop profile was very interesting- hard at first but quickly fading, leaving no bitterness on the tongue, just flavor. Though I like that signature hop backlash, the lack of it here did not detract. The mild flavors were balanced by the pronounced yeasty tang and mustiness. Despite the loads of carbonation it was refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap last evening. This brew pored to a slightly cloudy straw color with a fair sized white head, which left a fair amount of lace at the start. The aromas where nice, not an American IPA with its supper in your face big hop scent, but a strong but balanced citrus hopiness that mixed really nice with the buttery malt scent. The taste is nice, the hops play with the malt nicely. Has a more rough in your face hop taste than I would have thought from the aroma, which is welcoming. Mix of the buttery flavor and citrus hops this brew is very tasty, maybe not a session brew for me but would be welcome at anytime. If you get a chance and enjoy hops give this one a try.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle with a wide body and thin proboscis-like neck. Sealed with a metallic red crown cap and labeled as “Ridgeway IPA bottle conditioned ale India pale ale”. Alc. 5.5% Vol. My bottle is just as the one pictured in the BA Avatar.

Appearance: Turbid tangerine body with a luscious Satsuma orange background. Big white head rises up and just about fills my handled 20oz Mug to the brim. Excellent carbonation with a feisty hurricane conditioning when swirled. Look like it was pulled from an Angram only seconds earlier.

Nose: Rasping aromas cut right across the namby-pamby norm. Harsh hop flowers and a scorching bitterness with an astringent wipe. Citrus hops are Glaswegian in their harshness; Rab C. Nesbit hops sits tight in his string vest and projects that raw befuddled accent that only a limited few can understand.

Taste: Hostile bitterness does little to please the middle-of-the-road (feckin) Jessies, this IPA is acrimonious and the hops are unrepentant and forceful in their unforgiving unripe bitterness. Astringent and acerbic with a caustic dryness. The finish has a sharp edge that feels like dropping off a cliff. A base jumping IPA but it is damned good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Yet again I find the soft conditioning Cask-like and highly comforting, juxtaposed against the brusque bitterness it works extremely well.

Drinkability: Despite its uncut roughness, irregular profile and coarse unrepentant bitterness, as opposed to a gentle hoppy character, I Iove this brew. Not for the feint of heart but for those that love cutting their wrists it is an enjoyable distraction.

Overall: A harsh, raw, astringently bitter IPA that I believe more accurately reflects the older English versions rather than the softer more romantic “hoppier” versions banded about these days. Solid stuff and a great brew. This English IPA will not to be to most tastes, tough shit, it is certainly to mine and I thoroughly enjoyed its harsh edges which I consider pivotal to its heritage.

Recommended. But not for Jessies or Wankers.

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Photo of haz77
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orangey-copper with a golden hue. An inch of head falls to a bubbly, thin eggshell layer quite quickly. Low carbonation, from the look of things.

S - Herbal/floral hops, juicy citrus, a slight methane note, sweet bready malt.

T - Initial tingling carbonation leads to citrus hops over a backbone of sweet candy-like malts. At this point the refreshing mouthfeel becomes more and more coating and the bite of the hops become intertwined with caramel, which builds into a dry, bitter aftertaste.

M - Starts light and becomes more creamy and coating. Medium carbonation.

D - A tasty beer which I would like to try on cask.

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$3.59 for a bottle @ spirit's in red bank, nj

streaming carbonation upon bottle cap extraction (it's good to have a buck tooth gimp around), poured into my chimay chalice (a recent replacement for the one my dog broke.. man that sounds lame "the dog ate my chimay glass"), 1 full finger of pure white head.. microbubbles in a thick and inviting blanket cover the beer, yellow hue with just a splashe of orange,the active carbonation keeps the head going.. and going.. lacing is absolutely absurdly good, it coats the sides of the glass in a gentle sea foam tide and stays there... damn, this is as dead on as jessica alba on a stripper's pole. this falls just short of perfection (unlike the aforementioned ms. alba)

pretty hoppy for an english brew, you can definitely smell the hop leaf, this one can stack up to some normal american IPAs, which frankly is not common with many english IPAs (depends on what you prefer). you can detect the bottle conditioning with a very slight "funkiness" in the nose under the lovely hop aroma, harder still to detect are slight carmel malt notes... but they are there. this one is nice.

taste etc..
oh my lord is this smooth, velvety even. this one really "floats" on the pallette then delivers the hop oils on your tongue, this is nicely bitter and it does linger, perfect to the style. this is light but has enough body to almost be "medium". The caramel tone is evident in the taste after the bitterness subsides here. Caramel? hmm.. maybe a hybrid of maple syrup and caramel is more like it. If fuller's were an IPA (I know fuller's makes an IPA..), it would be this, so I would have to recomend this to lover's of fuller's ESB. This is hoppier but has much of the same overall flavor profile..with a little more carbonation (which is nice imo). The mouth feel is ridiculous, it just coats all over..

a great example of a true english IPA. sure, this is "milder" than american IPAs (well.. most of them) but this is just solid. I can see where some might find this to be too sweet as this is maltier than our stuff here in the colonies.. but to each his own, to me that spells "balance" (not that I am always looking for a balanced beer but this style cries out for one)

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IPA from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 121 ratings