Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
Ridgeway Brewing

Warm Welcome Nut Browned AleWarm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #324
ABV:
6%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,967
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 14.08%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
174
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Ridgeway Brewing
 
England, United Kingdom
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of dark breads. Taste is dark breads, some herbal notes, hints of nuts. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but one is enough for me.

Mar 06, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Amber in colour with a thin, dense head.
Mild aroma of toasted malt. Distant hop present with a bit of sultana.
Light toffee flavour. Labelled nut is indistinct.
Moderate feel. Light carbonation.
Needs more ooomf.

Dec 08, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a clean semi-murky brown color with a light transparency about it. Just a film of a little white foamy head dissipated at a moderate pace. Slight messy lace.
The aroma had some roasted nuts (somewhat pecan-like), toasted cake-like qualities, biscuits, dried earthy leafiness and ended with some figs.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample roastiness coming forth more as it warmed. Mild nutty to cakey-ness in the aftertaste. Some cocoa powder seemed to also come across in the aftertaste dryly.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Nice mobile smooth and roasty to sweet sort of finish.
Overall, very nicely done English brown ale that I wouldn't mind coming back to during the holidays.

Nov 04, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And so begins my 2017 Christmas in July celebration, inspired by the good peeps at The FGBS who held Christmas in July on Tuesday. I had meant to drink these on Christmas day 2016, but I got rather blotto early on & set them aside as part of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody. Today, 28 July 2017, marks the 16th year of my Pops' passing & so I wanted to drink something a little cheerful to boost my spirits.

From the bottle: "One of our range of very special Christmas beers brewed in England for the USA. We all know of course, that Santa is really from Lapland!"; "A Perfect Holiday Toast!"; "Yeow! Especially for the holidays, a brown ale with real attitude! The malts used to make Warm Welcome are roasted to give a hearty amber-brown color and a warm, rounded nutty taste. This fine ale is dedicated to all you curious brew-lovers out there who ever had serious questions about the mechanics of Santa's supposed arrival by way of the chimney. (How does he do that, anyway?)"

At last, a Pop!pable cap! Having done the deed, I began a nice, slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once it had been sufficiently decanted, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of foamy, light-tan head with modest retention, quickly becoming wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of roasted chestnuts (not a favorite of mine), caramel and a load of treacle. Hmm. Mouthfeel was on the thin side of medium, not thin or watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was an odd amalgam of light smoke, roasted nuts & treacle. It is that last bit that I just do not enjoy. I have never enjoyed the flavor of treacle in anything & especially not in beer. It gives off a very sharp, dissonant taste which does not resonate well with me. Finish was semi-sweet, but I just was not getting a welcoming holiday vibe. YMMV.

Jul 29, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Russian River goblet.

A: Light brown and fairly clear. Average visible carbonation and a thin off-white head. Really surprisingly light-colored for the listed style.

S: Sweet roasted malts, toasted toffee, light nuts and brown sugar.

T: Sweet toffee and brown sugar, light toasted malts, and some inappropriate green apple. The green apple flavor almost comes across as Belgian yeast esters, but I'm not certain that that is what it's from. The sweet maltiness lasts into hang.

M: Body is too thin, bordering on watery. Low carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Aside from the festive label on the bottle, there's nothing worthwhile about this. Not completely undrinkable...is that a compliment??

Jan 20, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a golden-honey colored beer, with a medium white head. The smell is of crackers, bread crust, and honey. Wonderful English ale. The body is full and the finish ad a hint of malt. Nice.

Dec 24, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 50 cL bottle to wine glass, small head that quickly disappears, some lacing in the glass
Appearance light brown, some hazyness
Aroma: aroma of toasted grains
Taste: initially very good, but lacks follow through,
Mouthfeel: just ok
Overall: good beer, strong smell, sense of alcohol, will not repeat

Jan 11, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 8/6/16.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 29, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant amber with a quickly receding yet clingy 1” cream colored foam cap. S: Spicy malt with herbal notes. T: The taste is moderate at best with biscuit, toffee and nuts. No aftertaste. Mild bitterness. F: Medium light, sparkly. O: This is a mildly flavored light beer, easy to drink, inoffensive but not very special.

Jul 22, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ridgeway Warm Welcome has a medium, cream-colored head, a chestnut brown, semi-clear appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is a nice combination of dark sugar, toasted malt, grain, and bread crust. Taste is similar, with a mellow, mild hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Warm Welcome finishes crisp, refreshing, and very easy going for a 6% beer. RJT

Dec 23, 2014
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is it! Done with these Ridgeway Xmas beers, for this year anyways...

Dark orange/light brownish color with a white head. Good retention as a full cap with some lace left.

Some pretty heavy hops for a brown ale, mostly of the herbal, earthy and grapefruit variety. Malts are nearly in the background here, though nuts are quite prevalent with some chocolate there as well.

Taste reveals an odd clashing of flavors. Lots of bitter herbal and leafy hops, hazelnut coffee, caramel, light roast+cocoa, tobacco. Toasty finish. Kinda harsh and a definite step down from the scent, not terrible though.

Mouthfeel is fine given the style, medium carbonation with some heftiness to it.

The taste is definitely just kinda too weird to make this very enjoyable. It is kinda interesting/complex in its own way though.

Jan 15, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD 28 Aug 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 16 Dec 13. Imported by the Shilton Brothers, which was a shock as I live in Shropshire! I wonder where this bottles has been before it arrived at my house?

Nice clear amber body with a full, deep head which died but gave some heavy lacing as it did so.

Malty, woody and nutty in both the nose and the taste, caramel notes came through the maltiness as it warms.

Good bite in the finish, this is a well balanced, easy to drink beer.

Dec 16, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this nondescript beer into my tumbler 40 degrees, the beer was a nice amber color and thats about it. The beer poured a really small flat head. The beer was bitter on the finish and weak tasting really. Really don't see any need to buy again.

Dec 13, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber in the body with a slightly off white head, forms thick fine speckled lacing. Aroma offers some semi sweet toasted malts, cereal grains, and herbal earthy minimal hops in the backend. Flavor is middle of the road nice bready malts, semi sweet balanced with earthy hops, soft nutty character. Mouthfeel has ample carbonation a bit much, but overall what can I say these novelty beer labels are decent easy drinking beers middle of the road but they sell like hotcakes every holiday season, medium bodied at best. Overall I'm not sorry I tried this one very drinkable solid brewed beer labeled as a winter nut brown tastes more like a well constructed amber ale.

Dec 10, 2013
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle .Pours a cloudy brown with a quickly fading thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast some dark fruity esters. Taste of caramel malt, yeast, mild dark fruit and nutty flavors. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, some brown sugar, dark fruits with a bit of a nutty ending. Not the best in class but overall a good flavorful and pleasant drinking brew.

Jul 08, 2013
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- sparkling orangish brown color a finger of coarse white foam .

Aroma- citrus banana toast buttered brown sugar

Taste- roasted toasted bread dried fruit raisin toffee. kind of like a bread pudding malty not as sweet as a finish as a newcastle. some cola

Mouthfeel- lighter to medium bodied, malty sweet but not cloying. has a definite "holiday" sweetness.

Overall- yeah this and a warm bread pudding !

Feb 04, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a perfectly clear copper. Soapy off white head forms and leaves plenty of lace.

SMELL: English ale yeast, bready malts, green apple.

TASTE: Caramel, tea like hop profile, very English. Soft toffee and buttery notes. Mild bitterness. Some brown sugar, nut and lightly toasted malt elements. For being 6% abv it's not even close to tasting strong. Quite mellow.

FEEL: Medium bodied, rich and smooth. Ample carbonation.

OVERALL: imported by the Shelton Bros, this is a very English tasting ale, mellow nutty flavors and overall easy to drink. Nothing earth shattering, this is just a solid little ale.

Jan 16, 2013
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TCMike from Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Produced a 1 finger cream color head. Nice lacing. Beer color is a translucent honey color. Lighter than most brown ales.
The smell is of lager yeast, bread, and a hint of nuts.
The taste is bolder than the appearance, and smell. It's similar to smell, but with more nuttiness, and a slight hop bite. Medium mouth-feel.
Mediocre beer... not bad, and easy drinking.

Dec 15, 2012
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TimmyL from New Jersey

2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft into a pint
A- light in color for its style. Small head but good retention. Minimal lacing
S- little to note here, Disappoonting
T- straw, hay, mild malts but not what I'd expect from the style. Mild and average.
M- good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, pretty full
O- weak and lacking the normal characteristics of the style. Tastes more like an American adjunct lager. Pass

Dec 11, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a somewhat dark amber with a bit of light hazing and a relatively stable singe finger of cream colored foam for a lid, light amounts of lacing are present on the inside of the glass. Once again, the body seems slightly too thin and the carbonation seems to be on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of light caramel and hazelnuts, medium levels of earthy / herbal hopping and just a bit of nondescript fruity ester. The flavor presents more of a medium-high pecan sort of nuttiness that is raw... not toasted in character, so it seems sort of legume-like at times. Finishes up with plenty of herbal and steeped-tea bittering providing a stamp of dry punctuation at the end of each sip that seems somewhat jarring at the end of the caramel and legume-like nuttiness of the malt profile. It's...a bit janky and odd overall, as if the parts of the beer weren't quite glued together properly. Still, by no means does it ever taste or smell terrible. I just... prefer some more toasted and bready character on my browns.

Sep 08, 2012
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery stemmed glass.

A: Pours a rather hazy, orange-amber color beneath a two-finger head of creamy, off-white foam. Strong carbonation is evident amidst the cloudy proteins.

S: Sweet and cookie-like aroma with hints of almond and candied ginger. A little citrus hop rolling around in the nose as well.

T: Sweet, fruity malts connect up front throwing some nutty, caramel-like flavors into the mix. A floral, herbacious hop resin strikes quickly and exits with a slightly smoky, residual boozy sweetness. The finish is a little cloying, showing alcohol warmth and brash, malty tannins.

M: Medium-full bodied, a little heavy and cloying in the finish, with some alcohol weight to it also.

O: I'll be damned if it's an English nut brown or any brown ale for that matter. More like a nutty, malty English pale or winter warmer at 6% ABV. Look, feel and flavor don't match the style IMO, but it's not a terrible beer. Just not what I was expecting, sort of in a bad way.

Feb 04, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, orange-copper color with a thick, off-white head. Great lacing on the glass, rings marking every sip I take.

The aroma is a soft, doughy malt. There's a cookie-like sweetness in there.

The taste comes across slightly bright and sweet with some bitterness. Alcohol warmth is there, too.

An okay beer, but nothing distinguishes it from the nut brown ale crowd.

Jan 26, 2012
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slight chilled haze, looks like brewed tea. An off-white head settles into a milky cap. Tight lacing around the top.

S - Grain husk, honey, mellow roast, crushed walnuts, caramel malt, doughy yeast.

T - Honey coated roasted grain start things off. A sweet creamy caramel malt comes in with soft brown bread with The middle is fruity with some starfruit, honeydew melon, and apple skins. Pecan shells and herbal hops add some dryness on the finish.

M - Light bodied, smooth and chewy feel, low carbonation, tea tannins coat the tongue, finishes dry.

Nice creamy English flavors that drink very easy. This was better than expected.

Jan 07, 2012
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tvv375ia from Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A-bronze colored with about a finger of head that faded to a partial cap with a little lacing

S-a little carmel and some earthy hints like wet leaves

T-some milk chocolate along with carmel with a mild hop on the finish

M-light bodied and carbonation

O-this is and ok beer and really no better than average it falls just a little short

Jan 05, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy amber color, with a creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly but left some streaky lacing behind. Not too aromatic, but still, I picked up hints of caramel, nuts, and apple skins. Basically the same on the tongue: caramel malts, nutty, with distant notes of apple and light spice. Not bad, but not great. Light-medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable, but one serving was plenty.

Dec 15, 2011
Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 174 ratings