Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale | Ridgeway Brewing

Warm Welcome Nut Browned AleWarm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
BA SCORE
3.38/5
166 Ratings
Warm Welcome Nut Browned AleWarm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by whynot44 on 11-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,681
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
166
pDev:
14.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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??

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Mann0101
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slarson7
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Nick4444
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Johnny_Duck
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too sweet. Just not much going well for this one. It was a gift.

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Photo of alostplot
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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

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Photo of archero
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Cris4545
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Antonius08
5/5  rDev +47.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 166 ratings
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