Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale | Ridgeway Brewing

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Warm Welcome Nut Browned AleWarm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
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Warm Welcome Nut Browned AleWarm Welcome Nut Browned Ale

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by whynot44 on 11-15-2005

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of 1759Girl
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> Warm gold, with a haziness to intrigue, and a rich big head, that dissipates slowly. No lacing to speak of.
Scent> estery, yeasty. Not bad, but I wish it smelled more like a brown ale.
Taste> Very similar to its style, but with a cleaner start and a spicier finish.
Mouthfeel> thin, fizzy
Drinkability> easy to drink.

I thought that perhaps I was judging this beer on its silly labeling, but then I recalled my love for other british imports (with silly labels) like Waggledance and the beers from Jennings. Its a tasty beer just nothing I'd rush out to buy.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber with very few bubbles and just a little head, which quickly goes to nothing. The aroma gives off some odd aromas like bananas with slightly sweet bread aromas. The taste nixes the banana bread, ad just goes for toasty, bready malt with some soft hops to offset the sweetness. Pretty sessionable, sweet smooth, and medium bodied.

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Photo of Squelch
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with an amber hue and an of white billowly head with little lace

Smell: Smells of yeast and nutty toasty aromas dominate. No evident hop aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Yeast comes through. Bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated beer with a carbonic bite.

Drinkability: Above average. Usually don't like the style but would refuse it if someone put it in front of me again.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a large, moderately coarse white head, which gradually subsides to a thin layer of foam, with thin, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Quite sweet, with vinous and earthy notes, and herbal hops. The aroma is quite uncharacteristic of the style.

Taste: Bitter cocoa and earthy notes dominate the taste from the open. As the taste progresses, harshly bitter, lingering herbal hop notes appear. Along the way, there is also a peculiar bitter apple note. Little or none of the toasted malts for which the style is notable are present.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Warm Welcome seems wildly off style, and is not particularly pleasant to drink. It proved difficult to finish.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of iceviper22
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper to brown with about a 1 or 2 finger head of fluffy light tan color.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it with some hints of nuts and caramel malts coming through.

The taste is very sweet up front, tasting of caramel maltyness with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall decent drinkablity, nice to enjoy during the winter months on a cool night.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head that fades rather quickly but does strand the pint glass as it fades

Smell: Caramel and a smidge of alcohol

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that turns fruity and then alcohol-laden by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors fade but leave an unpleasant aftertaste somewhat akin to hazelnut skins

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little hot

Drinkability: Certainly not a brown ale; even so, the alcohol flavor clashes with the other flavors and the bitter nut skin aspect from the hops doesn't do much for me, either

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Photo of beerking1
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brass with a large white head. Head fades fast but leaves a nice collar. Aroma is pleasant crystal malt, some apple and faint other esters. Hints of hops. Flavor is crystal malt with some hops and earthy yeast character. Soft carbonation. SLightly warming, but not very "nut brown." I would call it more of a bitter, perhaps ESB because of the strength. Nice beer, but not great.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish/ yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness and a caramel presence. In the taste, malty and a dry nutty sweetness. A smooth, nice bodied mouthfeel and a nutty sweet aftertaste. Nice and easy to drink. A mellow brown ale.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 2 finger head with good retention. Nice brown color. I can see my fingers through the glass.

Smell is of caramel and toasted malts. I almost think I pick up a little bit of orange peel and cinammon.

Taste is of some sweet caramel malts and toasted malts. This finishes with a nice balancing hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is a little too dominant over the malts for a brown.

A nice winter nut brown ale. Easy to drink. But it's a little over hopped.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear orange-amber in the glass with a decent full finger of white foam that leaves a lot of sticky lace in it's wake.

Aromas are buttery-nuts mixed with the sweet roasted amber malt. A bit of a fuggle hop aroma as the malts and nuts fade.

Taste is lightly toasted sweet amber malt followed with a refreshing bitterness that adds to the drying before the hops take over. Extra hoppy and extra hot for an English Brown but it all balances well to the spice in the brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, nutty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, nutty, chewy, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, very tasty, a different Brown Ale, but then again it's an English one, recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never seen this before so I picked up a bottle. Pours a light brown color with a very thin head. Aroma is nice and malty like a standard brown ale. Taste is somewhat nutty and bitter at the same time on the tongue. Aftertaste is much of the same. The maltiness just doesn't show through as much. I would say that I've had better brown ales than this. Not bad but I wouldn't rate it highly either.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham just last evening. I'm a sucker for winter warmers, and although this isn't technically one of them I still couldn't resist.

It pours a mild chestnut brown, with a thin off-white head that lasted no time at all. However, a thin lacing around the perimeter of the brew persisted for good while. The nose detects brown nuts, a bit of sweetness, medium-dark malts and a bit of hops. The flavor is a little spicy, but mostly it's a classic English Brown Ale, with a nice amount of maltiness and a lingering hoppy finish. There is a slight metallic accent on the front that I didn't like, but it's very minor. I found the mouthfeel to be not very pleasant due to the high level of carbonation, hence the 2.5.

Overall, it's a decent brown ale with some winter spices thrown in for fun. I like it, but I'm not sure how often I'd choose it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear brown with nice scarlet highlights, the head a light tan creamy crown, which melts leaving a fine coating of lace to circumnavigate the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, clean to the olfactory senses, start has a delectable malt sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness at the rear, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a benevolent acidity, the hops complaisant in their spiciness, sweet and dry at the end, a nice representative English Brown.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, sessionable seasonal brown. Mahogany-toffee colour with a thick, creamy head that leaves rings on the glass as I drink.

Fairly standard brown ale smell. Malt heavy, with a fair amount of hops.

Good, nutty caramel flavour. Tasty malt flavour, low hop bitterness.

A bit thin in the mouth, but otherswise a very nice, easy drinking brown. Ridgeway is quickly becoming one of my favourite English breweries.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy/nutty nose. Flavor is mellow hops at first some nuttiness. Some bitterness in aftertaste. $7.40 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now Called "Warm Winter Welcome", $4.99 at Hollingshead Deli in March 2007, tasted in early May of the same year.

Pours a good looking brown, with very nice ruby highlights. Minimal head and no carbonation.

Aroma is light, common of the style. Lightly roasted grains. Flavor is a nice, very standard brown ale. An easy drinker, flavor is mostly roasted malts and nuts with a slight hop tang at the end keeps it from being boring. Some creaminess when swished in the mouth. Nothing outstanding, but good and goes down easily.

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Photo of sauron681
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, brown color with a 1 finger head. Very, very bubbly head, but no real noticeable carbonation. Head turns "poofy" with a nice ring of creamy lacing that lasts the entire pint.

Has a sweet buttery caramel aroma. Mild roasted malt taste thats smooth, and slightly nutty. Will drink it again next christmas time if its available by me.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt .9 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Golden-highlighted, faint oak in color. Very creamy, half-inch of bright-white head; lots of milky bubbles a top. Thickly cascading lace around the tumbler with good hold.

Musty, astringent-filled notes of coffee and light toffee. Rustic, unbalanced whaffs of floral hops; earthen and muddy. Faint hints of cream and hazlenut.

Sweet caramel and molasses; notes of milk chocolate. Liquid sugar with a bit of milk creaminess. The earthen, burnt floral hops present in the aroma are overpowered by the slick, malt sweetness. The bitterness is light and is followed by a slightly nutty aftertaste.

Medium bodied; sickly slick, which is completely out of sync for the style.

Too sweet and too high in octane for the style; which seems to be somewhat of a theme for Ridgeway. Moments of pleasantness, ultimately brought down by imbalance and an almost unpleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 50 cl brown bottle lists 6% abv. and a F 08 244 stamped on the back, which I’m guessing (GUESSING) that’s a best by Feb 08.

Aroma: Earthy, some toasted malt, and mild noble hops.

Appearance: Amber brown with striking clarity showing larger bubbles in the glass. A solid off white cover of multi-sized bubbles that left respectable lace.

Flavor: Somewhat watery at first blush. There is a firm nutty note in some toasted malt. Any hop flavors are lost save a mild grassy note. A toffee note comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly carbonation, dry finish, light to medium body.

Overall Impression: A pleasant nutty quality saves this fairly plain beer. I like this a bit more than the other “Santa” beers in the set.

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Photo of jim102864
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Ridgeway bottle and packaging for all of their Christmas themed beers is very clever. The 1.9 oz bottle pours perfectly into my imperial pint glass. The appearance is a deep, lovely mahogany. No head for this brown ale to speak of. I detected some nut aroma, but it is a glimpse at best. Taste is more or less what you would expect from a brown; light malt up front followed by chestnut, maybe walnuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly bready but really unremarkable. Overall drinkability is good, but there is nothing about this beer that makes me want to run out and buy a 6 of it. I'd like to see how it fares out of a keg. A nice brew.

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Photo of jaluria
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent, brown color with a white and tan colored head that left behind lots of lacing. Medium-high carbonation. Aromas of bread, roasted nuts, dates, and dark chocolate. The taste followed suit with a very smooth texture. Malty core never fades. Crisp and sweet with subtle nut flavors adding a nice touch and making it a great beer to sip in the winter.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A handsome pour, with a clear mahogany color with a half-inch of head on top. A soft caramel aroma is all the scent this beer offers. Taste offers some nuttiness, among the sweet caramel flavors. Hops are not detectable apart from a light bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet. It does have a nice chewy and creamy body.

An unexceptional beer.

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Photo of briman
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium dark reddish amber color. About a quarter-inch beige head, decent retention. Average lacing.

Aroma is malty, with caramel, and a little bit of a nutty characteristic.

Flavor is malty, with carmel, nuts, light brown sugar, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Finish is dry, with a mild hop bitterness coming through which lingers for a moment in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Well balanced. Pretty basic nut brown ale, nothing too distinctive. Wouldn't turn it down if it came my way again, but would seek out other examples first.

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Photo of Luchman
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml poured into a a pint glass

A: Dark, but clear, copper color. A half finger, bubbly, off white head appears at first, then removes it self quickly.

S: Malts with some light roasted character and nuts. Has a slight metallic, penny-like smell in the end.

T: Pretty average. Its got some bready malts with a very slight hint of nuttiness to it. Hops are kind of surprising, as they put a light, but noticeable, bitterness on the end. The flavor does roam, so you can enjoy it until your next drink.

M: Medium body that feels flat. Brings no "life" to this beer, which it could use.

D: Not bad. Everything was pretty average, except for the mouthfeel, which could have used some work.I didn't expect much and I didn't get much, but It wasn't bad. I wouldn't tell the world about it, nor would I buy it again, but if you hand me one, I wouldn't complain.

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Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 171 ratings