Warm Welcome | Ridgeway Brewing

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Warm WelcomeWarm Welcome

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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: 165 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is amber in color and clear. Carbonation low, head clings to glass but there is very little lacing. White tiny diffuse broken head makes up the look of this beer. Color is fine, head dynamics are disappointing.

There is close to no aroma at all. A little bit of malt, I mostly smell the water. Its a bad sign when the water has a stronger smell.

Beer is medium bodied and overall smooth. Beer is sweet and kind of fruity. Taste is pleasant enough. For some reason I was expecting more nuttiness. This did not happen. Drinkability was fine, overall I didn't see anything special in this beer but overall it was fine.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Squelch
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
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 WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Warm Welcome pours a slightly hazy bronze color into the glass with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface and spotted lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is faint, but sweet. Notes of caramel malt and brown sugar with a hint of floral hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with a moderate carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly sweet malt with some nuts and toffee mixed in. It finishes with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Once gone some of the spicy notes lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer with a well balanced flavor.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 fullsweep
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cL brown bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.

A: brown with amber highlights--not particularly dark like some brown ales.

S: Mellow yet sharp, tiny hints of spice in the nose, a little sweet maltiness as well, but not too much.

T: sweet and sharp on the first taste, but mellows significantly further down the glass--not as rich as most browns I am familiar with.

M: much more carbonated/fizzy than expected. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I was hoping for a bit more smooth/rich/malty feel on the mouth and tongue.

O: definitely a nice winter brew!

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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 Drewcifer
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with some bubbles and a very slight head that dissipates quite quickly.

The smell is a bit weak. Toasty, nutty, yeasty, but nothing really strong or dominating.

Slightly sweet, caramel malt taste up front, with nutty, toasty undertones. A slight bit of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. A good amount of carbonation, just enough to keep it peppy.

It's a quite drinkable brew. Not as heavy as you may expect, and the ABV doesn't seem as hard-hitting. I could see enjoying three or four on a nice cool fall evening.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for quite some time, so I hope that it has held up. In all fairness to this beer, my review should be taken with a grain of salt as I believe that this beer is at least three years old.

Appearance: The bottle neck is shaped such that it is a little difficult to pour for the first few ounces. Once you get a big enough bubble in there that you can tilt it, you can pour it pretty quickly and it ends up with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles after a somewhat aggressive pour. After a minute the head was pretty much gone, but there was still a solid ring around the edge where the beer meets the glass. The beer itself is a quite cloudy dark orange color to mud-brown. There is a decent amount of lace already accumulating on the edge of the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty reserved, but doesn't show any oxidation or any real signs of age like I feared. The beer is quite cold now, so I am really only getting some sweet malts like caramel in particular. Lots of secondary malts dominate the aroma giving you honey in particular. There is a mild floral contribution that I assume must be from the hops, but it is really reserved.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty malty, but the hops are making an appearance here for sure. There is a defined bitter edge to this beer that you pick up in the very beginning of the sip and it stays with you throughout the sip. There is no alcohol noticeable in here at all. I get more specialty malts along with some toasty notes that I didn't pick up in the nose. The overall mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation which makes the beer a bit watery feeling on the palate.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer, and one of the best from this brewery that I have tried so far. If it weren't for the assertive bitterness, this would be a quick drinker. As it is, I need some time to let the last sip settle before I take another one. I wouldn't put this up against New Castle or anything, but I will finish my glass no problem. I would give it a shot if it was convenient, and as far as I know, you can't get this in six-packs, so a single would be a good try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of jim102864
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
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 beerprovedwright
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head sitting on a dark honey brown beer. Color is a 9 on the SRM beer color chart. Very little lace and that is non cling. Smell has aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, and honey. Taste is a mixture of flavors. There is honey, chocolate, caramel, coffee, pumpkin, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel has zing but very little smoothness. This is good with cheese and chips. A good cooler weather beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 abrand
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter glass.

A- pours a golden translucent color with a nice 1 finger head with fairly good retention. Positive lacing along the glass.

S- caramel aromas hit the nose upfront. Fruits and roasted nuts linger

T- Nice hoppy bitterness with caramel and fruits predominantly hitting the palate.

M- Pretty light bodied

D- pretty smooth beer with a good taste.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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 orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a dark copper color with a fizzy white head that lingers for a bit and then fades. Good clarity as well. Aromas start out with a nice light roast and some toasted malt accents. Nutty notes throughout along with a mellow fruit tone. Slight sweetness.

First sip brings smooth crisp malts upfront, lightly toasted and semi-sweet as well. Nutty flavors roll across the palate with a fruity undertone as well. Lingering nutty roast on the back end. A well balanced, easy drinking ale.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. Good carbonation and easy drinking. Makes for a good session beer. Overall, a tasty English brown ale with well balanced flavor profile. Would have this one again sometime.

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Photo of taez555
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, ruby/brown body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of sweet caramel malts, biscuit, alcohol and very mild nuts.

Beer is medium to full bodied with a strong bitterness from start to finish. Lots of caramel, biscuits and crackers mixed with a mild salty and roasted nut quality. An earthy hop flavor pairs nicely with the malts. The bitterness, although never annoying, really overshadows most of the other flavors. Ends with a lingering english hop bitterness.

This might be my new favorite ridgeway beer. A little over the top in bitterness, but it's that English cask type bitterness, so I really don't mind. Could be amazing on cask.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a crystal clear deep copper color with moderate tannish head, that fell to a thin coating with very large bubbles. Very imprssive lacing on the side of the glass. Taste is very bread-like with some roasted notes. Taste is malty with a distinct hop bitterness. Very pleasant. Finished more dry than malty. Very thin mouthfeel. A nice easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a very weak, loose head that fades to a small thin island in the middle. Sporadic lace was minimal. Nice shiney highly filtered copper body with medium sized slow rolling carbonation.

While the label graphics were interesting I couldn't find any nut characteristics as it states as a "nut browned ale". Ok, not a big deal as long as its good. Yeah, this is a decent winter warmer/english brown with some spices that help out a somewhat thin offering. Light candied fruit presence and a vanilla layer that lays underneath throughout and gives it another level of depth that I enjoyed. Comes across slightly "hot" in the alcohol department. Maybe its the combination of alcohol and spices that has this a bit tough but its far from annoying. Roasted malts are very much an afterthought although as it warmed there is a touch of some nuts and roasty flavors.

Notes: Certainly not one to go out of my way for but once a year its worthy of a pickup. Probably one of the better Ridgeway brews and easily consumed with no off taste. Clean.

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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 BDTyre
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Warm Welcome from Ridgeway Brewing
3.38 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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