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:
#41,711
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
166
pDev:
14.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the half litre bottle a rusted chain colour, with a thin tight head. bits of festive lace. light malty aroma...some brown sugar and that's about it. taste is of a caramel malt variety, brown sugar and dried nuts. it's toasty and roasty for sure...all very balanced and nondescript. a little bit yeasty. there is a good deal of alcohol warmth that can be detected, maybe accentuated by the fact that there is nothing to mask it in the flavour profile. it's sugary sweet and and meant to warm. very lightly hopped. the body is medium at best, with a slick mouthfeel that allows this "nut browned ale" to slide down quite easily. drinkability is good....this brew would be good with some cheese and crackers, a nice fire in the fireplace, and a good snowfall outside my window.

one-dimensional, but enjoyable. i probably wouldn't revisit this one due to the price of the single.

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Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 harpus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of marcdalke
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dgherm
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle with what appears to be a coded date on the back label into a pint glass. ABV of 6%. Barely had any head and that quickly dissipated to a thin film. It had a brownish amber color with a little carbonation. The smell overall was pretty weak especially as it warmed. Roasted malt but way in the background. The mouthfeel was pretty watery even for a brown ale. The taste was just average and considering the price it was a disappointment. Had a very bitter aftertaste that I wasn't expecting. There has been a lot of hype about these beers due to the labeling controversy. It suckered me in as I probably wouldn't have bought otherwise so props to their marketing department but don't be fooled. Don't recommend unless you are just wanting to check off list. (3, RB, ML, O)

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Photo of sraimondi
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a bland beer. Appearance is probably the best trait of this one. Nice brown color. Everything else is just average. There is a bit of an apple aroma and taste is unoffensive, but very ordinary. Mouthfeel is very thin. I won't be buying another.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 500mL bottle into a stein.

Beer appears brown with a red hue in the light. The head fades fast, and leaves little lacing. Smell is mainly some light malts and toffee, no idea where the nuts are. Tastewise the nuts show up right at the front, followed by the malts, a bit of chocolate, and then nothing. No finish whatsoever. Mouthfeel is medium at best, more towards light. Not a horrible beer, but not really much of a Christmas brew and not something I'd race out to get again. Has a nice appearance and a good starting taste, but no finish at all. Its easy to drink though since you're constantly going back for another sip so you can have some taste in your mouth.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a golden (?) brown into my sam adams pint glass. a thin layer of rocky bubbles developed. a swill of the glass and it looks like this beer is going to lace nicely.

the smell is malty and buttery. can't really pick up much else.

this beer tastes pretty good up front, but finishes with some off taste that's not the best in the world. it tastes fairly light with some malt and not much hops to speak of.

the mouthfeel is thin, but not unepected.

overall, this beer is ok. if i had to grab this or a southern pecan (both english browns), i'd pick the lazy magnolia every time. there is just not much here. ok for a summery beer, but this is a christmas seasonal. i'm glad i kept it in the refrigerator until now.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spicy aroma has tones of cinnamon, malt and caramel. It pours a fizzy coppery amber with a very thick, fluffy, just-off-white head. Flavor is malty with an undertone of spice, mainly cloves and cinnamon, and just a touch of caramel. Texture is smooth, a bit on the watery side, and barely fizzy. Still, this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange with apricot trim. The cap is taupe in color and is fine-grained with seemingly hundreds of delicate, rapidly popping bubbles on its upper surface. A thick collar of lace is beginning to form and it looks as though more is on the way. WW is a dead ringer for an English pale ale.

Is this beer mislabeled? It smells like a English pale ale as well. There's very little brown ale character and, even worse, very little maltiness. It's untoasted nutty with echoes of herbal hops. It also doesn't help that the aroma is underpowered. I'm less than impressed so far.

Things aren't much better on the taste buds. Ridgeway claims that Warm Welcome is 'a little hoppier than your average brown with a little extra malty sweetness'. I'm with them on the first claim, but definitely not the second. The beer is malt deficient, even for a brown, and there's almost no sweetness. Flavors include bitter cocoa powder and toasted walnuts with the bitter skin intact.

Did I mention that the beer is bitter? If you're going to dump a significant amount of hops into a classically malt-dominant style, make sure there's enough malt to counteract all the alpha acids. This is an unbalanced brown that is strictly average in my book. Come to think of it, what makes it a winter warmer in the first place?

The light-medium mouthfeel is passable given the style. It's slightly harsh, rather than being welcoming, due to the relative malt deficit. I'm glad that it isn't aggressively carbonated or I'd have gone from disappointed to frankly pissed off that I spent $4.99 for a beer that hasn't shown me much of anything good.

The Shelton Brothers website comments on the label (which features Santa and his Claus family jewels receiving a 'warm welcome' as he comes crotch-first down the chimney) and includes the tagline "a classic brown ale with more balls". Don't you believe it. Warm Welcome is another in a long line of castrated browns that doesn't leave me feeling very merry at all.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color (but not very a brown ale), dirty white foam, decent.
Malty smell, with light spicy notes, but again, not so brown. More than an english ale, too strong to be an english ale!
Nothing so bad, but from a winter beer you can expect a little more.
Average to light body, not so strong malt feeling into the aftertaste and pale cereal notes. Frankly speaking this should be better a little bit strong to give personality to the beer.
Nothing very remarkable.

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Photo of TCMike
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 fitzy84
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a light brown color with a tall head. Aromas had a faint chocolate smell with a nutty tone. The drink was decently sweet but had a somewhat off bitter aftertaste. The drink had a light body with a really crisp carbonation actually. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Hazy amber color with coppery highlights. Generous 2-finger fluffy head that remains for a few minutes before receding to a moderate ring. Light lacing.

S: Toasted pecans and walnuts. Some notes of caramel, toffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: The first impression is the nutty flavors, with some toasted malts underneath. The sweeter toffee notes come in the mid-flavor, combining with the pecan to create a sweet (almost ice-cream like) taste. The aftertaste is a bit medicinal.

M: Medium to full bodied with active (too much) carbonation. Lots of burping.

D: A decent beer, but its strange aftertaste is unappealing. Like with most Ridgeway brews, my curiosity over the novelty has been satisfied, and I feel no urge to try a second.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Distinctive Half-Litre brown glass bottle that has a wide body and a tall long thin neck sealed with a glossy yellow painted crown cap. Main label has the title ‘Warm Welcome’ with a very cheeky description that this is a ‘Nut Browned Ale’ and a ‘A Perfect Holiday Toast’; and if you check out the picture of Santa stuck at the base of a chimney breast straddled prostrate over hot flaming fire, it all makes sense – another clever play on words. Listed at 6% ABV with lots of self-promoting blurb on the back label.

Appearance: Brown body, perfectly clear with a little ruby hue in the background light. A tried looking head on the pour collapses far too quickly to leave a flat looking brew with only a few small specks of lacing and a very thin light brown halo ring head, which breaks into a crescent after a very short time. Carbonation is low and the overall look is of an exhausted beer.

Nose: Pale malts, some hint of toffee, possibly caramel and a gentle easy going warm nose, but no nuts whatsoever…did I miss them?? Guess so!

Taste: Oh, maybe I wrong, well partly. Whilst I did not get any nutty aromas in the nose, I certainly do pick them up in the front end of this beer. They seem to add a nice entrance with pale malts and a chewy toffee tingle. Middle of the beer soon dies and the finish positively races away and is in bed for an early night. Working through the half-litre the flavors are definitely strongest in the first third of this one, and it is a clean brew, but the ending is short-lived and does little to add anything to the reasonably good start. Drops off too quickly and desperately lacks staying power, it promises much but fails to deliver.

Mouthfeel: Not as bad as I initially marked, time does benefit the Mouthfeel. Sadly the conditioning does not. Decent front end that is fairly solid, but the back end has a thin weedy character. Overall it sort of evens itself out to an average body which is more skin and bone than muscle.

Drinkability: Bit of a let down long term. Nice start, shame about the middle and…..what happened? the lights just went out…..are we finished already!?!? The premature cliff edge finish is frustrating and soon has me working my way quickly through the rest of the bottle, but not because it’s quaffable, but just because I need another injection of taste from the start of the next mouthful and with one eye on my next beer tonight.

Overall: One more bottled Ridgeway beer with a clever name and an appealing label, lots of style there but little in the way of substance to support it. I’m sensing a trend from Ridgeway, they seem to be knocking out a lot of higher gravity beers with greater frequency and more ridiculous names, possibly just for the US market (?), but the more I try them - the less I am impressed. To date my favorites from Ridgeway have been their low ABV Ridgeway Bitter and IPA in bottles, and of all the “Elf” beers, the original Bad Elf is still the best for my money. This ‘Warm Welcome’ with its ‘Nut Browned Ale’ tongue-in-cheek moniker strays closer into the latter pack of “all fur coat and no knickers” Ridgeway brews. Not their worst brew, but far from their best and another expensive one-off try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sits in my glass a drab, dark brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, amber-red hue when held up to the light. It pours with a frothy, initially one and a half fingers thick, tan colored head. The aroma is slightly cider like, actually has a bit of cherry notes to it as well, but the apple note is definitely the prominent note. I am really having a hard time getting any malt aromatics here, perhaps there is a touch of caramel and a wisp of toasted malt. The slightly tart, though aromatic, apple notes are what really jump out at me.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of tasted / roasty grains in the finish. It is lightly tart though, and while not as prominent as in the nose, there is a cider note to this as well. Quite light on the palate, in fact it is almost thin tasting. Light caramel notes here make this taste almost as if caramelized brown sugar had been added to watered down cider. This is a very interesting drink, it is not at all what I was expecting. It really is not doing much for me, it is not bad, but it is just too thin and is lacking a malt depth that I would like to see here.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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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