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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 briman
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 WastingFreetime
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed on 12/28/07.

Labeled as a nut brown ale, this stuff doesn't look the part. It's a crystal-clear brassy pour with a fast-disappearing head and no lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet: honey, sugar and sweet oranges. Smooth, almost tingly mouthfeel with a bit of the ol' green apples and butterscotch flaws. Nutty roasted malts mixed in, too. Finish is smooth with only a very thin bitterness as a memory.

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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 Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber, which is fine, but the head is real fizzy, like soda pop, poor retention and no lacing.

S: Actually has a nice nutty smell, subtle, but it's there.

T: Light pecan flavour, maybe some walnut, caramel malt and a bit of ethanol roughness, but it is light, not great tasting in the beginning, but as it warmed up, it got much better, IMO.

M: Light, kind of watery, but it has some good, crisp carbonation.

D: In the end not a bad little beer from Jolly/Merry Old England, but needs more robustness for a Christmas beer, IMO.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ridgeway Brewing's Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale pours
out a fluffy, long-lasting head over a deep amber brew. The nose
is of yeast and burnt malt. The flavor is sharp dark malt and a bit
of hops. Alcohol by volume 6% I would say that, like a lot of
Ridegeway's holiday offerings, it's not a bad beer, but if you
have something you really like for the holidays in your hand,
you might want to pass it by (or just get a single bottle).

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Gambrinus1184
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent brown with a creamy off white head. The head dissipates to a thin film with some lacing. No strong aroma, maybe some carmel and faint roasted malts. Some carmel like malts, but roasted malts dominate. Flavors are faint though. Medium body. Decent, but a little boring over all. This beer is not worth it for the price. I got this in the holiday pack with three other Ridgeway beers, I hope the others are better.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a reddish brown with a 2 finger head that disappears very quickly.The smell has a strong biscuit and yeast smell,but not the nuttiness you would expect.The taste is similar to the smell except for the warm alcohol aftertaste.This has a pretty good kick for a brown ale.The m/f is light and this does have a watery aftertaste.The flavors do not mix well in this beer.This is an average beer that has a great label,I would stick to a number of other winter seasonals.

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Photo of Fnord
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a brown ale? It looks far too pale for that. More of a clear, pale orange color. At least the head seems to retain all right.

Smell - Some maltiness, mostly sweet caramel.

Taste - Dry malts are the first thing I notice, with a sweet caramel flavor riding on top. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected, but not in a bad way. It leaves a pleasant warming feeling in my mouth. Some hop flavor is in the back, as well, just enough to balance the alcohol. I don't get any nut flavor at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - One large bottle will go down pretty well. I doubt I'd want to drink this all night, though.

Conclusion - I was worried at first when I saw its color, but it's a good beer, and I'm glad I tried it. A little different from some other browns in its reduced reliance on malts. Not planning on buying it again, though.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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 stockingcpl
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew pours with a nich thick foamy head. Surface cover is generous with nice lacing clinging to glass. Color is a medium honey golden hue. Good so far.

Smell: A nice smoaky malt presence. Good job.

Taste: Malt presence during onset with a quick taper to butter. Kind of strong and heavy. Unusual.

Mouthfeel: Heavy malt. Rolls on the tongue well, but indeed the butter tends to crowd the palate even after sustain completes. Could have been done better.

Drinkability: I really don't know how to reate this brew. It is snappy but the aftertaste is not condusive to session drinking.


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Photo of Onslow
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

got in the ridgeway christmas sampler pack .. pours a dark tawny red colour ... lacing is decent for an english brown .. easy going brew .. at least this beer isn't spiced, points for that but is nothing special... does scream in english though..!!!

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Photo of CWiggins
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish orange beer that is clear enough to see through just on the other side otherwise fairly cloudy. Had a bubbly foam white head.

A pretty strong green apple smell with some grapes added to the mix, woods and a hint of caramel hiding in the back.

Somewhat nutty with citrus. The flavors are not in great abundance.

Quite full of carbonation but prett thin.

Not difficult to drink but not a great beer with the lack of flavor and thin body.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 metter98
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell primarily consists of nutty aromas.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite nutty and has a light amount of malty sweetness along with notes of caramel and toffee flavors. No bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze, but I'm not sure if I would have more than one of these in a session because the taste isn't that interesting.

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Photo of sauron681
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Tolnik
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this amberish brown colored beer into a pint glass. The head comes out at a good amount that reduces down to thin lacing. There is a good nutty, caramel aromas that great the nose. As the taste degresses it becomes less flavorful taste. Overall a good start but comes to a poor ending.

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