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Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 163
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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Photo of beerking1
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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 Haybeerman
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy reddish-brown color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in patches.

S: Sweet, wet grain. Faint herball hop aroma. Roasted nuts, burnt caramel, cinnamon and dark fruit. Peat and earth.

T: Roasted nutty malt. Mild herbal hops for a pleasant balance. Some fruitiness and spiciness. All-and-all, fairly muted flavors with less depth than the smell. Biscuity malts linger in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and dry; a little warm in the finish.

D: Easily drinkable; moderate ABV. Flavorful and slightly sweet so not too many would be filling.

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Photo of erosier
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy copper orange color with a medium sized off white colored head that laces the glass pretty nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, then a nice sweet nutty aroma with some hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, then a nice sweeter nutty taste. A slight bit of hops at the end of the taste as well.
M: Very smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, all the flavors were there and mixed well.

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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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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had to double-check the bottle on this one cause this is no Brown Ale. Hell it is solidly in the amber range with a small white head. This is slightly chill hazed to boot.

Smell is malty and stoutly herbal with a faint vegetable aroma. Smells a bit bitter and woody with stronger caramel and tobacco leaf scent.

The taste starts out mild and malty with a reasonably strong herbal taste. Butter is quite strong here, maybe too strong.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer but the butter starts to bug you fairly quickly.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slight haze, amber/copper in color. 1-2 fingers of light beige head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick collar and thin cap. Some lacing.

S - Toasted pecans come to mind immediately with hints of praline, caramel, toffee, and even a suggestion of dark chocolate. Graininess and small earthiness are present as well.

T - The nutty flavors come through mild early palate with a slight toasted/roasted flavor. A kick of sweet toffee enters mid palate and combines with the pecan flavor to create an extremely candy-like taste. Unfortunately, the next part brings this score way down. After the sweetness begins wearing off there is a strange earthy, almost phenolic aftertaste. Bitterness grows as well and grabs hard to the back of the through. All traces of nuts and sweetness are completely gone.

M - Medium to full bodied with high and lively carbonation. In some weird way this sort of works with this beer, it's still a bit too carbonated.

D - An enjoyable and highly quaffable beer if not for the insanely bizarre and borderline repulsiveness of the aftertaste. Great upfront players.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy copper-brown body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that recede slowly and leave good lacing.

Aroma: Sweet nutty malt, dark fruit, herbal hops, cinnamon, and a dash of apple towards the edges.

Flavor: Roasty and nutty malt balanced nicely by mild herbal hops. There's a little spice and dark fruit added in (especially as it warms), but it's ultimately rather straightforward with less depth than was promised in the nose. Leafy hops and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with medium carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this is something you could easily session on a winter's eve with the family. That is, if there was more than one in a pack.

Verdict: Generally unexciting, Warm Welcome would probably benefit greatly from a little more intensity and character. That being said, this is better than I had expected and I'm looking forward to seeing how the other beers in this pack fare.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta enjoy the English sense of humor. The Nut 'Browned' Ale title fits well with the picture on the label. Too bad the brew didn't make as much of an impact at the label. The beer, though nice and clean, was thin and lacking of character. The nutty flavors boarderlined on grainy. The chocolates were very subdued. The malts were sweet, but thin. A fermentation, yeasty aroma dominated the light amber malts. Hopped for balance and no real character. Not as spicy as expected from a Holiday brew. Otherwise, clean and crisp with a hint of mint in the end. Good beer, but I won't be going out of my way for it again.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat, brown, half liter bottle found in the Ridgeway Brewing Christmas gift package. The label has an illustration of Santa's ass coming through a well lite fireplace. Pours a clear, light brownish copper. Impressive off-white head that holds nicely and leaves some great lacing. Pleasant nutty aroma from pale and toasted malts, a bit of honey oat bread and some grassy hops way in back. Medium-full bodied, refreshing mouth feel. Very good taste, moderate caramel sweetness up front, toasted malts give an earthy, nutty flavor. Rather bitter for an English brown but nothing insane. Flavoring hops have a nice floral taste to them. The finish leaves a dry earthy bitterness that is very well balanced. A great session beer.


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Photo of iceviper22
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 wl0307
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained from the Pitfield Beer Shop. Filtered, 500ml brown bottle, BB 09/03/07. Served cool in a goblet.

A: pours a lightly reddish brown hue, with a milk-white, loosely formed foamy head starting to dissipate as soon as the pouring stops.
S: the nose is dominated by juicy cherry-fruit and lightly caramel maltiness, underlined by a faint honeyish aroma added with a light touch of vanilla and nuts, and more astringent, herbal hops at the back--almost reminding me of the Anwerpen De Koninck!!
T: a smooth flow of fruit-candyish and lightly caramel malts... the malt entry is so smooth that the whole texture is rendered extra-light vis-a-vis its alcohol content, with just a slightly warmish touch at the back of the throat. Smooth fruity hop overtone in the medium-length aftertaste, where a smooth flow of bitter-sweetness also sustains.
M: the mouthfeel is almost too... clean and light for its medium-rich flavour, though it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just that overall the body appears a bit thin and rather unbalanced IMO, and fails to live up to the standards of a Winter Ale.
D: clearly a Winter Warmer rather than an English Brown Ale, this is a very easy to drink malty brew but lacks desirable complexity. Maybe bottle-conditioning might do some good?

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slight chilled haze, looks like brewed tea. An off-white head settles into a milky cap. Tight lacing around the top.

S - Grain husk, honey, mellow roast, crushed walnuts, caramel malt, doughy yeast.

T - Honey coated roasted grain start things off. A sweet creamy caramel malt comes in with soft brown bread with The middle is fruity with some starfruit, honeydew melon, and apple skins. Pecan shells and herbal hops add some dryness on the finish.

M - Light bodied, smooth and chewy feel, low carbonation, tea tannins coat the tongue, finishes dry.

Nice creamy English flavors that drink very easy. This was better than expected.

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Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle .Pours a cloudy brown with a quickly fading thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast some dark fruity esters. Taste of caramel malt, yeast, mild dark fruit and nutty flavors. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, some brown sugar, dark fruits with a bit of a nutty ending. Not the best in class but overall a good flavorful and pleasant drinking brew.

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Photo of jaluria
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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 adamette
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 50 cl bottle that I got as a gift from Mat & Christine for Christmas. This is the first of four in a series from Ridgeway Brewing Company focusing on Christmas that I will be tasting and rating. Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet glass. F08 278 stamped on bottom of back label.

A Initially creamy light brown but all too brief head (it lasted 20 seconds) over a medium brown translucent body that has a bit of an orange or dark yellow glow to it when held in front of direct light. 3.0

S Some nuttiness which is good but there is an unexpected bock like malt sweetness and little to no hops to the nose. I like this smell. It is interesting and inviting. 4.0

T Predominant taste is a muted dopplebock like malt taste with some nutty flavor in the background. It is like a light dopplebock. The label mentions that it is a "Nut Browned Ale" and that it is "A Perfect Holiday Toast," possibly referring to toasting Santa as he comes down the chimney with the fireplace fire. I do not pick up very much "toasted" flavor or really much nut at all (I am dissappointed by that since I know that English Brewers are known for a nice, authentic nutty flavor). The taste is still reasonably interesting. 3.5

M Slighy syrupy feel but really this is rather unimpressive. 2.5

D Fair to good. There is enough interest there to allow me to finish the 50cl but I do not think that I will seek this one out again. 3.5

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

I tried this beer on tap last night at The Attic.

It's sort of a light-medium brown and some lighter highlights filter through; somewhat pale for a brown, but still brown. There's nothing that stands out in the appearance. There's a bit of head that fades to foam with some rings and legs of khaki lacing left behind.
As a brown, this is pretty representative of the style, with some nut and toast. A somewhat stronger earthy hops than many browns showcase is evident, but it's not exceptionally malty. In my mind, a well-hopped brown is great, but malts should still be the foundation. This goes the other way.
Per style, it shouldn't be a bruiser, and it's not. It does have a good, nutty flavor to it with a toasty edge, but grains tend to detract as they come out front.
The body is about medium but just a touch thin in the feel. Otherwise it's just a nip crisp with low carbonation and a bit of smoothness coming out toward the middle.
There are better examples, but this is still pretty good beer.

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

A: Into a pint poured a deep amber with burnt orange hues and a thin, creamy beige colored head that quickly dissipated almost immediately after the pour. Visible effervesce was nearly non-existent.

S: The nose portrayed a fresh roastediness along with a caramel toasted sweetness. Also adding to the mix was some warm honey and maple syrup. The overall feeling was light to medium in strength.

T: The flavor opens up with a light smokiness of rich creamy caramel chew and toffee sweetening things up. A warm nuttiness of pecan and cola nuts adds dryness and warmth. There is a distinct fruitiness of caramel apple slices, and pears. On the finish lies a warm spiciness of sweet licorice, cinnamon and toffee capping things off before a short fade of warm dry nuttiness moves in.

M: medium-bodied, and syrup like, very smooth and slick texture wise with very little if any carbonation being detected.

D: fairly good, but wouldn't venture to have more then one at any given sitting. Sweet, spicy and fruity with a big showing of caramel chew sweetness limits this to a single serving. Worthy of a try.

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

A- Light amber orangish-brown with a thin but nice head and decent lacing

S- Very roasty, lots of nuts, and earthy as well as smokey

T- Nutty, like roasted peanuts or almonds. I guess I should say chestnuts, but I won't

M- Thin and easy...kind of generic to browns, but still good

D- Pretty easy drink and not bad...could use a little more boldness but I'd have it again

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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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