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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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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 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 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 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 hellbilly
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours clear an amber shade of honey stained maple with a soft white head.

the nose is very floral... kinda reminds me of the generic vodka. also, it's toasty with notes of some grass, nuts and caramel grains.

there's sweet apple maybe grape juice in the flavor which makes me think of cheap malt liquor... some hints of grass, noble hops, flowers and caramel with some sort of artificial taste finishing up. it's quite floral and booze laden with a tiny bit of bitterness throughout. . light to medium body is sticky on the palate.


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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 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 SurlyDuff
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, "nut browned" ale seems suspicious, like that Lienenkugel Nut Brown with "natural flavors".

Far lighter in color than I expected. This is not brown at all, it's amber...not even dark amber, so it's not a tranditional english brown ale afterall.

As far as nuttiness, not getting any in the aroma, just some grainy wood. Malt is a bit caramel in its profile.

The nut does come into the aftertaste, but it's a background note. This is just a light english pale ale in my book, malt forward, without anything christmassy about it. I actually have a similar review for their 'bad elf' beer. What has this to do with winter/xmas?

Mouthfeel is thin for a brown, but pretty spot on for an english pale. Some creamy smoothness.

It's drinkable and all, just their marketing department seems to be a few steps ahead of the brewing. I put quality ahead of graphics anyday.

Also, there's a Santa on the label? Why? What winter warmer flavors in here make me want to drink this during christmas/winter?

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Photo of froghop
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell is faint, some spice, some nuts, and just a touch of caramel.

taste is watery, somewhat nutty, slight bitter and dry ending.

overall a below average brew, the worst one out of a variety 4-pack.

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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 snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sweet, mellow beer, loaded with fruit notes (and I can't for the life of me think what the fruit is). If you like sweet beers that are very light on hops, this would be a great beer.

Pours an orangey-golden color with steady carbonation, just a ring of fine head, and very light lacing.

I haven't been drinking very many brown ales lately, and this is nice and refreshing.

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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 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 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 yemenmocha
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours brown to dark amber with thin white head that doesn't last.

Nose is very weak, with some slight fruitiness. Nothing that would suggest a nut brown ale.

Palate is disappointingly thin, thin bodied, light malt, light toasted flavors.

This is pretty much what you would expect if A-B made a brown ale. It's a watery, near flavorless example of the style.


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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange/brown color. A small white head forms with light lace.
S: Sweet caramel and candy malt. A light fruit hop twang as well. This also smells of soap which gives this an odd aroma.
T: Caramel and sweet candy malt again. Not cloying at all though. A light hop bitterness that balances out nicely with the sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body, but not watery at all. Well carbonated. This is very easy and smooth to drink. Something I could session even at 6% ABV.

Not bad at all. Something I could drink more of, and an interesting beer to share with the non beer geeks during the holidays.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up thinking it was a Winter Warmer, not an English Brown Ale. No big deal...

Redish-brown in color, there is a decent amount of head, about 1/4". Smell is a little light: some caramel malts and nuttiness. Taste is very nice. Sweet malts, mostly caramel cling to your palate with a nutty finish. I'd say it's medium bodied, but a little on the lighter side. This is highly drinkable. A nice blending of sweet malts and nuttiness make this a very enjoyable experience. It's easy to drink this fast, but I won't. Although it's not a Winter Warmer like I had initially thought, this would make a nice winter/holiday beer. I'm enjoying mine in front of the fireplace now.

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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 mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ding for sending this one up my way, along with some "proper" glassware to use with it! I put this one right in the fridge and decided to open it up last night for dinner, as I had really wanted something nice, and a brown ale will always fit this bill!

Appearance - The pour was rather unremarkable, with a crystal clear, honey tinted brown that appeared before me. Really no lace to speak of, which went along with the minimal head that had formed on the top of it. Nice carbonation through coming up from the bottom, the color was nice and now that I think about it, reddish hints throughout as well.

Smell - The aroma was very sweet and nutty. Very nice indeed, with hints of almonds, and pecans, some nice light citrus and a hint of earthy like tones. Really quite interesting. Not your typical winter warmer type of smell for sure. Lots of toffee and caramel in here as well, very interesting.

Taste - The flavor was excellent as well. The first wave to hit me was a sweet toffee like flavor, very rich and sweet with lots f pecans, walnut like flavors riddled throughout. There was a nice little bit of sweetness in the middle, like caramel or so, before turning it over to a nice little bit of a twang in the finish, Very interesting again. There was a touch of bitterness in there, and definitely some light citrus notes, even what taste like dandelion or clover.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side I have to say, it did come across a bit too thin. It was watery, but not in the flavor profile, more in the overall feel. I just through it would be a little bit bigger here to be honest.

Drinkability - An outstanding session ale. I found myself going through this one way too quickly. Very nice light profile with a good amount of nut and fruit like flavors. Nice light ABV, a good solid drinker here.

Overall, this was actually very good, and my favorite of the Ridgeway beers that I have had. A nice traditional English ale, I really did enjoy this. I am going to have to try more in the style to find some more that I like. Its not a boring style, by all means, I think it's just hard for us to get the good ones over here.

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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 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 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 OStrungT
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a nice sweet caramel aroma. It smells of toffee. It has a subtle nutty aroma as well. It has a very subtle spicy hop aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Toffee, with a sweet caramel flavor. A slight buscuit flavor as well. A slight nutty flavor is present. Some spicy hops are detectable.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. It is a little overly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. It has a very non aggressive flavor, and it is low enough in alcohol.

Overall: This beer was good, but slightly booring. I doubt I will drink it again.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost the color of the bottle, perhaps a shade lighter and a shade redder. Not much for head or lacing, just a little of each. Good resilience throughout the tasting though.

Aroma - a light, woody (like hickory) nose. Toasty and roasty, pretty much what I expected.

Taste - good nutty start. Toasted, woody flavors. Some sweet malts showing a peek of abv. Those flavors yield to some modest but tasty hop balance on the swallow. Just enough to chase the sugars out, but leave the toastiness alone. Finishes with a light abv warmth, and a good malt/hop end. Not much to complain about here, so I'll just keep sippin'.

Mouthfeel - on the thin side. The carbonation is peppy. A bit of a miss here but it's not a total letdown.

Drinkability - um, by the case, please. This could be my winter sessional like, every winter. I'll need a 1/2 barrel by November 10th... :-)

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