Ridgeway Brewing

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Bitter - English
Ranked #51
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3.8 | pDev: 9.21%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
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afsdan from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Aug 06, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been on a little bit of a Bitter kick lately,this ranks pretty high on the scale for me.Poured a dull lmix of light to medium gold and tangerine,a tight formed craterous one finger white head atop that left shotty lace as it settled slowly.A mix of caramel/biscuit malt,and leafy hop in the nose,although subtle it was pleasant.Pretty lively on the palate for the style,sweetish with caramel and a bit of fruitiness up front,a tinge of iron come thru as well,as the beer warms I notice more of the whole cone leafy/grassy hop in the finish.A nice bitter, would like to try it on cask like some others have.

May 14, 2010
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale gold, great clarity, very bubbly but no head formation

Aroma: crisp, fruity hops; lager-y maltiness, citrus, soap

Flavor: semi-dry malt profile with a punchy citrus fruit twang of hops, finishes semisweet with a leafy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, lively carbonation, soft texture, crisp

Other comments: A lively, refreshing, summery beer.

Nov 03, 2007
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA.

A: The ale is a pale amber color, beautifully clear with a finger of thick head. The head receded nicely, coating the glass with lace.

S: The nose is grainy, malty with touches of grassy hops.

T: The ale's maltiness is the most dominant feature. Grainy with a strong bread flavor. The hops are soft, bitter with a nice grassy undertone. The finish returns to the grain flavors, leaving a pleasing cereal flavor in the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy sweet, neither overpowering nor wimpy. A good sipper that nicely accentuates the malts.

D: The abv is nice and low, a great pounder nicely augmented by the cask conditioning.

Mar 01, 2008
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served slightly chilled in an imperial nonic pint glass

Pours with a straw yellow body, some amber highlights. Fuzzy white head forms and soon disappears... pretty woeful head retention. No lacing to speak of

Smell, fresh wort and a little biscuity malt in the background. Some fresh flowers, lavender and a hint of pine.

Taste, crisp malt profile surrounded by a little bit of hop bitterness however its fairly tame. Some lavender and fresh flowers once again, little bit of citrus.

Odd flat mouthfeel, poor head retention and generally dull all round. Solid but just pretty uninspiring

Sep 11, 2007
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"All the way from England". That was how it was touted during a Cask Night at Lititz's General Sutter Inn.

Big, two fingers of foamy, bone-white head. Color was a lager like deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly hoppy with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel was creamy, very nice to roll around on the tongue, absorbing the mild bitterness. Finish was clean, lightly bitter, and utterly refreshing. Great. Sticky lacing throughout. Well worth the additional cost that was incurred in bringing it to us.

Dec 02, 2009
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, hazy golden colour, with an oily, subsistent head of white. It barely stays alive, but manages to form some pretty lacing as it goes down. Fine carbonation. I can only imagine it would be lovely from a hand-pump or cask. But it looks decent enough now.

Nose is slightly hopped, with a green leafy aroma that mingles with sweet acetaldehyde characters of turpentine and apple brandy. To be honest, it's a bit offputting, with a chemical buzz that feels unnecessary and sharp. The sweetness is also a little offputting, giving some estery characters that seem out of place.

Taste is better, but only because it's extremely bland. Light damp grain characters with a yeasty, floury finish that give a dryness, but no crispness or refreshment. Slight earthy hops on the back, but they're also dry and flat, and giving very little in the way of character. Feel is light and smooth.

Very disappointing. It's extremely flat and rather flavourless. I can't find a freshness date on the bottle, but it feels like perhaps it's a bit old. I've liked the other Ridgeway beer I've had, but this one is blander than the most generic English Pale.

Oct 18, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite their claim, I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, fluffy, off white head that slowly settles down and some lace. Color is a hazy, medium amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a fairly subdued blend of hop, malt, caramel, grass, and a little spice. Flavor is similar to nose, nicely bittersweet with just enough carbonic tang. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Decent brew for the milder side.

Aug 09, 2011
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Slightly hazy yellow pour with just a tinge of orange. Two finger head that quickly fades to a thin film with decent lacing. Nice floral, malty nose with a hint of citrus along with a touch of grass and hops. As with the Ridgeway IPA I reviewed yesterday, the taste on this blew me away. So bold and refreshing for an English beer. The bitterness of the hops combine nicely with the citrus to almost make your mouth pucker. A nice herbal hop earthiness adds to the flavor. A solid caramel malt sweetness balances it out nicely. The finish is bold, crisp, dry and really refreshing. The bottle says to drink cold, and they were right. I usually prefer my beers a little warmer, but this was great. Another fine offering from a brewery I must get more of!

Sep 05, 2011
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wl0307 from England

3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Tesco supermarket. It's a bottle-conditioned beer, with a blue ribbon around the bottle neck saying "Tesco Brewing Awards Best Beer Winner"... The back label specifies that "Blue is the first bottle conditioned ale brewed deliberately to taste great chilled", plus a huge sign of snow flake and a sentence in block capitals as the second reminder: "FOR DRINKING COLD"... perhaps yet another attempt to win over lager drinkers? Trying too hard, I think, and I don't like the idea of cold ales anyway. BB 15/07/07, served just sli...ghtly cooler than cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: pours a reddish orangey hue, slightly murky due to yeast sediments; the off-white comes quite puffy but sustains surprisingly well, against a moderately-carbonated body, full of tiny bubbles--looking rather healthy.
S: tart, damp, pear-ish and slightly pineapple-ish yeasty note upfront, common to quite a few British microbreweries' bottle-conditioned beers... also at presence is the sour-sweet orangey edge of English hops and a bed of mildly sweet pale malt. A good swirl helps reveal deeper, flowery and piney aromas of hops, but not lingering and hiding underneath the overall sour note. Not too bad overall, but the sour yeastiness is slightly overpowering.
T: an assertively effervescent texture full of sharp, tiny fizz attacks my tastebuds... almost like an overly fizzy lager! struggling over the fizziness, my palate picks up some sour citric flavour on top of neutral pale malts, which quickly gives way to grapefruit-peel's zesty as well as yeasty bitterness, and a rather rusty/tannic, almost piney touch of hops manifesting at the rear of the palate... the good lingering tangy bitterness and increasingly dry palate lend some pleasant length--perhaps the most enjoyable part of the beer.
M&D: the mouthfeel is way too fizzy for an ale, more in line with wild Biere de Garde for that matter... It takes a good while for the texture to soften before one's palate could better appreciate the flavour. Apart from that, this is a distinctively bitter Premium (pale) Bitter with a a rather crisp and dry palate due to rich content of hops. Quaffable alright, but hardly an impressive bitter in my book. And I truly wonder why it should be consumed COLD as recommended on the bottle? In that case even the zesty hops could be killed off altogether, leaving nothing to taste but bitterness and fizz!!

Sep 21, 2006
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vinicole from England

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 11, 2015
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kmacphail from Scotland

3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was delivered as part of the summer crate from the CAMRA beer club. It says on the bottle that this beer is designed to be drank chilled, this did send alarm bells ringing as I tend not to chill my beers.

The beer poured into the pint glass a slightly hazy, light amber colour with a white head that had vanished by the time the first sip was over.

The nose was mainly dominated with bitter hops and a very frsh smell, reminiscent of freshly cut grass and a hint of citrus fruit thrown in.

A hoppy burst on the tongue followed by a hint of citrus, with a lingering aftertaste of bitter hops. Quite nice and refreshing, but it needed something else.

The less than medium mouthfeel was good for this style of beer and it did prove to be very drinkable. Overall a good thirst quencher, but it could maybe do with a few extra flavours, not enough variety for my taste buds.

Sep 21, 2008
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BlackHaddock from England

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle (the beer is bottle conditioned), best before Jan 2008, drank Feb 2007.

Poured into a straight pint sleeve glass, poured cooled, as requested on the label, no sediment left the bottle or hit my glass, so the body was a clear, it is slightly tangerine, orangey in colour, no head appeared, just a few wisps which sat on top being replenished by the cabonisation rising through the beer. I like a proper head on my bitters.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweetness and citrus fruits, with hops helping the smell become beery. The candy aroma wins out though.

Citrus fruits sour the taste a little too much for me, but it is refreshing, hoppyness saves the day, not your normal British Bitter, but tastey non-the-less.

I thought it watery at first, but it does grow on you, a slightly sour taste does stay, I can imagine a lemon floating on this beer in the summer months, not in my garden, but others might want to try it.

Nothing wrong with it really, a cold day in mid-Feb is not the ideal tasting day for this beer, so I may well try again in the warmer months.

Feb 18, 2007
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color (with some hints of amber hues) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast and grapes in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast along with notes of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. The flavors in that taste aren’t particularly strong, so it would make a good accompaniment to food. There is an excellent balance between the bitterness and sweetness because neither stands out in particular.

Feb 22, 2012
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This is a semi-clear light golden orange color. It was served to me with a lovely 1 inch creamy white head that left lots of lace in it's wake.

s: This had a very malty nose, but not at all sweet. They were earthy, grainy, and bready. I also detected some delicate floral hops.

t: This was surprisingly tart, in a very good way. There were some dry grainy flavors from the malts, a nice floral hop bite, and a tartness that my buddy said reminded him of dill pickles. I'm not sure about that, but it was quite tasty nonetheless.

m: The carbonation was wonderful, lush and creamy, but the body felt a tad thin.

d: Thanks to Paul from the Sutter in Lititz for making this nice offering from across the pond available.

Mar 02, 2008
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with 1/2 inch of foamy white head, good lacing. Smells of citrus, grass clippings, and toffee. A malty sweet taste has a good citrus following. A nice balance with a brief grass finish. Medium in body and smooth and creamy, but a short finish. A good English bitter, with a nice blend of flavors, but not very lasting.

Jan 30, 2008
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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at NERAX 2009

clear amber. bubbly head. sparse lacing.

aroma: touch of american hop citrus and pine, then back to classic english grassy hops. fruit and malt too.

taste: light pine from the american hopping upfront, then into the grassy english stuff, with caramel and a touch of diacetyl. mild to moderate bitterness, with a touch of resins.

light but smooth, smooth, SMOOTH. very mild, gentle carbonation.

Apr 19, 2009
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Solid orange/amber appearance with a thick head and equally thick lacing. Wheaty hops were the aromas I could sense, giving it a great grainy smell. The drink was pretty sweet and grassy. Some hints of malt, but the down to earth hops were the main taste. Great medium body allowed for crisp, enjoyable carbonation. Overall, a solid bitter.

Apr 25, 2008
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at TND.

Blue pours a golden hazy hay color with a nice blurb of white stuff that's stuffy and clumped together, small lines of lace. Scents include grass, light tropics, some english malt and a lotta loving. Not really all that large, it's a ESB. Taste is nice, enough flavor to keep me gulpin this down. Some grass, hay, apple, bready yeast, slight banana. I like the mix. Feel is a nice light bodied beer with a rush of bitter towards the end. I think this might be the first bitter I liked and wanted more of. A easy going beer with class.

Dec 27, 2010
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dec 30, 2013
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fx20736 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a British Pint glass.

A:Hazy Apricot with a thinnish offwhite head that leaves respectable lacing.

S: Muted at first but some fruitiness, some diacetyl.

M: Slightly more mineral like than some English Ales but this was not unpleasant, somewhat welcome actually.

T: Thick pale maltiness with a mild herbal sting followed by an afterglow of minerals, sulfur and a sultana like (golden raisin) semi-sweetness.

Notes: The bottle says: "The first Bottle Conditioned Ale brewed deliberately to taste great chilled". When I poured the beer was 46f. I like this beer, even if I don't love it. It fits the bill as a solid, only brewed in England Pale Ale with enough character and taste for repeat drinkings. Blue is not as earthy or funky as some Bitters but I also think 46f may have been too cold as my last swallow, drank some 15 minutes after the first had more character and more body. I now wish I had let the beer warm to 50f. I plan to buy this again.

Oct 28, 2011
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meeekyh from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have really liked what I have tried from these guys lately, so here goes on another English Bitter.

This one is very pale with just a bit of an orange hue and it is very clear. Head is off white and though it was subdued and the lacing was minimal I am still enjoying the weight of it.

Smell really highlights the hops. Very floral and tasty. I am also getting quite a lot of character from the yeast. Malts are well balanced and hold up the beer well.

Melon tastes and an overall fruitiness are the flavor components that take center stage.

Tastes are much like the smells and also well enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is mild.

I think this is a good beer though it is not as yummy as the others I have recently sampled from this brewery. I believe this has a cleaner taste and better hop profile but the malts are just a bit lacking.

Overall a damn fine beer.


Aug 14, 2010
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fizzy white head that dies away much too soon.

S: The smell starts off somewhat malty with caramel and biscuit aromas, though lemon jelly and tobacco scents from the hops are gradually integrated. There is also a scent reminiscent of a dry white wine.

T: Notes of lemon jelly, pepper, grass, tobacco, caramel, biscuits, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is gentle and grassy with caramel, biscuit, and grassy, peppery hop flavors.

M: Light bodied and very dry with spritzy, stinging carbonation. This is a very quaffable ale that would be great on a hot, sunny day.

O: I find this to be an interesting bitter/pale ale. I really like the fact that it is bottle conditioned. This one is worth a try, but definitely be sure to serve it chilled, as I don't think this beer is meant to be served at warmer temperatures.

Dec 29, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Nov 21, 2014
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RWACKO from New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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