Pickled Santa | Ridgeway Brewing

BA SCORE
78
okay
124 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Pickled SantaPickled Santa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 11-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew is a nice copper color with a tall, white and soapy head. The aroma is all spice, fruit, and malt. Allspice and coriander (no wonder it is called pickled)...the taste is balanced, with a malt backbone and a bit of bitter spiciness. Ginger? The mouth-feel is firm, but not quite heavy. Nice and interesting, but not really drinkable.

 347 characters

Photo of Pete_IV
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/28/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal hop/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light fruits, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity and balance of spices, bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,589 characters

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours dark amber with a slight chill haze crowned by a clingy 1” dirty white foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Floral aroma edging on fresh laundry, spice, ligh fruit. T: Spicy fruit flavors, plum, malt, light treacle. F: Very creamy and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, soft on the palate. O: Easy to drink but not as big as most winter warmers.

 361 characters

Photo of razorsdescent
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BeccaH
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle marked F15-282. Sampled on January 16, 2014.

It has a copper-orange pour with decent clarity and a head that whisks away as quickly as it forms.

It smells distinctively English with the roasted caramel malts and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a pear-like character.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is fairly sweet and caramel like but it is not anything I have not had before. Slightly bitter ending.

 431 characters

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kyle86
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kirk
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jslice99
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's that time of year again. While I could give a crap about the holidays, it does bring around a new season for beer.

I get a half finger of rather fizzy head over a light copper body. The head is almost completely gone in less than a minute, leaving not even a ring when it finally goes. Not even an attempt at lacing here.

Smells principally of malt, ginger and nutmeg.

Malt and nutmeg open up. Ginger and coriander round it out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It has just a little bite to it, and a little snap on the end.

 533 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of THECPJ
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing
3.3 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.