Pickled Santa | Ridgeway Brewing

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by scottoale on 11-04-2008

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79
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3.3
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
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Photo of beer2day
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle indicates this is made by Beer Counter, LTD. They are in Oxfordshire, same as Ridgeway, so might be an off-shoot. Also indicates the beer is specifically made for the US market.

Pours a deep honey gold with frothy 2-finger head. Crystal clear. Retains the head pretty well.

Nose is strong with honey. A little yeast and toffee round things out. About what to expect from a winter warmer.

Very disappointing flavor and body. A little spiciness is there, but really not much else. I'm getting a buttery rum kind of flavor. Faint hop bitters in the finish. Oh, well.

Body is too thin for the style. Not terrible, but definitely want more feel here.

One and done. The flavor profile just really drags this one down. If WW is a big style for you, worth trying. With most of these beers, though, the price point just doesn't match the taste.

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Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle (no date) poured into a tulip stout glass. Careful pour left most of the sediment behind.

Appearance: Hazy orange-yellow-tarnished copper. Off-white foam quickly died down to nothing. No lacing noted.

Smell: A little bit sweet with some cinnamon and nutmeg notes, but not terribly strong.

Taste: Sweet malt combined with some spice flavors. I can taste the nutmeg first, then the cinnamon - can't pull out the coriander that the bottle says is there. Some hints of ripe apple in here as well. Bitterness at the end is very mild, somewhat tea-like. It's okay - nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Weak carbonation, but very English for style. A bit spicy on the tongue, but a little watery as well.

Overall / Drinkability: An above average beer, but nothing special for a winter warmer. Quite drinkable though - finished it off rather quickly. Because there isn't a lot going on, makes a good beer for just drinking and not thinking a lot about. You note the flavor and then it's gone and think "hey - what was that?" and drink deep again. So higher marks for drinkability but again, nothing special in regards to being a winter warmer.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. A re-gift to me, the last of the re-gifting chain I suppose. ("I'LL put an end to this!") The bottle says 'English Xmas Ale...bottle conditioned...product of UK.' The batch number is F11 244. Not sure what to expect here with this goofy (and not exactly intuitive) name and label design...

A: A 1 finger, frothy, off-white head sits atop a clear, sparkling medium orange-brown body. Ruby lines the edge of my glass. I was pleased and surprised with the clarity of this bottle-conditioned brew.

S: The malts are closing in on heavy. Caramel, cookie and toffee - all toasted. The hops were light and not much to speak of other than they added a floral bouquet.

T: Spicey. And a pretty nice blend at that. I get allspice, nutmeg & chai. Other herbal tea character, some sweetness from honey, light brown sugar and maple syrup, and an appropriate oaky woodiness. A bit of warmth from the alcohol comes through as well.

M: The medium body was a bit thin and the carbonation was not soft but below average.

D: Well, my expectations were exceeded. This beer proved to be better than my 'judging a book by it's cover' notions and for that I am thankful. And thank you mom for the re-gift!

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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 Dukeofearl
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at bevMo for about $4.99 (a guess) in December 2009; tasted in January 2010.

Pours a moderate caramel amber, clear as a bell, with little to no head, but there is a steady stream (really, more of a trickle) of internal carbonation rising up to form a thin cover of bubbles.

Aroma is very faint, a little grassy organics and a hint of spiciness. Gets better when tasted- the caramel, nutmeg and clove and almost banana flavors appear in the malt-dominated brew. Almost heading to being too sweet, but fortunately it stops before it gets there. No hop bitterness to speak of.

Overall a drinakble beer, not bad, but not anything to get excited about either.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second of a 4-pack mix for X-mas. Label is pretty cool looking and the name says it all. Started off with a finger and a half of foam after the pour....which quickly disappeared. Major malt kick with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the mix. Thought I wouldn't enjoy this but it's not too bad.

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Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in a seasonal four-pack of Ridgeway brews from Cost Plus. The brown 500ml. bottle pours a deep copper with an off-white head of a finger. 6% ABV.

The smell is sweet and malty with a dose of spices. The taste is the same with apple, plum, grapes and a bit of citric hops. The addition of the spices pull through with notes of nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon and a dash of corriander that bring the finish to a bitter spiciness. Alcohol is masked quite well.

Medium body with a bit of tartness on the tongue, overall it's a pretty tasty seasonal that suits the holidays.

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Photo of BeccaH
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as a sale on leftover Christmas beers

It poured a plain golden color. Not a whole lot here.

It smelled skunky at first then opened up into a spicy smelling beer

Tasted alot like a Pumpkin ale! Really, it did. If it was marketed as that I'd be happy with it.

I'd buy this again if it was sold as a Pumpkin ale. There are better Christmas ale's out there for sure, but if you missed a few Pumpkins in the fall, go buy this!

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Photo of dstc
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden orange color. Fairly big off-white head that falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Funky, musty, metallic smell. This may sound bad but reminds me of the smell of an ashtray.

Has a funky, musty taste to it as well. There are mild malts in there but it is not that great.

Thin in the mouth with very low carbonation.

Okay, I must admit I'm a bit disappointed. Not a great beer. The description on the side of the bottle sounds great but in my opinion does not accurately describe this beer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber orange, if there was a head I missed it, no lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon spice, floral hops and light malt.

Taste of allspice, stale bread, floral hops and hints of sweet apples.

Mouth Feel was light body, little carbonation, thin, dry and a little tingly.

Overall an average beer with a nice aroma and a disappointing taste.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of a genetically spliced citrus fruit, perhaps tangelo or orangerine? The head is weak and collects on the sides of the glass. Nothing lackluster just a regular looking beer.

Smell is on the thin side. Almost like a small Christmas candle that's been lit in a room to big. Chalky, sweet cinnamon wafts up but it's dull and expired as is a powdered malt bill.

Taste is kind of the same. Musty nutmeg flavor that goes back and forth between an eggnog taste and too big a breath of someone's clove cigarette. There is a hint of lemony promise only to be veiled by mediocrity. Very thinned stuffy malts in an all around to weak a body.

Dry finish, kind of powdery. All and all not impressed. It's a dull beer that has a touch of goodness but it doesn't last. I have yet to find a decent winter warmer.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy copper color with a big 3 finger head that settles quickly to a ring with no lacing at all.

S: Strong cinnamon smell upfront, little light caramel and spices mixed in, hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet malt from start to finish.... nice mix of spices... cinnamon right up front with a nice mix of caramel & nutmeg.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

D: Not a bad little winter warmer. I like the mix of flavors and a pretty good ABV.... Worth looking for.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seems a bit lite for a winter warmer. It's a light brown with a finger of white foam and a medium amount of carbonation. The aroma has some notable amount of spice, like cinnamon/nutmeg mixing in with the malts. For taste it had the spices but there was a bit of a hoppy twang. It was an ok beer but seemed to lack the body of a WW.

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Photo of Jamstone714
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip.

A – Poured out a light brown to golden with a small half finger of stark white head. Touch of lacing.

S – Has an interesting nutmeg and cinnamon smell. Fairly strong. Smells like a holiday candle.

T – Taste is extremely light. Has the same flavor hints as the smell but very faint. Not really much to it. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Bready malts.

M – Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Tingly on the palate but oddly dry.

O – This had potential with the smell but the flavors fell a bit flat. It’s not a bad brew but it could be a bit more assertive with the taste.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Colod was a dark amber, almost an orange brown. A multi finger cream white made up of medium sized bubbles lasted for a few minutes. It receded leaving a thin head with a bit of side cling. Small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet with a small amount of spice. Over time, a molasses flavor arose. Nothing else was overly present. Taste was tangy, melted to vanilla, ended up with some pepper spicyness. Overall, not as developed as a winter warmer can be. Coated well in the mouth, was perhaps a bit over carbonated tingly. Easy and pleasant to drink, but not the best winter warmer I have had.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear deep copper color with a nice head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - seasonal spices out front with a hint of malt sweetness

T - rich malt with a touch of toasted character and prominent, but not overpowering, and of course there some hops in there as well; finishes slightly sweet

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a nicely done Christmas/seasonal beer. The spices, malt and hops are all within balance and noticeable. It's complex, but not complicated.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the label but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy light rust/amber. The label says “ruddy chestnut” but I think chestnut is a little darker. A lousy pour yielded a lousy head (not the beer’s fault), but I got a half finger of white head which dissipated quickly to leave a very thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Caramel, warm chestnuts, nutmeg, honey, dark fruit (mostly plum and cherry), sweet fruit (like green apple), pale malts, toffee, and a little cinnamon spice. I do not get too much spice, but that is fine. Overall it is pretty sweet.

Taste: I really do not know where to start. My first sip was full of spice, but it faded quickly as my taste buds adjusted. The mouthfeel is much like soda, which is very off-putting and does not allow the flavors to truly emerge. However, the chestnut, nutmeg, and cherry do come through, and a little grassy hop spice makes a short appearance after the beer has warmed significantly.

Drinkability: I do not really feel this one. It is neither a winter warmer or spiced beer, but it is another experience.

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Photo of theopholis
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, golden body; the color of old honey. The head is not impressive, and has no staying power.

Smell: Slightly sour with a lot of spices such as allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

Taste: Shall we say....quite Christmansy. Failry malty. Slightly Burtonized. A little overspiced,

Mouthfeel: Thin. Decent attempt at carbonation.

Overall: Average. Great smell, disappointing taste.

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Photo of kyle86
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a clear golden amber body with what looks to be ample carbonation. Filtered clear which is odd since the label claims bottle conditioned, but there was not a bit of yeast in my bottle. A white two finger heads looks pretty awesome in the glass.

The first thing that hits me is actually hops. Perhaps I served it a bit cold, but the aroma seems a bit muted in the spice department.

The flavor is sweet malts up front followed by some cinnamon and coriander. There is a banana ester thing happening pretty strong in this brew. It reminds me somewhat of Well's Banana Bread. As this warms, the spices do pull through quite a bit more. I think they may have used too much nutmeg. In fact, it may be the nutmeg that I first smelled rather than the hops. Ok, near the end of this glass the spices are wearing on me. The best taste was mid pint

I am digging the mouthfeel. Medium full, slightly creamy.

Definitely would not want another one, but one was okay.

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Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing
3.3 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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