Pickled Santa | Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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124
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
22.42%
 
 
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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 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 greybeardloon
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

no obvious date

A: Head disappears very quickly with no lace.

S: Mild spice and some fruitiness but not much else.

T: Prickly spices (cinnamon mostly) and some earthy and mildly bitter hops. The spices and the hops work together quite well, and the spice is not at all overwhelming.

M: Thin and bubbly.

O: Reasonably drinkable but pretty unexciting.

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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 AgentMunky
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped F13 269.

A: Head finally, begrudingly, forms to a respectable finger and a half. Incredibly clear and golden-coloured, with few bubbles. The nigh-perfect pellucidity unnerves me, but it's a respectable looking ale.

S: Mmm, lots of spices. This is what I expect winter warmers to smell like. A bit heavy-handed, perhaps, but with powerful allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

T: Blergh, not very good. It's sour, thin, and only mildly flavourful. Brackish spices with an unpleasantly sour fruitiness that ends in a sort of dryness you'd expect if you tried to eat a teaspoon of cinnamon. Overspiced, undersupported.

M: Thin, but not obnoxiously so. Decent attempt at carbonation.

O: Average. Great smell, disappointing taste. I would not recommend this beer, nor would I have it again. Still, if you want an obviously spiced winter warmer, you could do worse.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass

A-poured a burnt orange/apricot color with about 2 finger head that faded quickly without any lacing

S-a lot of malt and some apricot fruit then some carmel and spice

T-carmel malt, nutmeg with some fruitiness

M-ok carbonation a fairly light body

O-not bad probably not worth the price but I would take one if it was offered

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Photo of goldbot
2.57/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, medium copper with moderate active carbonation. Very thin, off-white head that dissipates almost instantly. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, bread, raisin and cherry. A slight earthiness hints at the addition of spices. Floral hops brighten the aroma up a bit. The flavor is a heavy, bready malt, on the bitter side and with medium body. No spice or hops notes that I detect. Really, it just plain doesn't taste that great.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

when i poured this one into a pint glass, it has a nice light orange body with a nice creamy white head that hangs around for a little bit. The smell has a sweet aroma to it, with some spice, i sense cinnamon. The taste is a little malty but then the hops come in with a hint of spice(cinnamon and some nutmeg) The mouthfeel is good and crisp and overall this beer is a above average beer.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pickled Santa has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head and a clear, copper appearance, with some lacing and streaming bubbles. The faint aroma does display some indistinguishable spice smells and bread. Taste is straight ahead hoppy and some malt, as well a spice of some sort. The mouthfeel is watery (really akin to lager more than ale), and Pickled Santa finishes crisp, clean, and easy drinking. As I drank it down, my opinion went from average up to good.

RJT

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours with a lot of foaming, but settles with a nice, bright, vibrant, copper-honey coloring with a finished thin layer of foamy, light, off-white head that is barely an eighth of an inch. Aromas of a light malt sweetness, a slight roasting, and some subtle spice blends that entice the drinker. Very mild, but very well blended overall smells. Flavors are more heavily roasted, with a toasty caramel malt backbone that allows the all-spice, nutmeg, and clove spicing to blossom at the end of the palate. Good, subtle hopping to help balance the brew and clean the palate. The beer is light bodied, with only a slight, inconsistent lacing on parts of the glass. A little on the light/weak side for a winter warmer, at least in my preference. The aftertaste is mostly spiced, with a slight sweetness that lingers behind. The finish is light, and somewhat clean, but has a few lingering characteristics that hang on a bit too long. Not a bad beer, but not something I would go out of my way for.

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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 Heischman
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer/Brewery - Pickled Santa/Ridgeway Brewing
City/State- South Stoke, United Kingdom (England)
STYLE –Winter Warmer
ABV – 6%
IBU – 60
DATE – 14 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 1 Pint 9 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Imperail Pint Glass
APPEARANCE – The color of honey with lots of big bubbles and a thin snow white head nice lacing
AROMA- Barley and light floral hops, touch of fruitiness as well
TASTE – Green Apple and grain with a hint of orange
MOUTHFEEL – Very light and over carbanated
CONCLUSION – It is a good brew to try but nothing exta special.
-JH-

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

A - Slightly hazy, amber/orange, small white head fades to nothing.

S - Fruity, sweet cinnamon apples, peaches, buttery caramel malt. Some sourness when it warms up a bit.

T - Sweet husk grain, ripe orchard apples and peaches, cherries, faint dry spices come out but grassy hops overshadow the Christmas spices. Hints of diacetyl. Finishes wet and with miner hints of grassy hops.

M - Medium body, low carbonation slowly drops off.

The flavors start off good but everything gets thin and the aftertaste is unsatisfying. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light copper with thin white head and not much lacing.

Smell: Spicy, floral English hops, some light dry malt backing.

Taste: Biscuit and dry caramel malts with a lot of spicy and floral notes on top. Maybe some of that is from the spices but mostly seems like English hops. Fairly medicinal.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry but oddly tingly finish.

Overall: Seems more like an English Ale gone somewhat awry, as opposed to being spiced. Still drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fading top re to yellow bottom with thick bubble off white ahead, two fingers atop...

Smells of orange cinnamon, some sour yeast and light hops

Caramel and brown sugar some spicy pepper and pumpkin behind the sweetness. The sweetness seems to be carried by something similar to belgian candy

Medium body with a sticky ending and some warmth from the alcohol even though it is only six percent

Overall I had no big expectations for an english ale. I like big bang flavors and England usually delivers on the smoother side. However this took me by huge surprise as a fantastic bold palate. Spicy refreshing and sweet.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Coit Liquors about three weeks ago, and now it's going to be consumed. On to the beer:

Cough syrup orange in color with hues going into yellow. The head on top is solid, developing a little bit of gentle lace that sticks. The nose is distinctly English, or at least the soft, buttery, somewhat sweet yeast that arises from the beer.

Although the bottle says that it is a winter warmer style, the taste is telling me a different story. Don't worry, this is still a likable flavor. Buttersctoch, a little diacetyl and husk, also a subtle flavor of esters and vague spice. The package as a whole gets better and better tasting as the beer moves closer towards the bottom of the glass. The carbonation is low in this beer, the texture being soft and medium bodied. While I like the overall package, I would need to be in the mood for something like this, and I would take my time drinking it.

Pickled Santa isn't just for the winter time; it's well into the spring season and all is good around here. I'm already dreaming of a helping of Spotted Dick as I finish my pint.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange honey in color with an off white head. Little retention on this one. No lacing on the glass at all. Nice color though. The nose is a little sour and spicy. There is a little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon with some sweet carmel/maple notes, along with an apricot and green apple sourness. Taste is a bit light. There is a little sourness that is balanced out with some sweet caramel and nutmeg. There is a bit of spiciness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good but not great. Very smooth, however I would have liked to see a bit more carbonation. Its minimal. It would have worked well with the spiciness to give it a cleaner finish. Its an average beer. The nose was the best part. However the taste is bland. At 5.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it again. Worth a try though. If you see it.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A finger of quickly fading head, leaving a moderate clinging lace. Color of this brew matches a 15 on the SRM beer color chart. A good drawn sniff detects, nutmeg, ginger, citrus, pumpkin, roasted barley, and dill. Tasting the brew I detect flavors of dill, nutmeg, celery, pumpkin, ginger, malt, and citrus. Semi full with some carbonation, but not quite there. Not bad, but not overly uncommon. I would have another if I saw it on tap, but not again in the bottle.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
1.56/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served in a bottle

I picked this up during the Christmas season just to try one of the many seasonal types of beer that were available. Once I popped this open and took a smell of the beer inside it smelled a little strange to me. The smell reminded me more of a vinegar- esque flavor and once I took a sip my mouth was taken on a journey that I never want to recreate again. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't that bad of a beer, the flavor just was not something that I myself could truly enjoy. It started off tasting of spices like nutmeg, Dill, and possibly Ginger, but then took a complete 180 and to me it actually tasted like a pickle. The flavor then faded away to leave a strange dill like taste. For those looking for an interesting take on a beer I would suggest this particular brew but I just did not like the feel of the pickle taste in my mouth after awhile.

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

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Aroma of diacetyl, butter, malt, and a hint of spice. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, diacetyl, slight honey, light water, and some grain. Medium body. Slightly viscous, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Diacetyl and malt finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of spices. Taste also has considerable spice, nutmeg and cardamon standing out, a touch of hop bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very good brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, light caramel malts, and light spices.

t - Tastes of bready malts, light spices, light cinnamon and nutmeg. Kind of bland, not much going on here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty bland, average winter warmer. Pretty good smell but the taste is just bready malts with a hint of cinnamon. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the flowers with some wheat, grain and grass notes. I also get a little bit of cinnamon in the aroma, which is unexpected. The flavor is a mix of cinnamon, biscuits and bread. Fairly basic and one dimensional, but not too offensive. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Better than I remember some of the other Ridgeway Christmas beers being.

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Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel and spices in the nose.
T: The malty, sweet and spicy flavors in the taste have a strong resemblance to those in gingerbread cookies. A slight amount of sweetness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer definitely tastes interesting but there's no way I could have more than one of these in a night.

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Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.
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