Reindeer Droppings
Ridgeway Brewing

Reindeer DroppingsReindeer Droppings
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #343
ABV:
6%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,413
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
52
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Ridgeway Brewing
 
England, United Kingdom
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
78
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Reindeer DroppingsReindeer Droppings
Notes: Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter in pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty ... then "pow!" it's gone. How did that happen?
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VoxRationis from New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; production stamp F15 246.
A: Pours a nearly clear, amber to light copper color with a clear orange cast and ochre highlights, little or no head, barely a rim, and no lacing to speak of.
S: Aromas of caramel, banana, cherry, raisin, apricot, and white pepper. Inviting.
T: More semisweet than semidry at first, but sweetness increases as one acclimates to the bitterness, with flavors present in the nose, but way, way too much bitterness. Almost a cumin, burnt wood bitterness.
M: Medium bodied, but almost no effervescence (just very briefly at the pour). Oddly watery.
O: Enjoyed the novelty, even if the name is somewhat less than inviting. That's about all, though. I might have been better off consuming the real thing.

Dec 26, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reindeer Droppings has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and narrow lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, yeasty, barnyard whiffs, with some sourdough bread and dried fruits. Taste is of the same elements, with zesty, horseblanket yeast, spiced holiday white bread, and mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Reindeer Droppings finishes on the dry side.

RJT

Dec 18, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 4.24/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.251/oz) at Fairgrounds Wine & Spirit, Danbury, CT
Bottle marked F16 24D at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – very faint malt
Head small (Maximum < 2 cm, careful pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to a three mm ring with drag marks and a rocky partial layer
Lacing fair – broken partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, chill haze
Flavor – begins with a little malt and sweetness, ends with some mild bitterness and a hint of diacetyl; no alcohol
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

This is a very mild and delicate beer when compared to what I usually drink and I have to resist the urge to gulp it down. It is certainly not a bad beer but definitely has to warm a bit before the nuances begin to appear. This was store-aged on a shelf at room temperature under fluorescent lights for at least six months before I bought it, yet it’s still decent – makes me want to try it fresh!

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 4

Jul 18, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Typical run of the mill amber ale. Good but not great flavor with some bitterness so it isn't overly sweet. Got as a gift and would not buy again. I am guessing that most people that are reviewing this beer though did not buy it themselves.

Dec 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/2/16.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, floral, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, dirty citrus zest, and slight grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells decent, but the flavor has an odd dirty citrus fruit quality that I am not a fan of.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 01, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant dark amber under a clingy 1” sudsy white foam collar. S: Bread aromas, traces of fruit. T: Spicy malt with a little toast and nuts and a moderate dose of hops that balances the malt flavors well. F: Medium to medium light body, medium low carbonation. O: Not spectacular but decent.

Jul 22, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden copper with long lasting white head and carbonation that seems to keep going. Smells of honey, white grapes, green raisins, and a touch of grapefruit peel. Aroma is sweet overall, almost honeydew like. Taste takes a big back seat to the aroma. Almost neutral tasting, sorta weird considering how much character the aroma gives off. Tastes grainy with some honey sweetness. Feels medium-light bodied with upfront sweetness that gives way to an ample touch of bitterness. No astrigency, no noticeable alcohols.

Overall, a promising beer in the aroma which somewhat disappoints in the flavor. I'm wondering if they mashed higher or added more residual sweetness or even more body, this one might score a bit better. Somewhat disappointing.

Jan 25, 2015
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dhannes from Wisconsin

2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L=Not amber, but dark gold, like Miller or other AAL's...but a 3 finger bright white head helped.
S=Biscuits and skunk.
T=Rather skunky, like a green bottled beer. This bottle may have been brewed back in July, so it may not be representative of the beer at its freshest.
F=Not too shabby--low carbonation, and nice drinkability.
O=Not on my 'to buy again' list...while I got it at a decent price, there are too many other better beers to try instead,

Jan 19, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Acquired ages ago from Sainsbury's as part of their 2013 Beer Hunt. An English amber ale with a gimmicky name.....

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this settles as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops and grainy malt, with hints of citrus, mild white grape, floral notes, faint raisins, ale yeast and subtle stewed leaves. Not bad.

T: Tastes of grainy malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus, mild peel, a touch of white grape, grass/hay, grain, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle aromatic hops, earthy yeast and stewed leaves.

O: Not very Christmas-like but a decent pale ale. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour achieve a balance between light grainy malt and mild aroma hops. Pleasant bitterness. Body is OK. Goes down without complaint; worth trying if you chance across it.

Nov 15, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer holds no real Christmas appeal, other than the name, but I get an Old World flavor that makes it quite enjoyable.

It poured with a clearness and clarity of a filtered ale and held a amber to dark orange hue.

The smell and flavors were nearly the same as a toasty, biscuity malt was prevalent. There was quite a bit of cereal grains and even a touch of wheat germ. The malt took on a nutty and caramel malt personality towards the end.

The feel was exceptionally light, almost bubbly. It gave the feel of being any easy sessionable style.

Dec 09, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a small roast and a note of gingerbread like malt. In the taste, dryer malt, with notes of gingerbread and tea. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Kind of a boring, basic English ale.

Dec 31, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No one has more fun with Christmas ales than Ridgeway Brewery. Love or hate their beers, we all want to work for their marketing and advertising departments. But with no real "Christmas" taste, the beer is simply a well-brewed and highly satisfying English pale ale.

Gold through and through, the beer is simple and direct with its appearance. Nearly brilliantly clear, a firm frothy head releases from the beer below. It holds firm and laces intricately as the foam recedes.

Rewarding aromas of sweet malt and yeasty esters converge for scents of tea leaves, sweet tobacco, peaches and apricots, and floral hops. Lightly grassy, lightly woodish, and elegant throughout, the beer simply exudes class-- except for the label.

The very first drink from the glass nearly encompass a quarter of the beer: this is a testament to its highly drinkable and flavorful taste. The nutty malt taste of English barley is rich, sweet, and biscuity- the perfect backdrop for the characterful yeast to layer upon esters of peach, apple, pear, and light lemon. Richer tastes of fruit and malt once again deliver a honey-dipped taste of fresh cut tobacco and herbal teas. As the taste draws toward finish, the sweetness fades and the broad earthy bitterness from hops close the taste with dry taste and effortless complexity.

Malty-dry from the start, the beer seems to capture the taste of sweetness with a lightly creamy carbonation, but with only a tease of the texture of sweetness. The beer does this from its nutty and fruity upstart and concludes this way with its stemmy and minty wood bitterness taste in the end. Finishing semi-dry, the alcohol warmth spices the beer and allows for a slow fade into the next sip.

It's a shame that these highly drinkable ales come in at their elevated costs. This ale is so drinkable that with only a few visits to the glass, it's gone! Much more sessionable than a 6% alcohol ale should be- dangerous for this guy!

Dec 21, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has the faintest hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of butter and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and additional notes of toffee with a little bit of sweetness, but this is held in check by a slight amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and generally has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little maltier and sweeter compared to other English Pale Ales, but it is still very easy to drink and gives a little variety for the holiday season.

Dec 19, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lighter amber color with a dash of hazing and a flash head that only leaves behind minimal amounts of lacing. Lighter side of medium body heft and carbonation levels, again the beer seems slightly thin.

It has a relatively muted aroma that contains a bit of toasted bread and a small amount of grapefruit and herbal hopping. Tastes of pale cracker-malts with a touch of caramel, a small amount of orange peel, and some floral / grassy hopping accents in the background. This is a passable beer, but really nothing inspiring or amazing.

Sep 07, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel and hop nose and flavor is caramel more than balanced by the hops with lingering hoppy finish. $6.10 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Jan 18, 2012
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention and left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled floral with notes of sweet bready malt and grains.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a slight spiciness. Even a touch of pepper.

M- It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Pale Ale. Not something I'd stock up on, but worth a try.

Dec 18, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Appeared a clear orange-gold color with a delightfully bubbly white head that laced quite a bit. Didn't really give off too much of an aroma that I could detect, just hints of grains and some light fruit and maybe a bit of barnyardishness. Taste of pale malts, grains, citrus pith, herbal hops. Started out pretty good, but actually finished kind of bland and metallic. Pretty light mouthfeel, not quite medium in body, fairly drinkable overall, but not something I'd imagine myself ordering again.

Dec 15, 2011
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bark from Sweden

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is amber (22 EBC). The high foam slowly sinks down to a finger thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with lots of grass, hay and flowers. Toffee and sweet fruit candy. Fruity bitter notes, some chalk and minerals.

The taste is bitter in an American way, but the flavours are English with lots of hay, apricots, dried flowers and dried fruits. Semi-sweet notes, some toffee, caramel and hint of overripe fruits. Bitter tree-sap and banana peels. Medium to ligth body. The aftertaste is somewhat pungent and very bitter with dried fruits and hints of roasted nuts.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is dry and quite light.

Too much bitter hops, not enough body to match it.

Nov 13, 2011
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Zorro from California

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear coppery amber colored beer with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells mostly of tobacco. English hops with tobacco and leather being the dominant smells here. Smells herbal with some butter in there.

Starts out herbal and sharply bitter for the style. Very herbal. The flavor is like it smells tobacco and leather. Quite a dry beer, not much residual sugars here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK. Main problem is the bitterness is up to the annoying level, needs to be more balanced.

Nov 06, 2011
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really bad beer from Ridgeway although all of them have some level of bad beer genes going on this one seems to outweight the others. Deep amber slight copper appearance with a light beige khaki head forming thikc with fine even lacing. Aroma has some earthy hops in the backend with hints of grainy fresh baked bread. Sweet bitter at the same time with hints of grapefruit peel citrus and strong earthy hops going on with each sip, the second sip is much better strong openly bitter English ale, somewhat different than most creations from over the Atlantic. A nice sugar coated hop experience, pretty damn enjoyable with hops and malts blending and English hops winning over. Finishes dry on the palate a big expressive English Pale ale really nice in fact, I hope to see more beers from the UK with a hoppier edge other than just Brew Dog, hopefully the hophead nation mentality over there carries over a bit.

Nov 05, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firkin at Nerax Novare Res.

Pours with a crystal clear pilsner color, bit of bubbly head.

Nose brings straw, toasty malt, a bit of a grainy earthy malt, and some grassy earthy slight herbal bitter hops.

Taste is light malts again, a bit of straw and earthy toasty grainy bready malt flavor, just really earthy, and even lightly creamy, then light floral hops, a bit of earthy and herbal hops again. A light spicy bitter finish.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent enough carb for firkin.

Overall not bad, drinkable for an English pale, decent hop addition, not too bitter but a nice bitterness, and lots of earthy flavors.

Oct 27, 2011
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a brief white bubbly head that reduces to a ring. But big surprise, that tiny ring leaves some great lacing.

Light toasted malt and some very light fruit. A bit of buttered toast.

Hop leaf bitterness up front, some toasted malt, a touch of sweetness, some boiled grain. But all of this is pushed aside by bitterness. Some slight grapefruit at the very end, and barely noticeable fruit. OK, but needs a bit more intensity, and the pure bitter edge actually is hiding shortcomings in this beer.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

Decent drinkability, but not superb. This is a seasonal close-out at $2.99, and at that price, it is very good. Original price for 1.9 pt. is $6.99 marked. No way would I buy this again at that cost. So, average, decent, but overpriced when the beer is freshest.

Apr 01, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy bronze color with a small head. Smell is very mild, a hint of citrus. Taste is hops up front, some citrus, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Feb 03, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint glass at Old Chicago.

The guy next to me at the bar told me to try this one, so i decided to accept his suggestion. It pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises wheat, light bubblegum, banana, light pepper, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of sharp citrus peel, clove, pepper, wheat, sourdough, light dry honey, banana (peel and all), cedar, and walnuts. Honestly, this concoction does not sit on my tongue nicely at all. The body is a heavy-feeling light (I told you it didn't sit on my tongue well, right?), with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, I really did not enjoy this beer. The seemingly off flavors, when mixed and striking my 'buds, really don't endear the beer to me at all.

Dec 25, 2010
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Flat rustic orange with a fair amount of clarity reveals a rapid and spacious show of macro bubbles. The head is bready in appearance with deep pores, but sticks like glue on the glass with a generous lace forming a full tribal band design on the glass.

S: The nose had a fairly weak show with only hints of mandarin oranges and a light funkiness that was hardly enough to get geddy about. Not much else here.

T: The flavor was malty oranges with light instances of lemon bitterness with a fresh wet hoppiness. Sweet malt gets balanced by an English pale ale amount of hops with a lemony quench of wet hops. The finish finds some grapefruit pulp, small instances of sweetly toasted malt and a touch of herbaceous hops on the fade.

M: The body is medium, slick with a slight malty feel. Smooth texture with a festive spicing brought about by warming and longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability. Slides down with fair ease especially for a 6.0%

Dec 21, 2010
Reindeer Droppings from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 52 ratings