Reindeer Droppings | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by bobsy on 05-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer with a great smell, taste, and a smooth feel.

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4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid head that leaves a decent amount of webby lace. The color is light amber with a dab of green. Quite clear.

Light grain smell to the otherwise crystal malt aroma. Slightly sour with a touch metal (iron?).

Pale malt start with a decent hop wallop mid-sip. Quite dry finish with a substantial level of carbonation. Short aftertaste given the strength of the spicy hop. The mild presence of alcohol warmth gives me the impression that this beer has a higher alcohol content. Classic English-styled ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what to think of a brewery that seems to give most of its lineup novelty Christmas-based names, but this one is a nice offering.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a filmy off-white head that left some good lacing. The aroma has pleasantly smooth grainy malt, light caramel and floral hopping. The flavour is slightly fruitier than the nose, and the grain presence is lessened, with the bitterness now also have a grassy dimension. It manages to be at once fairly plain, but also very quaffable, and its the kind of beer I could easily imagine sessioning in the pub and not really paying much attention to it. Medium body and carbonation.

Somewhat one-dimensional, but as noted its a pleasant drink, and a very respectable offering in a style that rarely impresses me.

Thanks to Jeremy and Karen for bringing this bottle back from England and sharing!

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3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Christmas offering at The Chimes... this one's only $6.50 for a 1/2 liter bottle as opposed to the "Lump Of Coal" which was $9.

Served with a small pilsner glass... pours a deeper yellow color with a bubbly white head.

The aroma is definitely grainy, with some nice hopping to it as well. Not like you're going to see out of a west coast IPA, but about right for a British bitter.

The taste is slightly hoppy and refreshing. There is a definitely a malt presence as well but it doesn't come through strong and plays second fiddle to the hops.

Decent beer, not bad at all from a brewery that seems to market themselves as a holiday brewer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Reindeer Droppings from Ridgeway Brewing
3.43 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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