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Ringwood Ale | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale blond ale, gently hopped, filtered, and lightly carbonated with a wonderful smooth mouth feel.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Photo of nighthawk
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Henry House.

Arrives a clear, pale orange with a modest white head that is foamy and dissipates to a ring quickly. Bits of lacing left on the glass here and there.

Nose has honey, faint berry and citrus, with light bread.

Taste is a fairly sweet and grainy malt up front, mellowing with a soft sweet berry and citrus that carries to the finish. Overall it's pretty sweet, but it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick with low carbonation.

Decently drinkable, I consume a few of these in an evening with pleasure.

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Photo of Viggo
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow, thick white head, lots of lace, thin layer is retained. Smell is honey, some floral, fruits, strawberry/cherries, bread, not bad. Taste is wheat, soft floral, grainy malt, some fruit, dry finish, very light. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Not bad, sessionable, not very exciting though.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this many times at the Granite & Henry House in Halifax. This review is of a sample from my fiancee's glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish amber colour with a modest white head that resides rather quickly into a very thin ring.

Aroma: Very fruity, some berries, earthy tones, a bit of nice yeasty esters.

Taste: Fruit forward with a long lasting sweetness. Some citrus and wood in the finish. Somewhat rich tasting, but mostly very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy, medium bodied. Drinkability is high.

Final Statement: This is a favourite of mine at the Granite and/or Henry House here in Halifax. It's a very sessionable ale, nice and refreshing for the summer time. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Toronto brewpub.

A: Clear gold, white head, a little retention, some lace.

S: Light bready & fruity aroma.

T: Biscuity/bready, figs, earthy citrus, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation on the light side of moderate. Dry.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This ale came in a big brown growler with an orange silk screened label with a picture of a pint glass balancing on a pile of hops and malts. It pours a slightyly chill hazed gold color with a truly pathetic head and no lace at all. The aroma has some caramelly malt, some herbal hops and a slight sourness and diacetyl in the back. The taste has a grainy maltiness blending well with some English hops, theres also a musty lactic sourness in there somewhere. In the finish high amounts of diacetyl become apparent. Theres also a distressing metallic astringency that ruins this beer. The mouthfeel is light on carbontion but thicker than I expected.

Overall this is a a mediocre pale ale. It has good malt and hop balance, but the off flavors ruin this beer. My growler said its best before Nov 15, maybe its not the freshest sample (though I thought that WAS fresh for a growler). If you got to Granite stick with the Special Best Bitter.

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Photo of Sammy
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber-yellow color. Tiny foam and head. Mates liked it but I found it more on the dull bitter side. They also combine this with juice to make it sweet under a different title, but this is the true beer. Unoffensive overall but wouldn't take more of it.

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Ringwood Ale from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
3.36 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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