Ridgetop Red | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 07-08-2004

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Knuckles:
Photo of Knuckles
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So last night was Hallowe'en, a holiday I alternately love and dread. I love it, because the boys love it. I dread it, because inevitably we saddle the boys with lame-ass costumes because my wife makes lots of grand costuming promises, and then never actually gets around to putting them together. Fortunately, the boys don't give a shit. As long as they get their candy, they could be walking around, buck-ass naked and painted yellow (that would be the famous "Hot Dog, Mustard Only" costume).

So we went over to my friend's neighborhood for some trick or treat action, mostly because my neighborhood is filled with assheads like me who draw the blinds, turn off all the exterior lights and sit there on the couch, jealously guarding the bowl of peanut butter cups from any and all who approach. This year, my wife has graciously agreed to walk the boys around, so I can go hang out with my friend and his girlfriend, drink beer and generally stay warm. I'm down with that, so I kick them out of the car and drive over there. He walks to the fridge with the intent of pulling out a bottle of Fat Bastard, but we are in for a horrible surprise: No Fat! Instead, he pulls out the bottle of Ridgetop, which is fine, because I haven't had one in quite some time. Into the mugs that I gave the two of them as a housewarming gift, and off we go.

Appearance: Pours a nice, rich red (not amber, mind you, but red) into the mug. Reminds me of the weird semi-see through red plastic on my thermal coffee cup. Not THAT red, but plenty red. Very nice.

Smell: Mmm...great malty front with a nice hoppy kick in the balls right at the end. There's also a faint bit of yeastiness lingering in the finish, but not so much that it's distracting.

Taste: This is about as 4.0 as you can get. The beer is good, dammit. Not great, not average, but good. Very, very good. The sweetness of the malts aren't overpowering, the finishing hops aren't world conquering, this is just a very solid and well-balanced beer. This is actually one of my favorite choices to use for a crossover beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, Don Spencer hit the mark. The viscosity of this beer is just perfect. As always, this is a nebulous characteristic that I personally find hard to describe, but this beer strikes the balance between maltiness and lightness of body that any good session beer requires.

Drinkability: I've sessioned the crap out of this beer many, many times, and will probably do so again. Of course, I'm generally prone to drinking the Fat, Whoop or the Imperial Stout, but every once in a while I like to play it fast and loose. And in those cases, this (or the hefe) is a great beer to do it with.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZachHodgson
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudless amber red with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

S: The caramel really pushed through on the nose. There's evidence of some nice citrus-like aroma hops, but the malt really takes center stage.

T: Again, the caramel really pushes through big time, giving way to some honey notes and a nicely bittered finish. After all is said and done, the caramel lingers on and on.

M: This is a solid, medium-bodied ale. Carbonation is spot on.

O: In all, I would have this again. It's not my favorit red of all time, but it's well balanced and tasty for the most part. I might have rated this higher but the caramel is a little too strong for my pallet.

2012 release poured from a 22oz bottle into a wide-mouthed wine glass.

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Photo of Hoppynanobeer
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at FX McRory's before a recent baseball game. The weather was sunny, the beer was perfectly balenced and terrifyingly easy to drink... And it is so refreshing to see a return to the traditional Irish red ales. So often in the Northwest everything has to be either an "imperial" version of hopped like an IPA regardless of the fact that it's not an IPA. This beer had a perfect hint of sweetness on the nose and palate, followed by a smooth flavour and crisp finish that does not linger on the palate at all. This is a beer for the masses and one that you should try!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Well, it says “amber” in the label description but man, is this red, red, and a little more red. It is a dark brownish red that hides the light well. The head is huge, of course, and left some beautiful lava pits as it laced my glass.

Smell – Surprise, this beer is balanced. The malts are of the refined grain variety and mix well with the floral and citrus notes.

Taste – No, it’s an amber. It looks red, and there’s a hint of grapefruity pinkish citrus flavor, but this is American grain at its best. The sweetness, unbelievably, doesn’t make me want to barf. It’s actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel – Somewhere between light and medium in the body with a nice, easy carbonation and a creamy, malty mouthfeel that pleases.

Drinkability – If you compare this to a standard grainy macro it’s a 5.

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Photo of tummy345
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown to amber reddish in color with a fingernail of off white head covering the majority of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. I smell amber malt and light German aroma hops. The taste is amber malt and light German bittering hops. The mouth is fairly light and smooth.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Noboatfred
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours muddy orange in color, with negligible head formation. Slightly funky/fruity malt aroma -- not what I was expecting and not all that enticing. Flavor is very neutral, full bodied, with a hoppy twinge in the aftertaste. A little agressively carbonated for what it is. Picked this up at QFC per the recommendation of the man working there this slow holiday weekend, as I was looking for something new. OK, but I probably would not pick this up again.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snooprobirob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Aerol
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WapitiHunter
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of irshprncsk
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Jerriko for sending this one to me in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, caramel hop, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me unfortunately. However, it was quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable at the same time. Basically only carried the typical Red Ale flavors, without adding anything new and exciting to the mix. Worth trying for a fan of the style or anyone looking for an easy to drink Red Ale.

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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Docer
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a somewhat clear caramel brown color. Almost like a pitcher of sun tea ready to come in to chill. It had a quick light tan head that has fizzled to a small little ring in the pint glass, and some scattered dustings above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Caramel, and roasted husky grain. Some light molasses and bitter grassy hops ride the smooth wave into the nose. Pretty sharp and common red ale aromas. Lightly sweet, and zesty.

Taste: (3.5)
- Lightly sweet grains, and almost a wheat-like grain finish. Smooth caramel, and crunchy husks. Grassy and earthy hops play a small bittering role while a bready, and zesty malt bill play smoothly. Certainly a refreshing red.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied brew with pretty standard carbonation. Slightly drying, but not overly so as it isn't a super hoppy red. Little cloying. Not at all syrupy or sticky.

Overall: (3.0)
- Overall this is a pretty standard and common red. Nothing about it really stands out though, and sets it apart from other common reds. Though it does stick pretty well it seems to the styles guidelines. Not a bad try, but not something to really go out of the way for. Reds are not very popular among any beer drinking crowd.. and if you plan to brew, and bottle one.. it had better stand out.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beardo
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a nice medium reddish bronze with a fine half finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin, persistent film. Exactly what I hope to see in a red ale. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, green tea, dried apples and generic light fruit, grassy hops. Flavor is mild caramel and crystal malt, red berries, apple, light grassy hop finish with interesting light caramel notes on the edges of the tongue. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice take on the red style, closer to an Irish red than the hoppier American red as labeled here. Good fruit and tea flavors, a bit light on malt flavor. Hopping is modest, but appropriate if the continental red was the target. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the intensity of flavor, but really liked the balance of fruit and malt. An enjoyable fruit forward red ale.

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful red color through the light. Great flavor. Nice smell too. Good staying head. Texture leaves something to be desired maybe? No off flavors, just deliciousness.

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Ridgetop Red from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 110 ratings