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Great Divide Ridgeline Amber Ale (Arapahoe Amber)



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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A malty, copper-hued treat from start to finish, Ridgeline begins with a distinctive, estery aroma. Followed with a complex, nutty malt flavor true to its Scottish-style heritage, Ridgeline delivers unparalleled character and dimension. A touch of hops rounds out its silky, full body, highlighting Ridgeline’s subtle but engrossing character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
From 12-oz bottle, acquired from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-cloudy amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of light roasted caramel malt, some flowery hops, a touch of roasted walnuts and fruit. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with a more caramel malt than hop bitterness or character. Finish is semi-sweet, with a nutty and fruity malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pericles35 (24) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2007
light brown ale with a malty flavor (esp. after all the hoppy others from the multipack). Significant bubbles and sweet finish. I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it; but if in Denver I would ask for it on tap often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle@Home. Malty and perfume aroma. Reddish amber, beige head, good lace. Sweet, malty, fruity, bitter, light perfumey. Sticky with a thinnish finish. Ok, not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle. Thick and sweet nose, fruity (strawberry and peach) bubblegum and hop resin. Cloudy amber, thin white heady with lots of bubbles. Mild lacing. Interesting flavor, a good deal of honey and pine at the open, finishes with a nutty crystal malt earthiness. A touch harsh on the palate but smooths out at the end. Highly unbalanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a light brown that borders upon amber in certain light. A great effervescence that rises into the thick tan head. Nose is of nuts and caramel malts with faint whispers of hops. Nutty and malty flavor with bitterness in the background, finishing slightly nutty. Medium-light bodied with strong carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle. From a multipack that I bought. Pours with a decent head that leaves as quickly as it developed. Great color and clarity. Interesting nose of malt sweetness. Flavor is more roasted and slight hops than sweet malt. Not a bad brew, but surely not a great one. Overrated in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a clear copper with a dense, creamy, beige head with patchy lacing. The nose is malty, nutty and peaty, almost like a Scottish ale. The light side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is slick with a toasted, dry finish. The flavor is a lightly sweet toasted malt front with backing notes of nuts and peat. It reminds me a bit of GD’s now retired HotShot ESB, but with added nuttiness and an amped up flavor profile. Despite the general consensus, this is now one of my favorite ambers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is malty with earth notes especially potting soil with some nuts as well. Solid roated nuts flavor with some earth notes. Decent malt body with a light somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Clear light amber with a decent looking 1 cm thick off-white head. Mild lightly biscuity malt aroma with a light touch of hop aroma. The taste actually has a hint of bitterness in the profile, but the finish is mostly a lightly sweet malt flavor. A quality offering of an unexciting style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Amber brown in color with a white half inch head the dissipates almost immediately. Malty aroma with hint of caramel. A woody taste with strong hop sharpness.

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