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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2002
MALTY! Chock full of caramel malt goodness with considerable sweetness and bitterness (body, not aftertaste) to make things interesting. Nice!! I just knew that the brewery that produced St. Brigid’s Porter could come up with another quality brew if they tried hard enough - and this is it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaltenburg (1) - USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
Very good Scotch ale type. Malt balanced with just the right amount of hops to make this beer very enjoyable for someone who likes his beer on the malty side and is starting to get to know hoppier brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2007
What a nice beer on a hot afternoon! Nice hops but not too strong, nice malt but not overpowering. Nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
I liked this quite a bit. Nice white head that conteasts with the amber color. Subtle dark malts evident in the nose, slightly floral. Complex taste with biting hoppiness in the beginning, mellowing out to a sweet, smooth finish with subtle caramel. Quite well balanced. This was something off the shelf that I picked up just try something new with no idea of what it was, and it turned out to be a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Visited the brewery in Denver and had a great time with Bernie, one of the brewers. Nothing like a great friendly brewery! This poured with a nice solid head like all their beers. It was sweet and malty. Good to excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Appearance: Lots of red hues coming through in this amber copper body. This is a very attractive beer with a huge light beige head. Smell: Malty toasted aroma with grains and caramel leading with a hint of Werther’s Original and nuts finishing with a remote smidgen of spicy hops. Taste: Simple and clean but fantastic in that simplicity. It is a perfectly balanced rich flavor full of malts and caramel and yet balanced with a light hop bitter. The sweet butterscotch caramel flavor fades slowly and leaves you wanting more. Mouthfeel: This is a chewy Scottish ale but not as heavy as some. Drinkability: I love the flavor and the beer sits light (for the style) making it irresistibly drinkable! Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Poured from the bottle an deep amber color with foamy off white head. Malty, somewhat nutty aroma. First taste was roasted malt and butterscotch, but not overly sweet, followed by a mild hop presence in the background. Full flavor and very drinkable, a great fall session brew. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Pours a gorgeous amberish copper color, with a nice thick off white decent lasting head with lacing. Smell is more of hops and some malts to back it, and is very nice, fragrant, and balanced. Taste is initially a subtle hop bitter bite, and finishes with a deliciously slight sweet maltiness. Nothing is overpowering and it is a very well balanced beer. My only complaint is that I wish it were a touch more carbonated as it would be even more refreshing and with a touch more bite. As is though, its very easy drinking, smooth, almost creamy and great balanced simplicity all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Light and somewhat cloudy amber color with a biege head. Aroma is sweet/caramel/candy. Flavor is also sweet/caramel but with a fair amount of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Chill hazed light coppery gold color with a thin, yet firm crown of dusted yellow. Keeps a good skim once it subsides and the lace sheets in thick foamy rings. Aroma is malty semi-sweet with nuances of fruits, but mostly caramel hard candies coated in a nutty butterness. Clean, toastedly touched, woodish, and respectably wafty. Flavors are nearly the same as what the smell delivers with a semi-sweet caramel malt front thats a smidgeon apricot/orange fruityish with a mild toasted grain backing. Dry middle area builds with a leafy hop tongue scraping fading into a finish of airy leafy hoppyness slipping into some woody hints thats clean and quick with dry plain nuttyness touching the ends. Builds late past the finish with some slight chewy caramel leftovers. Nothing overly substantial though. Stays clean but perhaps a bit low on any real character for my tastes yet keeps an interesting complexity. Feel is a bit shy of a medium body, seems empty in a good portion of its front and middle. Gradually building with a slightly dryer edge just past midway adding an unusual astringent dry grab for just a stint as the leafy hops take controll the rest of the duration into the finish. A bit more body ensues within the finish late. A fairly solid "amber", but perhaps a little lower on the scale of the other GD offerings. Not sure why its listed as Scottish though?

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