Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
South Stoke, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
If Maris Otter malt is the body of our beer then hops are its spirit. Each year we choose our hops not just by farm but by individual garden and time of harvest. One older variety, Challenger, and one new,Boadicea,used as unprocessed whole leaf hops. Extravagant, perhaps, but delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Golden orange colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma with fruity and malty notes. Flavour is slightly bitter with sweetish malt, fruity and citrusy hops. Dry and bitter finish. A bit watery but still a decent bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1124) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2012
Soem head, deep yellow. Light and spiced nose. medium body and some length, Nice soft with a litle hoppy bitter exit. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (904) - SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
Small head. Fruity nose, flavor of apples and lots of malt, some burned sugar and hops. good to linger with in front of the fire. Enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5773) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Good fruitiness mixed with a hop punch and decent maltiness. Pretty good bitter all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
I poured a 500ml bottle into an English nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear orange hue with slight cloudiness. Forms a large, yellow, soapy head of suds. It dissipates quickly, but not completely and leaves on minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Next to nothing to describe. Perhaps a slight fruit scented candle sweetness, some light malt notes, but otherwise completely unaromatic.

Taste: The bottle carries CAMRAís seal of approval, but the beer does not carry mine. Just a few sips into Ridgeway Bitter I had to seriously wonder why a beer like this, a traditional English Bitter and a "Real Ale", is worth of such hostile snobbery in the beer geek community. Seriously, what is it about beers like this the Brits like? Is it the sweetness? Well, itís very minor and similar to something youíd taste in a childís lollipop (I find thatís typical of beers brewed with Marris Otter malts). Thereís a slight orange marmalade on toast component to the palate as well, but again, itís very muted and subdued. Next to no bitterness, which is par for the course with beers of the style (isnít that ironic?). Not that thereís anything really repulsive about the palate here, just nothing to really latch onto and enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than water, but about as tepid.

Drinkability: Just because a beer is quaffable doesnít mean itís good. If that were the case then Ridgeway Bitter would be a world class beer. The soft, gentle, comfortable mouthfeel combined with the mild, neutral palate and clean aftertaste make it highly quaffable. Also factor in the 4% ABV and youíve got a highly sessionable beer. But I canít see the average craft beer enthusiast getting beyond more than one bottle or serving of this, especially considering itís over $6 a bottle.

Overall, Ridgeway Bitter represents everything American drinkers like me just donít understand about the British "Real Ale" scene. Iím sure itís brewed with care and craftsmanship, but the end product is unimpressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (7774) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from Presporska pivoteka. Golden color with medium white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel,hops and spices. Taste, fruity, spicy with nice long bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottw86 (1165) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Poured a clear honey color with a medium sized foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity with some berries. Taste is full bodied and flavorful. Lots of berry flavors and grains. Slightly soapy. Finish has good malty flavors with bread and cereal. Slightly metallic with a hint of nuts. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2632) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Copperbrown beer with a weak and white head. Aroma is medium fresh, aromatic, pure malty and some fruits. Taste is medium dry, biscuity malts, some lemony fruitness. Overally taste is based on malts and it is quite mild. Light to drink, but still nice. Nice and sophisticated bitter with great freshness without musty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (6414) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2011
50cl bottle from Citymarket. Poured copper color with a small head. Fruity, toffeeish, nutty aroma. Flavor is caramel and toffee, fruity hoppy notes. Ok bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
yellow/orange/amberish slightly hazy liquid. doesnít really pour a head, thin white lacing around the edges. looks stable and balanced, has a nice colour. aromascape is malty with a hoppy leafy/herby side; juniper and citrus. taste is really well balanced. bitterness is light but tasty, goes extremely well with the hoppy sweetness and slight sourness. the palate is what makes the taste work so good. a medium body, with a surprisingly thick texture. carbonation is low and works spot on. i was scared that this might turn out to be a disappointment, but ridgeway did a good job again. a tasty easy bitter with a very deep inner balance; it is very good for what it is.

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