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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned, Special;
Imperial Red Ale
"My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than he’s ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillHick420 (440) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
2009. Pours deep amber, nose of fruit and some alcohol. Fruits grapefruit, caramel, molasses, some hops detected. Enjoyable, unique, but misses something.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours red and transparent with virtually no head. Nose is weak and has a bit of generic sweet malt, a little white sugar, and mild hops. Flavor is also weak and mostly bready with virtually no hops. Alcohol comes out big time and isn’t terribly pleasant. Somewhat drinkable but way too expensive for the low flavor quality. This IS NOT a barley wine, IMO, but more like an imperial red ale (as the bottle says).

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
uhclem (389) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a nice copper with a thin, insubstantial head. Minimal lacing. Strong toffee nose. Taste was very sweet. Heavy mouthfeel - left a slickness behind. The haevy alcohol content is well disguised at the front of the mouth, but after swallowing I felt like I had done a shot of hard liquor.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
From bottle : Pours a clear, carbonated brown with serious red highlights. Develops a late head, about a finger width of white foamy, then dies back down in the following minute or so. Sweet malts dominate the nose, with alcohol getting the rest. The elf may be insanely bad, but the most insane thing about this baby is the sweetness, my god. Very sweet, right from the beginning, malts and a little bit of hop action, then a good amount of alcohol presents itself on the tail end. This is for sure a sipper. Its nothing special but ok.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pours a rich amber with little to no head. Its aroma is primarily of spices, although I get a slight hint of pineapple. There also appears to be a pineapple flavor to the beer, but it is fairly underwhelming

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle; clear amber with small off-white head; aroma-nutty, caramel, sweet, hard liquor/bourbon, woody, dark fruits; taste-heavy sweetness, medium bitterness, sticky, syrup, long finish, burning alcohol. Hard to drink complex aroma but not easy to swallow.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
popkow (300) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Elf into Pint with minimal head. Tanish red color with a bad elf alcohol aroma emanating from the North Pole. The alcohol led this sleigh to the sink drain as it was not worth suffering through.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orangey amber with no head. Aroma was alcoholic but sour. Tasted sweet with just a touch of sourness. Well masked alcohol content. A little dry on the palate but a nice thick brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doghair (293) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Nice red color with white foam. Lots of caramel and malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet and cloying. Fruity with a finish I can’t describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didn’t enjoy this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a sparse head. Taste is very sweet, palate has medium bitters, a medium to full body and soft carbonation. Aroma has tokaj, molasses, warming alcohol. Although high alcohol is very well hidden, the sweetness is a bit overpowering.


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