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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Reading, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned as Blue. Cask as Oxfordshire Blue.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; whole leaf hops.
"Distinctively hoppy, lively, refreshing. Blue is the first bottle conditioned ale brewed deliberately to taste great chilled."


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13802) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle @ Y.N.W.A. Pours cloudy yellow with a small creamy white head. Nose is fruity hoppy. Citrus, grass and peach. Medium bodied. Dry and short end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2006
500ml bottle from Tesco. Gold/copper colour with lasting white head. Sweet hop with grapefruit and peardrop fruit. Bit dusty. Has some juicy malt in mouth. Very good hop on end. Just a tad earthy and muddy which I guess is the danger with some bottle conditioned UK beers. Otherwise very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12538) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2008
Bottled as "Oxfordshire Blue" (BB 04/2009)
Light amber color, decent white head. Sticky hayish hop aroma. Fuller body than in an average 5 % English bitter. Flowey hoppy flavor, hints of honey. Kind of alcoholic in the finish, spicey-hoppy aftertaste. Similar to some Ridgeway’s stronger Christmas beers. Ok bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a clear golden with a small and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is malty with a good deal of hops. A good lively mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of hops, though it ain’t that bitter. some pine breaks through at the end.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
Pre-Ølmesse at YNWA. Clear amber with a lasting white head. Aroma of fruit, with a mineral touch - mango and tangerine are pronminent. Sweet exotic fruit flavour with an unpleasant metallic touch

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from John’s Marketplace, in Portland, OR. Orangish color with a frothy white head. Aromas are citrus, but more like a tangeloe than an orange. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor starts nicely bitter with orangey zest and some roasted caramel. Finish is just bitter. Hops seem somewhat spicy. The bitterness builds with time. A very good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle from You’ll Never Walk Alone, Kolding. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 100313

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10476) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 19, 2012
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flaor. Strong nice citrus notes. Average heavy bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10291) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 17, 2011
Botella. Nice golden colour, big white head, ok lacing. Pleasant fresh fruity like hoppy floral aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour of fruity like hops, good bitterness indeed, citrus and some maltiness. Good pleasant bitter fresh finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2007
Golden with a nice head. The first bottle very clearly was infected, but Drillings in Nibe, where I bought it, replaced - thank you Jan! This is an amazing beer, even if it’s cold it has very nice notes of fruits, citrus and it’s very crisp and nice. The flavour is very delicious, it’s fresh, fruity, citrussy and it has nice notes of crisp, green apple peel. It’s surprisingly full bodied and it’s truly nice! 1901


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