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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

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

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RATINGS: 129   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."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (2179) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle. Medium airy head, rather short duration. Lightly hazy golden colour. Aroma of hops, floral, honey, citrus fruits, berries (raspberry, strawberry). Taste medium bitter, light sweet, well balanced. Tastes great well chilled indeed. Short bitter finish. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a golden orange body with a thick whitish head. Nose of citrus oranges, lemons, and herb tea. Sticky berries and tangerines alongside some lemon character. Grassy, fruity, piquant hops. This beer was very tasty and refreshing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2006
500ml bottle from Tesco. Before I even open it there are several things I don’t like just from it’s packaging. For a brewery that doesn’t exist could they possibly mention their non-existent brewery more than they have done? ‘Oxfordshire’ features three times, as does Ridgeway Brewing/Brewery. They also have the address of the ‘brewery’, which I assume is their office, and the address of their website that also doesn’t exist. Apparently this is also the first bottle-conditioned beer that’s designed to be drunk cold, is that supposed to be a good thing and is it really true? Anyway, moving on the beer with lowered expectations, it pours a straw/golden colour with a thin white head that soon dissipates into nothing. The aroma is dominated by a spicy, almost herbal hop, some sharpness and a touch of sweetness. The first sip is a thick, sweet full-bodied bitter with high carbonation and a massive bitterness to finish. The aroma hops are well pronounced also, peppery and spicy, and there are background notes here of brown sugar or honey. Rather earthy and the alcohol content is evident; this reminds me of some of the old Brakspear bottled ales. It’s really rather good, nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1937) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a pure gold colour with a large off-white head. The aroma is all citrus with lots of hops. The taste is all citrus with a hint of malt, with a bitter aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Hazy golden colour with a thick off-white head. Citrus aroma. Taste is hops, citrus, some malt and a touch medicinal. Quite high carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish. Not a favourite.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Sadly this one was a little old and had some skunk too it. But I could get a good idea of the flavor despite. Pale yellow ale with some grassy/pine hops. Serving: Bottle

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MisoW (1805) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours pale golden color, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, corny. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, hoppy, fruity, floral, caramel. Medium bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - MAR 14, 2011
Funestissimo odoraccio, ma poi miracolosamente è una buona bitter, anche meno ossidata del solito ridgeway bottigliamento

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (1771) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Candied orange peel to the nose with just a touch of clove type spice. There is something almost watermelon-like here too. Sweet and vibrant on the palate with a bulging, smooth texture and rich decadence. This beer contains far more than one would expect from looking at it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TET (1764) - FINLAND - JUN 20, 2008
Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue is yellow beer with thin white head. Aroma is temptating: some sweet maltas and lot of fruitfull hops. Flavour is first slightly sweet but it changes very quicly to bitter and dry. There are sweet malts, fruits and hint of roastiness in the flavour. Quite easy to drink and carbonation is nicely balanced. Good beer for every sector with very nice hoppiness.


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