Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
South Stoke, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7548) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 23, 2012
Golden colour with a white head. Light hoppy and fruity aroma. A bit weak flavour. Light malty, fruity and hoppy flavour. Fresh and easy drinkable, but light in a way.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (7177) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle. This had a bit of amber and was clear. The aroma was lightly fruity and malty. Pretty much a classic bitter. That was the flavor, too. A bit of bitterness. Not a bad beer but bitters are so similar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (19335) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 240312

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - MAR 20, 2012
Sembra di bere acqua...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
040212: Very light golden beer. Thin, dull runner metallic aftertaste that probably would be the bitter part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - 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 (910) - 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 (6515) - 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 (1784) - 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 CAMRAs 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, its very minor and similar to something youd taste in a childs lollipop (I find thats typical of beers brewed with Marris Otter malts). Theres a slight orange marmalade on toast component to the palate as well, but again, its very muted and subdued. Next to no bitterness, which is par for the course with beers of the style (isnt that ironic?). Not that theres 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 doesnt mean its 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 youve got a highly sessionable beer. But I cant see the average craft beer enthusiast getting beyond more than one bottle or serving of this, especially considering its over $6 a bottle.

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

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