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style
Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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unknown

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned, Seasonal;
Reindeer’s Revolt is one of a series of original Christmas beers brewed by Ridgeway for the USA, but also secretly available to other selected nations around the very edge of Europe where life... and good beer... is not always so serious!


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4.2
liinis (1791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2008
0.5l bottle. Starting to taste cold very nice and easy. warming up and gaining flavor, better and better. Small sips much better than big mouthfuls!

4
obguthr (6835) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Nice aroma of hay and honey with toffee and tea, quintessentially British. Hazy orange, thin head. Toffee and tea flavor, with a light mouthfeel that isn’t chewy. Grassy finish. Alcohol unnoticeable and seems quite quaffable. This style of beer doesn’t get rave reviews, but beers like this are very good once in awhile. Not super strong, heavy, or thick, but still very flavorful. Hit the spot very well.

4
DarkSong (383) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2017
It pours a golden orange color with a medium sized, very long lasting, white head. It has the aroma of bread, malt, nuts, caramel & leather. I taste bread, spices, malt, leather & resin. I really enjoyed this and am glad that I received it as a gift.

3.9
robertjm (904) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours dark orange color. EXTREME head. Very frothy. Almost got away from me while I was pouring into a pint glass! Citrus notes in flavor with hops on the palate in the aftertaste. No aroma to speak of. Good body. Not very heavy mouth feel, but also not thin either. After warming up slightly some malt comes out in the flavor proile. Perhaps a Crystal 60L? I seem to be on the high side for this beer’s rating compared to others. I guess I’m really enjoying this bottle. I’d buy it again it if weren’t $5/btl!!

3.9
Weefannybaws (130) - Barrhead, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle for Christmas in N Ireland. A tasty, strong English ale. Fruit and toffee overtones. At 6%, I would only be able to drink a few of these per evening.

3.8
thornecb (6159) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours light amber into an English pint. Fluffy white head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it recedes to coat surface. Caramel malt aromas. Crisp with sweet apple upfront and a lasting slight hop middle to a bittersweet finish.

3.8
Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
1pt.9oz bottle wife got me for Cristmas. Medium sweet malt aroma. Dark gold body with big foamy head that forms a halo on body thoughout beer. Chewy malts and cherry jucice flavor Smooth on the palate a good novaltiy beer, but also a good beer to drink.

3.8
superspak (6236) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2018
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of toffee, nuttiness, roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Some very noticeable diacetyl in the aromas that diminished as it warmed. Not too overpowering. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of toffee, nuttiness, roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, berry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, light toffee/nuttiness/roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very good English strong ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the modestly bitter/drying finish. A bit on the buttery side, but not offensive. Really well made for the style, right on par for expectations. Perfectly balanced English yeast, malts, and hops. Most of this brewery's beers I reviewed were quite a bit old, this one was really fresh and definitely far better than the old ones. A very enjoyable offering.


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