Number four and counting.  I’m excited to review this beer.  I think it is the best Ridgeway Ale I’ve had so far.  I still have a few more to try, so I shouldn’t be overzealous. 

In appearance, the beer was blond with touches of orange hue.  There was a small but stable head at the beginning of the brew.  In addition, there was not a lot of activity in the glass, which means that the beer was fairly subdued. 

When I sniffed the beer, I immediately noticed touches of hay, a hop spiciness, and hints of wine fruitiness.  There were also faint hints of toffee along with sulphur in the the nose.  I found the hop aroma to be particularly nice.  A bit of sweetness was also discernible. 

Fresh green hops were immediately evident in the palate of the beer.  The hops went all the way through to the end of the brew.  Intermingled with the hops was a slight sweetness and very faint cola quality.  The beer ended in a dry grain and hops finish.

I found the hops in this Ale to be very refreshing and thoroughly enjoyed Bad Elf Winter’s Ale.  If you like British Ales with good balance, this is one for you.