Ridgeway Warm Welcome
Ridgeway Warm Welcome is a 6% seasonal brown ale that's more rich amber golden than brown. By the looks of it it was brewed for the US market. Its aromas are of sweet nutty malt and alcoholic fruit. The more I look at it the more I notice how pale it is for a brown ale (maybe if you drank it with the lights dimmed you wouldn't notice). The palate is a rich layering of honey and caramelised malt that quickly leads to hints of pepper, allspice and warming alcohols.
Nice enough beer, though I still don't get the brown ale bit. It reminds me more of a malt-balanced Belgian pale ale, though you do get some nutty malt influences. Slightly two-dimensional but pleasant enough.