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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905

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BA SCORE
78
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-04-2010)
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Reviews by pootz:
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3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

500mlBottle:

Pours a copper-red ale in the glass small cap, weak retention, mild carbonation.

Mild aromas of grains and fruits....very understated nose.

Mild character boarders on weak/thin....limp character.

Front side has some thin malting, takes a while to catch the fuggles which begins to dominate the back side of the profile...an interesting red berry fruit note pervades the entire profile....finish is lightly bitter clean but thin.

Decent ingredients but just not enough character to hold my interest.

pootz, Oct 21, 2010
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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

beerhunter13, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%

LOOK (3.5/5) the look was fairly good, ideal for the style. Not so much ruby, as per the name, but copper with some interesting garnet highlights when held to the light. Some nice carbonation clings to the glass. The head is large, about two and a half fingers. It reduces to a cap that last and leaves some lacing.

SMELL (3/5) the smell is pretty crisp. The nose is dominated by some sweeter, biscuity malts and some fairly herbal hops. The main problem is that the hops take a somewhat metallic character which was unpleasant.

TASTE (3/5) the taste is a lot like the nose. It is very crisp and on the drier side. Initially, there is some biscuit malts, which are a little less sweet than in the aroma. The hops were, again, fairly herbal. The metallic character of the hops was also present and quite unpleasant (I wonder if this is possibly sediment or hops or hop/malt interaction). The bitterness was appropriate for the style, and the balance was well achieved between the between malts and hops.

FEEL (3.5/5) this is a strength of the beer. The hops stick around with an oilier character than you might expect from a brew with a body that could be describes as medium-light. The medium-high carbonation compliments the dry finish and makes up for the metallic hops slightly.

DRINK (3.5/5) A good session beer, especially if you are given to crisper brew (of the ESB or English Pale-Ale variety). This was a pretty refreshing beer, but maybe not complex enough to warrant getting again. Also the metallic notes were somewhat unpleasant.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a nonic. Clear copper-amber brew, leaves about a half inch of foamy head, which recedes to a thin ring after a few minutes. A thin layer of patchy lacing graces the very top of the pour line.

Nose is very typical English pale - pale malts, biscuit, fruit, tea-leaf hops, caramel, slight metallic edge.

Taste isn't too far off, and reminds me of a slightly better made EPA. Caramel, tea, biscuit, dry finish.

Decent body, carbonation a little higher than I'm used to for the style, but actually I tend to like mine a touch more carbonated so I'm okay there.

I appreciate the organic/charitable nature of the brew, and this variation of the Duchy line is going down well, but there's not a whole lot separating this from others of the style.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -11%

SurpriseTruck, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2012. The front label mentions that it contains a variety of English barley called Plumage Archer, dating from 1905.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a small head of pale tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweetish malt with notes of caramel and dry, leafy hops. Hints of solvent/alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel and leafy hops with the faintest hint of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Nicely composed and well-rounded, but a little dull. The malt could do with more hops to balance the flavour. Not bad, but won't blow your socks off.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

djcreepshow, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%

500ml bottle, of a slightly different sort than the usual Duchy Organic Ale that I see kicking around. After all the resurgent foorfarah in the press lately about the antiquated royal family, the beer before me coincidentally appears to be the result of Prince Charles' association with the Waitrose chain of UK supermarkets, and one of their stores happens to be across from the Wychwood brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire...just sayin'...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of creamy foamy off-white head, which leaves a near-solid coating of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sharp biscuity pale malt, mild tangy orchard fruit, and bitter leafy hops. The taste is more biscuity cereal malt, some indeterminate fruit sweetness, a soft, earthy yeastiness, and mellow, leafy noble hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, smooth, and pillow-soft. It finishes still sweet and bready, with a tugging substantial earthy hoppiness.

A pretty decent English pale ale, the hops at least willing to show up, but overall, still a stiff upper-lip, there's a good chap, kind of affair.

biboergosum, Nov 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

I was surprised to see a different version show up, particularly one not frequently found across the globe. Light copper with rising carbonation bubbles, and grand soapy off-white head. Very mild hop aroma. Bitterness is there, reminds me of other organic bitters. Not an everyday beer for me, but not a bad one.Easy mouthfeel, with a hint of astringency.A bit too much carbonation.

Sammy, Oct 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Druid, Aug 03, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a medium dark amber. The off white head is very foamy and soap lather like. The lace and retention are both decent.

Mild aromas of roast caramel malts. Minute floral hop aromas. The nose is pretty lacking in this one sadly.

Dark malt flavours give a nice nutty toasted taste. An underlying sweetness mixes well with the roasted notes keeping any astringency in check. Decent hopping manifests in the finish.
The body is smooth and creamy while also being light and slightly watery. The carbonation is fairly low.

Not a bad beer but the aroma was fairly disappointing.

Reinheitsgebot71, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Pours a very cloudy orange-red color....quite nice to look at and quite unique in my opinion. There appears to be above average carbonation rising to the top, and as far as the head goes, unfortunately there is little to be desired here, as there isn't much going on to start and it fizzles out rather quickly. There really isn't much lacing going on here either which isn't what I was hoping for either. Outside of the brilliant coloration, the overall appearance isn't anything to get overly excited about.

S- The aromas are smooth and subtle, with barley malt noticed right up front, which has caramel notes. There are also some yeast and fruity esters present, primarily of banana peel and perhaps some citrus notes...orange comes to mind, but is is definitely in the background. The end has some mild hop aroma which really rounds out the overall aroma profile.

T- Well the flavors are actually a lot more muted overall than I has expecting! It isn't offensive by any means but I really feel that it is missing it's "oomph". It's balanced between the malt and bitterness on the finish, but there isn't much substance in between...it's actually quite clean tasting. The malt is noted, with muted flavors of caramel/toffee, followed by clean barley grain. The hop profile seems hidden on the finish, leaving my palate without any real sense of what I just have tasted...

M- This brew has a light-medium mouthfeel to it, and the carbonation is plentiful, but very fine, which really leaves the overall feel smooth and creamy....I'm guessing due to the suspended yeast within the liquid. As mentioned before, this is very clean overall and is pleasant enough on the palate flavor-wise, but it seems like it is missing something.

O- I would say that this is a very highly drinkable brew, as it's probably one of the mildest English Pale Ales that I've ever had. I would actually quite enjoy drinking several of these in a row and think this makes a superb Ale to enjoy in hot weather, or as an easy going beer to enjoy anytime. I will probably get this again at some point and recommend trying it...just a little disappointed in the somewhat uninspired take on the style overall.

ChrisCage, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of paxkey
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

pours out amber with ruby highlights. small head is gone quickly. very little carbonation that i can detect. looks inviting.

i smell hops and malt. a little piney. smells amazing.

bitter, with bready malt on the finish. more carbonation than i expected based on the appearance. also more bitterness then i expected. its fantastic.

the hops and bitterness do not overpower the malt, a fine balance is achieved.

very drinkable, the bitterness begs for more sipping. a winner.

just revisited this and not really impressed. the beer is probably the same but i think my palate at this tasting is much different. a very boring average beer . gonna keep up the original review but alter the score to reflect my new opinion.

paxkey, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to Arron for this one!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet grains, caramel, a little citrus fruits and some grassy hops.

Taste. Sweet malts, caramel, a little bit of mixed citrus juice, a little bitter with some grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Ovrall. Not bad. Nothing about it really stands out for me, but nothing offensive either. I'd drink it again.

Rutager, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ThinkAgain, Feb 09, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass with slippery light lacing. Nice bready malt aroma; pretty much just quite malty. Flavor is also similarly malty, biscuit and a lightly bready, somewhat attenuated and simple. A hint of light grassy hops in the finish. Light to medium bodied. A typical Wychwood English ale, with very nice flavor, but very light, almost watered down. This one got me hoping with the rich malt aroma, but the taste left me wishing for more of what is here. Nice malt, but simple and a bit bland.

LiquidAmber, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

WillAndSarah, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%

500ml Bottle: BBD 31 May 14, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 26 Nov 13.

Looked good, a light ruby body that was clear and clean above sat a full and lasting off-white pillow of foaming bubbles.

The nose was weak: hints of fruits and malts if you sniffed hard enough.

The taste was of semi-sweet malts with fruit notes, was expecting more to be honest.

Medium bodied and easy enough to drink, but it lacks polish and depth from start to finish.

BlackHaddock, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

CurtisD, Oct 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

pknyc, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

vinicole, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Caudalie, Mar 02, 2012
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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.