Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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3.88/5 rDev +15.1%
A - Slightly hazy dark orange with a 2cm slightly off white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Light caramel malt aroma with some earthy/grassy and light citrus marmalade hop character.
T - Like the taste, a light caramel along with some dry bready notes folowed by light earthy & marmalade fruit flavours.
M - Low to medium carbonation, medium bodied with a moderate bitterness.
O - A decent enough english style pale ale.
04-25-2011 08:57:38 | More by brendan13
3.8/5 rDev +12.8%
A: Pours a bright, coppery amber with a modest but dense white head. Gradually dissipates to a foamy ring, leaving plenty of lacing.
S: Sweet biscuit malts with slightly grassy hops. Hints of caramel, honey, and candied fruit.
T: Sweet, bready malts balanced with floral hops, plus some nice undertones of roasted malts and fresh fruit.
M: Carbonation is crisp but smooth, bolstering the somewhat light body. The finish is dry and enduring without being overpowering; it's a pleasant, floral astringency with roasty notes.
D: Very drinkable on account of the standard ABV, smooth mouthfeel, and lasting, bitter finish. A good English pale ale, on the whole.
03-29-2011 00:26:39 | More by Kartoffeln
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.
10-08-2010 21:00:48 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +10.7%
Verbatim from notes: Light copper color. Looks like a decent amount of carbonation. White soapy head. Aroma is very faint, somewhat hoppy. Tastes a bit bitter, malt is nice. A little too much carbonation for me. Easy drinker. Smooth finish. Glad I tried it but I don't know if I would buy it again.
08-27-2011 04:10:19 | More by xuptygm
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Appearance: : It has a nice amber/ruby colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and lacing is present.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts, floral hops, with hints of caramely and fruity notes.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice caramely flavour to it along with a fruitiness. The malts and the hops are well balanced and the hops also give a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance and is very smooth with a dry finish.
Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.
02-13-2011 05:05:45 | More by SebD
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Purchased a bottle for $3.50 CDN from the LCBO. Served chilled.
Appearance - Dark orange, coppery color. 1+ fingers of ivory head that looks very dense and frothy. Some bubbles rising to the top. Sparse color left around the top of the glass.
Smell - Malty, slight dankness. Some caramel, with a light lemony aspect as well.
Taste - Fruity at first. Transitioning into a slightly earthy taste. It comes together nice and this is a good one. A bit leafy as well.
Mouthfeel - Dry finish, lowish carbonation, velvety smooth. However very light bodied and wanted a bit more weight.
Overall - A very nice beer. There's something hard to describe in the flavor profile that had me thinking that this is somewhere in between Wychwood's Wychwood and King Goblin both in taste and in enjoyment. When I cam online to see that this was actually made by Wychwood I was surprised at first and then not so much, since it seemed unlikely that another brewer could make a beer almost exactly halfway in between Wychwood and and King Goblin. Nevertheless rather enjoyed this.
01-16-2014 13:07:15 | More by DenisKolkin
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
Best Before Date 8/31/2011
Randomly spotted at the LCBO this week.
A- Ruby/copper colored pour. Two finger white head, slowly shrinks to thin white cap. Lacing is good.
S- Faint hops, strawberries, raisins, figs, yeast, sweet toasted malts.
T- Strawberries, cloves, somewhat prominent metal taste, earthy, grass, fresh biscuits, unripened raisins.
M- Silky and creamy. Carbonation is is light and satisfying. Very rich feeling.
D- Good sipper to enjoy the tastes. Would definitely go great with some red meat to pair this nicely.
09-23-2010 03:22:23 | More by korguy123
United Kingdom (England)
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, this new product in the Duchy Originals range is said to use "an English barley first used in 1905 called Plumage Archer", now sourced from organic farms including "Duchy Home Farm in Highgrove". BB 31/08/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: dark reddish amber in colour, good clarity, coming with a moderately thick off-white froth settling to a thin sheet to last, on top of a constant feed of fine fizz.
S: the aroma upfront is lightly peppery & ripe berry/plum-ish in terms of hop-malt mixture, like a premium bitter, autumny style; on the side are notes of green apples, a bit of dust, and rather light and refreshingly sweet notes of pale and semi-caramely malts. Pleasant, not complex.
T: very smooth, a swallow of decent pale malts, mildly sour-sweet fruitiness is ensued by well-lingering biscuity undertones with the English-pale-malt-plus-yeastiness' trademark "dirty-cloth"-like edge (very much like the same brand's Duchy Original Organic Ale, cask version), as well as a faintly peppery note of hops. "Undemanding" in the finish, in terms of hoppiness, bitterness, and overall flavour complexity; nonetheless, an interestingly dry-ish palate like a well-fermented pale ale lingers well, along with more pleasure provided by the quality malts.
M&D: softly carbonated, medium-bodied, this is all in all a very drinkable Pale Ale type of English Bitter - not so hoppy+bitter as one's standard Bitter or Best Bitter, not so fruity+malty as a Premium Bitter, but more along the lines of Marston's Pedigree, Sam Smith's OBB, or even Wadworth's 6X, in my opinion. The aftertaste is particularly enjoyable (the best selling point of this product), thanks partly to the conditioning kit (using the Brakspear's double-drop system?) and partly to, I presume, the old-ish malt, "Plumage Archer".
09-04-2010 19:30:03 | More by wl0307
3.66/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: Quickly dissipating head, tight spotted lacing. raspberry lambic color.
Nose: Raspberry and strawberry, lemon and lime.
Taste: Great mouthfeel with some bitterness and sweetness mixing together. Dark fruits and hops with a malty background.
NotesL This is unique. I really enjoyed it.
07-26-2014 03:56:33 | More by travolta
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.
11-20-2010 03:30:45 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
From my tasting notes...
A - Pours a nice amber colour, finger of head with decent retention, sporadic sticky lacing, and some fine visible body carbonation.
S - Some leafy biscuit malts with sweet caramel, though slightly bitter and metallic.
T - More of an earthy herbal hop off the top followed by a bready caramel malt on the finish. Bitter hops linger on finish, making for a nice hop / malt balance, though nothing outstanding.
M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.
D - Overall, a very tasty amber ale offering a nice hop / malt balance with some nice bitterness that lingers. Flavourful UK offering and worth a try, though not to be interpreted as anything mind blowing.
02-04-2011 02:23:12 | More by andrenaline
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
This looks gorgeous. A deep red beer as described by the word "Ruby" I suppose. The head vanished rather quickly into a thin dishwater type layer. The smell was inviting, but this tastes a bit too much of butterscotch and treacle for me. Even so it has a very sharp tinny bitterness to it. An adequate product but nothing to rave about.
12-30-2010 23:55:10 | More by shamus
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.
05-18-2014 01:27:19 | More by LiquidAmber
Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
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