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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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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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New York

1/5  rDev -70.3%

07-11-2014 18:29:38 | More by Roze
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Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -36.8%

Pours a nice red/orange colour, a head of about half a finger which disappeared almost immediately, absolutely no carbonation.

When poured there was a faint aroma of strawberries and some small floral notes, but one in the glass and after the head was completely gone it was hard to really smell anything. Reminded me of the smell of flour, i guess it has a smell but it's not worth noticing.

The taste was along the same lines, there was some very faint hop bitterness and fruity notes but barely perceptible.

Overall not worth the try.

03-28-2011 14:39:35 | More by SgtStout
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

04-18-2013 02:43:33 | More by vfgccp
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

10-09-2012 16:17:38 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%

I suspect this may have came to the LCBO in Ontario as some sort of mistake. The LCBO website lists this as the Duchy Originals Organic Ale, which they also had (as well as what it said on the shelf/price tag), so I decided to pick this up to try another beer from the brewery.

Pours a bright reddish-orange colour with white head that dissipates leaving a thin layer with small amount of lacing around the glass. Smell is biscuity malt, mild floral hops and I think I get a bit of a metallic smell. Flavour is a bit bitter with some sweetness, but something is a little bit off. This should be fresh because it just came to the store this week.

09-17-2010 00:17:53 | More by kwjd
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

A - Orangish colored beer with a white head that left a good amount of lace and spots on the side.

S - Smells like sweet BO. That's not a smell that really belongs in a beer. A little fruit with some toasted grain. Yuck.

T - It does taste better than it smells. Some sweet caramel that's slightly fruity. Little bit of toasted grain.

M - Lighter body, some active carbonation.

O - No reason to drink this again. Unpleasant smell does this one in almost from the beginning.

07-16-2011 19:49:56 | More by AgentZero
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

500 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark coppery orange, some reddish highlights, dark amber, fluffy off white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick.

Smell is alright, sweet and malty, some caramel, a bit of brown sugar, light treacle, quite fruity, some strawberries and a hint of cherry, touch of raisin, lightly earthy, a bit of christmas cake aroma, neat.

Taste is very weak and watery, light fruitiness, some honey/caramel sweetness, a touch of floral, and thats it, completely dies.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, smooth for virtually flavourless.

12-09-2010 22:18:07 | More by Viggo
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

07-12-2014 01:16:43 | More by JoeMans
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2.8/5  rDev -16.9%

Bottle received as a birthday gift - almost certainly purchased at the LCBO. Served in a pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lacing. Hazy honey orange body.

S - Yikes - the first things that come to mind are vomit and sweat. There's also a bit of skunk in there. As it warms up, some herbal notes and toasted grains come out, but this does not smell very good.

T - Taste is better. Pretty standard English ale flavors - fruity English ale yeast, a bit of treacle, as well as some lemon and herbal hop flavors. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Pleasant medium-low carbonation, light body, crisp, clean, and slightly dry finish.

D - Smell is horrible. Otherwise this is pretty middling. When will someone (other than Cantillon) make good organic beers?

07-16-2011 16:17:52 | More by MasterSki
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United Kingdom (England)

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.

11-27-2013 09:57:45 | More by BlackHaddock
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%

Curious that Old Ruby should have no actual ruby colour in it what so ever; even calling this fair auburn beer orange seems a bit of a stretch. That's not to say, however, that it isn't an attractive beer. On the contrary, its toasty complexion, frosted clarity and fine trim make it look quite dapper. 'Ruby' must just be British slang for something.

This aroma (lack there of) is a testament to the fact that the most environmentally sensible ingredients are not always the most gastronomically sensible. Anyone who's tried replacing beef with tofu is likely to agree. It's comforting to know these malts were selected from near-by organic farms, but it's unfortunate that that's resulted in much less character.

I bet the people in charge of Duchy Originals listen to a lot of easy rock. And find pepper too spicy. And find stripes too flashy. This taste is plainer than plain white bread. No honey. No jam. Just toast. Dry toast. I'm tempted to pass some credit to the hops, but the earthy, floral element they lend dissipates too quickly and is so muted to begin with. Grainy, biscuity sweetness is what we're given and that's all we get.

I'm all for organically grown and sustainably produced food products. I do wonder, however, what sense it makes for a brewery working towards those ends to ship their products half way around the world. With regards to their ecological footprint it seems counter-productive, no? Either way, they shouldn't have - we make our own dull beers!

The brewers of the world have yet to convince me that 'organic' doesn't equate to 'bland'. While I'm sure that that doesn't *have* to be the case, it has been so far. Duchy's organic ales obviously do a lot of good but they also have one fault: they're boring. The brewery should do the next environmentally friendly thing: stop exporting them!

02-21-2011 23:21:16 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

03-23-2014 01:13:26 | More by SurpriseTruck
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

06-11-2013 00:23:50 | More by djcreepshow
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

10-22-2012 15:55:24 | More by CurtisD
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New York

3/5  rDev -11%

01-02-2014 01:47:37 | More by pknyc
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

05-18-2014 06:40:55 | More by DreamDeath
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

11-11-2012 01:03:25 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

06-15-2013 18:13:50 | More by TheBeeraholic
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

11-24-2011 02:56:29 | More by oldp0rt
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3/5  rDev -11%

12-13-2013 20:08:52 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -11%

05-10-2012 19:12:20 | More by Hanglow
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

05-24-2013 22:16:55 | More by hotsudge
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%


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.

10-21-2010 01:22:34 | More by pootz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -8%

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Beer pours a red-amber colour. A creamy white head forms but quickly disappears. A thick trail of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Predominantly a 'bready' smell. And Grains. A light hop aroma, tho I can't tell anything more specific. Some fruit is evident, most likely berries of some sort.

Taste - The 'bready' smell comes through here as well. Followed by a pleasant hop kick. The bitterness lingers, along with a light cherry like flavour.

Mouthfeel - Quite a decent body, but not particularly noteworthy for the style. Carbonation is very low.

Overall - 3/5

05-15-2013 01:55:59 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Deep copper in colour. Pours a nice 1/4 inch head that settles to a nice film. Beer is clear and no particles visible.

S: Malt backbone present with some bread and cherries.

T: Smell come through on the flavours with a bit of medicine flavours. Hop bitterness present and well balanced with the malt.

M: Well carbonated, a bit sharp on the palate.

O: Honestly, I remember this beer being a lot more fruity and inviting. This bottle is sharp, bitterness balanced the malt but it's a bit harsh.

03-18-2013 00:27:34 | More by Kremlock
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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.