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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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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

05-27-2013 23:46:11 | More by Cramshawbar
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-24-2013 02:53:22 | More by DarkForest
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -33%

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

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:27:34 | More by Kremlock
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

03-16-2013 17:18:46 | More by NightINgale
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Alberta (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:40:45 | More by ChrisCage
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-16-2013 21:15:26 | More by vinicole
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2013 02:19:34 | More by KStark
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

01-05-2013 01:11:32 | More by NeanderthoR
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3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle. Pours an orange reddish beatiful colour, with a small head that dissapears soon. Smell of orange and caramel, some earthy character. Thin and light on the palate. Taste is the same as the smell: caramel, orange. Earthy and dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 16:04:25 | More by janubio
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this lurking in my cellar, I suspect it has been there for at least a year and a half. anyway here it goes.

This poured a deep reddish amber with a bit of head and minimal lace. Smell at first was a little sour but then the sourness subsided with the aroma of caramel malt. Taste is sweet, a touch bitter, a little tangy, not too bad actually. The mouthfeel is a little thick, I had to take this one slow as it just felt like a heavy beer.

Overall it's decent. I was hoping for something a little less sweet and a little more hoppy but either way I wasn't thoroughly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:14:59 | More by funkengruven
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-22-2012 15:55:24 | More by CurtisD
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

09-15-2012 02:28:10 | More by Vyronian
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

09-10-2012 22:26:19 | More by Molson2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB (30/04/13) Pours quite little head, colour is definitely on the ruby side of brown, with the barest of carbonation.

The aroma has some fruity notes mixed with malt, red fruit and berries, but fairly restrained. Seems like it could use a little bit more hops, something about the malts seems overly candy-sweet and unbalanced.

Taste is initially dominated by malt, very sweet malt, has some cherries also. Hops presence is lacking. Has the normal flavour of biscuit malt meshed with sweet fruit. Doesn't come across as having a huge depth of flavour, sweetness is on the harsh side.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth initially, before a bit more bitterness comes through, carbonation is light, with a medium body. Not bad, but not great, leaves a fair bit to be desired. Drinkability is acceptable.

Surely one of the more unremarkable EPAs I've tried. Found little going on, cloying sweetness, bit unbalanced. Tolerable when cold. Superior beers out there than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:37:57 | More by mick303
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle from the LCBO; best before April 30th 2013. I used to be a big fan of English pale ales, but in the last few years my interests have drifted elsewhere - and in the last few months specifically, I've barely tried any new EPAs at all. This one was on sale, so it was as good a time as any to tick it off.

Pours an attractive clear copper-amber colour, generating a bit more than a finger of foamy off-white head. Fairly good retention, with decent smears of lacing left behind in its wake. The aroma is nice, but pretty standard for the style - bready, biscuity pale malts, fruity peach or apricot notes, with maybe a brush of floral, grassy hops.

Decent flavor that meets most of my prerequisites for the style - biscuity malts and light toffee sweetness, with some fruity esters of apples, pears, or perhaps some other sort of orchard fruit. Light, leafy, earthy bitterness toward the finish from the English-style hops. Good balance between hops and malts for a relatively pleasant, bittersweet flavour. On the light side of medium-bodied, very smooth with soft carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.48, an acceptable B-minus. This is a decent, relatively simple brew that is mild, balanced, and overall quite refreshing - a respectable EPA, for sure, with a good, strong flavour profile for a 5%er. I'm enjoying this pint, and I may enjoy another one in the future.

That being said, it's not really worth buying frequently unless you are specifically looking for organic beer. There are other (cheaper) EPAs that are much more readily available and of comparable, if not superior quality. This one is worth a try for the tick, but don't expect to have your socks knocked off.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 06:48:28 | More by thehyperduck
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:32:24 | More by Rutager
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

05-10-2012 19:12:20 | More by Hanglow
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-03-2012 05:05:22 | More by traumaqueen
Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.