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

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78
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89 Ratings
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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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Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Rutager, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -11%

Hanglow, May 10, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

ElGallo, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is amber reddish it is a nice presentation with a medium carbonation and it has a withe head that presents a medium retention also, with small bubbles that forms a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Some malts concentration, not other intense aromas can be easily detected.

T: Very classic flavor, full of malts and with some hops, also it should contain some classic English ingredients like maybe some fruits.

M: Some sweetness at the beginning not a disgusting or difficult sensation that is well balanced and then changes into a bittersweet medium and at last a more bitter ending that last good enough. Body sensation is between medium and thin.

karait95, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Caudalie, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ThinkAgain, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev +18.7%

galluch, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper colour with a creamy stark-white foam head. Very good retention and equal lacing.

S: Toffee, biscuit, nutty, herbal element, orange-grapefruit citrus, and lemon zest. Quite refreshing and appealing, albeit a little subdued.

T: Biscuit-like malt and toffee with a refreshing citrus hop element that's quite subtle. Floral aspects poke through. Detecting an appealing slight earthy (grassy) funkyness.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Oily character with a robustness and lingering deep bitterness. Very good considering the ABV.

D: I enjoyed this english pale ale quite a bit. Will be keeping an eye out for other Wychwood Brewery offerings.

Digimaika2, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +48.4%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -11%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

xuptygm, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 17, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AgentZero, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

MasterSki, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

brendan13, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kartoffeln, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of SgtStout
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

SgtStout, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light copper or golden-ish with lot's of carbonation leading to a fluffy one finger, white head. Tremendous lacing sticking to the glass the whole way and a quarter-finger cap of soapy head remaining. Bright.

S - Lot's of nice caramel mingling with subtle English hops. Lovely balance in the aroma. Smells a little like a cracker with a tropical fruit spread on it or something. Quite biscuity, butterscotchy, and fruity. Very inviting, but not powerful.

T - Largely the same. Quite complex for its abv. Quite biscuity up front and slightly sweet, fading to a fruity character, finishing sweet, yet balanced with a mild, fruity bitterness. There's also a sort of appley, fruity note there too, keeping it a little lighter. Sort of soapy and metallic as well; largely the reason this is held back.

M - Medium bodied with a significant amount of carbonation. Carbonation stands out as it's probably more than I'm used to for the style.

D - I could have a number of these in a pub but it's not something I will be seeking out as a sessionable ale any time soon. A tasty beer, just not what I'm looking for to have alot of.

tbeckett, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of biegaman
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

biegaman, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

SebD, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

andrenaline, Feb 04, 2011
Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.