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

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
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:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 09-04-2010)
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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
Photo of paxkey
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 bryehn
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second or third time I've picked this one up. Halfway through a glass I poured roughly 30 minutes ago.

I've never tried an "old ruby" ale before, but it looks nothing like the ruby beers I've tried recently; namely Hobgoblin and St. Peters Ruby Red Ale.

That said, this beer does have a nice colour to it, a rich copper-amber tone that started with a frothy white head and left a fair amount of lace on my glass.

The aroma is rather faint, I get a fresh grainy smell laced with a honey-like sweetness and deep malt backing. Easily the best smelling organic beer I've tried.

I find the mouthfeel satisfying and creamy with a low carbonation. Maybe a bit yeasty feeling, but not sticky or offensive.

I get a malty, toasted biscuit taste primarily with a very crisp, dry bite quickly following. I'm also noting a citrus taste that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also a sort of mineral or metallic taste noticeable when first poured as well, but it does dissipate.

The aftertaste is on the bitter side and I find this long-named beer quite drinkable. I should start getting more than one at a time.

bryehn, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of shamus
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

shamus, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear copper with a 1cm white head. Some lacing is produced.

S - Caramel sweetness, earthy, floral, and fruity.

T - Light caramel, mild fruity tang and a good hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, and a persistent bitter aftertaste.

D - A good Pale Ale. Not a stand out but no complaints either.

decimator, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Viggo
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Viggo, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

korguy123, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with moderately dense, but fizzy, popping head.

S - Nose has some citrus and some grass, hints of metalllic caramel.

T - Well balanced flavour. Some fruit, some caramel, some decent hopping. Not too dry nor sweet. A little bit of toastiness.

M - Maybe a bit on the light side, not quite watery, but could definitely use some more body.

D - Very drinkable brew.

allergictomacros, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

kwjd, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

wl0307, Sep 04, 2010
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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.