Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours amber, clear with small stable head. In aroma toffee, berries and caramel, In taste sweet, quite dry, toffee and biscuit notes. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation. Not bad. (189 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Copper filtered, little, almost no carbonation, a half finger of beige head.


S: Fresh apples, like a ripe apple orchard and apple blossoms, toffee, caramel, black tea.


T: Toffee, caramel, black tea, apple blossoms. A slight hay, straw taste. A little molasses. Light bitterness on the end.


M: Medium thick, dry tannic body, medium low carbonation.


O: Very well done. Loving the orchard notes, and classic style. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Drank Oct 12th, 2014. (493 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddles County from Greene King is no longer brewed in Ruddles County, do I care about this fact? Does anyone? Interestingly Greene King produces some other [time to pull out your dictionary] anatopistic brews; Old Speckled Hen, Ridley's Old Bob and Wexford Irish Cream Ale to name a few... again does anyone care? Certainly not I, having never tried the original versions, but it does go to show when brewers merge into bigger brewers sometimes the heart and soul of an ale can be lost to the ages.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear safety orange body with a creamy white head that provides a decent lacing.

S: Toffee and treacle malt base is upfront with fruity (no doubt Fuggles) hops providing a tea and tobacco leaf background to this classic English Bitter aroma... it's so typical that I'm instantly teleported to a traditional Suffolk pub full of old Brits pint-gulping with plumb English enthusiasm "Pip pip, jolly good, and God save the Queen".

T: Unsurprisingly it tastes exactly like a classic English Bitter - toffee, treacle, tea and tobacco - the four T's of EB's! Reminiscent of the now-impossible-to-find Pride Of Oxford (by Oxfordshire Ales) this is quite a trip down taste-bud memory lane. There is also a slight hit of bitterness in the finish which is barely noticed in most EB's - also a nice change.

M: Mid to light bodied with a flat English pub ale carbonation, par for course here.

D: Colour me sepia; the impressed colour. This is really a spot on classic English Bitter, no nonsense here, and at 4.3% ABV it is highly up for a good session. In fact I do (despite my Belgian Tripel and IPA leanings) enjoy a good session ale session, and this ale fits that bill superbly... session [just wanted to get an extra 'session' in there].

Food match: Tea leaves and tobacco... how to fit them in the context of food? I know - tea marinated Hainan chicken with rice and an after-dinner cigar, damn I'm good. (1,954 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- clear deep copper brown with an off white head. Doesn't last long but does leave big lacing. A slight flow of carbonation is also visible

S- rich malt with notes of caramel

T- big malt flavor balanced against slight bitterness. Flavor is bready and sweet with jut a hint of nuttiness.

M- very smooth. No bite at all

O- a great example of an English bitter. Full flavored and malt forward. Is a great session beer and even better on tap when casked. (457 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich amber with off white foamy head, excellent clarity

Aroma: rich toffee and caramel notes with slight earthy hop character

Taste: Rich but nimble bodied, toffee and caramel notes come out to play but finish with a nice earthy bitter finish. Some sweetness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tangy and rich in the mouth

Overall impression: A surprisingly good ale from Greene King. Not as good as Abbot Ale in my opinion but at nearly a full percent ABV less than the Abbot, Ruddles County achieves great flavor and a nimble body. Definitely a great session beer. (595 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL clear bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a completely haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy ivory foam, but didn't have much retention. Still, not a bad looking beer.

Smell: malty concoction with a definite caramel character and nice, earthy hops. Mild, but well-composed.

Taste: light malty flavor with caramel, breadiness and a moderate bitterness. Not bad, but very middle-of-the-road; nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a decent carbonation and effervescent prickliness.

Overall: a decent, if not outstanding beer, I'm going to give this one a few bonus points for its great quaffability. A bit mild for greatness, but wonderful for a session. (766 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Appearance is a luxurious red-tinted bronze surmounted by an almost two finger head. Nice retention, decent amount of carbonation to be seen.

S - Here we have the malts, a dry woody scent, grass/hay, coupled with the hops riding high.

T - Caramel malts, scone bread, fruit zestiness, and the hops which are pronounced and bring an overall fluidity to the taste and body.

MF - Sufficiently carbonated - around medium, with a medium frothy body pairing gently with the hops for a luscious texture on the palate.

O - Quite a nice bitter, not outstanding, but well executed nonetheless. It was a bargain at 1.99 euro (it was on special). (643 characters)

Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Average dark amber color, very clear. Head retention is pretty fitting: thick at first sticks around for a minute or two.

Smells like your traditional british floral hops but not a lot of aroma coming out of this guy. Then again I was drinking it out of a tumbler (pint) glass.

Tastes great. Very hoppy and kinda dry. Earthy/Citrusy stickiness of the hops balances the sweetness very well. Almost covers it up.

I liked the dryness on the mouthfeel. Also a little stickiness from the hops. I mean that in a good way. The delicious bitterness sticks with you for a while. (574 characters)

Photo of cervezango
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is very weird.

got the hops feel and looks of our typical english bitter but it like sombody spiked it with some dense corn syrup.

it looks like watered down coke, light brownish orange color. typical british ale type of tiny head.

its very interesting strong caramel sweetness and strong bitter hops hops mixed, aparently the deistinct taste comes from a rare bramling cross hops, whatever the hell that is. i dont really love it, like the alsrom bros, but its definatly makeing a statement. going against the grain if you will.

it does grow on you a bit but its not really my type.

its intense flavor is only surpassed by its over powering sweet syrup / caramel apple scent. a little much in my opinion it actually distraces my senses away form my mouth and towards my nose.

sticky lingering mouth feel. (821 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear, coppery dark amber with a thick, fluffy, pale beige head. Crisp aroma is strong, but rather typically malty with a hint of pear. Malty flavor has an undertone of pear and just a little bit of fruity sweetness. Smooth texture has only average body and just a teeny bit of tingle. Not great, but still palatable - give it a fair shake. (358 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cL CLEAR bottle into pint glass.

A: a very clear, bright light brown hue. head is promising and has OK retention and lacing.

S: aroma is actually a good bit floral. a pleasant english hoppy-ness. earthy and spicy. a little bit of black pepper. a little bit of toasty malt, but this one is mostly hoppy.

T: a very tasty toasted grainy flavor starts the body. the palate then moves towards a sort of bitterness from a darker malt. there is also an underlying hop bitterness in there as well. a rich nuttiness follows in the finish.

M: mellow carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: highly quaffable. this is a style that i have never been too impressed with however, i am enjoying just about everything about this brew. just a perfect balance between hop and grain to make a flavorful, and very easy drinking brew. (821 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Comptoir Irlandais (Nantes), and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, grassy and spicy notes with good bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Bitter. (294 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to try and get a frothy head into tulip glass and topped up .

A nice amber colour and thin holding head that slightly laces.

Wonderful aroma of hops and delivers a nice punchy bitterness in taste that lingers on the tongue and slates thirst nicely.

A decent bitter, better than average for sure, my father says it was much better in years gone by, my then what a beer it was then, then. (396 characters)

Photo of micmillon18
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. No born on date on the bottle but my local store was good enough to order it as fresh as can be.

A - Clear amber color with little to no head retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malts along with some nice berry scents, like that of strawberries or something; I can't seem to put my finger on it. Not overly strong on the nose but what's there is decent.

T - Solid, tasty maltiness upfront followed by that aforementioned berry-like flavor. It then gives way to a balancing hoppy bitterness and some grassy notes. Finishes semi dry, with a slight biscuity flavor.

M - Carbonation in check. Light-medium bodied.

O - A solid, sessionable ale, though I'm glad to have had it fresh. In past experiences, this beer has conveyed a slightly metallic, off putting flavor if left on the shelves too long (perhaps due to the clear bottle?). (887 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a British Pint Glass.

Coppery medium amber with a thin cream colored head that leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, apples and maybe a whiff of sulfur and minerals.

Mouthfeel; solid and big.

Taste: biscuity malt paves the way for an herbal hop sting, followed by an honey covered apricot sweetness and a mineral like aftertaste.

Notes: WOW! This one does it for me and then some. A dry, fruity EPA with an earthy aftertaste. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is currently my favorite EPA but this one isn't far behind. I will buy this again (and again). (600 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a transparent amber color.

There are some grassy hop odors with a bit of malt.

This beer has a very creamy taste. There are also some definite grassy hop flavors as well. This beer has a peculiar flavor that some (my wife) may find off putting. But I love it. There is a malt backbone that is both malty and a bit fruity (citrus?)

This is a very luxurious beer that keeps a nice bit of foam the whole way down.

This is what I love about good British ales. It's flavors are full and mature but it is nonetheless a highly quaffable beer. (571 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A-nice copper color with about a 1 finger head that left a little bit of lacing on the glass

S-Malt with a hint of skunk that seemed to go away after letting the glass sit for a minute or so

T-Malt with a bitter finish

M-finishes pretty dry maybe it is the bitterness that make it seem dry

O-ok, that skunk smell at first was sort of a turn off but overall it was not bad, maybe it is just a freshness issue (453 characters)

Photo of dudelove7485
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Copper in color and cloudy. Off-white head with very small bubbles that leave no lacing. Strong, toasty aroma (almost burnt) with a hint of grape. Smooth, light-medium body with low carbonation; a little thin, but not watery. Taste is sweet, but not overpowering, with caramel and malt. Aftertaste is peppery and bready and lingers pleasantly around the tonsils. Very satisfying. (414 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1.5" offwhite head. Bright clear but iced tea brown color. Smells like a wee start of skunking and not much else. Taste is very mild, actually kind of BMC, but it has an interesting persistent bitter malt after taste. Drinkable but not really a standout. And maybe if they'd give up on the clear glass bottling we'd have something else to smell besides the early road to skunking. (388 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a beauty. The colour is a beautiful transparent copper with a thick creamy looking one inch off-white head. Very impressive for a non-nitro can. I was actually expecting this one to be nitro since I heard it was available as such.
The smell is very faint. Sweet and metallic.
The taste is pretty good for a hoppy, bitter beer. It has a raw astringent character that can make it taste a bit metallic, but I'd prefer that over an overly grassy flavour. I also like the malty sweetness behind it. Although, there's nothing fresh about the flavour. It tastes a bit like stale bread. Still, I enjoyed the combination of hoppy astringency with sweet breadiness.
Still, it was a bit mediocre. Let's call it slightly above average. (728 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. Described on the label as originating from Rutland - England's smallest county.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Forms a small frothy head of white foam that subsides after a minute or so. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with notes of toffee/caramel, nuttiness, buttery diacetyl and stewed hops.

Tastes of mild roasted malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of toffee/caramel, stewed hops, nuttiness and esters, along with a subtle background hint of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly. Leaves the palate rather dry. Aftertaste of roasted malt and bitter cooked hops.

A decent ale with a robust malty character and dry bitterness - well-rounded and balanced. However the diacetyl comes across as a flaw, albeit not an unpleasant one. This ale also lacks the depth that live conditioning would provide. Worthy but not world-class. (941 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with a medium head and lacing.

S: mild aroma of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness and sort of grainy.

T: nice sweetness of caramel and malts, with a good bitterness to keep it from running away. There is a nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, sooth and creamy. very well balanced.

O: Easy drinker and very sessionable beer. Better than I remember from years ago. I will have to see if I can find this from cask while back in England. (469 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light tan-hued body with a tall, proud, off-white head. Pleasant-looking lacework.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of butterscotch and dark honey, lightly bready malts, a bit of almond, a some herbaceous hops tossed with metal shavings.

Taste: Sweetish, buttery caramel maltiness, with a light nuttiness, but, right off the bat, a sharp metallic harshness swats down a potentially pleasant beer. A small splash of amaretto. Grassy, herbal hops, moderately bitter, but, ugh, that metallic quality never really leaves you, lingering well beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Sorry, I simply find it hard to get around Ruddles County's metallurgic aspirations. (797 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well the clear glass worries me a bit. Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. The initial aroma coming out of the first pour were skunky, luckily as the glass sat it subsided. Smells of butterscotch, caramel and toffee very sweet smelling with a little earthy mineral bitterness. Taste follows the smell fairly well, but the skunk came back. Sweet and malty with an earthy mineral edge. Moderate carbonation, medium body with a sweet bubbly mineral water mouthfeel. The mercaptan killed this one for me. Not a bad brew, but probably not something I would seek out again. (629 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From cask to shaker glass at RFD in DC on 5/28/11
*From notes

A: Dark ruby-amber. There's no head and merely some bubbles around the edges of the brew due to the cask conditioning.

S: Medium charred wood and some hints of creamy malt and vinegar.

T: A smokey wood bomb. The beer seems to be nothing more then a delivery device for the tannic acid imparted by the cask. A good bit of melted butter and heavy cream round out the profile of the brew.

M: Little to no carbonation. Oily. I know the cask conditioning will affect the mouthfeel and it certainly has. Not a fan of how this one drinks.

O: Ruddles County ESB is a reasonably good example of a traditional British cask conditioned Bitter. You could certainly do better, and when presented with the opportunity, look elsewhere. In a pinch though, this will get the job done. (834 characters)

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