Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by BarryNL:
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Beautiful clear copper colour, with a tight fluffy head which lasts well and laces the glass.
S: Fairly subtle aroma of English hops, a bit overpowered by carbon dioxide - as with many bottle versions this one was probably overcarbonated for the style.
T: An archetypical English bitter flavour.Early flavours of hops and crystal malts with a long, intense bitter finish on the back of the tongue.
M: Good middleweight mouthfeel - appropriate to its mid-strength alcohol level.
D: A very drinkable beer - well balanced and refreshing. At 4.7% the bottle strength is well beyond session level, but sinking a few at home in the evening would be very pleasant.
Overall, the only real criticism is that, like many bottled bitters, its over carbonated for the style - perhaps more appropriate to an American style. Still, a bit of swirling in the glass to remove some of the CO2 does wonders. Otherwise, this is exactly what a traditional English bitter should be; cricket on the village green on a long summer evening in every bottle.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2010 19:43:16 | More by BarryNL
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4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 08:48:55 | More by doktorhops
4.69/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 21:09:30 | More by delta490
Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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