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Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001)
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TagoMago

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pt. 6 oz bottle, which looks like an old fashioned milk bottle, featuring a unique pull-off lid. The beer was then poured into an English pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper with a slight reddish hue. Pours with a beautiful head and fades to a fairly thick, creamy foam layer coating the top of the beer.

Smell: Raw, grassy hops with a rather prominent, buttery diacetyl aroma, coupled with some subdued malts in the background.

Taste: This beer is incredibly smooth upfront - as is the finish - with a raw, somewhat herbal, slightly grassy hop character. There is also a very noticeable buttery diacetyl flavor present. The malt character is somewhat bready in taste.

Overall: Smooth. Smooth. Smooth. This is an incredibly drinkable English ale, loaded with flavor. An incredibly quaffable beer, though a bit pricey. Highly recommended,

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 05:07:10 | More by TagoMago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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