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Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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237 Ratings

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Burtonfree77
1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

Burtonfree77, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of biegaman
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours from can, slight head. A golden brown ('honey' brown) in colour. Lots of bubbles, considerable clarity. Not much aroma, certainly no hops. Some bready malt is about it. A very unique, albeit odd, taste. Some Belgian like character yeast, over coating a toffee malt body. Fair bit of English hops in the flavour, Fuggles mostly. The flavours evolved as it warmed to something reminiscent of a bad, cheap red wine. Awful. An off putting texture -watery, not quite creamy, not quite crisp - just uneven. Also leaves a stale, cardboardy aftertaste.

HOW does this have a shelf life of 18 months???

Of all the many styles of the world I'm sure these kind of English beers are absolutely among the worst affected by being put in cans. WHY? It kills the body, nulls the flavours and counters all the quintessentials of the style. The can does NO good for these kind of beers, and this is one of many I've tried lately that I could see being quite nice if it were alive, if it were fresh, if it were hand pumped from the source... but as it is here in front of me, this is nothing but sub-par. Very sub-par. A sad case.

biegaman, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks good, moderate carbonation, definitely has character, and they use only the four basic ingredients of beer but it is complex tasting anyway. But the brewer uses too many hops that just keep on going.

jdhilt, Oct 09, 2002
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, tan head with fairly good retention

Smell, jesus i dont know if it was skunky not due to the clear bottle and rip top bottle, but pretty nasty musky maltiness, i'm getting sick as hell of getting this skunky clear bottle, musky english ales, very unbalanced

Taste, musky, slight hop bitterness

Never again, pretty rough stuff

cypressbob, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of jackndan
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddles Country: I have to review this brew as it comes in a serving container that I've never had before. It pours from a five hundred milliliter clear bottle, but the top is very odd: it is a big mouth bottle with a tin pull, like the top of a milk bottle. Odd.

It appears that the top does not work that well either, as the beer poured very flat. Very little head. Nice ruby red color, perfectly clear, but a bigger concern is the fact that when opened I could smell a massive hit of skunk. Clear bottle, odd seal is not a good combination for a low alcohol, fairly highly hopped ale. Nice malty flavor just barley noticeable beneath the skunk, but not a very good English mild/bitter ale.

jackndan, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of SierraDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

SierraDeuce, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of matjack85
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this single 5OOml clear glass bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There was no freshness date on the bottle and their website is useless for finding out anything about the beer.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1½ finger off-white head that lasted awhile and left lots of nice lacing behind. The beer turns a bright new penny copper color
when held to light.

The smell certainly is unique, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed it. Heavy doses of butterscotch and toffee mixed with earthy smells and bittering hops.

Hard to say what the dominant flavor is. The sweet toffee and butterscotch maltiness competes equally with the grassy and bitter herbal hops. Certainly an interesting mix of flavors, but I'm not crazy about the way they taste together. I like pizza and I like chocolate, but I would never pour chocolate on my pizza. That's how I feel about this beer. I love toffee, I love butterscotch, and I love bitter hops. but I'm not so crazy about bitter toffee and bitter butterscotch. Most reviewers seem to like it though, so be your own judge.

This is a medium bodied beer with only moderate carbonation. Bitter aftertaste lingers on for awhile.

I couldn't drink more than one of these, nor would I waanr ro go back and pick up some more.

matjack85, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lighty hazy burnt orange beneath a nitro-enhanced creamed head.
Metallic gym socks on the nose. Turning more towards metal as it sits. Too often nitro hides the aroma. Oh how I wish that was the case here.
A ghost of butter-caramel begins things, then is quickly vanquished by a flour dryness. Stays powdery and flour-like for a moment just before the greasy, grassy hops enter. Dashes of wood and nuts are intermingled without any cohesion. Tea-like herbal finish.
Nitro hides the thinness, but fail to help anything
Nothing special, perhaps I'd try this again in the bottle or on draught, but never more in the nitro can.

cokes, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of hotstuff
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can. This brew poured an off-white long-lasting creamy head with fine-small sized bubbles. The lacing was excellent, but it did not last long. It had a spicy nose in my opinion. There was no carbonation present. The hue was orangish. This brew was definitely bitter tasting and it also had a lingering aftertaste to it.

hotstuff, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of SFLpunk
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quick review:

Pours a clear copper hue with a light white head. Aromas of all English malt and medium sweet molasses. Flavors are all from the malt with a hint of cheap fruitiness and a hint of a hop bitterness just to make it less cloying.

Didn't really care for this beer. It seemed like "just another English Ale." Nothing terrible to say, but won't be revisiting it.

SFLpunk, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of granger10
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I poured this I could barely extract a head, weird for an english ale. Then I smelled it and it seemed very hoppy. The taste left me with a grimace. Maybe this beer was slightly too old, or the container was not correct being clear and all led to a bad beer. Anyways it tasted extremely hoppy but sour at the same time. Almost like a rotten tarty fruit. Pretty dry finish. My tastebuds got more used to it the more I drank but not good at all. The bottle was the riptop was pretty cool looking though.

granger10, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average English bitter, slightly perfumy hops in the aroma, generally dry, with a bitter finish, tasty, but quite thin in body, i think it would be good for session drinking, OK, but nothing insane.

rastaman, Sep 26, 2002
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3/5  rDev -20%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Sqrson, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -20%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.5 liter clear glass "wide-mouth" custom bottle with metal pull tab, multicolored label

Appearance: bright copper color, medium off-white head, small, but sticky lacing

Smell: mostly hoppiness with some citrus aroma

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, bitter hops, hops, HOPS, some malt and minor lemon in background

Notes: just another English Bitter, not much to say about it

BeerBeing, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of flyingpig
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper coloured with a large frothy & slightly off-white head that starts to fade to a thin lacing.

A nice blend of toffee & caramel as well as some hops & a light fruity smell mixed in too.

Tastes rather typical for the style with caramel & bread. It has a dry, bitter finish.

Smooth and light to medium bodied with a dry finish. Easy to drink too.

A pretty average ale overall. It is pleasant & very drinkable as a session ale although it has nothing to make it stand out.


flyingpig, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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

tvv375ia, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with the prerequisite wipped cream-like head. Lacing is extensive. The aroma is of diacetyl and malt, with weakish hops. The taste is malty with a pronounced buttery flavor. Hops are floral and earthy, these must be Goldings. The diacytel is too prominent. The finish is malty with some slight vegetal flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy from the nitro.

This is a substandard bitter. It needs less butter and more hops.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

MoreThanWine, Aug 16, 2011
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Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.