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Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Ruddles CountyRuddles County

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very good

245 Ratings

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of TagoMago
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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,

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It never ceases to amaze me that I can pour these nitro cans/bottles very aggressively and they never threaten to overflow the glass. The head seems to expand downward instead of upward and then clears from the bottom up.

Slightly hazy orange-amber; much more orange than amber. The head is beige, creamily solid and is holding rock steady at one finger. It looks rather like thick, rich whipped cream perched atop the beer. The cap hangs around until the end and generates a thick collar of lace that follows it down the glass. The nose is muted initially since it has to fight through that dense disk of foam. Slight caramel malt aroma, but that's about it.

Enjoyable flavor, at least to my palate. Toasted grain malty, herbal-earthy hoppy (with a pleasantly bitter 'bite') with a nicely creamysmooth mouthfeel. I'm still not sure how I feel about nitro, but it's been used to great effect in this beer. It finishes unsweetened tea-like dry with a longish finish.

These English pub ales are growing on me. Ruddles County does most everything right and was a pleasure to consume. I bought this on my most recent trip to Ohio; I don't believe that I've seen it around here. If I run across it locally, I'll definitely buy it again. Good stuff.

Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro can, this beer has a deep copper color and a nice reverse cascading effect. It forms to a quite persistent 2 finger head. Aroma is a mix of sweet malt and flowery hops. Flavor begins sligtly sweet, then becomes very pleasantly bitter... some bread notes as well a herbal and floral qualities. Mouthfeel is light and smooth... very low carbonation per the nitro widget. All in all this is a very good beer, and probably the best beer I've had from a nitro can. It *almost* made me think I was drinking a cask ale.

Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...a real nice session type brew. Excellent head covers a copper colored brew. Nose is light, but filled with a hoppy presence. Flavor is lightly sweet followed by a touch of citrus presence...earthy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and light..very nice. Drinkability is excellent..the light hop bitterness on the finish cleanses the palate very nicely. Easily drink 2-4 of these without a problem.

Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is clear, deep copper red. The big, generous and compact foam of beige bubbles dissolves slowly into a layer of big bubbles.

The smell is sweet with a strong flavour of bitter hops, and there are tones of nuts, coffee, alcohol, diacetyl and leather.

The carbon dioxide is soft with big bubbles.

The first taste is a strong mixture of diacetyl and sweet malt. It is followed by a dry bitterness with hints of bitter almonds and apricot, and after that I could feel some diacetyl. The aftertaste is complex, yet balanced with a mix of bitter hops and sweet malt with a little touch of salt, lemon juice and dried fruits. Did I mention the word "complex"?

Solid, I like this one. If the first wave of flavours had been a little more abstemious, and thus made it a little more drinkable, I would maybe even have given it a “5”.

Photo of Doiv
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour with a short-lived creamy off-white head. Aroma is musty and caramelly, with a malty pineapple hint along with the hops.
Taste is slightly metallic, malty and hoppy, with an earthy, bitter kick to it.
The mouthfeel is slightly gritty and powdery, but the drinkability is great.

Photo of palma
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color body with a thick and creamy looking tan head that really lasts and sticks to the glass very well. Smell was nutty and sweet with noticeable tea like aroma. Taste is robust and nicely hopped with flavors of toasted malt, caramel, licorice and some citrus notes. Bitter finish. A full bodied beer. Smooth mouthfeel though a little on the thin side.

Photo of bgcookie
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The glass bottle was very interesting. It looked like an old milk bottle. It had a nice copper hue and slightly cloudy. Head retention was good as well. It laced the sides of the glass as it dissipated. There was some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma had hints of diacetyl, grass and sweet malt. The carbonation was just right. There was some diacetyl in the flavor which was balanced well by the hop bitterness and sweetness of the malt. The finish was dry and slightly bitter, grassy and earthy, fuggle possibly or willamette perhaps.

This was another fine English bitter. You could certainly make this a session beer.

Photo of pezoids
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a pull tab bottle, this beer poured a very clear orangey amber color with just a tint of ruby showing when held up to the light. Topped by a thin creamy head. I let this warm up a bit from the normal fridge temp to unlock some flavor. Interesting aroma. It shows some sweet graininess like pilsner, but floating right beside is a bouquet of mixed fresh fruits and even a hint of butter toffee and caramel.

The taste is sweet, buttery and fruity all at once. Medium light in body. An earthy hop bite finishes this one off and leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. A very nice and flavorful English ale. Enjoyed it very much.

Greene King continues to satisfy the palate with down to earth outstanding ales.

Photo of francisweizen
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a cool half-pint clear glass bottle, with an old-fashioned metal pull tab. The aromas were a bit skunky (damn) but the nice biscuity maltiness shined through anyway. The taste was quite malty with some nice floral hops in the middle and a lovely finish as well. The mouthfeel is grainy, creamy, and smooth, and the drinkability is great as well. Probably unreal on cask...

Photo of WesWes
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has all the English ale qualities. It's bitter and creamy with a mild aroma hopping. The taste is not bad. It is bitter and creamy with a malty flavor. It finishes watery; a product I think is from the clear bottle. The mouthfeel is above average. It is a medium bodied beer with below average carbonation. This is a good drinking English ale. It has some faults, but not enough to keep me away.

Photo of shippos
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass bottle with the pull-off foil top. poured with a thick dense white head and a orangy-amber color. very fresh flowery hop aroma, definetly an english variety, slight fruity aroma with a touch of malt...but the hops are the definte contender here. smooth clean and refreshing with a hoppy aftertaste that leads to very dry finishvery nice creamy mouthfeel and an excellent session beer. the only way to improve this would be to knock back the hops a bit and this would be outstanding.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool short stout clear bottle with a very short and wide mouth - really could be a milk bottle. Unusual pull off top, too. The label is plain, featuring just a big tree and the name. Ingredients conform to the purity law. I couldn't find any freshness data.

Pours a clear pale copper - a bit lighter than I remember proper bitters being. The head was thin and bubbly, and settled pretty quickly to just spotty film. Nice malty nose with a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is heavy and slightly carbonated. The taste is good, sweet barley malt followed by a very nice hoppy bite. The smooth bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste, just as it should. I quite like it!

Photo of stcules
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strange bottle, that looks like an old milk bottle.
The foam has some big bubble, it isn't thick. Dark copper reddish colour, with a lot of bubbles on the glass.
Smell of wood smoke, and ash, but fresh (?). Maybe some liquorice, and wood.
At the taste it is not too carbonated at all, in spite of the appearance. You can feel the ash again, but even the hop bitter, and smoke.
Liquorice and mou. Pleasant.
In the aftertaste, liquorice and wood again. And hop in the back. Medium body.

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.

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange with a very nice creamy head from the nitro can,aroma was faint and lightly metallic with a light herbal/grassy tone.Taste is pretty dry with a light biscuit flavor with a definant grassy hop backbone a light metallic flavor I also noticed.A definant easy drinker here not to complex but pretty good and easy to drink.

Photo of mydeadguy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange hue with a finely bubbled, off white head thet drops and leaves behind a film that lasts the whole beer and plenty of stickage.
Scent is just beautiful, malty, grassy, sweet and bitter hops and earthy. Taste is strong malt then hoppy, slighty citric, bitter and herbal, very complex but smooth and well crafted. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied with just enough carbonation to produce a nice head and lightness in the mouth, holds and caresses the palate. Very drinkable, a seriously great bitter. If these weren't 3 bucks a pop, I could drink any number of them.

Photo of ngandhi
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque amber with a nitro head (a la Guinness).

Hops on the nose; mild lemony notes. How else can I say this? It smells like beer; like British beer.

Incredibly creamy for a bitter (besides the nitro cap), this is the fullest bitter I've encountered and actually does a good job of mimicking the hand pump. Slightly yeasty with some mild citric notes and a controlled yet firm hop bittering. Hop influence reminds me of Northern Brewer. The flavor opens up to green pears, a lot of rind, and always comes back to the perfect, perfect, perfect hop bittering. There's corn way in the background behind the fruits and hops and mild malt, deep in a crack in the corner of the brewery behind the mash tuns in some old brewer's lunchbox. Lightly phenolic finish.

My only complaint is the nitro canning. Though intended to mimic the hand pump (and I am indeed reminded of being in an English pub again), the nitrogen injection lends that thick plush white head that maintains a good quarter to half inch AND laces all the way down the glass (exactly like Guinness). The bitter's malt and hop profile and extraction temperatures are so well crafted that this is already quite a full-bodied beer -- lavishly so. Having to drink it through this stubborn brick of foam makes the beer pick up too much body (I never knew there was such a thing) to a point where it overpowers the brew and makes it tough to drink. (If the beer beneath Guinness' nitro head had this much body, it might be a respectable stout. )

Otherwise, this is an honest, authentic beer and as close to Suffolk as Urbana, Ill will ever get.

Relax, relax.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why I haven't tried this before, but it's a good representation of the style - reminds me of the bitters I had in London. Orangey color with a frothy white head. Aroma is hoppy and grassy, very clean. Flavor is sweet malt, with some hints of corn. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Subtle malty finish. Very good all around.

Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brassy gold, good clarity, topped with a thick, merengue-like white head. Good nitro lace, although the head really thins out as the pint goes down.
The aroma is typically deadened by the nitro. Light pale malt, with some mild diacetyl butterscotch and a bit of pear and juicyfruit esters. Faint touch of goldings hopping.
The flavor starts out with some light, sweet pale malt. A touch of toasted or crystal malt, with a moderate diacetyl butterscotch flavor coming through into the middle. Great estery flavor, with a sweet, fruity pear and some white grape that lingers into the finish. Diacetyl continues into the finish, with a lightly herbal goldings hoppiness providing a balancing bitterness. A fruity, slightly malty aftertaste with a bit of nitro tinniness.
A pretty good english ale, much better casked or in the bottle. I wish I could find this on regular tap, because the nitro, while smooth, kills so much of the flavor, and the beer is very delicate to begin with.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 500 ml green can, freshness date on bottom (only 2 weeks past it). Pours out a very appealing clear amberish orange, thick creamy off-white head capping it off. Leaves some massive walls of lace in its wake. Aroma is of sweet malt, toffee, a bit nutty (if not entirely crazy!), even the scent of raisins is in there, rounded off by very floral hops. Big hop flavour all the way around, it crowds out everything else, surprising for such a mild and complex nose. A bit of raisin on the aftertaste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, this is a real British pale ale that packs a whallop while going down easy all the same. Definitely worth going back for more.

Photo of TheDM
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium foamy head of fine off-white bubbles and a carbonated slightly dark amber colored body. It has a malt-hop-floral aroma with a slightly chewy hop-bread flavor that starts out smooth and ends with a lingering slight bitter aftertaste. It leave a most excellent clinging vine lacing on the side of the mug when you tip it that never disappeared and covered the entire side of the mug. One of the best lacings I have seen in a brew

Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another sample from the Ale Mary's line up (see:beerfly). Poured a deep copper/orange with a fair bit of fog and a fluffy, thick white head.The smell was average at best and not too much interesting poking out. The taste was good though with sweet citrus hops balanced with a scotchy malts flavor for an interesting blend not too often found in a bitter. It warmed me up on an all too cold spring evening and did not overwhelm me in the bitterness. Quality brew.

Photo of nomad
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty damn opaque, with is color being a dark orange-amber-brown. If I knew my horticulture better I could tell you what kind of obscure wood it looked like. Had a soft cream head, little lace, and good spots and tendrils of stain.

Nose was nutty, creamy, with a nascent malt, and a light smell of what bark smells like when its falling of from cut wood. Taste was of a great bitter over a smooth malt - good balance. The bitter was strong but very smooth; seemed like the hops were maybe even roasted. Also had subdued woodiness in the body, some pine flavors, and a citrus ting at the end.

Moderately dry and with a moderately long finish, this combined with a thin watery mouthfeel to help create great drinkability., To me, a mushroom and fruit burp. I like this beer, its great to have at a real pub. I really really wish Americans were into bitters like the Brits so beers like these could be more available on tap.

Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.