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Ruddles County - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Ruddles CountyRuddles County

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very good

181 Reviews

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 254
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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 Northsider
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.0s all around on this beer. This was my first 'cask' beer.

Pours a kind of dark yellow, almost red/gold color. Small white head. Smell was fruity and malty.

Taste was good. Slightly bitter and hoppy. Perhaps a bit too complex for me to really appreciate, but really good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel was super super smooth, almost creamy.

Overall a decent beer, I'd try it again. Interesting style and drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a half-pint glass. Reviewed 15 March 2011. From notes.

A: Burnished gold. White head; clear and pretty. Nice lace until the head runs out.

S: Standard cask creaminess, but with nice fruits.

T: Thin, brief, and disappointing. Hints of fruit around the edges, but the main body is unsupported. The aftertaste is weak and not great.

M: Thin and, while not bad, not good.

O: Not particularly enjoyable or drinkable. I finished my half-pint, but wouldn't do any more. Not recommended.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a foamy white head. Some lace. Nice color/clarity.

Hop leaf aroma, toasted malt, some bread and buttery notes.

Bitter up front, but not so assertive that it is off-putting. Bread toast, some caramel, no fruit. Wood, some raw grain, toffee, and this is all pulled together by the bitterness. Refreshing and drinkable, with medium body and appropriate carbonation. A very solid brew. Likable and drinkable and worth trying.

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Photo of alex667gbg
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful amber, clear almost glowing with a white small bubbled head with nice laced foam. A real kodak moment available here. I usually prefer non clear beer, but this is just a great looking beer when poured. However, the foam was gone pretty soon.

S: Malty and a bit sweet, however not much of anything.

T: As most tasters probably mentioned - toffee. A clear and fast toffee hits you the first, with its sweet and creamy nature. A malty finish the bitter end.

D: A good beer. A not to sweet toffee tasting ale with a nice bitter bite. A real beaut in the glass, well worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to regularly buy 500 mL clear bottles of this at the Decanter on Columbia, MD. Never had it on tap (or cask) until now. At the General Sutter.

A: The bitter is tan-hued and clear, no traces of any imperfections. I was not expecting the thin head to deliver any lace, but lo and behold it did.

S: The aromas are malty, chewy with toffee and caramel. Yeast aromas add sweetness and creaminess.

T: Toffee flavors rule the ale, with a creamy butter aspect following in short order. Very chewy, the breads stand out even with all of the butter. Hops are earthy, just enough to register. I'll tell you, my memories are fonder; I wasn't as fond of the ale on cask.

M: The mouthfeel is very creamy, malty with a vengeance. A good start, but there were other offerings that I liked better.

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

This one comes in a clear bottle- which I'm not a fan of due to quick light damage, but luckily the particular beer I'm drinking is quite fresh tasting. Pours a nice chestnut color with a finely beaded head that leaves some lacing, but fades a little too quickly. Nice earthy hop smell with gentle, creamy malt and some butteriness. The taste is similar, but with somewhat more resonant hops, with a nice lingering grassy and earthy bitterness. A little bit of nuttiness on the finish, and a very smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is a trace of copper lurking there in the background as well. More complex than it seems at first flush, this ale hangs together very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this- now do something about the glass bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: One finger head of little cream and decent thickness. Retains alright.

Sm: Cream, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch. Very appealing.

T: Lovely cream and butterscotch, with hints of vanilla and a bit of caramel. Bittering hops on the climax are disguised in part by the cream, which is nice. A sort of complex beer, but restrained.

Mf: Wet and coarse.

Dr: Expensive and good.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Memphis Taproom in Philly. Thanks for the perfect pour Brenden.

Ruddles in the pint glass looks kinda like heaven. It was poured expertly and the liquid is a light shade of gold mixed in with some yellow. The head is an inch and is foamy looking and perfect. Smell is fairly common for the style, malts are up front and pale with a small citrus twist that is LIGHT. A simple nose for a simple style. On first sips or gulps rather I can tell this one is a winner and refreshing. I hope Memphis has this one come back. Taste of pale malts accented with a fairly light hopping giving off slight citrus and earthy flavor. English malts bring this back to perspective and reminds me that this is in fact English all the way. Feel is smooth and light and entirely too easy to drink. I could drinka gallon willingly. Probably my favorite bitter so far, in a style not favored by me. Excellent!!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pulled pint at memphis taproom. Yea!

A- the settles out to a nice two fingers of off white frothy head that holds wonderfully and leaves some spots of lace at first then an epic landslide of think foam grabs hold and slowly cascades down the glass. Bright copper orange in color the shines like a sunset when held to the light.

S- subtle nose with some light caramel and toasted bread. Faint background earthy hops with a touch of fruitiness.

T- toasted bready goodness with a light fruity caramel sweetness and earthy hop finish. So simple yet just right.

M- medium body with that perfect cask carb that just barely shows its head.

O- overall I totally dug this brew. I sucked this pint down like a boss.

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

Clear amber pour with a one finger head, decent retention, and great lacing. Very earthy malt nose with a touch of skunkiness. There's no sign of the skunkiness in the taste. It's very unique with a hard to describe kind of vegetable taste with a solid malty base. I'm also getting some tea, caramel and a touch of peppery bitter hops. A fruity sweetness adds nice balance to the bitterness of the hops. Slightly thick mouthfeel but extremely smooth and drinkable. Very unique and surprising!

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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.


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Photo of Snamnoum
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - deep copper color. Gentle pour produced 1 finger of with frothy/creamy head which had moderate retention and left a fair amount of sticky lace

Smell - citrusy hops, followed by pale malt, and some doughy yeast.

Taste - begins mellow with some initial malty sweetness and bread-like yeast but transitions into a delightful hoppy bitter finish which is smoothed out by copious amounts of buttery diacetyl. Extremely well balance and complex. This epitomizes english brewing at its finest. I can only imagine what this would be like from the cast.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied with very low carbonation which I think contributes to its outrageously creamy feel.

Drinkability - a low abv style and a low abv beer so this beer is made for drinking in quantity. A truly lovely brew. Its one of those beers that when you open and have your first sip, you sink a little deeper in your chair and instantly feel at home.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow, with big flowing big head, solid lacing.

S - mild floral blended with hint of piney/earth, sweet grain.

T - nice sweet grain in front, with hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - med/light body, nice carbonation to flavor balance. smooth tasting.

D - Great session beer, give this one a try. Fine intro to ales for your BMC friends, before you give them a Bells HopSlam, lol. This is a standard English beer.


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Photo of Aguirre
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Fountainhead in Chicago. It had a strong toffee & caramel taste and smell, with hops deep in the background to provide some bitterness on the finish. Drinkability was off the charts, I could have put these back all day. English bitters remain some of my favorite beers, especially when they're on cask, and this one did not disappoint. Smooth, rich, buttery goodness.

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Photo of decimator
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear copper colour with a 1cm dense foamy head. The head isn't big but it seems to last forever. Only a little lacing is produced.

S - Light caramel with earth and floral aromas from the hops.

T - Light sweetness, caramel, butter, a hint of fruity sourness, and a decent lasting hop finish.

M - Low carbonation. Smooth with a slick finish.

D - It's not a bad beer but I just don't enjoy it that much.

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Photo of taverncast
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The nose was mild - hoppy and floral with crisp, outdoorsy notes reminiscent to a body of water and cool air.

Mouthfeel is very medium bodied and drinkable - easy to drink many of these.

Taste is malty, sweet - not overly hopped, and only mildly bitter. It is more malty than any other bitter we've sampled. Overall the flavor is very mild and an excellent "after work" beer that can be enjoyed with many kinds of food pairings - we enjoyed it with cheddar bacon fries. Ruddles County is a hallmark example of the bitter style. Out of the bitters we tried, Ruddles County was our favorite, with the 1st show's Arcadia ESB being a close second.

Enjoy a full audio review of this beer on our show, On Tap: http://www.taverncast.com/shows/taverncast-on-tap-04.mp3

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Photo of matjack85
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of dolzan
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good bitter, with a crystal clear appearance and almost without a noticable head.

Smooth and almost buttery, with a hint of brown sugar in the aftertaste. The hops are not very noticable, so while being a bitter, it packs no real punch. Very drinkable beer, I quite like it.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent English bitter. Served at a barbeque with the standard fare. Burgers, steaks, chicken wrapped bacon, ribs, etc. Served a bit warmer than most beers served at a barbeque. Fine by me.
Pours out a copper colour with a nice, thick head that lasted throughout. Very roasted smell with some butterscotch and toffee. Some bittering hops as well. Tasted decent and sweet. Some caramel and butterscotch ruled, with a bit of bittering grassy hops in the foreground. Great session beer at 4.7%, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of DustyHayes
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear English bitter with a rich copper look that has a good head, the dry caramel taste is unique and is topped off with a nice Sharpe bitter hop flavor, which goes down smoothly, making this a very drinkable and freshen beer and gives this bitter a decent character. This is one English bitter that is worth trying either in a bottle or a can.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I even knew what brewery it was from, I liked it and likened it to the Greene King IPA, which I also lik... uh, enjoy.

Not much head, but a thin creamy layer of it stays right to the bottom.

Nice smooth smell. Mellow and rather caramel / butterscotch.

Great taste.

Smooth in the mouth, with just enough carbonation.

Very drinkable!

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

Beautiful clear coppery-brown body with a foamy off-white head that, while thin, sticks around for awhile. Some sweet nutty notes up front, with a nice dry toasty bitterness dominating the aroma. Lots of dry malt and a definite English hop presence.

Taste has amazing character for a bitter. That same toasted dry malt presence with just a hint of hops on the back end. Some caramel sweetness balances out the bill. Finishes dry but not overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a heavy-for-the-style dose of hops and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty great beer. Hard to imagine a better example of the style. Thanks, Stu!

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear glass bottle, 1pt .9 fl oz. Poured a clean amber/copper color with a mild white head that leaves some respectable lacing. Smell is somewhat muted to start, although I can detect the hints of bitterness from the hops. Also a slight butterscotch smell. As the beer warms some, these aromas become more pronounced.

Taste overall is pleasant. A nice, smooth, easy drinking bitter with some good flavoring/bitterness from the hops. Diacetyl also present here with a slight butterscotch taste to go with the smell. A little hint of fruits are there at the end (apple). Finishes very smooth. A good pick for several rounds with company on a weekend afternoon at the pub or wherever.

Be careful not to drink this too cold as it will stifle much of the character.

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

A: light copper in color with a frothy head, Ruddles County is crystal clear.

S: caramel, pecans, and a touch of hops are somewhat prese t in this bouquet.

T: dry, with caramel and nuts in the front and a touch of hops in the end.

M: medium body with little carbonation and a touch of silkiness.

D: a well made bitter, and worth a try. Don't be afraid of the clear bottle, this bottle has no sign of being light struck.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.