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Ripon Jewel Ale - Daleside Brewery

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Ripon Jewel AleRipon Jewel Ale

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 39
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Daleside Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: yen157 on 04-01-2003

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Reviews by Freggs:
Photo of Freggs
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I came across this beer at the Ithaca Beverage Center (Ithaca, NY). It was on their discount shelf. Sometimes I'll buy the odd-ball cheap import just to try it out. (from the discount shelf) I had never heard of Daleside Brewery or any of their products before this purchase.

Served out of a brown, 500ml brown bottle. The art work is cool, showing reliefs inspired by cathedral stained glass windows.

Smells of oily almonds, a bit of toffee in the nose as well. There is also a faint butterscotch scent too. As the glass emptied the smell sickened a bit. There was a sour, bog-like character to the nose as the beer warmed to 55-60 degrees.

Taste - Initially the beer had a bit of sour tinge to it, fading to a nice raisin-like alcohol mouthful. Defined banana-bread and strong wheat-like flavors came through in the following sips. This beer appears unfiltered. However, the aftertaste, which is initially malty, displays virtually no hop taste or complexity. I've had better "English strong ales."

Mouthfeel - see above.

Overall - Not a bad beer for $2.00. However, it didn't leave me wanting another. Isn't that the sign of a good beer, you can't wait to crack open the next one? This isn't that, I'm just trying to decide who to pawn my other one off to. I think the prevailing sourness in the mouth the the loss of head after a few seconds diminished the beer's complexity. Also, I have no idea how long it was shelved before finding its way to the discount rack. Perhaps fresher ones are a completely different story.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this Daleside offering better than the Old Leg Over has more pizzaz I guess u could say.Pours a dark copper with a thin amount of lace leaving a light amount of lace,aromas of brown sugar and sweet biscuit dough with a light minty note letting u know there is some hops there.A very nice well rounded little ale here strarts out sweet and cakey but there is nice herbal finish that really saves this beer.A bigger brew at 5.8% but I like it alot I will get more of this one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same attractive label, as pictured, but dark brown 500 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a creamy two finger beige head. Good retention and lots of patchy lace. Aroma is a bit restrained, with floral hops and buttery toffee. Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied, good carbonation. Taste is well balanced, with an assertive herbal and floral hops bitterness that is present all the way through. Plenty of sweetish malts present a buttery caramel and toffee backbone with some apple and pear skin fruitiness in the middle. Finishes dry and on the bitter side with a floral hops aftertaste. Very nicely constructed, and more in the style of a good English bitter or ESB than a pale ale.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber appearance, bright white head of over 1/4 of an inch in a pint glass. Thick lacing, like white glue. Aroma of hay, some distinct hoppiness, a spice cake quality. Light mouthfeel, but reserved carbonation, giving a smooth impression. Taste is pleasant if undistinguished, hops don't seem as noticeable as in the aroma. Caramel and brown sugar predominate, along with a candy orange cream tone. Sweet finish without much bite to balance it out. A beer that's plenty drinkable but not very distinct, one you wish you could have on cask. As with other Daleside beers, the bottles are a little expensive in the United States, making them brews that North American consumers might pass up.

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Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear bottle: amber with a tinge of red. Aroma is of sweet malts, with some floral, citrusy hops. Flavour is bitter(ish)sweet, quite cloying sweet at the start, but the hops dry it out towards the end and add a touch of bitterness. Nothing spectacular, and not even that interesting. A bit medicinal and cloying at times.

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Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured medium dark and clear, reasonable head, fairly dense though did not last all the way down the glass. Smell was sweetish and malty, no vices. I thought the taste was good, overall fairly sweet, very malty, only a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, good balance. The texture was good, with fair body for a beer of this strength and colour. A hint of citrus and fruity overtones, and slight dryness in the finish, fairly typical flavours for a northern UK bitter beer. Easy to drink and would be interesting to try it on cask if its available that way! I enjoyed this and would have it again. Not outstanding, but very pleasant.

John W
B'ham UK March 2006

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Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brass with a tight and adhesive bone-hued foam.
Aromas are distant, and those at the fore aren't terribly attractive, with esters of plastic and gummi fruit. It is partially redeemed with the toasted breads, caramel, and floral hops lurking below.
Taste ensues with a toasted nut and caramel sweetness, mingling gradually with the yeast esters, as this grows buttery and fruity. Fruitiness is the more dominant of the two, as dehydrated, candied apples, peaches, and pears gain control. The hops enter late, but with some gusto, full of flowery bitterness and flavor. Residual biscuits, flour, gummi fruits, and flower petals post swallow.
It's a bit gassy up front, but the pushy carbonation settles, and this assumes a well-structured medium build.
A pretty decent ESB, all told.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Daleside delivers again!!! This impressive, lightly sweet but balanced, strong pale ale is sure to please!

It's clear, dark-amber / copper body reveals small bubbles rising quickly towards its frothy, antique ivory head. The retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the pint.

In the nose, a delicate yeasty fruitiness passes as slowly and steadily as clouds over a sun-lit hillside of softly caramelish maltiness.

In the mouth it's initially a bit brisk, but that settles once it warms a bit, and its medium body passes smoothly down the gullet.

The fruitiness of this ale is what makes it stand out, and it contains notes of sweet apple, delicate citrus, dull peach, and even some banana; all floating amidst its nutty (there's some very mild diacetyl), softly caramelish, and subtly toasty malt base. Floral and mildly grassy hops help to round it; and a firm bitterness keeps its sweetness from settling in. It finishes with a swirl of fruit and caramel drizzled-malt that fade to leave behind some floral hops and a dull, lingering bitterness.

What an interesting and complex beer that seems oh-so-simple at the get-go! If it weren't for the higher alcohol content of 5.8%, I'd suggest that this was a brilliant session ale of the highest order. But it does remain remarkably drinkable. Quite nice, and well-worth seeking out for fans of British ales.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of gdogalishus
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice head rose up atop a clear mildly carbonated copper collored beer. The aroma was amber malt with a mild hop aroma in the background. Definatelt more malt aroma than hops.
The flaovor was more hoppy than the aroma indicated and the amber malts stood out in the middle of the swallow. A clean finish with little aftertaste. An english pale ale with a mild twist. The mouthfeel was moderate, nothing spectacular but a solid beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of June 2010, drank a week too late then!

Poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' vase shapped pint glass: Lovely true amber body with an off-white coloured creamy head. Plenty of lacing as the beer receded down the glass.

The aroma was mostly of malts, with some hop undertones.

The taste was a good blend of malts and hops, malts foremost, with a hop bitterness appearing later in the mouthfeel.

A word I rarely use in beer terms, 'smooth' finish and a polished, well produced beer.

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Photo of fx20736
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Nonic, served a little warmerr than fridge temp.

appearance: coppery sunset amber with 2 fingers of Manila head that leaves minimal lacing. There is an abundance of suspended sediment in the glass.

smell; not much there, a light apricot fruitiness and some pale malt.

mouthfeel; on the soft side.

taste; oak, vanilla, a little smoke and alcohol. A walnut like bitterness on the finish.

notes; interesting and flavorful but not all that enjoyable. The beer seems a little 'dirty' to me

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Drewrd1988
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tmitch75
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was in a brown bottle thank god, unlike the photo. Pours clear bright amber color, almost reddish with a fluffy white head and sticky lacing.

Subtle smell is pretty typical of English ales, sweet and slightly buttery with notes of cinnamon toast and herbs.

Caramel malt flavor with a nice nutty note, hops are herbal in flavor with minimal bitterness. Nice body, full and smooth.

A solid but subtle English ale to be sure, surprised it's considered "strong" at 5.8%, I found it to be quite sessionable.

Tasted on 7/27/08.

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Photo of JanM
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours wityh a bubbly light amber color. Not so much foam. Smells mostly of aromatic hops, wet dish rag, and artificially flavored fruit candy. The taste is primarily bitter with a twist of citrus. I disagree with the label's claim of full body. It's rather light bodied perhaps even thin. Doesn't quit live up to the heritage/ecological inspired marketing. That said, it's still a decent ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger, white head that quickly goes leaving a trace of lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is baled hay. Starts nicely balanced between the malts and hops, some sweetness, finish is clean no lingering bitterness, nice amber. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottle is brown now.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown to dark brown in color beer with large white head
it smelled of hints of caramel, brown sugar,medium malt.
it tasted of toffee, sugar cane, some fruitiness, english style hops.
The mouthfeel is medium to full body. very easy drinking but you must eat something.
Overall, it is a good english amber, but you need food thought.

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard English Pale Ale. A nice caramel / earthy, grassy aroma up front, with fruitiness and sweetness. A nearly clear golden color with nice retention and lacing. Smells malty and fruity (oranges and apricots) with a light hop spicy flavor and good bitter balance. A bit heavy and oily to the mouth keeps it from being as refreshing as it should be, but a good feel otherwise. Finishes with empahasis on the fruity sweetness and hop spiciness.

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Photo of claytri
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a rich gold or light amber with a thin white head. It had a rich malty aroma with a hint of hops. The taste was of malt with a good hop finish. The feel was light and dry. A solid ale, but not very complex. The hopping was a bit on the bitter side, not much floral to it. Decent, but not one I'd search out.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a nice fruity yeast aroma. It's dry with a light hop presence. The taste is decent. It has a dry, malty flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes mildly bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but nothing I'd buy again. It's really dry and bitter with that English hop aftertaste.

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Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber – deep brass. The finger thick foam slowly sinks down to an off white lid with lots of lacing.

The smell is relatively mild with a bitter-sour note, some fine aroma hops, some bread-like notes, maybe a bit sweetness too.

The taste is fresh with a fine body, notes of lightly roasted malt, creamy aroma hops, some exotic fruits, a nice and growing bitterness. The aftertaste got creamy, salty notes of malt, flowery - citric aroma hops and a gentle bitterness. A well balanced session ale.

The carbonation is medium strong with soft medium sized bubbles, which is perfect for an pale ale.

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Photo of albern
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very standard, typical, and average British pale ale. The beer pours with practically no head, no fizz, no retention, and forget about lacing. The smell is hoppy grass, some bready malts, some lagerish malty smells as well. Nothing great. The consistency is quite watery, quite thin, a bit tart and bitter, not much body at all. The taste is well balanced, but just a bit too tart, a bit too biting, not quite dry enough to make it interesting, and just too awfully thin. If you're hankering for a British ale, keeping searching and you will do better than this mediocre brew. There is a sourishness to this beer that may be a product of being too long on the shelf.

Re-review June 2009: The beer is thin, a bit tart from some leafy hop notes, a tad lemony, a little sourish, and all of the above are true, but the beer deserves better than a C. I'm going to up the taste and nose of the beer which has a touch of diacetyl and toffee notes. The beer is just okay, but I'm a little more generous after trying it again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with respectable white puffy head. Nice retention.
Smell is a pleasant combination of bready mealt and grassy hops.
Taste also comines the malt and hops nicely to form a sweet refreshing beer with a nice hoppy finish.
The finish presents with more hoppiness. the malt is subdued.
A very nice easy drinking beer. This is second beer from this brewery, and both have been truly enjoyable.

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Ripon Jewel Ale from Daleside Brewery
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