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Ruby Mild - Rudgate Brewery Limited

Ruby Mild
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%

Brewed by:
Rudgate Brewery Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-01-2005)
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Reviews by gulden:
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3/5  rDev -18%

12-20-2011 00:30:11 | More by gulden
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival, 2013.

Beige film over garnet-brown body.
Raspberry brownie nose with bits of earth and leaf.
Acidic brown malts, carob, dried cranberry and chocolatey ending.
Pomegranate finish and dried leaf linger.
Lt-med, clingy, dry.

Biting, clean and easy. More brown than black, and the 4.4% is hidden. Definite chocolate raisin thing, though autumnal as well.

Deserves the plaudits.

Serving type: cask

11-25-2013 11:19:15 | More by StJamesGate
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-10-2013 16:29:16 | More by Hanglow
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United Kingdom (England)

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

500ml Bottle: best before the end of August 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on the last day of July 2012, one month before it's BBD.

Good looking brew: dark brown body with a full, deep tan coloured head on top.

Coffee in the nose along with some roasted malty molasses (but without the sweetness). Chocolate notes arrived as the beer warmed.

The taste was all malt with a hop bitterness always there in the mix. Fruit cake with chocolate and nutty hints: add a malt loaf and you've almost got the flavours I found.

Smooth rather than creamy in the mouthfeel, a pleasant Mild all round.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:22:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. It's a boiling hot day so it's been refrigerated.

Pours a very dark red/black colour with a faintly off white head that settles down to a small layer and some very nice lacing.

Smells lovely and malty, bordering on burnt. Quite strong as well compared to other beers i've had recently.

Tastes surprisingly light and thirst quenching. It;s cold so the hops come out more, though still very faint compared with big sweet and burnt malts. Very smooth feel to it, hardly any fizzy carbonation at all.

Overall a perfick pint on a summers eve.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:28:06 | More by CwrwAmByth
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tawny coloured mild. Very thin tan coloured head that leaves floaty bits wandering about the glass.

Rich smell - very prominent fresh-baked bread crust character to it. A little hint of chocolate and toffee hides behind this. The hops are very tame and hardly noticeable.

A little bit of a burnt taste, but this isn't too bad and this is still a delicious beer. Very nice mouthfeel and even though the ABV might be a little bit high for a mild, this is something to sit down with and enjoy a pint or three.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 18:27:51 | More by BDTyre
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Notes of Oct. 2007) The 4th beer tasted at the 2007 Sheffield Beer Festival, by a half-pint with a gravity pour.

A: dark mahogany in colour, great clarity, coming with low carbonation and a cob-web like loosely-foamy head.
S: caramely malty, sweet nutty, with a touch of roasted malts and grass jelly. An earthy touch of hops runs underneath.
T: sour-sweet caramel malts and caramelised sugar abound, on a par with raisin-y dried fruits plus a little sour nuttiness. A flow of fragrant bitterness and caramely-sugary aroma deepens, as a quiet undercurrent of peppery and woody bitterness as well as roast nuttiness sustains in the end.
M&D: as fresh as it should be for a fresh cask ale, med-bodied, going lighter sip by sip following a rich start. A quaffable and pleasantly sour-sweet Mild overall.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2009 22:43:59 | More by wl0307
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Having arrived back in England on Friday 18th April for my annual 2 week vacation only hours earlier, I was back in my beloved Wakefield Labour Club (the Red Shed) at lunchtime. After my first Pint of Ossett Brewery Pale Gold, and a Pint of White Gold and then White Scimitar from Durham Brewery - with a taste firmly for Cask Ale I headed for the 4th of four Real Ales available; Rudgate Ruby Mild at a (not so-mild like) 4.4% ABV.

Appearance: Dark bodied brew, black on the bar, but dark ruby color when held to the light. Tan colored creamy head that was quite thick yet soon dispersed. Solid conditioning throughout but it suffered from low carbonation levels.

Nose: Brooding, initially sulking in the glass, yet it soon wakes up and releases dark malts and a thin but strong dark mild character with some alcohol. A very feint hint of sourness came through in the end of this one, the cask was 3 days old, must have been getting to the end of its life.

Taste: Rich tastes in this decidedly un-Mild like brew. Malty start which has a raisin & plum laden hazelnut middle. Brown nutty ale finish mixed with more dark malts and a short lived dark chocolate bitter twang in the end.

Mouthfeel: Feels above average in the initial drink, but it twist & turns, it can lend a thin feel towards the end and swallow, yet this too changes again once the nutty aftertaste works its way through. Creamy at times.

Drinkability: A tad unbalanced for me, the “high” strength for a Mild detracts from the Drinkability, whilst the dark malty nutty tastes are poorly supported by the thin wavering mouthfeel. A bit up and down at times.

Overall: A dark premium mild that won a Silver medal at the CAMRA Winter Beer Festival in 2002. Tasty stuff, above average, but not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: cask

05-01-2005 03:26:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Ruby Mild from Rudgate Brewery Limited
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