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Ruby Lager - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ruby LagerRuby Lager

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59 Ratings

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-31-2009)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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4.18/5  rDev +27.8%

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, amber-red body with a frothy, ivory-hued head. Slight smatterings of lace on the way down.

Smell: Lightly toasty, bready, sweetish caramel notes, along with some spicy, herbaceous hop hints and an oh-so subtle baked apple fruitiness.

Taste: Toasty, modesty nutty maltiness with nice sweet component of lightly caramelized sugars. Light backdrop of soft fruitiness. Additional dash or two of brown sugar. Minimal hop presence yielding from slight leafy, herbal taste and a mild bitterness. A little bit of the bitterness follows you through to the clean, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one. Keenly drinkable -- it's got just enough flavor, the right amount of hops to balance, a slender body, and a graciously low ABV. I cleared through the entire bomber in record time, by the time the Pinback song "Grey Machine" had finished, I was done.

03-07-2010 23:34:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%

Another OH iffering that has popped up here in GSO.Poured a clear amber/bronze with a very minimal head that was gone quickly.A nice mix of caramel malt and toast in the nose,it really stuck out nicely.Big caramel and toasted flavors with a a light smack of herbal hop in the finish.Its not a world beater,but its not bad for the style.

12-31-2009 22:28:19 | More by oberon
Photo of Jason


3.63/5  rDev +11%

220z brown bomber with a freshness date on the label.

Rudy color, not much of a surprise there. Perfect clarity and a half decent head too boot. Clean dry malt aroma with toasted bread being the primary aroma. Crisp and smooth with a light slickness on the moderate sized body. Tight malt foundation opens up a little bit with each sip. Toasty but not too forward, a little bready, faint caramel and some dried grass in the finish. Hops are mild here with a clean sting of bitterness that soon fades away. Ends dry with some more of the grassiness.

Clean and well balanced ... not much else you can ask for right? Easily marked as a session beer and a good one at that.

04-12-2010 02:43:36 | More by Jason
Photo of BRM845

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7%

02-07-2012 20:23:55 | More by BRM845
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours with a clear reddish-amber body; aggressive carbonation produces a very large, frothy, bone head. The head settles down, but doesn't die altogether, in short time. Not much lace left behind.

Smell: Light malt with a distinct earthy/herbal tone. Not bad, but not very appealing either. 2.75

Taste: Toasty, modesty nutty maltiness with nice sweet component of lightly caramelized sugars. Light backdrop of soft fruitiness. Additional dash or two of brown sugar. Minimal hop presence yielding from slight leafy, herbal taste and a mild bitterness. A little bit of the bitterness follows you through to the clean, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body but without wateriness; Medium-high carbonation. Fairly smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Highly drinkable -- both because it goes down easy and due to the low ABV. Adequate and unflawed flavor, a good malt/hop balance and a fine mouthfeel.

05-01-2012 22:43:33 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

A - pours a dark translucent amber with a soft, quarter inch cap of white head that has decent retention

S - lager yeast, caramel, musty

T - faint caramel, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather lightly flavored, simplistic, sessionable beer. There's nothing special here, but nothing offensive either. If you want a lighter, refreshing beer this would be a good call.

06-08-2012 23:36:42 | More by tdm168
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a very minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. This is where it went downhill.... The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, and burnt hair (WTF!?!?!?). The flavor was of burnt malt, nutmeg, and the taste of how burnt hair smells (OMG!). It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall holy Christ this was bad... It was just not appealing in any aspect. Burnt hair... REALLY!?!? If I'm honest I wouldn't drink this again if it gave me a ruby everytime I took a sip. Just not worth it. However I might keep this in mind for when I want to play a cruel joke on a not-so-good friend.

01-17-2011 12:46:48 | More by thagr81us
Photo of smellandsip37

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz bottle with a BBD of Jan/12, poured into a OHB pint glass

A- pours a reddish color that when backlit, looks copper. One finger of head, and dissipates to a thin (and I mean thin) haze ring

S- Toasted caramel, maltiness, almost sweet floral hops, hope it tastes like it smells

T- Good malt backbone, just right crispness, and the smell did not lie. Good session beer. Stylistically correct except for a slightly lower ABV.

O- Glad I bought this, now I have another session option if I feel a little more spendy to get a local brew that's fresh

08-22-2011 03:25:43 | More by smellandsip37
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

02-12-2013 02:54:12 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-07-2013 23:10:10 | More by cantfindme
Photo of jsanford


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish-copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight haze and ring.
S - Aromas of sweet, crisp malt, toasted bread, and some grassy, earthy hops. Smells refreshingly delicious!
T - Follows the nose nicely with more crisp, bready caramel malt and grassy hops. Very smooth, reminds me a bit of Yuengling, and I'm ok with that.
M - Very smooth and drinkable, with a medium-light body and moderately sharp carbonation.
O - A very nice, sessionable Lager, glad I picked up a bottle!

07-20-2011 03:55:37 | More by jsanford
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Amber to Ruby in color. Duh? With a thin but lasting cream colored head. Sweet aromas with a fair amount of nuttiness. Caramel flavored with said nuttiness. Minimal hop flavors. Maybe some earthy hops for balance. Silky smooth mourhtfeel. Good session beer.

04-04-2011 01:48:18 | More by wcudwight
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3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

draft at Tasty Beverage, Raleigh

a: served in a short pint glass, the beer is a reddish caramel color, sporting a thin white head with low retention

s: a simple lager malt foundation holds aromas of toasted bread and caramel, some typical red malt aromas akin to red apple, hops clean and light

m: carbonation around moderate with a touch of abrasiveness, body nudging towards the higher side of the light range

t: toasted lager malts carry flavors of caramel, red apple, and some breadiness, a mild sweetness midway, hops are clean and slightly citric, imparting a mild bitterness

o: a simple, well structured beer, if maybe a little rough around a couple edges, enough here to keep things interesting, but likely not a repeat for me

4 35 4 35 4

04-11-2013 03:08:55 | More by blackie
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.3%

07-12-2013 02:57:41 | More by NastyNate11
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.3%

11-14-2011 14:26:57 | More by devilben02
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

05-27-2013 17:53:51 | More by FUwolfpacker
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7%

01-03-2014 18:36:48 | More by cwguy5
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3.74/5  rDev +14.4%

A: Copper orange filtered with no carbonation, 2 fingers of foamy tan head.

S: Toasted malts, caramel, red fruits, dough.

T: Toasted malts, caramel, dough, light fruity character, lots of dough.

M: Light medium body, medium high foamy carbonation, dry powdery finish.

O: Very fresh, well done amber. Nothing outstanding, rather a fresh lightly flavourful brew. Got at Asheville at the wine store near Wicked Weed.

06-26-2014 01:31:23 | More by patre_tim
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-15-2012 16:18:43 | More by sendsilk
Photo of mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

07-29-2013 00:42:02 | More by mwbrady12
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7%

05-17-2014 17:33:13 | More by dbrauneis
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2011 13:55:16 | More by Lantern
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

04-08-2012 19:17:31 | More by matzah
Photo of kristougher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.3%

08-10-2013 01:01:27 | More by kristougher
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7%

08-15-2013 13:05:29 | More by adam_e
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Ruby Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery
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