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Ruby Lager - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

54 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 2
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:34:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kristougher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.7%

08-10-2013 01:01:27 | More by kristougher
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-17-2011 00:58:08 | More by EasyReader
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tsauce2

Indiana

4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-26-2013 21:40:04 | More by tsauce2
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent a day in the mountains with my family, and stopped in to MM in Blowing Rock for dinner and got this on-tap. This beer came out in a mason jar which was a nice little "mountain" touch. Was a dark ruby color with a small beige head on top. The nose was sweet with candied malts, floral tones, syrup.

Smooth and creamy mouth on this one. Really a mellow gulper. Nice sweet malty backbone with plenty of nutty flavor that I really liked. Caramel and toffee notes noted. This really was a refreshing beer to sip while waiting for my food. I definitely much preferred this on-tap to the bottle form. But this makes me want to revisit it for sure. Another solid offering from OHB.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 15:16:45 | More by Onenote81
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red, maybe a tad lighter than something I would call "ruby" but it's getting there. The beer has a medium head that retains it's self nicely. Some fruity and bready malt shows up in the aroma along with mild vegetal notes. Generally it smells nice enough but the aroma is pretty reserved all together. The flavor is really very nice, and consequently a mildly roasty fruity lager with some mild snappy hops is pretty much exactly what I'm in the mood for at the moment. I'm glad I decided to open this up. There's not a whole lot to dig into here, it's a very clean cery malt forward beer that is really well balanced with a bit of zesty hop bitterness. Very full flavored for a >4% beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 17:31:31 | More by BieresDesMoines
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patre_tim

China

3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 01:31:23 | More by patre_tim
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:48:18 | More by wcudwight
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blackie

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:55:37 | More by jsanford
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:43:36 | More by Jason
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 23:36:42 | More by tdm168
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:28:19 | More by oberon
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BRM845

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-07-2012 20:23:55 | More by BRM845
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-03-2014 18:36:48 | More by cwguy5
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-17-2014 17:33:13 | More by dbrauneis
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-27-2011 13:55:16 | More by Lantern
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adam_e

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-15-2013 13:05:29 | More by adam_e
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freshtojeff

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-22-2012 20:40:31 | More by freshtojeff
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-21-2013 23:31:26 | More by Falcone
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-28-2013 23:18:14 | More by lupercmda
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-09-2014 03:00:58 | More by Pens1967
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drpeatee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-16-2012 21:34:05 | More by drpeatee
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dfpratt09

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-30-2012 20:30:28 | More by dfpratt09
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smellandsip37

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:25:43 | More by smellandsip37
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Ruby Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.