Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 09-04-2010

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Ratings:
102
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
14.63%
 
 
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Photo of ChrisCage
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very cloudy orange-red color....quite nice to look at and quite unique in my opinion. There appears to be above average carbonation rising to the top, and as far as the head goes, unfortunately there is little to be desired here, as there isn't much going on to start and it fizzles out rather quickly. There really isn't much lacing going on here either which isn't what I was hoping for either. Outside of the brilliant coloration, the overall appearance isn't anything to get overly excited about.

S- The aromas are smooth and subtle, with barley malt noticed right up front, which has caramel notes. There are also some yeast and fruity esters present, primarily of banana peel and perhaps some citrus notes...orange comes to mind, but is is definitely in the background. The end has some mild hop aroma which really rounds out the overall aroma profile.

T- Well the flavors are actually a lot more muted overall than I has expecting! It isn't offensive by any means but I really feel that it is missing it's "oomph". It's balanced between the malt and bitterness on the finish, but there isn't much substance in between...it's actually quite clean tasting. The malt is noted, with muted flavors of caramel/toffee, followed by clean barley grain. The hop profile seems hidden on the finish, leaving my palate without any real sense of what I just have tasted...

M- This brew has a light-medium mouthfeel to it, and the carbonation is plentiful, but very fine, which really leaves the overall feel smooth and creamy....I'm guessing due to the suspended yeast within the liquid. As mentioned before, this is very clean overall and is pleasant enough on the palate flavor-wise, but it seems like it is missing something.

O- I would say that this is a very highly drinkable brew, as it's probably one of the mildest English Pale Ales that I've ever had. I would actually quite enjoy drinking several of these in a row and think this makes a superb Ale to enjoy in hot weather, or as an easy going beer to enjoy anytime. I will probably get this again at some point and recommend trying it...just a little disappointed in the somewhat uninspired take on the style overall.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NeanderthoR
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of janubio
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle. Pours an orange reddish beatiful colour, with a small head that dissapears soon. Smell of orange and caramel, some earthy character. Thin and light on the palate. Taste is the same as the smell: caramel, orange. Earthy and dry finish.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of funkengruven
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this lurking in my cellar, I suspect it has been there for at least a year and a half. anyway here it goes.

This poured a deep reddish amber with a bit of head and minimal lace. Smell at first was a little sour but then the sourness subsided with the aroma of caramel malt. Taste is sweet, a touch bitter, a little tangy, not too bad actually. The mouthfeel is a little thick, I had to take this one slow as it just felt like a heavy beer.

Overall it's decent. I was hoping for something a little less sweet and a little more hoppy but either way I wasn't thoroughly disappointed.

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Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mick303
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB (30/04/13) Pours quite little head, colour is definitely on the ruby side of brown, with the barest of carbonation.

The aroma has some fruity notes mixed with malt, red fruit and berries, but fairly restrained. Seems like it could use a little bit more hops, something about the malts seems overly candy-sweet and unbalanced.

Taste is initially dominated by malt, very sweet malt, has some cherries also. Hops presence is lacking. Has the normal flavour of biscuit malt meshed with sweet fruit. Doesn't come across as having a huge depth of flavour, sweetness is on the harsh side.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth initially, before a bit more bitterness comes through, carbonation is light, with a medium body. Not bad, but not great, leaves a fair bit to be desired. Drinkability is acceptable.

Surely one of the more unremarkable EPAs I've tried. Found little going on, cloying sweetness, bit unbalanced. Tolerable when cold. Superior beers out there than this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle from the LCBO; best before April 30th 2013. I used to be a big fan of English pale ales, but in the last few years my interests have drifted elsewhere - and in the last few months specifically, I've barely tried any new EPAs at all. This one was on sale, so it was as good a time as any to tick it off.

Pours an attractive clear copper-amber colour, generating a bit more than a finger of foamy off-white head. Fairly good retention, with decent smears of lacing left behind in its wake. The aroma is nice, but pretty standard for the style - bready, biscuity pale malts, fruity peach or apricot notes, with maybe a brush of floral, grassy hops.

Decent flavor that meets most of my prerequisites for the style - biscuity malts and light toffee sweetness, with some fruity esters of apples, pears, or perhaps some other sort of orchard fruit. Light, leafy, earthy bitterness toward the finish from the English-style hops. Good balance between hops and malts for a relatively pleasant, bittersweet flavour. On the light side of medium-bodied, very smooth with soft carbonation. Quite drinkable.

This is a decent, relatively simple brew that is mild, balanced, and overall quite refreshing - a respectable EPA, for sure, with a good, strong flavour profile for a 5%er. I'm enjoying this pint, and I may enjoy another one in the future.

[Updated August 31 2014]

Another bottle, grabbed mostly because I wanted to drink something I hadn't had in a few years. This isn't bad for an organic beer, but it's overpriced and finding a better English ale for less money isn't very difficult. Balanced flavours, with some mild English hoppage and orchard fruit sweetness - a little bland. I don't think I'd spend money on this one again.

Final Grade: 3.46, a B-.

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Photo of Rutager
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Arron for this one!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet grains, caramel, a little citrus fruits and some grassy hops.

Taste. Sweet malts, caramel, a little bit of mixed citrus juice, a little bitter with some grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Ovrall. Not bad. Nothing about it really stands out for me, but nothing offensive either. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ElGallo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is amber reddish it is a nice presentation with a medium carbonation and it has a withe head that presents a medium retention also, with small bubbles that forms a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Some malts concentration, not other intense aromas can be easily detected.

T: Very classic flavor, full of malts and with some hops, also it should contain some classic English ingredients like maybe some fruits.

M: Some sweetness at the beginning not a disgusting or difficult sensation that is well balanced and then changes into a bittersweet medium and at last a more bitter ending that last good enough. Body sensation is between medium and thin.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper colour with a creamy stark-white foam head. Very good retention and equal lacing.

S: Toffee, biscuit, nutty, herbal element, orange-grapefruit citrus, and lemon zest. Quite refreshing and appealing, albeit a little subdued.

T: Biscuit-like malt and toffee with a refreshing citrus hop element that's quite subtle. Floral aspects poke through. Detecting an appealing slight earthy (grassy) funkyness.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Oily character with a robustness and lingering deep bitterness. Very good considering the ABV.

D: I enjoyed this english pale ale quite a bit. Will be keeping an eye out for other Wychwood Brewery offerings.

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5/5  rDev +49.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.35 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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