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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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#42,109
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Ratings:
102
pDev:
14.54%
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Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of xuptygm
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Verbatim from notes: Light copper color. Looks like a decent amount of carbonation. White soapy head. Aroma is very faint, somewhat hoppy. Tastes a bit bitter, malt is nice. A little too much carbonation for me. Easy drinker. Smooth finish. Glad I tried it but I don't know if I would buy it again.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK (3.5/5) the look was fairly good, ideal for the style. Not so much ruby, as per the name, but copper with some interesting garnet highlights when held to the light. Some nice carbonation clings to the glass. The head is large, about two and a half fingers. It reduces to a cap that last and leaves some lacing.

SMELL (3/5) the smell is pretty crisp. The nose is dominated by some sweeter, biscuity malts and some fairly herbal hops. The main problem is that the hops take a somewhat metallic character which was unpleasant.

TASTE (3/5) the taste is a lot like the nose. It is very crisp and on the drier side. Initially, there is some biscuit malts, which are a little less sweet than in the aroma. The hops were, again, fairly herbal. The metallic character of the hops was also present and quite unpleasant (I wonder if this is possibly sediment or hops or hop/malt interaction). The bitterness was appropriate for the style, and the balance was well achieved between the between malts and hops.

FEEL (3.5/5) this is a strength of the beer. The hops stick around with an oilier character than you might expect from a brew with a body that could be describes as medium-light. The medium-high carbonation compliments the dry finish and makes up for the metallic hops slightly.

DRINK (3.5/5) A good session beer, especially if you are given to crisper brew (of the ESB or English Pale-Ale variety). This was a pretty refreshing beer, but maybe not complex enough to warrant getting again. Also the metallic notes were somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangish colored beer with a white head that left a good amount of lace and spots on the side.

S - Smells like sweet BO. That's not a smell that really belongs in a beer. A little fruit with some toasted grain. Yuck.

T - It does taste better than it smells. Some sweet caramel that's slightly fruity. Little bit of toasted grain.

M - Lighter body, some active carbonation.

O - No reason to drink this again. Unpleasant smell does this one in almost from the beginning.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle received as a birthday gift - almost certainly purchased at the LCBO. Served in a pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lacing. Hazy honey orange body.

S - Yikes - the first things that come to mind are vomit and sweat. There's also a bit of skunk in there. As it warms up, some herbal notes and toasted grains come out, but this does not smell very good.

T - Taste is better. Pretty standard English ale flavors - fruity English ale yeast, a bit of treacle, as well as some lemon and herbal hop flavors. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Pleasant medium-low carbonation, light body, crisp, clean, and slightly dry finish.

D - Smell is horrible. Otherwise this is pretty middling. When will someone (other than Cantillon) make good organic beers?

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2012. The front label mentions that it contains a variety of English barley called Plumage Archer, dating from 1905.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a small head of pale tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweetish malt with notes of caramel and dry, leafy hops. Hints of solvent/alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel and leafy hops with the faintest hint of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt.

Nicely composed and well-rounded, but a little dull. The malt could do with more hops to balance the flavour. Not bad, but won't blow your socks off.

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange with a 2cm slightly off white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Light caramel malt aroma with some earthy/grassy and light citrus marmalade hop character.
T - Like the taste, a light caramel along with some dry bready notes folowed by light earthy & marmalade fruit flavours.
M - Low to medium carbonation, medium bodied with a moderate bitterness.
O - A decent enough english style pale ale.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, coppery amber with a modest but dense white head. Gradually dissipates to a foamy ring, leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Sweet biscuit malts with slightly grassy hops. Hints of caramel, honey, and candied fruit.

T: Sweet, bready malts balanced with floral hops, plus some nice undertones of roasted malts and fresh fruit.

M: Carbonation is crisp but smooth, bolstering the somewhat light body. The finish is dry and enduring without being overpowering; it's a pleasant, floral astringency with roasty notes.

D: Very drinkable on account of the standard ABV, smooth mouthfeel, and lasting, bitter finish. A good English pale ale, on the whole.

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Photo of SgtStout
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice red/orange colour, a head of about half a finger which disappeared almost immediately, absolutely no carbonation.

When poured there was a faint aroma of strawberries and some small floral notes, but one in the glass and after the head was completely gone it was hard to really smell anything. Reminded me of the smell of flour, i guess it has a smell but it's not worth noticing.

The taste was along the same lines, there was some very faint hop bitterness and fruity notes but barely perceptible.

Overall not worth the try.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light copper or golden-ish with lot's of carbonation leading to a fluffy one finger, white head. Tremendous lacing sticking to the glass the whole way and a quarter-finger cap of soapy head remaining. Bright.

S - Lot's of nice caramel mingling with subtle English hops. Lovely balance in the aroma. Smells a little like a cracker with a tropical fruit spread on it or something. Quite biscuity, butterscotchy, and fruity. Very inviting, but not powerful.

T - Largely the same. Quite complex for its abv. Quite biscuity up front and slightly sweet, fading to a fruity character, finishing sweet, yet balanced with a mild, fruity bitterness. There's also a sort of appley, fruity note there too, keeping it a little lighter. Sort of soapy and metallic as well; largely the reason this is held back.

M - Medium bodied with a significant amount of carbonation. Carbonation stands out as it's probably more than I'm used to for the style.

D - I could have a number of these in a pub but it's not something I will be seeking out as a sessionable ale any time soon. A tasty beer, just not what I'm looking for to have alot of.

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Photo of biegaman
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Curious that Old Ruby should have no actual ruby colour in it what so ever; even calling this fair auburn beer orange seems a bit of a stretch. That's not to say, however, that it isn't an attractive beer. On the contrary, its toasty complexion, frosted clarity and fine trim make it look quite dapper. 'Ruby' must just be British slang for something.

This aroma (lack there of) is a testament to the fact that the most environmentally sensible ingredients are not always the most gastronomically sensible. Anyone who's tried replacing beef with tofu is likely to agree. It's comforting to know these malts were selected from near-by organic farms, but it's unfortunate that that's resulted in much less character.

I bet the people in charge of Duchy Originals listen to a lot of easy rock. And find pepper too spicy. And find stripes too flashy. This taste is plainer than plain white bread. No honey. No jam. Just toast. Dry toast. I'm tempted to pass some credit to the hops, but the earthy, floral element they lend dissipates too quickly and is so muted to begin with. Grainy, biscuity sweetness is what we're given and that's all we get.

I'm all for organically grown and sustainably produced food products. I do wonder, however, what sense it makes for a brewery working towards those ends to ship their products half way around the world. With regards to their ecological footprint it seems counter-productive, no? Either way, they shouldn't have - we make our own dull beers!

The brewers of the world have yet to convince me that 'organic' doesn't equate to 'bland'. While I'm sure that that doesn't *have* to be the case, it has been so far. Duchy's organic ales obviously do a lot of good but they also have one fault: they're boring. The brewery should do the next environmentally friendly thing: stop exporting them!

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Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: : It has a nice amber/ruby colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and lacing is present.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts, floral hops, with hints of caramely and fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice caramely flavour to it along with a fruitiness. The malts and the hops are well balanced and the hops also give a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance and is very smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my tasting notes...

A - Pours a nice amber colour, finger of head with decent retention, sporadic sticky lacing, and some fine visible body carbonation.

S - Some leafy biscuit malts with sweet caramel, though slightly bitter and metallic.

T - More of an earthy herbal hop off the top followed by a bready caramel malt on the finish. Bitter hops linger on finish, making for a nice hop / malt balance, though nothing outstanding.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall, a very tasty amber ale offering a nice hop / malt balance with some nice bitterness that lingers. Flavourful UK offering and worth a try, though not to be interpreted as anything mind blowing.

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Photo of paxkey
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out amber with ruby highlights. small head is gone quickly. very little carbonation that i can detect. looks inviting.

i smell hops and malt. a little piney. smells amazing.

bitter, with bready malt on the finish. more carbonation than i expected based on the appearance. also more bitterness then i expected. its fantastic.

the hops and bitterness do not overpower the malt, a fine balance is achieved.

very drinkable, the bitterness begs for more sipping. a winner.

just revisited this and not really impressed. the beer is probably the same but i think my palate at this tasting is much different. a very boring average beer . gonna keep up the original review but alter the score to reflect my new opinion.

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Photo of bryehn
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second or third time I've picked this one up. Halfway through a glass I poured roughly 30 minutes ago.

I've never tried an "old ruby" ale before, but it looks nothing like the ruby beers I've tried recently; namely Hobgoblin and St. Peters Ruby Red Ale.

That said, this beer does have a nice colour to it, a rich copper-amber tone that started with a frothy white head and left a fair amount of lace on my glass.

The aroma is rather faint, I get a fresh grainy smell laced with a honey-like sweetness and deep malt backing. Easily the best smelling organic beer I've tried.

I find the mouthfeel satisfying and creamy with a low carbonation. Maybe a bit yeasty feeling, but not sticky or offensive.

I get a malty, toasted biscuit taste primarily with a very crisp, dry bite quickly following. I'm also noting a citrus taste that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also a sort of mineral or metallic taste noticeable when first poured as well, but it does dissipate.

The aftertaste is on the bitter side and I find this long-named beer quite drinkable. I should start getting more than one at a time.

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Photo of shamus
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This looks gorgeous. A deep red beer as described by the word "Ruby" I suppose. The head vanished rather quickly into a thin dishwater type layer. The smell was inviting, but this tastes a bit too much of butterscotch and treacle for me. Even so it has a very sharp tinny bitterness to it. An adequate product but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear copper with a 1cm white head. Some lacing is produced.

S - Caramel sweetness, earthy, floral, and fruity.

T - Light caramel, mild fruity tang and a good hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, and a persistent bitter aftertaste.

D - A good Pale Ale. Not a stand out but no complaints either.

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Photo of Viggo
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark coppery orange, some reddish highlights, dark amber, fluffy off white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick.

Smell is alright, sweet and malty, some caramel, a bit of brown sugar, light treacle, quite fruity, some strawberries and a hint of cherry, touch of raisin, lightly earthy, a bit of christmas cake aroma, neat.

Taste is very weak and watery, light fruitiness, some honey/caramel sweetness, a touch of floral, and thats it, completely dies.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, smooth for virtually flavourless.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark amber. The off white head is very foamy and soap lather like. The lace and retention are both decent.

Mild aromas of roast caramel malts. Minute floral hop aromas. The nose is pretty lacking in this one sadly.

Dark malt flavours give a nice nutty toasted taste. An underlying sweetness mixes well with the roasted notes keeping any astringency in check. Decent hopping manifests in the finish.
The body is smooth and creamy while also being light and slightly watery. The carbonation is fairly low.

Not a bad beer but the aroma was fairly disappointing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, of a slightly different sort than the usual Duchy Organic Ale that I see kicking around. After all the resurgent foorfarah in the press lately about the antiquated royal family, the beer before me coincidentally appears to be the result of Prince Charles' association with the Waitrose chain of UK supermarkets, and one of their stores happens to be across from the Wychwood brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire...just sayin'...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of creamy foamy off-white head, which leaves a near-solid coating of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sharp biscuity pale malt, mild tangy orchard fruit, and bitter leafy hops. The taste is more biscuity cereal malt, some indeterminate fruit sweetness, a soft, earthy yeastiness, and mellow, leafy noble hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, smooth, and pillow-soft. It finishes still sweet and bready, with a tugging substantial earthy hoppiness.

A pretty decent English pale ale, the hops at least willing to show up, but overall, still a stiff upper-lip, there's a good chap, kind of affair.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. Clear copper-amber brew, leaves about a half inch of foamy head, which recedes to a thin ring after a few minutes. A thin layer of patchy lacing graces the very top of the pour line.

Nose is very typical English pale - pale malts, biscuit, fruit, tea-leaf hops, caramel, slight metallic edge.

Taste isn't too far off, and reminds me of a slightly better made EPA. Caramel, tea, biscuit, dry finish.

Decent body, carbonation a little higher than I'm used to for the style, but actually I tend to like mine a touch more carbonated so I'm okay there.

I appreciate the organic/charitable nature of the brew, and this variation of the Duchy line is going down well, but there's not a whole lot separating this from others of the style.

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Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mlBottle:

Pours a copper-red ale in the glass small cap, weak retention, mild carbonation.

Mild aromas of grains and fruits....very understated nose.

Mild character boarders on weak/thin....limp character.

Front side has some thin malting, takes a while to catch the fuggles which begins to dominate the back side of the profile...an interesting red berry fruit note pervades the entire profile....finish is lightly bitter clean but thin.

Decent ingredients but just not enough character to hold my interest.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see a different version show up, particularly one not frequently found across the globe. Light copper with rising carbonation bubbles, and grand soapy off-white head. Very mild hop aroma. Bitterness is there, reminds me of other organic bitters. Not an everyday beer for me, but not a bad one.Easy mouthfeel, with a hint of astringency.A bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Date 8/31/2011
Randomly spotted at the LCBO this week.

A- Ruby/copper colored pour. Two finger white head, slowly shrinks to thin white cap. Lacing is good.

S- Faint hops, strawberries, raisins, figs, yeast, sweet toasted malts.

T- Strawberries, cloves, somewhat prominent metal taste, earthy, grass, fresh biscuits, unripened raisins.

M- Silky and creamy. Carbonation is is light and satisfying. Very rich feeling.

D- Good sipper to enjoy the tastes. Would definitely go great with some red meat to pair this nicely.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with moderately dense, but fizzy, popping head.

S - Nose has some citrus and some grass, hints of metalllic caramel.

T - Well balanced flavour. Some fruit, some caramel, some decent hopping. Not too dry nor sweet. A little bit of toastiness.

M - Maybe a bit on the light side, not quite watery, but could definitely use some more body.

D - Very drinkable brew.

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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905 from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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