Ruddles County
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Bitter - English
Ranked #34
Ranked #30,220
3.78 | pDev: 14.29%
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Steve555 from Wales

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml bottle. Body is rich copper colour with a large head which dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing. Smell is yeasty and some fruity hops. Taste is quite watery with toffee and nuts with a fruity pleasant hop bitterness coming through at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth leaving a slight nuttiness. It's one of my favourites from possibly my least favourite style.

Aug 15, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a wonderful beer on cask, in fact, to me, the kind of beer i think the cask system was designed for, a very mild but fully malty english bitter, this one is better than many, and its cool to see it in the states, usually these authentic cask types are hard to come by in this country. this has a deep maple syrup color to it, and a creamy frothed or even whipped head to it from the engine, really clear and quite beautiful. i smell toasted almond and bread baking, but in beer form, with some light old world hops on the back end and an english yeast strain that is rich in character without taking over here. bready malt depth to this too, dried red apple, bran, molasses, and its kind of almost healthy tasting, like breakfast for men, and it sure worked in that context for me, i cant think of a better hangover beer to lift the spirits and ready the body and mind for a second (or third) consecutive day of heavy drinking. these arent for everyone and they certainly arent on trend, but a nice smooth balanced english ale in this format is one of my favorite things out there, beer drinkers beer. well done!

Mar 14, 2018
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on hand pump but much too cold so not getting the full flavor of the beer. That said, a great bitter. Buttery with a full, smooth mouthfeel with a nice ending bitter note. Wish I was getting a better feel for the malt but the chill takes away from it.

Apr 20, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on Cask at Redlands in Somerville.

Copper colored. Clear. Nice lasting head which leaves very fine spots within inches of the rim.

The smell is of but I think it's because of poorly maintained tap lines. The beer has an earthiness I wasn't expecting.

The flavor is a step up. Very nice malt base with French bread toasty notes. The hop provides balancing flavor making this an easy to drink bitter. Thin body with diminished carbonation (probably from the cask). Very much a British pale ale.

Feb 04, 2017
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle given to me by a supplier. Poured into 350ml glass.

Lovely dark orange/medium brown - Looks good and fairly typical of the style. Big fluffy head whih dies quite quickly and left a nice film of tight bubbles. Lots of lacing.

Nose is com plex with nuts, baking aromas of bread and cookies, earthy hoppiness. Very nice.

Palate is aboslutely lovely - exactly what you'd expect from a good English bitter - complex nutty malt backbone with a strong hop flavour presence. Toffee, nuts and biscuity flavours compliment the good hop bitter finish. Superb.

Mouth is great - nivce a nd full.

Overall a superb example of tbis classic style.

Highly recommended.

Jun 10, 2016
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Mark13 from Poland

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 06.2016. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, walnuts, bread crust and little grass. Colour of strong tea, clear. Tan coloured head, three fingered, reduces to big ring. Malty in taste, also caramel, walnuts, bread with diacetyl note. Medium, short bitterness, herbal-dry with grassy note. Strong malty and bready aftertaste. Medium carbonated, little to high. Body is rather medium, texture creamy and little oily. Alcohol slightly perceptible in aftertaste. Nice and very drinkable english style beer.

Feb 15, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This tastes a little flat to me. Almost has metallic tinge to it (and it’s from a bottle). Color is copper with small beige head. Aroma is faint, taste is of watery bitter. I tried this many years ago, and it was one of my favorites. Sad to see it go down hill under Greene King...

Jan 14, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

1.63/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

From Carrefour. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x01. Watery, weak, rancid, bad smelling. Not sure if its the beer or the style what I dont like, as I havent tasted many bitters yet.

Dec 14, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours amber, clear with small stable head. In aroma toffee, berries and caramel, In taste sweet, quite dry, toffee and biscuit notes. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation. Not bad.

Jul 30, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-cask 3/19/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a medium dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains caramelized malts, honey and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of earthy hops bitterness followed by some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There are some mild background flavors of caramel, honey and citrus that provide some sweetness and some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

Mar 19, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Copper filtered, little, almost no carbonation, a half finger of beige head.

S: Fresh apples, like a ripe apple orchard and apple blossoms, toffee, caramel, black tea.

T: Toffee, caramel, black tea, apple blossoms. A slight hay, straw taste. A little molasses. Light bitterness on the end.

M: Medium thick, dry tannic body, medium low carbonation.

O: Very well done. Loving the orchard notes, and classic style. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Drank Oct 12th, 2014.

Oct 12, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddles County from Greene King is no longer brewed in Ruddles County, do I care about this fact? Does anyone? Interestingly Greene King produces some other [time to pull out your dictionary] anatopistic brews; Old Speckled Hen, Ridley's Old Bob and Wexford Irish Cream Ale to name a few... again does anyone care? Certainly not I, having never tried the original versions, but it does go to show when brewers merge into bigger brewers sometimes the heart and soul of an ale can be lost to the ages.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear safety orange body with a creamy white head that provides a decent lacing.

S: Toffee and treacle malt base is upfront with fruity (no doubt Fuggles) hops providing a tea and tobacco leaf background to this classic English Bitter aroma... it's so typical that I'm instantly teleported to a traditional Suffolk pub full of old Brits pint-gulping with plumb English enthusiasm "Pip pip, jolly good, and God save the Queen".

T: Unsurprisingly it tastes exactly like a classic English Bitter - toffee, treacle, tea and tobacco - the four T's of EB's! Reminiscent of the now-impossible-to-find Pride Of Oxford (by Oxfordshire Ales) this is quite a trip down taste-bud memory lane. There is also a slight hit of bitterness in the finish which is barely noticed in most EB's - also a nice change.

M: Mid to light bodied with a flat English pub ale carbonation, par for course here.

D: Colour me sepia; the impressed colour. This is really a spot on classic English Bitter, no nonsense here, and at 4.3% ABV it is highly up for a good session. In fact I do (despite my Belgian Tripel and IPA leanings) enjoy a good session ale session, and this ale fits that bill superbly... session [just wanted to get an extra 'session' in there].

Food match: Tea leaves and tobacco... how to fit them in the context of food? I know - tea marinated Hainan chicken with rice and an after-dinner cigar, damn I'm good.

May 26, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- clear deep copper brown with an off white head. Doesn't last long but does leave big lacing. A slight flow of carbonation is also visible

S- rich malt with notes of caramel

T- big malt flavor balanced against slight bitterness. Flavor is bready and sweet with jut a hint of nuttiness.

M- very smooth. No bite at all

O- a great example of an English bitter. Full flavored and malt forward. Is a great session beer and even better on tap when casked.

Oct 27, 2013
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dwren89 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich amber with off white foamy head, excellent clarity

Aroma: rich toffee and caramel notes with slight earthy hop character

Taste: Rich but nimble bodied, toffee and caramel notes come out to play but finish with a nice earthy bitter finish. Some sweetness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tangy and rich in the mouth

Overall impression: A surprisingly good ale from Greene King. Not as good as Abbot Ale in my opinion but at nearly a full percent ABV less than the Abbot, Ruddles County achieves great flavor and a nimble body. Definitely a great session beer.

Jul 03, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL clear bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a completely haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy ivory foam, but didn't have much retention. Still, not a bad looking beer.

Smell: malty concoction with a definite caramel character and nice, earthy hops. Mild, but well-composed.

Taste: light malty flavor with caramel, breadiness and a moderate bitterness. Not bad, but very middle-of-the-road; nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a decent carbonation and effervescent prickliness.

Overall: a decent, if not outstanding beer, I'm going to give this one a few bonus points for its great quaffability. A bit mild for greatness, but wonderful for a session.

Oct 03, 2012
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Eramen from Ireland

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Appearance is a luxurious red-tinted bronze surmounted by an almost two finger head. Nice retention, decent amount of carbonation to be seen.

S - Here we have the malts, a dry woody scent, grass/hay, coupled with the hops riding high.

T - Caramel malts, scone bread, fruit zestiness, and the hops which are pronounced and bring an overall fluidity to the taste and body.

MF - Sufficiently carbonated - around medium, with a medium frothy body pairing gently with the hops for a luscious texture on the palate.

O - Quite a nice bitter, not outstanding, but well executed nonetheless. It was a bargain at 1.99 euro (it was on special).

Jun 10, 2012
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TrevorWGrover from Germany

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Average dark amber color, very clear. Head retention is pretty fitting: thick at first sticks around for a minute or two.

Smells like your traditional british floral hops but not a lot of aroma coming out of this guy. Then again I was drinking it out of a tumbler (pint) glass.

Tastes great. Very hoppy and kinda dry. Earthy/Citrusy stickiness of the hops balances the sweetness very well. Almost covers it up.

I liked the dryness on the mouthfeel. Also a little stickiness from the hops. I mean that in a good way. The delicious bitterness sticks with you for a while.

May 13, 2012
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cervezango from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is very weird.

got the hops feel and looks of our typical english bitter but it like sombody spiked it with some dense corn syrup.

it looks like watered down coke, light brownish orange color. typical british ale type of tiny head.

its very interesting strong caramel sweetness and strong bitter hops hops mixed, aparently the deistinct taste comes from a rare bramling cross hops, whatever the hell that is. i dont really love it, like the alsrom bros, but its definatly makeing a statement. going against the grain if you will.

it does grow on you a bit but its not really my type.

its intense flavor is only surpassed by its over powering sweet syrup / caramel apple scent. a little much in my opinion it actually distraces my senses away form my mouth and towards my nose.

sticky lingering mouth feel.

May 02, 2012
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear, coppery dark amber with a thick, fluffy, pale beige head. Crisp aroma is strong, but rather typically malty with a hint of pear. Malty flavor has an undertone of pear and just a little bit of fruity sweetness. Smooth texture has only average body and just a teeny bit of tingle. Not great, but still palatable - give it a fair shake.

Apr 28, 2012
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cL CLEAR bottle into pint glass.

A: a very clear, bright light brown hue. head is promising and has OK retention and lacing.

S: aroma is actually a good bit floral. a pleasant english hoppy-ness. earthy and spicy. a little bit of black pepper. a little bit of toasty malt, but this one is mostly hoppy.

T: a very tasty toasted grainy flavor starts the body. the palate then moves towards a sort of bitterness from a darker malt. there is also an underlying hop bitterness in there as well. a rich nuttiness follows in the finish.

M: mellow carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: highly quaffable. this is a style that i have never been too impressed with however, i am enjoying just about everything about this brew. just a perfect balance between hop and grain to make a flavorful, and very easy drinking brew.

Nov 27, 2011
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thierrynantes from France

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Comptoir Irlandais (Nantes), and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, grassy and spicy notes with good bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Bitter.

Nov 11, 2011
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EmperorBevis from England

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to try and get a frothy head into tulip glass and topped up .

A nice amber colour and thin holding head that slightly laces.

Wonderful aroma of hops and delivers a nice punchy bitterness in taste that lingers on the tongue and slates thirst nicely.

A decent bitter, better than average for sure, my father says it was much better in years gone by, my then what a beer it was then, then.

Nov 01, 2011
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micmillon18 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. No born on date on the bottle but my local store was good enough to order it as fresh as can be.

A - Clear amber color with little to no head retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malts along with some nice berry scents, like that of strawberries or something; I can't seem to put my finger on it. Not overly strong on the nose but what's there is decent.

T - Solid, tasty maltiness upfront followed by that aforementioned berry-like flavor. It then gives way to a balancing hoppy bitterness and some grassy notes. Finishes semi dry, with a slight biscuity flavor.

M - Carbonation in check. Light-medium bodied.

O - A solid, sessionable ale, though I'm glad to have had it fresh. In past experiences, this beer has conveyed a slightly metallic, off putting flavor if left on the shelves too long (perhaps due to the clear bottle?).

Oct 27, 2011
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fx20736 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a British Pint Glass.

Coppery medium amber with a thin cream colored head that leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of bready malt, apples and maybe a whiff of sulfur and minerals.

Mouthfeel; solid and big.

Taste: biscuity malt paves the way for an herbal hop sting, followed by an honey covered apricot sweetness and a mineral like aftertaste.

Notes: WOW! This one does it for me and then some. A dry, fruity EPA with an earthy aftertaste. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale is currently my favorite EPA but this one isn't far behind. I will buy this again (and again).

Oct 09, 2011
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TippySelenoid from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a transparent amber color.

There are some grassy hop odors with a bit of malt.

This beer has a very creamy taste. There are also some definite grassy hop flavors as well. This beer has a peculiar flavor that some (my wife) may find off putting. But I love it. There is a malt backbone that is both malty and a bit fruity (citrus?)

This is a very luxurious beer that keeps a nice bit of foam the whole way down.

This is what I love about good British ales. It's flavors are full and mature but it is nonetheless a highly quaffable beer.

Sep 26, 2011
Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 277 ratings