Ruddles County | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Ruddles CountyRuddles County

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of josanguapo
1.63/5  rDev -56.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
1.94/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours from can, slight head. A golden brown ('honey' brown) in colour. Lots of bubbles, considerable clarity. Not much aroma, certainly no hops. Some bready malt is about it. A very unique, albeit odd, taste. Some Belgian like character yeast, over coating a toffee malt body. Fair bit of English hops in the flavour, Fuggles mostly. The flavours evolved as it warmed to something reminiscent of a bad, cheap red wine. Awful. An off putting texture -watery, not quite creamy, not quite crisp - just uneven. Also leaves a stale, cardboardy aftertaste.

HOW does this have a shelf life of 18 months???

Of all the many styles of the world I'm sure these kind of English beers are absolutely among the worst affected by being put in cans. WHY? It kills the body, nulls the flavours and counters all the quintessentials of the style. The can does NO good for these kind of beers, and this is one of many I've tried lately that I could see being quite nice if it were alive, if it were fresh, if it were hand pumped from the source... but as it is here in front of me, this is nothing but sub-par. Very sub-par. A sad case.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.01/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks good, moderate carbonation, definitely has character, and they use only the four basic ingredients of beer but it is complex tasting anyway. But the brewer uses too many hops that just keep on going.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.34/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, tan head with fairly good retention

Smell, jesus i dont know if it was skunky not due to the clear bottle and rip top bottle, but pretty nasty musky maltiness, i'm getting sick as hell of getting this skunky clear bottle, musky english ales, very unbalanced

Taste, musky, slight hop bitterness

Never again, pretty rough stuff

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Photo of jackndan
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddles Country: I have to review this brew as it comes in a serving container that I've never had before. It pours from a five hundred milliliter clear bottle, but the top is very odd: it is a big mouth bottle with a tin pull, like the top of a milk bottle. Odd.

It appears that the top does not work that well either, as the beer poured very flat. Very little head. Nice ruby red color, perfectly clear, but a bigger concern is the fact that when opened I could smell a massive hit of skunk. Clear bottle, odd seal is not a good combination for a low alcohol, fairly highly hopped ale. Nice malty flavor just barley noticeable beneath the skunk, but not a very good English mild/bitter ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light tan-hued body with a tall, proud, off-white head. Pleasant-looking lacework.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of butterscotch and dark honey, lightly bready malts, a bit of almond, a some herbaceous hops tossed with metal shavings.

Taste: Sweetish, buttery caramel maltiness, with a light nuttiness, but, right off the bat, a sharp metallic harshness swats down a potentially pleasant beer. A small splash of amaretto. Grassy, herbal hops, moderately bitter, but, ugh, that metallic quality never really leaves you, lingering well beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Sorry, I simply find it hard to get around Ruddles County's metallurgic aspirations.

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Photo of matjack85
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this single 5OOml clear glass bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There was no freshness date on the bottle and their website is useless for finding out anything about the beer.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1½ finger off-white head that lasted awhile and left lots of nice lacing behind. The beer turns a bright new penny copper color
when held to light.

The smell certainly is unique, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed it. Heavy doses of butterscotch and toffee mixed with earthy smells and bittering hops.

Hard to say what the dominant flavor is. The sweet toffee and butterscotch maltiness competes equally with the grassy and bitter herbal hops. Certainly an interesting mix of flavors, but I'm not crazy about the way they taste together. I like pizza and I like chocolate, but I would never pour chocolate on my pizza. That's how I feel about this beer. I love toffee, I love butterscotch, and I love bitter hops. but I'm not so crazy about bitter toffee and bitter butterscotch. Most reviewers seem to like it though, so be your own judge.

This is a medium bodied beer with only moderate carbonation. Bitter aftertaste lingers on for awhile.

I couldn't drink more than one of these, nor would I waanr ro go back and pick up some more.

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Photo of cokes
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lighty hazy burnt orange beneath a nitro-enhanced creamed head.
Metallic gym socks on the nose. Turning more towards metal as it sits. Too often nitro hides the aroma. Oh how I wish that was the case here.
A ghost of butter-caramel begins things, then is quickly vanquished by a flour dryness. Stays powdery and flour-like for a moment just before the greasy, grassy hops enter. Dashes of wood and nuts are intermingled without any cohesion. Tea-like herbal finish.
Nitro hides the thinness, but fail to help anything
Nothing special, perhaps I'd try this again in the bottle or on draught, but never more in the nitro can.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well the clear glass worries me a bit. Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. The initial aroma coming out of the first pour were skunky, luckily as the glass sat it subsided. Smells of butterscotch, caramel and toffee very sweet smelling with a little earthy mineral bitterness. Taste follows the smell fairly well, but the skunk came back. Sweet and malty with an earthy mineral edge. Moderate carbonation, medium body with a sweet bubbly mineral water mouthfeel. The mercaptan killed this one for me. Not a bad brew, but probably not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
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...

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Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can. This brew poured an off-white long-lasting creamy head with fine-small sized bubbles. The lacing was excellent, but it did not last long. It had a spicy nose in my opinion. There was no carbonation present. The hue was orangish. This brew was definitely bitter tasting and it also had a lingering aftertaste to it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quick review:

Pours a clear copper hue with a light white head. Aromas of all English malt and medium sweet molasses. Flavors are all from the malt with a hint of cheap fruitiness and a hint of a hop bitterness just to make it less cloying.

Didn't really care for this beer. It seemed like "just another English Ale." Nothing terrible to say, but won't be revisiting it.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1.5" offwhite head. Bright clear but iced tea brown color. Smells like a wee start of skunking and not much else. Taste is very mild, actually kind of BMC, but it has an interesting persistent bitter malt after taste. Drinkable but not really a standout. And maybe if they'd give up on the clear glass bottling we'd have something else to smell besides the early road to skunking.

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Photo of granger10
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I poured this I could barely extract a head, weird for an english ale. Then I smelled it and it seemed very hoppy. The taste left me with a grimace. Maybe this beer was slightly too old, or the container was not correct being clear and all led to a bad beer. Anyways it tasted extremely hoppy but sour at the same time. Almost like a rotten tarty fruit. Pretty dry finish. My tastebuds got more used to it the more I drank but not good at all. The bottle was the riptop was pretty cool looking though.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average English bitter, slightly perfumy hops in the aroma, generally dry, with a bitter finish, tasty, but quite thin in body, i think it would be good for session drinking, OK, but nothing insane.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.5 liter clear glass "wide-mouth" custom bottle with metal pull tab, multicolored label

Appearance: bright copper color, medium off-white head, small, but sticky lacing

Smell: mostly hoppiness with some citrus aroma

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, bitter hops, hops, HOPS, some malt and minor lemon in background

Notes: just another English Bitter, not much to say about it

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Photo of flyingpig
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper coloured with a large frothy & slightly off-white head that starts to fade to a thin lacing.

A nice blend of toffee & caramel as well as some hops & a light fruity smell mixed in too.

Tastes rather typical for the style with caramel & bread. It has a dry, bitter finish.

Smooth and light to medium bodied with a dry finish. Easy to drink too.

A pretty average ale overall. It is pleasant & very drinkable as a session ale although it has nothing to make it stand out.


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Photo of tvv375ia
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A-nice copper color with about a 1 finger head that left a little bit of lacing on the glass

S-Malt with a hint of skunk that seemed to go away after letting the glass sit for a minute or so

T-Malt with a bitter finish

M-finishes pretty dry maybe it is the bitterness that make it seem dry

O-ok, that skunk smell at first was sort of a turn off but overall it was not bad, maybe it is just a freshness issue

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with the prerequisite wipped cream-like head. Lacing is extensive. The aroma is of diacetyl and malt, with weakish hops. The taste is malty with a pronounced buttery flavor. Hops are floral and earthy, these must be Goldings. The diacytel is too prominent. The finish is malty with some slight vegetal flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy from the nitro.

This is a substandard bitter. It needs less butter and more hops.

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Photo of albern
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very traditional interpretation of the style, pretty good if you favor an English Bitter, not so good if you prefer something less traditional. The beer pours a nice amber color, clear, with a smallish creamy head, a touch of lacing. The retention is there if you pour the bottle upside down to force feed the carbonation, because on its own, this beer is pretty flat. The nose and taste are very typical, old fashioned butterscotch toffee, caramel, roasted notes. There is a particularly drying element here with a slightly pungent, almost lemony, mid section and beyond. The aftertaste is the lingering pungence, minus the better parts of this beer. I'm just not sold on the style, and the acerbic stuff in this beer doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees.The beer had a great frothy head that was pretty. The beer was a nice caramel color but it had a big fruity loud smell. It was very floral smelling also. The taste was a bit malty and bitter. The lacing was extremely good. The head was gone very fast. I would try this beer again in hope I could get a fresher taste.

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Photo of decimator
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear copper colour with a 1cm dense foamy head. The head isn't big but it seems to last forever. Only a little lacing is produced.

S - Light caramel with earth and floral aromas from the hops.

T - Light sweetness, caramel, butter, a hint of fruity sourness, and a decent lasting hop finish.

M - Low carbonation. Smooth with a slick finish.

D - It's not a bad beer but I just don't enjoy it that much.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brassy gold, good clarity, topped with a thick, merengue-like white head. Good nitro lace, although the head really thins out as the pint goes down.
The aroma is typically deadened by the nitro. Light pale malt, with some mild diacetyl butterscotch and a bit of pear and juicyfruit esters. Faint touch of goldings hopping.
The flavor starts out with some light, sweet pale malt. A touch of toasted or crystal malt, with a moderate diacetyl butterscotch flavor coming through into the middle. Great estery flavor, with a sweet, fruity pear and some white grape that lingers into the finish. Diacetyl continues into the finish, with a lightly herbal goldings hoppiness providing a balancing bitterness. A fruity, slightly malty aftertaste with a bit of nitro tinniness.
A pretty good english ale, much better casked or in the bottle. I wish I could find this on regular tap, because the nitro, while smooth, kills so much of the flavor, and the beer is very delicate to begin with.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canned sample. Light amber in colour with medium to low carbonation. Some fruity malt aromas, along with some earthy hops. There is a fair amount of bitterness to keep things in check, with some pleasent malt, dark fruit, licorice, and caramel flavors. Full mouthfeel. A solid session bitter, but lacks a bit of complexity. Could get a little boring to drink after a while.

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Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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