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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy and light, and moderate bitterness. What you want in a sessionable ale. Would go nicely with lunch. Easy drinking, though not the boldest taste, and so I wouldn't seek it out on cask or in a can. Inoffensive. On tap would be the way to go. Bramling cross hops.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: One finger head of little cream and decent thickness. Retains alright.

Sm: Cream, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch. Very appealing.

T: Lovely cream and butterscotch, with hints of vanilla and a bit of caramel. Bittering hops on the climax are disguised in part by the cream, which is nice. A sort of complex beer, but restrained.

Mf: Wet and coarse.

Dr: Expensive and good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised by two things in this beer. One, that it wasn't skunked (clear bottle); and two, that it was so good! Clear. Very deep amber/copper - almost orange-brown in color. The head is a frothy light tan that holds quite well and leaves an exceptional lace throughout the pint. The aroma offers a light sulphur (not enough to be distracting), some grassy, earthy & citrusy (lemony) hops, and an odd - but interesting - mustiness. I'm not sure where the musty character might be coming from.... yeast? house character? And yet, the sulphur and mustiness that I would normally regard as defect seem interesting and exciting! The body is medium with a low level of carbonation that gives it a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor offers an initial sweet maltiness ripe with caramel & toffee as well as a buttery note (diacetyl? - another normally considered defect that seems to work here), then revealing a good amount of grassy hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is dryish and lingering with a gentle matliness, and a hoppy bitterness that becomes quite lemony at points! (I'd love to know what hops they're using!) This is an excellent example of an English Best Bitter... rich, quite complex, and moderate in alcohol. At 4.7% this offers the opportunity to enjoy several in a night and yet it's full of flavor. It's somewhat rich, but not so much so that it becomes overwhelming. Massively enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange with a very nice creamy head from the nitro can,aroma was faint and lightly metallic with a light herbal/grassy tone.Taste is pretty dry with a light biscuit flavor with a definant grassy hop backbone a light metallic flavor I also noticed.A definant easy drinker here not to complex but pretty good and easy to drink.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It never ceases to amaze me that I can pour these nitro cans/bottles very aggressively and they never threaten to overflow the glass. The head seems to expand downward instead of upward and then clears from the bottom up.

Slightly hazy orange-amber; much more orange than amber. The head is beige, creamily solid and is holding rock steady at one finger. It looks rather like thick, rich whipped cream perched atop the beer. The cap hangs around until the end and generates a thick collar of lace that follows it down the glass. The nose is muted initially since it has to fight through that dense disk of foam. Slight caramel malt aroma, but that's about it.

Enjoyable flavor, at least to my palate. Toasted grain malty, herbal-earthy hoppy (with a pleasantly bitter 'bite') with a nicely creamysmooth mouthfeel. I'm still not sure how I feel about nitro, but it's been used to great effect in this beer. It finishes unsweetened tea-like dry with a longish finish.

These English pub ales are growing on me. Ruddles County does most everything right and was a pleasure to consume. I bought this on my most recent trip to Ohio; I don't believe that I've seen it around here. If I run across it locally, I'll definitely buy it again. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz clear glass bottle that looks like an old style milk bottle, no freshness date.

Beautiful white lace around the glass with a bubbly lace that stays around long enough. Bright copper hue has a near sparkling clarity.

Sulfur, musty, grassy, veggie, buttery, and earthy and a hint of lemony hop are what make up the aroma.

Full and luxuriant mouth feel that hold an amazing smoothness, lots of hop flavour that is layered with the bitterness. It’s almost a grassy veggie hop flavour with a lightly pungent bitterness. Shades of buttery and musty diacetyl come through as well as a fluffy malt character. Hops go a touch lemony and the malt draws closer to a biscuity grain as the dry finish pulls in.

I fell in love with the ale many many years ago and I am glad to have come back to it. The complexities are surreal and oddly it does not take away from it being a session brew either. A bit in the raw but that is the way I like my ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -23%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale hops, slight malt, yeast, and some grain. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, yeast, grain, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a rather average English Bitter - nothing really stands out.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/amber with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell of strong caramel soon settles enough to give way to underlying tea-leaf and lemon.

The taste is of bitterish tea-leaf and hint of lemon with an evenly balancing caramel sweetness. Earthy, slightly cedary, with a touch of butterscotch. The dry finish has something of a bitterish bite.

It has a creamy, medium body. Very smooth.

Truly a well-balanced, easy drinking, sessionable English ale. Nice hop touch (taste more than aroma). Would love to try this one on cask.

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Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -23%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has all the English ale qualities. It's bitter and creamy with a mild aroma hopping. The taste is not bad. It is bitter and creamy with a malty flavor. It finishes watery; a product I think is from the clear bottle. The mouthfeel is above average. It is a medium bodied beer with below average carbonation. This is a good drinking English ale. It has some faults, but not enough to keep me away.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one comes in a clear bottle- which I'm not a fan of due to quick light damage, but luckily the particular beer I'm drinking is quite fresh tasting. Pours a nice chestnut color with a finely beaded head that leaves some lacing, but fades a little too quickly. Nice earthy hop smell with gentle, creamy malt and some butteriness. The taste is similar, but with somewhat more resonant hops, with a nice lingering grassy and earthy bitterness. A little bit of nuttiness on the finish, and a very smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is a trace of copper lurking there in the background as well. More complex than it seems at first flush, this ale hangs together very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this- now do something about the glass bottle.

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Ruddles County from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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