Ruby Claire | Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by unclejazz on 09-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of angrybabboon
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 12/10/17 (canned recently)

A: More of a murky burnt orange than red, with some lighter orange tones and hints of brown - hazy - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to just a few wisps but leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, with some orange and tangerine flesh, floral grapefruit - some herbal notes - very earthy - not as malty as I would have expected, amber malts seem oddly absent - pale and caramel grains - toasted bread and some biscuit, low sweetness

T: Citrus flesh with some flesh - orange and grapefruit, floral citrus, zest - hoppy, yes, but not as hoppy as something labeled as a "hoppy" red ale - some herbal hops - pronounced earthy character - medium to low bitterness - grainy malt base, with some pale and toasted caramel grains - some light bread, toast, biscuit - finish could be cleaner

M: Medium body, oddly low carbonation, smooth

O: Unlike Ruby Tuesday, possibly worth revisiting

I've never had this on tap, but I would like to try it, as the carbonation seems a little bit off in the can. It's not a typical amber, but I'm not really sure how else I would categorize it.

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyLu14
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BA says retired, but I just picked up a growler at Fiddlehead yesterday...? Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F+ head with good retention, lots of sticky lacing and a ring. Beer is a deep golden amber.

S: Grapefruit as name indicates, but sweeter than the usual. Mangoes, pineapple, other tropical fruits. A little pine. Very nice.

T: More grapefruit than anything, but not particularly bitter. Tropical fruits in nose not really present.

F: Not too complex, but balance good. Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable.

O: Very solid throw-in with a case of Second Fiddle. Happy I got to try it.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Worthy Kitchen. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper body. Nice off white head. Settles to a chunky surface. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hop. Lots of caramel malt. Something a little off on the nose. Mild funk.

Taste - Grapefruit hop and caramel malt in equal proportions. Some resiny hop flavors overtake the malts. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. A little creamy.

Overall - The off smell doesn't come out in the flavor. Pretty good beyond that misstep.

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Photo of jamesewelch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thads324
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely mahogany, super clear and clean looking. Very thin off white head. Super lacing despite the thin head.
Aroma is of heavy hops. Piney and a hint of lemon. Not really any malt aromas at all.
Taste is bold and zingy fresh hops. Grassy, a bit of pine and resin. Sticky hops balanced out by a caramel and bready malt backbone. The finish is super clean bottled water with fresh lime zest and zippy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, bitterness doesn't linger. Easy drinking.

Hoppier than I anticipated. Probably the cleanest profile I've tasted in a while. Very nice.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut pour, two finger ecru head vanishes in a few minutes, chunky lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy thanks to the dry hopping with simcoe, mouth watering.

Taste is an improvement over the aroma, which is saying something, slightly malty base that doesn't overwhelm , the simcoe plays out nicely in the mix, riding on top. Flavors become more prominent as it warms.Very smooth drinkability factor.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, carbonation was a bit on the slight side as well.

A very nice hoppy Red Ale that competes with a couple of other New England brewers fairly well. Solid value for a growlette/growler fill at the pleasant and friendly tap room (thanks to pressurized taps:take the hint HF!), hope that stays the same.

update: 10/8/13
Batch #2 growlette fills had more pronounced carbonation, nice improvement.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samples this pilot batch on tap at the brewery today along with the flagship IPA. Very nice shop/growler fill spot.

A-nice mahogany color with a solid cream covered held that had spotty lacing.

S-grapefruit bombs the nose along with solid pine and malt

T-very crisp with grapefruit leading off and a bit of apricot and a bit of roast. Not very sweet

M-makes the mouth water with each sip, very solid malt backbone crisp with just ahi t of creaminess.

O-this hit the spot and would be a great regular offering. Love the Simcoe twist on an amber.


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Ruby Claire from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 10 ratings