Old Bob | T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited

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Old BobOld Bob

Brewed by:
T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AsburyParkJMH on 09-17-2003

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Stephen63:
Photo of Stephen63
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Red tinged colour with weak head.

S - Light fruitiness and hops, not much else.

T - Hops quite to the fore and dark fruity flavours. Fairly bitter as expected.

M - Reasonable level of carbonation for bottled beer.

D - Nothing too memorable to warrant another but if someone gave me a 4 pack I could easily see it off in a session.

A decent enough bitter.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. This brand is now owned and produced by Greene King.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear marmalade-orange hue with plentiful carbonation. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of fruity malt with notes of yeast esters, dried fruit, a hint of brown sugar, faint roasted grain and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a whiff of booze and a subtle cardboard staleness in the background.

Tastes of fruity aged malt with a complex character and a dry finish. Notes of caramel, dried fruit, yeast esters, brown sugar, a hint of roasted malt and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet. Background hints of solventy booze, banana and stale cardboard/sherry. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but a bit insubstantial. I'm surprised the carbonation isn't more spritzy. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt and cooked leaves.

Not so great - I'm not impressed. A not entirely pleasant mélange of flavours with too much harshness/oxidation/alcohol. Smells OKish, but the taste is poorer - too many lurking off-notes. Body is alright. A 'Greene King' yeast aroma permeates the beer. This is a rather unlovely example of an ESB - I would personally recommend spending your money on something better.

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Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Palate is sweetish, then bitter. The malts gives the flavour a bit of raisins and toffee, the hops give some acidity and a slight citric edge. Something was slightly syruppy/oily/sticky about the mouthfeel aswell, not necesarily a bad thing, but it didn't really help its cause, nice though. (Cask-ChelmsfordBF 03')

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Photo of anders36
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a orange amber colour into the glass. It also pours a very creamy thick white long lasting head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Has also a fruity aroma. It has a sweet and malty taste with some oak taste too. The aftertaste is warm and a little bitter. This is a very nice beer. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of AEK
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5ooml clear bottle poured into a hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Orangey red in colour with a tanned head, almost very light coffee coloured. The head soon disappeared.

S. Fruity malt dominates the nose with a little biscuit malt hidden in behind.

T. Again fruit malt dominates, the palate picks up the biscuit malt more than the nose. A nice hoppy bitterness also accompanies the malt throughout. The finish is nicely bitter and fruity.

M. Quite smooth.

D. A lovely session drinking beer and having tried this in bottle for a second time I am more impressed with it second time around. There seems to be more going on than when I first tried it a couple of years ago. Very nice.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a bad brew at all, here. pours a very, very nice ever-so-slightly cloudy amber colour with a big off-white creamy head. a nice sticky effect is present. the smell is of butter, floral hop, tropical fruit (pineappl, perhaps?), a bit of malt and nail polish. different but familiar at the same time. there is a definite bitter hop taste all the way through on this one, with a bit of a spice kick. burnt toast and earth finish this one off. finallym there are some nice tropical fruit flavoured burps here. different, but interestingly nice. i would have knocked the carbonation level down just a tick and the bitter and burnt combo could have been a touch smoother overall, but just minor tweaks, really. a nice esb overall.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear 500ml bottle from my local Morrison's. No best by date.

Rear label claims it was brewed by; Ridley's Brewing, Westgate Street, Bury Saint Edminds, Suffolk.

Looks like an Irish Red in its bottle. Looks even more like an Irish Red in my pint straight sided sleeve glass. The off white, light tan head soon goes to leave a wisplike nothingness.

If your feet smell and your nose runs, you are built upside down, my nose can't smell anything here. Not even something nasty.

The taste is OK, a bit fizzy maybe, but barley and hops are in there somewhere, the bottle mentions Fuggles, but I can't find them from this pint.

Beery aftertaste, dryish and hops, slightly watery for a 5.1% beer.

I am sure Old Bob and myself have met before, in a cask life, this is not as i remember him.

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Globetrotter
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the brown half liter bottle with the long slender neck features a copper and black label including a bull sitting about a shield symbol that includes the name info. The 5.1% abv contradicts the label's claim that this is a "Strong Premium Ale." The regular label identifies "East Anglian pale ale malt" and Fuggles hops. The Russian import label also mentions wheat, sugar and some other syrup I don't recognize. Best before 11/25/06, I opened it on 5/17/06.

Pours clear copper under a 1.5 finger off-white head that fades slowly but lacks much body and cannot generate any lace. The nose features mild fruity malt with a hint of grape. The mouth is well- but not excessively carbonated and fairly sticky, with a light syrup consistency. Nice light malt flavor, with plenty of sweet grape. The hops kick in very late, but are strong and floral, with a mild and very pleasant bitter. The good dry bitter aftertaste lasts very long. Nice, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Mark
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the pump clip at the Lord Moon pub it said premium strong ale. Abv is 5.1% Quite a difference from our strong ales which seem to be through the roof. Old Bob was a deep amber, head retention was a bit thin, but lacing thick and solid. A visual delight in my British imperial glass. Hearty aroma of malt with a slight roastiness. Long smooth finish of malt and stewed fruit, I also detected or imagined, some black licorice notes. Very interesting, full bodied, drinkable ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a nice full beige head, good carbonation and lace. Fairly strong earthy, grassy hop aroma with malt aroma fairly hidden. Quite bitter with malt character not strong enough; seems off balanced to the bitter side but not entirely unpleasant. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a warming alcohol and bitter hop finish.

Per Ridley's website: Twice a gold medal winner, Old Bob is a noted strong premium ale. Only the finest East Anglian pale ale malt and fuggles hops are used to create this full-bodied, rich and spicy beer.

(16.9 oz.)

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BobAshton
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of shearer292
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a dark red/brown colour, off white head which vanished very quickly, a lot of carbonation which also quickly stopped.

Smell - quite a fruity smell with quite a bit of sweetness behind it, just a hint of spice like described on the bottle but not worth mentioning to be honest.

Taste - nice sweetness and floral notes and a good malt taste, little bitterness on the finish and a bit of spice feeling on the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel - not as smooth as i would expect, medium carbonation, aftertaste doesn't last very long, would easily quench your thirst.

overall - This is a good beer, not exceptional but i would buy this again if looking for something not too complicated.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; medium head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; biscuity; fairly hoppy; slight dried fruit

Taste: Malty and hoppy on the start; nutty mid with semi-sweet, slight fruit finish; excellent balance

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I can get this in the US or atleast in New Jersey, but here I gas on anyway.

This poured nicely with a rather thin head and little carbonation. The ruby color and nose imparted dreams of malt, maybe some cloves and other spices dancing in my head. (I am too old for sugarplums, beer will do)

This was a medium bodied beer that had quite a balance of malt and spice. I enjoyed this nice ale, especially the warm mouthfeel. One that I highly recoemnd as it is smooth, flavorful easy drinking

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Photo of mjgittens
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marburg
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps it's merely the shock of this (Old Bob? C'mon...) simply being worth drinking, but Old Bob is a pretty damn good beer.

Amberish color with an ample, picture perfect head. Burnt cream or butterscotch aroma with the slightest bit of leafy hop and alcohol. Then I sip. "Holy shit!" was quite literally the expression I used. I was expecting a mildly bitter English ale. Instead, I got a slightly toffee-like roasted flavor with a sharp, distinct charred bitterness and a fairly cleansing hop presence. Who do these guys think they are, challenging my expectations like this?

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Photo of dansmcd
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red and clear as glass, two fingers of soft foamy head followed by thick chunky lacing.

S - Light aromas of malt, barley and cream.

T - Again, not overpowering but pleasant deep toasty mat flavour, caramel and cream.

M - Smooth thin body with low carbonation. Seems fairly typical for the style.

O - Pretty good, certainly better than I expected for anything from a clear glass bottle.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml clear glass bottle. No freshness date noticed.
Served in a 12oz tumbler.
It pours a dark amber color with a very fast-fading off-white head and a smattering of patchy lacing.
A smell of crushed biscuits rises out at first pour. A slightly fruity citrus smell sneaks in and fades.
Tastes of biscuity malt and tart pear-like fruit bind together in even measure. A slightly astringent resinous hop bite is noticed in the background. There's a bit of an off-putting alcoholic taste in the finish. Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it is always a great feel to sample a true premium ale, even better when you are not knowing what to expect and then get something like this one ....
very fruity nose (sultana cake), the taste is drier, very bitter actuall (especially in the aftertaste), whereby hops and malts are kept in very fine balance .... a great brew!

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Old Bob from T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 35 ratings