Ruby Lager | Olde Hickory Brewery

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79
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95 Ratings
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Ruby LagerRuby Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 12-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of nmann08
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours with a clear reddish-amber body; aggressive carbonation produces a very large, frothy, bone head. The head settles down, but doesn't die altogether, in short time. Not much lace left behind.

Smell: Light malt with a distinct earthy/herbal tone. Not bad, but not very appealing either. 2.75

Taste: Toasty, modesty nutty maltiness with nice sweet component of lightly caramelized sugars. Light backdrop of soft fruitiness. Additional dash or two of brown sugar. Minimal hop presence yielding from slight leafy, herbal taste and a mild bitterness. A little bit of the bitterness follows you through to the clean, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body but without wateriness; Medium-high carbonation. Fairly smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Highly drinkable -- both because it goes down easy and due to the low ABV. Adequate and unflawed flavor, a good malt/hop balance and a fine mouthfeel.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another OH iffering that has popped up here in GSO.Poured a clear amber/bronze with a very minimal head that was gone quickly.A nice mix of caramel malt and toast in the nose,it really stuck out nicely.Big caramel and toasted flavors with a a light smack of herbal hop in the finish.Its not a world beater,but its not bad for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, amber-red body with a frothy, ivory-hued head. Slight smatterings of lace on the way down.

Smell: Lightly toasty, bready, sweetish caramel notes, along with some spicy, herbaceous hop hints and an oh-so subtle baked apple fruitiness.

Taste: Toasty, modesty nutty maltiness with nice sweet component of lightly caramelized sugars. Light backdrop of soft fruitiness. Additional dash or two of brown sugar. Minimal hop presence yielding from slight leafy, herbal taste and a mild bitterness. A little bit of the bitterness follows you through to the clean, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one. Keenly drinkable -- it's got just enough flavor, the right amount of hops to balance, a slender body, and a graciously low ABV. I cleared through the entire bomber in record time, by the time the Pinback song "Grey Machine" had finished, I was done.

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Photo of atrocity
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

220z brown bomber with a freshness date on the label.

Rudy color, not much of a surprise there. Perfect clarity and a half decent head too boot. Clean dry malt aroma with toasted bread being the primary aroma. Crisp and smooth with a light slickness on the moderate sized body. Tight malt foundation opens up a little bit with each sip. Toasty but not too forward, a little bready, faint caramel and some dried grass in the finish. Hops are mild here with a clean sting of bitterness that soon fades away. Ends dry with some more of the grassiness.

Clean and well balanced ... not much else you can ask for right? Easily marked as a session beer and a good one at that.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark translucent amber with a soft, quarter inch cap of white head that has decent retention

S - lager yeast, caramel, musty

T - faint caramel, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather lightly flavored, simplistic, sessionable beer. There's nothing special here, but nothing offensive either. If you want a lighter, refreshing beer this would be a good call.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up when visiting family in NC about a month ago...notched as best by december 2012...bottoms up! enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew opened with a big fizzy pop, but did not geyser. it poured a deep amber but was translucent. the head was bigger than 2 fingers on a careful pour but was down to about an 1/8 of an inch of bubbles and hung there for a while after things settled down. spotty lacing.

s - big malts and nuttiness. has some nice nutmeg amber qualities to the odor. lots of grape and resembles a marzen with some crystalized malts. smells rather nice and has some festive qualities to it as well.

t - somewhat mundane. very brown ale with nuts. fairly boring and over carbonated which seems to take away from the flavor, kind of like when you get a soda from one of those machines that mixes the syrup on the spot and over carbonates. actually kind of tastes like an amber beer flavored seltzer...and i'm not a big fan of seltzer so while this one is not bad and definitely drinkable, just not my bag.

m - definitely on the fizzy side and a bit over carbonated.

o - overall at $3.99 for 22oz, it was worth a shot. the mouthfeel really distracts me from the flavor qualities that i am digging here. decent session beer, but not something i will seek out again. good fora pour, but 22oz of this is a bit much for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong, malty aroma has a yeasty overtone but is otherwise about average. It pours a clear dark coppery brown with a fairly thick, slightly yellowish light tan head. Malty flavor has yeasty and grassy notes with just a hint of apple, nothing special but still enjoyable. Texture is quite fizzy but just a bit on the thin side. Overall, a decent if not outstanding brew.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thagr81us
1.79/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a very minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. This is where it went downhill.... The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, and burnt hair (WTF!?!?!?). The flavor was of burnt malt, nutmeg, and the taste of how burnt hair smells (OMG!). It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall holy Christ this was bad... It was just not appealing in any aspect. Burnt hair... REALLY!?!? If I'm honest I wouldn't drink this again if it gave me a ruby everytime I took a sip. Just not worth it. However I might keep this in mind for when I want to play a cruel joke on a not-so-good friend.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at Tasty Beverage, Raleigh

a: served in a short pint glass, the beer is a reddish caramel color, sporting a thin white head with low retention

s: a simple lager malt foundation holds aromas of toasted bread and caramel, some typical red malt aromas akin to red apple, hops clean and light

m: carbonation around moderate with a touch of abrasiveness, body nudging towards the higher side of the light range

t: toasted lager malts carry flavors of caramel, red apple, and some breadiness, a mild sweetness midway, hops are clean and slightly citric, imparting a mild bitterness

o: a simple, well structured beer, if maybe a little rough around a couple edges, enough here to keep things interesting, but likely not a repeat for me

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Photo of kell50
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Ruby Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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