United States > New York > Troy
merc7186 (126) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A: The place looks like a dump from the curb..and even when you enter inside, it is not that impressive but eventually turns out to be a good low key beer bar...a shit hole..but a good shit hole.
Q: The quality of beers were decent, my biggest complaint was I had several beers that were under carbonated...a big deal!!!
S: The service was decent, no issues but didnt smoke you either.
S: A decent selection, of 20+ taps, very very few macros but you do see a good amount of style overlaps for a small tap list.
F: Had a mediocre turkey burger with over cooked fries....ordered chicken wings later on which were worthy of the 40 cent wing night value. The place seems to be over valued by the locals....this is the Buffalo NY equivalant of Mr.Goodbar (with better bathrooms).
V: A decent value...not over nor under changed on food or beers.
Overall, the bar is a decent beer bar but you can find better places in the greater Albany area (but not more interesting).
UDBeernut (103) Near Buffalo, New York | August 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
seems like a college dive bar with an excellent tap list, for being so busy, service was good enough. i will have to go back earlier in the day.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012| Updated July 6, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place gets crowded and noisy, but their tap selection is unmatched locally. Not only do they have many taps, they are hard-to-find beers and at cheap prices! Go early in the day so that you can get a seat, and be sure to try their buffalo fries. Delicious! Also, check their website frequently, they often do tap takeovers!
cp05nola (1) , | March 11, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
A beer engine for casks, 20 taps for standard and craft beers, 9 taps dedicated to imperials, awesome wings and burgers, unreal bleu cheese (I know sounds silly), classy staff that cares about the customers, darts, buck hunter and shuffle board, other then a bigger food menu what more could you want?
justabeergeek (12) Albany, New York | March 9, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Iíll admit: I first thought of The Ruck as just a college/townie bar, tucked away in good olí Troy. Well, while that might not be *totally* inaccurate, it is certainly a great example of the "genre." There is shuffleboard in the back, lots of tvs (usually on rugby), and a shockingly good selection of beer. When I saw how many (good!) beers they had on tap, I was floored.
williamherbert (53) Syracuse, New York | January 19, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
From the outside, it looks like a scary townie bar. Inside, it still does, but with a pretty friendly contingent of locals and college kids. Itís a very good (not too busy) place to watch football on Sundays, and their tap selection is always excellent -- Iíd say 7-10 very good taps at any time. The Buffalo wing burger is well-priced and good in a pinch. If you happen to be in Troy, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Ruck for one or two.
TokenBlkRugger (1) Troy, New York | October 22, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Pay no attention to the comments made by my predecessor. Although what he said used to be true....it is true no longer. As an employee of this fine establishment I can tell you that The Ruck has had a major overhaul. We now have a 20 tap tower with another 10 taps and cask selections to be here shortly. My boss has secret kegs and firkins that are aging in the walk in cooler. The last aged brew he put on was the southern tier oak aged unearthly which he aged for 2 YEARS in our walk in. When he put it on, it was like a little slice of heaven. Beer drinkers came from far and away to have a pint of that. Other breweries that we give love to are stone, dogfish head, heavy seas, sly fox, left hand brewery, keegans, oskar blues, rogue, harpoon, Troegs, Ommegang and many many more that I am forgetting. Oh and BTW the food is still on point. We are famous for our wings and "wingburgers". Also because we are a rugby themed bar (hence the name) we usually have rugby on. This year we opened early for the world cup. Oh and thats another thing. We are open til 4 am 7 days a week so if it is a night cap you desire come on down and see us. Im sure that you wonít regret it.
IMtheOptimator (33) Bethel, Connecticut | June 18, 2005
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The Ruck is a cross-section of the merging of the student life and local denizens of Troy. Itís not classy, itís not dignified, but itís friendly. The beer selection is average; the best Iíve seen on tap is Arrogant Bastard. The food is burgers, fries, wings, and onion rings, but theyíre cooked fresh and quite delicious. The best thing going for The Ruck is the sheer value of its food and drink. A group of people can spend the night eating and drinking without crippling their bank accounts.
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