Brewed by Gilroy’s
Style: Irish Ale
Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Our classic ruby ale - a magnificent explosion of flavours on the tongue. Brewed using the best English kilned barley grain, the finest malts and Kentish noble hops.
Previously 5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NickH (2) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 29, 2007 does not count
Colour a dull ruby, like an unfined wine. Complex fruity aroma. Carbonation low and the head retiring after being "crashed into the glass" as mandated by the label. A pleasing and balanced fullness. By some measure the best South African beer I have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky amber topped by a tan ring for head. Has a surprisingly nice aroma, almost Barley Wine-like. Fruity, berry-ish notes with some grape character, along with toasted malts. Has medium, bubbly carbonation, with less flavor than anticipated from the aroma. Has an initial mild tartness with some berry suggestions, which leads to a crystal malt middle. The finish is slightly tart as well, without enough bitterness. A decent effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6968) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2007
rbsxg05, bottled. deep red colour with a minimal head. grainy aroma, lightly toasty. hint of grape juice, lightly grassy. not too bad

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisG (31) - Secunda, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 20, 2005
Dark red colour. Fruity aroma. A good drinkable beer. Probably the beer to show SAB what they are doing wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19953) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2005
Bottled. Ruby colour, brief head. Citric nose. Sweetish and roasty. Solid raisniny crystal malt character, rounded mouthfeel. Grassy hops adds pleasant bitternesss. A very aromatic beer that fills your mouth with flavour, remarkably similar to how I remember Usher’s Ruby Ale used to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Copper colour, murky with medium tan head. Pleasant malty and fruity (apple peel, berry) aroma. Tastes of lightly roasted malt, nutty, floral hops, fruity. Somewhat sweet nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Medium body. Very decent ale. If it was a session beer I would be quite agreeable. Extra point (overall) for Gilroy’s standing up to the Big Brother - the SAB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2003
A friend was kind enough to bring this back from his visit to South Africa last month. Murky ruby body with medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet and fruity (melon, berry). Taste is floral hoppy, fruity (berry), medium sweet, and slightly spicy. Medium body. Nice accessible beer, eminently drinkable.

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