Brewed by Wadworth
Style: English Strong Ale
Devizes, England


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
"English Table Beer."
Available filtered and bottled.
Contract brewed for Refresh UK. From 2000 to Summer 2004 by Burtonwood. From Summer 2004 by Wadworth.
"A distinctive ale crafted from a judicious blend of Pale, Crystal and Vienna malts to creat a Rotwein hue. Ruby Ale has a vinous, full bodied flavour and a perfectly balanced subtle bitterness. The rich aroma is characteristic of these distinctive hop varieties. Brewed from Fanfare malted barley, Fuggles and Styrian Golding hops."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2899) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2005
After trying this one I was convinced it was more of a seasonal strong ale than a table ale. Tasted from the bottle and poured it into a chalice glass, cool and not cold. Copper coloured, with the clarity of honey, and topped with a thin dense pad of beige foam. Head lasted the distance and left an abundance of rings down the side of the glass. Generous fruity nose, lightly herbal and quite vinous, bordering on port-like. Treacly and sweet in the mouth, medium bodied and very soft in carbonation, it had an assortment of tangy and sugary dark fruits across the palate that became dry in the back. Quite husky and peppery, with flavours of dark berries and burnt grain, caramelised sugars and hints of raspy and acrid herbs (not detrimental). Reasonably bitter, more from the malts, in the back before a long and port like, sweet swallow. Licking my lips I could still taste the sugary sweetness left there between mouthfuls and it was quite full on in the mouth making for a sipping beer, that I would have honestly struggled to quaff. Not a bad drop, all things considered, and a little unique among British ales. Quite nice!!! (500mL bottle, BBE 07/05)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2005
poured hazy copper colored with a nice creamy biege head. aroma: caramel, grassy hop, vanilla and nutty. taste: bit fenolic in the beginning, sweet, roasted malt, nutty, and a little spicy. finishes more bitter and hoppy. tart, dry, vinous mouthfeel. strange and excellent, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16507) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2006
Bottled. Dark golden with an off-white head leaving nice lacings. Sweet, caramel aroma with a vinous fruityness. The flavor has lots of sweetness, along with malt and hops. Full-bodied and sweet, with a finsih consisting of both malts and hops. Worked well with semi-soft cheese. (060428)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2002
Ok, i thought it quite similiar to the Twany, but a little less malty, and slightly more hoppy, a bit of a vanillan flavour in the their aswell, decent, and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
(on bottle, bit too cold) Rustred, nice clear brew with a disapearing white head. Sweet and tender nose of bark, vanilla and burnt almonds. Good full mouthfeel and more hard flavours of carameld almonds and tosted ryebread. Super finish; gets bitterfresh, witch balances the alcohol nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle. "The 1999 Vintage Ale". Lovely brown red colour with a fair lasting head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, bit fruity and hoppy. Flavour is caramellic, hoppy, roasted malts, some chocolate and nuts too, slightly spiced. Bit sweet and bitter finish. A tasty ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
Amber color, creamy head. Some nice hop aroma; very light malt and caramel. Pleasant, with some malt and caramel, light fruitness, pretty strong bitterness, but a bit metallic, not finished, not mature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2003
Amber color. White diminishing head. Hoppy caramel aroma. Caramel flavor. Notes of licorice in the flavor, truly malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34369) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
A brown beer (not ruby) with a fine orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with roasted notes as well as notes of oranges. The flavor is very roasted and with a dry hoppy end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle. Red-brown with a medium-sized off-white head, nice lace. Quite fruity-sweet, raisins, prunes, biscuit, madeira, little earthy, a beer for christmas og desert or....

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