Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bottled - pasteurised. Occasionally available in the cask.
Deep amber in color with a fruity aroma which brings a complex mix of malts and mainly English hops including Fuggles and Northdown. With a hint of barley wine, it is ideal to accompany food.

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Ungstrup (38423) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 3, 2004
The aroma is of hops, grass, and oil. THe color is amber and it has a small head. The flavor is not pleasant; it is sour bitter from a weird hop combination. The end is very dry. Not a beer for me.

SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2004
Medium creamy head over copper. Light hops aroma. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel. Little to no carbonation burn on swallowing. Very nice malts with toffee and a bit of light hops finish. At AUS$8 a bottle there are other beers I would prefer however.

SilkTork (5856) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2004
Bottle. April 2002. The Witty family have been running Daleside Brewery since the mid 1980's quietly producing a small range of interesting and top quality beers, the most notable being the unusual and very tasty Morocco Ale. This is a brewery which seems to enjoy bringing out the best in the malts they use, and, on the whole, leave the hops to add balance and character rather than dominate the flavour. Ripon Jewel is no exeption to the cause. This golden coloured ale is brewed especially for Ripon Cathedral where it is sold to tourists, but is occasionally available in the cask. The beer is well balanced and tasty, but is not in any way remarkable. The taste is predominately whisky malt - as such it is quite smooth and warm with just a hint of brown sweetness. A pleasant, well made, but not outstanding golden malt ale. [2.6]
Crown & Thistle Darkish amber with some lacing. Very sweet with little hop awareness. One dimensional. A strong ale that borders on Barley Wine, but thinner and cleaner. Not much happening. Boring, ugly and too strong and sweet. [2.1]

Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2004
Good amber colour and fine head. There is a faint cookie dough nose and softness in the fuggles hop aroma. This has a good palate and mouthfeel which is not affected by an overly effervescent taste. This is one of those beers that you would describe as eminently acceptable without being one that you would seek out again. I have a feeling that the Daleside Brewery is very keen on marketing their beers with a quaint story to the exception of really being able to wax lyrical about the actual contents of the bottle. Better to find a gem of a beer than a jewel of a ripon I feel.

imdownthepub (15333) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2003
Bottled, Pasteurised. Red Amber beer with thin head, plenty of fizz. Strongly malted, slightly sweet, caramel, biscuit flavours, not too much finish or bitterness. Pleasant beer though it could pack more flavour if it tried.

motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 2, 2003
straddles the subtle/boring divide. some saltiness, a hint of oats, late hint of fuggles. decent enough

mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
Quite ambivalent about this one. Mild hoppy and maybe fruity aroma. An indistinct generic flavour that is like so many other bottled English ales. Also it is just a bit light in taste for a beer of this strength. On the positive side, The light flavour is pleasant and I could actually drink it all night.

nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2003
Clean crisp light hoppy nose. Redish hue with a minimal head. Initially malty taste that develops with perfume and elderflower tones. Bitter hoppy finish. A decent ale.

eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2003
another pale ale from daleside that's suspiciously similar - methinks they might have more labels than beers. as with the others, it's pretty tame flavourwise, but straight up and honest - salty, nutty, dry maltiness and slightly peppery, full but delicate hops. like it.

RobBestwick (967) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
roasted malt aroma, copper hue with a small head, deep malt character, thick oily palate, slightly bitter finish.

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