Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Only available bottled (not bottle conditioned).
This was the first beer brewed for the Duchy Originals organic range. The beer is brewed using a rare breed of organic barley - Plumage Archer - harvested from The Prince’s Home Farm at Highgrove.
Duchy Originals Organic Ale has opted for a traditional, British barley variety Plumage Archer to give the beer a rich depth of flavour.
The organic hops for this delicious beer are also British, First Gold, a new dwarf hop variety grown in Kent and Worcestershire. The beer is brewed to Duchy Originals' recipe.
The Duchy Originals Organic Ale is a ruby-coloured flavour-packed beer which combines the rich caramel flavours of the barley malt with the signature ripe orange nuance of the First Gold hop.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Nice amber pour with thick head. Malty aroma with a spicy flavor and solid mouthfeel.

ads135 (4844) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Basic bitter. Golden, pale, and mild. Grassy hops, a little lemon, some earthy finish. Tried for the first time back in 2009.

alexsdad06 (10583) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle picked up at Party Source from notes. Pours a hazy amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, crackers, grass, light herbal notes, just not much to get excited about.

slowrunner77 (12455) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2015
i think this might be decent as a pub ale, served warm via cask, but thousand of miles from it’s source, bottled, it just didn’t do it for me. All the boringness of a typical low abv English beer with few of the highlights.

fhoublon (461) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée à la LCBO de Hawkesbury. Dégustée le 30 juillet 2010 (pint). Bière limpide rousse tirant sur le orange. Mousse peu, col mince. Peu effervescente, grosses bulles. Légère odeur de bois, de rose. Goût un peu boisé, un peu fade, manque de caractère, plutôt mince. Amertume en finale domine un peu trop l’ensemble.

Beerhunter111 (21762) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegoldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig malzig, leicht hefig, hopfig. Geschmack hopfig malzig, fruchtig, leicht hefig.

jmohno (1640) - Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Hazy reddish brown. No head,low carb. Aroma seemed malty and rich and carmally at first giving the impression this was going to be stronger but was short lived and turned to Soy sauce. Smooth slickish,flat,watery,dull taste,has some butterscothch and carmel which makes it better.Seems stale/old. Flat and watery is not a good combo,probably poorly stored as well.Not shure how old this is either.

DJoer (1291) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
500ml bottle bought in Newcastle, only it’s 4,2%, Clear golden colour, firm white medium head, sparkling, a bit sweet soft honey malty hints, creamy taste medium carbonation honey like taste, refreshing

AndyW68 (1579) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
Hazy brown. Musty aroma. Bitter sour taste. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

OntBeerDrinker (514) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
I have it under the other name and label:Duchy Organic Old ruby ale "Plumage Archer" 1905. Some earthey bitterness on a bit of an aggresive side,some like jamy fruityness with mabye a bit sour. Kinda hard to discribe what I taste but this is just the old ruby ale 1905 with the plumage archer barley and dwarf hop that is supposably not int that version and I had it yrs ago cheers

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Usual bitter aroma of fruity caramel. Murky orange tan look to it. Flavor is nutty caramel and a bit of non-bitter citrus. Creamy body that’s on the thin side. Pretty average stuff, probably better from a cask.

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