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


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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%.

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werner22 (6) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 10, 2014 does not count
Very nice beer. Aroma is a full taste. Does’s give you gas or heartburn. And no hang over in the morning.

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.

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.

Splitenz (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
A good dark amber beer with floral aroma and a good fairly strong taste. Malty and not as strong in the hops as one may have wanted, leading to a bit of a watery mouth feel. Still, a good beer to drink through the South African night.

omhper (25114) - 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.

mojoharper (32) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 8, 2008
Ruby, rich color with minimal head. Aroma is very bright berry and plum fruits. Flavor starts with almost sour cherry but finishes with a spicy, hopped dryness that is quite addictive. A refreshing session ale.

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.

AtronSeige (1538) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2013
Aroma: Toffee, biscuit Appearance: Clear copper body. Very spare off-white head. Flavour: Medium-high sweetness, medium-low bitterness. Toffee, biscuit, toasty, Palate: Medium body. Light carbonation Overall: A beer you can have a few of. A bit to sweet 340 ml bottle, poured. 9D. Irish Red Ale
Earlier Rating: 8/10/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Aroma: Light hops, stewed fruit, roasty, toffee, buttery Appearance: Clear ruby, no head. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitterness, dry finish, very crisp, toasty, Palate: Medium-light body, light carbonation, Overall: My wife’s favourite! :) A highly enjoyable, easy drinking pint 340 ml, poured.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2008
(Bottle 34 cl) Clear, orangey brown with a small, off-white head. Lightly nutty and vaguely burned aroma. Light in body and a little low in carbonation. Very pleasant nutty accents, soft mouthfeel and a smooth finish almost without any bitterness. 040508

PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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.

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