Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Seasonal - September and October.
Ingredients: Pale malt; Crystal malt; Target and Styrian Goldings hops.
The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and a beer to warm you through as the winter nights draw in. Ruddy glow a rich ruby ale brewed with a high proportion of crystal malt to give a sweet ale with a hint of liquorice. Ruddy Glow is brewed with Target hops for bitterness and Styrian Goldings for aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1656) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
First tasted this Ruby Ale in the Crystal Palace, Glasgow (JDW) in October 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear ruby red in colour with a thick tan coloured head. Strong toffee aroma like Cairngorm Wildcat long in intensity. Thick creamy mouthfeel, amazing texture for a 4.5% and good lacing. Pale malt base gives a robust but smooth creamy butterscotch flavour. Dusty hop resins give a prickly earthy note to the short aftertaste. Finish is slightly drier with a hint of liquorice evident amongst the sweet caramel taste. A decent session Ruby Ale and tastes far stronger than ABV suggests. Well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (8148) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2007
(Cask at Eagle, Hoxton, London, 28 Nov 2007) Dark ruby colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, slightly sourish nose with notes of cowberries and spices. Fruity, spicy taste with cowberries, raspberries and caramel. A bit strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2007
Cask handpump at The White Horse, Harborne, Birmingham. Copper with a good head. Scent is spicy with some sugars. Watery and sweet. Not much taste; just a hint of caramel. Dry end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street Sporks.
Amber brown with a slim off white head and lots of lacing. Sweet caramelly malt, aroma with some slight hops underneath. Full flavoured with a nice tobacco and malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
Knickersby Spoons. Ruby pint with well-retained cream froth. Aroma is sourish and vinous with plenty of buttery vanilla. Flavour is more of the same with smooth berryish fruit, caramel, and red wine creaminess. Unusually well-conditioned and tasty back-to-back with 4 pints of Church. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
[CASK: Ra!n Bar, Manchester 02/12/06] A good autumn ale that is more of a winterish ale I thought. A rich ruby ale with a pleasant finish of good flavour. Worth a try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5659) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
JDW, Eastbourne. Soft, frothy head. Autumnal. Damp leaves. A typical Autumn Ale - a splash of crystal malt. Slightly stale tasting. Not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditinoed @ Humble Plumb. Sweet caramel, heavy syrupy body. Poor. 2.3
Oct 06Cask conditioned @ Standing ORder (JDW), Soton. Nicely malty without being sweet or over the top. Robust bitterness which feels remniscent of autumn walks through woods surrounded by fallen leaves. Not much else to it but quite drinkable. 3.3

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2006
Cask at The Pilgrims Progress (JDW), Bedford. Orange-amber, slightly hazy. Small white head. Served chilled. Negligible aroma. Quite a nice, rich, fruity taste with early bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StueyD (1579) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
A dark, chestnut, red brown beer with a weak, beige-white head. the nose is a mellow blend of sweet malt and liquorice. The taste is of the sweet malt again, along with the liquorice, there is a tiny hint of dry bitterness in the finish to perfectly balance the sweetness. The aftertaste is smooth and bitter sweet. (Bottle - purchased from Waitrose as part of a three pack of small craft brewers of Britain).

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