detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Ruby Mild pours a clear and brilliant ruby-amber color with half an inch of light tan foam. It really catches the light when you hold it up - a friend called it ’very pretty,’ and so I will agree with her. This beer has exceptional lacing throughout the pint - among the best I have ever experienced. There is a mild fruitiness to the aroma.
Ruby is mild indeed, but still flavorful. I taste a sweetish malt that I can’t exactly call caramel, but don’t know what else to call it. Maybe a sweet toasted malt. It also has a mild fruitiness to it. There is a mild hop presence in the finish.
Ruby has a lightish body, soft carbonation, and is very smooth and oh so drinkable. This stuff is splendid on cask, I will have to wait a couple days to see how it tastes on tap. I guess I don’t really care what style it is, just keep serving it on cask!
JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Very little aroma at all; some hops. Light red. Thin palate. Definitely mild with no flavors that really stand out, besides the Town Hall house flavor that many of their beers have. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Very slight hint of hop aroma (though I may be imagining this), Clean head with medium lacing. Body like a watery cream ale (if this makes sense). Somewhat greasy mouthfeel. Mild indeed, but a decent session ale. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Not much in the way of aroma; can’t make out any hops. Ruby in color, which makes sense. At first I thought for sure I tasted Amarillo hops, as there were some similarities between this brew and TH’s Hop It, but a review of the commercial description, which I forgot to bring home (dagnabit) revealed that it contains English Nobles. Very thin body. This might please the woosies, although I’m not sure why. I’ll have to frankly say that this is one of my least favorite offerings from Town Hall, and there is a distinct possibility that my ratings are a little inflated due to a syndrome I now refer to as "the Town Hall bias." robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Dark Red Coloring with Good Thick Head. Grassy Aroma and Bad Grains Taste...Tasted Like Bad Stale Leftovers....MILDLY Worth Tossing Your Glass to Get the Wee Heavy Instead.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: These Milds’ tend to be all over the map when it comes to color, this one happens to be a solid scarlet brown with a small but thickly set creamed foam of dark ivory. Good lacing in blobs and spotting.
Aroma is of a toasted raisin bread thats sweet but restrained. Slivers of chocolate frosting and dark cherry emerge as it sits.
Taste is a nice pale roastyness of chocolate breads and some sharper brown sugar notes wrapped within a subdued dark cherry sweetness. Middle has a nice mellow and clean caramel that cleans the palate off and helps bring in some of the lighter fruityness and maltyness. A minimal sweeter hop tone slips past nearer the finish. All in all a nice little taster for a Mild. More fruity and sweet then anything but mild, hmmpt...who would of thought?
Feel is about right for a mild; clean, slippery, creamy, slight sweetness and even slighter hop all within a shy medium body that seems to fit well for the flavors.
A fine drinker too. Goes down without much hassle and is flavorful enough to keep it interesting. It changes some as it warms, kinda roasty then kinda sweet, back and forth we go, a fun balance continues to intrigue as you go from sip to sip. Kinda nice, I liked that. It maintains a subtle and different level of mild nearly each sip. badgerben (5325) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Dark red color with a thick and creamy head. Slight hops aroma with some grass. Very grainy taste and sweet hops. While it does offer a somewhat clean taste as opposed to rotting grains, I did not care for this much. It seemed out of character. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
From a growler, after several samples on tap:
A very British-styled mild ale, using English noble malts, among other ingredients, the exact names of which I am unsure.
Bright ruby color, high carbonation, slim layer of tannish fuzz on top.
Aroma is muted, but speaks of cherries, and caramel, and chocolate eclairs.
Taste is sweet, fruity, with small help from hops, but a big serving of malt, offering up a nearly bready, toasty, fruity, rich, and substantial mild ale.
At the pub, I felt a thinning in the body about 1/4 through the pint, and that’s just starting to happen now. But the taste is so fine, as to cover up that flaw, which is what I don’t like about some milds, the hollowness in the body.
This one is so smooth, but full of character, that it can be downed with exceptional aplomb, and you never feel like you’re missing anything. Much better than the last attempt they made, the Minnesota Mild, one of the few beers from Town Hall that I simply did not like at all. I happily tossed back my two pints with dinner, and am perfectly content with it now. The bright fruit and toasty malt flavor really sticks with you!
Very tasty, another success!