Brewed by Wadworth
Style: English Strong Ale
Devizes, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
"English Table Beer."
Available filtered and bottled.
Contract brewed for Refresh UK. From 2000 to Summer 2004 by Burtonwood. From Summer 2004 by Wadworth.
"A distinctive ale crafted from a judicious blend of Pale, Crystal and Vienna malts to creat a Rotwein hue. Ruby Ale has a vinous, full bodied flavour and a perfectly balanced subtle bitterness. The rich aroma is characteristic of these distinctive hop varieties. Brewed from Fanfare malted barley, Fuggles and Styrian Golding hops."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14724) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2006
Bottled. Light brown colour with a beige head. Hop and caramel aroma. Flavour is hop and sweet caramel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 23, 2006
Brown color with hints of red. Medium light brown head. Sweetness, chocolate, licorice, nuts and mild alcohol in aroma, aroma is fine and rich. Medium bodied. Chocolate, sweetness, mild licorice in flavor, alcohol comes up too strongly. Aftertaste lasts with alcohol and sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2006
Bottle. Some taste of roasted coffee and alcohol. A reddish colour with white foam, medium sweetness, bitter finish, medium body. A little bit disappointed but not bad. Slightly too much alcohol and too little ale taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lunkie (1923) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2006
Sweet hop malt aroma. Amber red clear colour with fair head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with candy aftertaste. Flat palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1855) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2006
29 Jan 06 - Low light fruit malt aroma. Cloudy nice brown-red colour, poor head and OK lacing. Big sweet malt and hop flavour like a barley wine. Full mouthfeel with a bitter and malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2005
poured hazy copper colored with a nice creamy biege head. aroma: caramel, grassy hop, vanilla and nutty. taste: bit fenolic in the beginning, sweet, roasted malt, nutty, and a little spicy. finishes more bitter and hoppy. tart, dry, vinous mouthfeel. strange and excellent, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
(on bottle, bit too cold) Rustred, nice clear brew with a disapearing white head. Sweet and tender nose of bark, vanilla and burnt almonds. Good full mouthfeel and more hard flavours of carameld almonds and tosted ryebread. Super finish; gets bitterfresh, witch balances the alcohol nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Reddish brown with a warm orangey glow and a huge, deliciously creamy head. Complex, malty beer with the flavours almost queuing up to impress my taste buds. This is almost like a dry Sherry with a nutty character and only a discreet bitterness and a hint of sweetness. Very sophisticated, vinous brew. A real sipping beer. Yummy. 130401

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (5367) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
Golden brown and very sweet.The sweetness takes over and makes it hard to say anything else about the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2005
After trying this one I was convinced it was more of a seasonal strong ale than a table ale. Tasted from the bottle and poured it into a chalice glass, cool and not cold. Copper coloured, with the clarity of honey, and topped with a thin dense pad of beige foam. Head lasted the distance and left an abundance of rings down the side of the glass. Generous fruity nose, lightly herbal and quite vinous, bordering on port-like. Treacly and sweet in the mouth, medium bodied and very soft in carbonation, it had an assortment of tangy and sugary dark fruits across the palate that became dry in the back. Quite husky and peppery, with flavours of dark berries and burnt grain, caramelised sugars and hints of raspy and acrid herbs (not detrimental). Reasonably bitter, more from the malts, in the back before a long and port like, sweet swallow. Licking my lips I could still taste the sugary sweetness left there between mouthfuls and it was quite full on in the mouth making for a sipping beer, that I would have honestly struggled to quaff. Not a bad drop, all things considered, and a little unique among British ales. Quite nice!!! (500mL bottle, BBE 07/05)

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