Formerly brewed at Wadworth
Style: English Strong Ale
Devizes, England


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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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Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2005
Pours a dark amber, with a creamcoloured head. Aroma is sweet malty. Taste is sweet, with a medium sweet aftertaste

Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Amber with fair ligth brown head. Sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Big sweet taste and a aftertaste of burnt caramel.

mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2005
Ruby colour (surprisingly), ugly yellow clumpy head which sticks around. Not much of anything in the aroma - yeastiness dominates, toasty malt, diacetyl and a distinct gingeriness as it gets to room temperature. There’s a bit of rusty hop flavour, then an intensely flabby-sweet malt character hits you, with hints of sultana and marzipan. Bitterness is masked, but it’s there because I could taste it after eating some chocolate cake. Didn’t impress me all that much, though these pasteurised, bottled English ales rarely do.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2005
Ruby body that was clear and had a compact almost tan coloured head that left layers of brussels lace. Aroma is some malt, caramel, a touch of spice and then a hint of oranges. Fruity sweetness is what you taste at first. Malt shows up as you taste this further then some bitter characters. Syrupy texture with a medium going on full body. Liked this beer but wouldn’t drink a lot of it. Almost like a Sauterne with only half the alcohol. Cheers!

jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2005
Buttery and vanilla aroma with remote some varnish. Orange/brown color, beige almost creamy head, good lace. Sweet, fruits exploding at the first sip, soft bitterness, light spicy and a little sticky.

bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. I want to start this review with a reservation: The sharp sweetness that I found in this beer might be a lactose infection. I will return to this ale later and I might revise then.

The colour is brown-red; the liquid is a little bit cloudy.

The smell is roasted with some bitterness, diacetyl and nuts. Quite nice, I think.

The carbonation is a little sharp with lots of small bubbles.

The taste is very sweet (almost saccharine-like) and wine-like with a full-bodied flavour. The bitterness is rather mild. There are also notes of brown sugar and herbs. The long aftertaste is also dominated by the heavy sharp sweetness with notes of strong wine and fruit drops.

I am unconvinced of this ale, but as I said, it might be damaged.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2005
Clear ruby colour with a nice creamy off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Niice lightly malty and fruity taste with a good bitter finish. The alcohol is fairly apparent; full bodied, lightly carbonated. A decent and enjoyable strong ale.

TBone (18565) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
Bottled (BB 07/2005)
Ruby brown (slightly hazy) with a good creamy off-white head. Aroma is a bit dunky with rubber, hops and caramel. Sweetish portwineous palate with Fuggles hops giving bitter flavor. Bittersweet it is - makes this hard to enjoy in full. Caramelly and aromatic hoppy aftertaste.

LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
Nowhere near Fullers Vintage Ales but definately a very nice English Strong Ale! Well balanced and firmly malty ending a long pleasant bitter finish.

Ungstrup (38986) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
A brown beer (not ruby) with a fine orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with roasted notes as well as notes of oranges. The flavor is very roasted and with a dry hoppy end.

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