As the nights are drawing in, it's definitely time to get back to the dark side. Ruby is one of my favourite styles of ale so I was very excited to try Rudgate's Ruby mild ale. What a beauty it is when it's poured into a glass. It's a beautiful deep mahogany red ale with a thick, tight beige head that lasts really well and clings to the side of the glass. It is well named as it shimmers like a ruby when it's held in front of the light of the window.
Oh the aroma is so malty it made my mouth water. There is also some sweet caramel and dark fruits coming through like raisins, sultanas and possibly cherries. It's a mouthwatering mix of smells and so very inviting that I dived right in.
My first sip left a huge smile on my face; this delicious ale is definitely my kind of thing. With flavours of sweet malt, dark fruits, treacle toffee, smooth caramel and a hint of nuts this ticks all the boxes and scores top marks for flavour. With an initial sweetness followed by a slight bitter finish, it's a delicious well balanced ruby with a medium body and decent carbonation that provides a nice bit of fizz without being too harsh.
This is a beer I'd be more than happy to buy a case of and at £28.75 delivered for a 12 pack direct from Rudgate's online shop, it's an absolute bargain. If you want a bit more variety, you can also get Ruby in a mixed pack of 12 for the same price of £28.75 including delivery.
Ruby is an absolute gem. Dark, malty and delicious, Rudgate show just how a ruby should be done and I'm not surprised to learn that Rudgate Ruby has been winning awards since 2002. It gets a big gold star from me and Ale Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by Rudgate Brewery, York4.4% ABV
My Untappd score: 4.5/5