Monday, 21 May 2012
St Peter's Ruby Red Ale (England)
St Peter's Ruby Red Ale
St Peter's Brewery
The unmistakeable bottle of St Peter's Ruby Red Ale dates back to 1770. The brewery now produces 12 year round beers in bottles plus a few seasonals; these include St Peter's Cream Stout and St Peter's Fruit Beer. A total of 83,000 pints a week is somehow managed to be produced which is quite an output! The original brewer Richard Eyton-Jones brewed a trilogy of fruit beers including Lemon, Ginger and Elderberry.
The Ruby Red Ale is a tawny red ale with subtle malt undertones and a distinctive spicy hop aroma from Cascade, Styrian and Goldings hops. Ruby Red won a Silver Medal in the 2010 International Beer Challenge.
The mix of hops are definitely apparent on first pour. The aroma bursts out, fragrances of banana or grapefruit are pleasantly there. Some of the darker malty characters come through and develop as the beer warms. A tan head sits upon a dark, "ruby" cloudy liquid. There are some good dark nutty, malty flavours with a good bitter finish. The beer is creamy but quite flat. I certainly enjoyed this one but was not blown away.