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Ruddles County Clone

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Batch Size (gallons)5.25
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Original Gravity1.050
Final Gravity1.016
ABV4.46% (basic)   /   4.45% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color22.3 SRM
Boil Time60 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP002 (English Ale)

Pale Malt, Maris Otter8 lbs 8 oz85%3
Table Sugar (Sugar), Caramelized1 lb10%1
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 8 oz5%60

Northdown (Boil).5 oz908.5%13.8
Challenger (Boil).55 oz907.5%12.2
Kent Goldings (Boil).35 oz104.75%2.9
Bramling Cross (Boil).4 oz86%2.8
Kent Goldings (Boil).35 oz04.75%0

DirectionsMash @ 154 degrees F for 60 minutes.

Caramelized sugar is added with 5 minutes remaining in the boil.

Ferment @ 64 degrees F until fermentation begins to slow.  Ramp up temps to 70 degrees F.  Ferment for two weeks, cold crash, then bottle.

Bottle carb to 1.5 volumes of CO2.

This light, easy drinking ale is an ideal beverage to share pints with friends.  Flavor balance leans to the bitter side, with hop flavors being the most prominent, though fully supported by the malt.  Pleasant reserved notes of caramel and fruitiness are present. 

CreditsThis is a pet recipe of Greg's; he has done several incarnations of it, and while each seems to be quite tasty, he continues to tweak it ever so slightly in an effort to nail an exact clone of Ruddles County.

Recipe Reviews

Type: Brewed this Beer

A beautiful bitter, the caramel after taste complimented the bitterness. I have just brewed my second batch,

posted by marcos_1 on 4/23/2016
Type: Drank this Beer

This bottle gave a strong hiss when I uncapped it. The initial pour was an attractive, albeit slightly hazy, warm golden liquid with a finger's worth of dense off white foam. The foam did not stick around long - it quickly fell to a cap, and even that did not last. There was negligible lacing on the glass.

The aroma as I poured was absolutely amazing - even though I was not actively sniffing the glass, the scent of warm caramel was abundantly present. I have smelled anything like this in a beer - it was nothing short of amazing.

Sadly, that aroma did not persist, though it did give way to a very nice maltiness with hints of caramel and some very mild fruitiness. Hop aroma itself was very subdued.

In a contrast to how things usually go, the flavor for this beer was almost an inverse of the aroma. Hops took center stage here, with the overall flavor balance definitely tilted toward bitterness. The supporting malt profile was nicely rounded out with mild fruitiness and subtle caramel. I did notice that the warmer the beer got, the more apparent the fruity esters became. Finish was dry, with just a bit of pleasant, lingering bitterness. Greg had warned me ahead of time that this beer was a "caramel bomb", but I didn't get that at all - I got some pleasant supporting caramel notes, but nothing that seemed out of line.

The one real flaw that I personally found with this beer was in the finish, where I felt like the flavor got a little harsh.

Mouthfeel was spot on for the style - light and drinkable, smooth all the way through, with the aforementioned dryness. As I mentioned on the video, this is the sort of beer that you would order a pitcher of to enjoy with your friends.

Overall, I feel this was a very good beer, one that Greg should be proud to share. Greg's beers are consistently of high quality, so I'm looking forward to the next one I get to review!

posted by homebrewdad on 9/3/2014

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