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BEER MONDAY REVIEW: Duchy Originals from Waitrose – Old Ruby Ale 1905

20140519-170511.jpgDuchy Originals was set up in 1990 by Charles, Prince of Wales and is a brand of organic foods sold mainly in the UK. Fortunately for me they do export some products and a kind friend picked my up the fine bottle of Organic Ruby Ale.

Appearance: Pours clear copper/ruby red. Light carbonation, in tradition with British ales, only gives a slight, off white head.

Aroma: The aroma is slight with notes of malt and caramel and hints of fruit and orange.

Taste: The flavor is rather mild and clean with a good balance of malt and bitterness. Some fruity esters and slight yeast tang. Notes of pear and cherries and an earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to med-light. Light British style carbonation creates a silkiness on the palette.

Overall: The is a quality ale. Well made and clean ale with balance of flavors and esters making it very drinkable. This is a good introductory ale for those North Americans looking to experience British ale.



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BER MONDAY REVIEW: Wells Banana Bread Beer

Brewed by Wells and Young in the UK, this is definitely a unique beer. The brewery describes it as a “unique brew combines all the traditional qualities and style of a Charles Wells beer with the subtle flavour of banana … Tempting banoffee aromas tempered by a grassy, lemony nose all leading to a finely balanced, fresh, delicate flavour of peppery hops with a lingering dry finish.”


Ok. To be honest I was given this beer and was a bit afraid. It sat in the fridge longer than most beer and I kept looking and wondering. Well, I manage up the courage (which wasn’t actually much and I was looking for something different) and poured it – very surprised, and in a good way.

Appearance: Copper/amber, with a nice bit of off-white head. Clear.

Aroma: Dominated by banana with spicy notes. Some sweetness and maltiness.

Flavour: Malty, with the banana becoming subdued. It has a firm bitterness and is fairly balanced with some hops and spice. The finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: A fairly thin body but with the dryness it is still refreshing.

Overall: I was impressed. Maybe it was the fact it wasn’t terrible, but more likely it was because it actually was well made. Granted, this is not the type of beer for everyone, but those who are looking for something different, give it a try.



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20140420-080537.jpgPicaroons Traditional Ales is located in Fredericton, NB. Operating since 1995, its growing range of beers are brewed with traditional English roots, hand crafted in small batches.

From the brewery:
“An East Coast-style India Pale Ale that weaves hop bitterness and aroma throughout a blanket of malt backgroung. This beer may change from batch to batch as we explore the various interpretations of the style.”

And what did I think?

Golden orange in colour, and somewhat cloudy. With off white head and some lacing.

Hops, front and centre. Mainly citrus, with some flowery, earthy, and dank note. Slight malt. Caramel.


Lots northwest hops – citrus and dank. Leather. Not much malt. The hop bitterness is lasting on the palate.

Light to medium body. Good amount of carbonation.

With the brewery describing this as an “East Coast” IPA, its understandable that it may not be a hop bomb like is found on the West Coast, but still a very good IPA. Lots of hops with a solid backbone to support the hop lead. Quite drinkable even with the large amount of hops that lasts on the palate. Leaves you wanting more.


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BEER MONDAY REVIEW: Gahan – Island Red

20140414-175413.jpgThe Gahan is a brewpub located in Charlottetown, PE. Produced and exporting by the PEI Brewing Company across Canada, they’ve earned a reputation for production quality beers.

Their website describe their Island Red as:
“Island Red Premium Ale is an amber, medium bodied handcrafted ale with a smooth caramel overtone and bitter finish”.

And what did I think?


Amber red colour with a slight haze. Thin white head that left a nice little lacing.


Malt with some hops. Bready with hints of caramel. Light toast notes.


Some malt coming through, but more balanced towards the bitterness. Some hop flavour, flowery and fruity. A bit of caramel. A touch of lemon peal/rind in the after taste.


Medium to light bodied. Average or a bit better carbonation.


Nice, easy drinking North American styled amber ale (not as potent as something from the West Coast). No flaws stand out in this beer, but at the same time it is fairly pedestrian, not to say its bad in anyway, but may not stand out in a crowd either.


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