Duchy 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.