Morland Brewing Ruddles County (bottle)
Suffolk, United Kingdom
Yet another in my recent tour of English beers. This one only came into my store in the last couple of days. Stu says he's had it and it's awesome.
Beautiful clear coppery-brown body with a foamy off-white head that, while thin, sticks around for awhile. Some sweet nutty notes up front, with a nice dry toasty bitterness dominating the aroma. Lots of dry malt and a definite English hop presence.
Taste has amazing character for a bitter. That same toasted dry malt presence with just a hint of hops on the back end. Some caramel sweetness balances out the bill. Finishes dry but not overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a heavy-for-the-style dose of hops and moderate carbonation.
Overall this is a pretty great beer. Hard to imagine a better example of the style. Thanks, Stu!
My overall BA rating: 4.0/5