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Site: http://www.duchyoriginals.com/old_ruby_ale_1905.php

Ruby Ale, 5.0%

Comments: A fairly classic english bitter, brewed by Marston’s at the Wychwood brewery, then sold under the Waitrose ‘Duchy Originals’ label. Light tan colour, with coarse white head and little retention. Initial impression is of a very sweet beer, with some malt characters to back it up. Hopping is limited, with a touch of aroma detectable, and bittering only to balance out the sweetness. The overall effect is moderately fruity and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a perfectly reasonable beer, but I doubt Waitrose will become known for their brewing.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk/our_brands/refresh/refresh.asp

Mild Brown Ale, 2.8%

Comments: A mild and sweet brown ale, low in hop, with some darker malt flavours to balance. Dark brown colour with a coarse light brown head but no retention. Aroma is minimal, as could be expected with a low alcohol, low hop beer. That being said, I don’t find the sweetness of this overwhelming, probably because of the fuller aftertaste coming from the dark malts. A very easy drinking beer, even if it is quite predictable.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.marstonspedigree.co.uk/home.aspx

Pale Ale, 5%

Comments: A malty english ale, with some bittering and aroma hop. Golden tan colour, fine white head and good retention. Initially quite sweet, with malt flavours dominating early. These gradually fade to give way to some of the hops, giving a degree of bitterness which helps to balance the beer out. I can detect a few slightly odd fermentation aromas, but otherwise the beer is fairly clean. A good beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Addendum: This is beer 150!

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Site: http://www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk/our_brands/marstons/epa.asp

IPA, 3.6%

Comments: This really shouldn’t be classified as an IPA, no matter what the bottle says. As a golden ale, it’s quite pleasant, with a fine white head and good retention. A sour and not particularly crisp or sparkling mouth feel, Slight malt aromas, and very gentle hop for an IPA. Quite a creamy flavour, with well controlled sweetness. Malt flavours dominate the aftertaste, with little hop remaining. A pleasant enough beer, but certainly not an old-school IPA.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk/our_brands/marstons/burtonbitter.asp

Bitter, 3.8%

Comments: An amber coloured beer with a low and fairly fine head, but good retention. Malt characters dominate the flavour, with some peculiar aromas and very little hop. Little bitterness overall, a fairly unimpressive beer.

Overall score: 5.5/10

 

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Site: http://www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk (But this beer doesn’t seem to be listed)

Very strong country ale, 7.6%

Comments: A dark strong ale, with a thick malty flavour. Exceedingly sweet and malty, this beer is more like drinking chilled alcoholic treacle than beer. Bitterness is present, but completely inadequate for the malt flavours, and the sweetness remains in the aftertaste. I know that this is typical of the style, but you would need the right sort of food to cut through this beer, or it will overwhelm your palate. I would say that a strongly peated whisky chaser might help, but at 7.6% for the beer, an additional glass of whisky might be excessive.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk/our_brands/marstons/guestales.asp
Served at The Victoria, Jericho, Oxford.

Bitter, 3.8%

Comments: A golden colour with fine head and good retention. The first thing you notice about this beer is the hop aroma, with definite late-boil hopping giving a pleasant introduction. Sadly, this  is not well sustained throughout, and gives way to some mild, but clearly present, off-aromas. Light malts give a clear flavour with definite malty characters, but without the typical malt notes present in darker beers. Sweetness was well balanced, but overall, the aroma let this beer down.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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