McNeill’s Ruby AleMarch 1, 2007
Cloudy amber color topped by a barley white head. Stunning aroma of spicy hops and resins, toasted malt and orange fruit. Tart and bitter fruit, biscuity malt and peppery hops fill the mouth. A big and complex finish with a powerful punch of bitter hops and tangy fruit. A magnificent beer with great depth of character.
- Roger Protz
Beautiful amber color and delightfully low-talking head. Grand aromatics to match. This is a very satisfying beer: great malt-hop balance. This is definitely a "must drink" brew, especially for a hophead such as myself. It’s a good thing this is a 22-oz bottle, because it’s difficult to quit and nice to have so much.
- Fred Eckhardt
Somewhat rustic in nature. Fragrant, spicy (piney) aroma with background caramel, maple syrup and light toffee. The same sweet notes are on the palate. It’s yeasty too, with an emerging resinous, citrus, somewhat tannic, bitterness peaking on the finish. This is a very tactile beer, offering up a textural experience as well as flavors. It’s like driving with one wheel on the road and one in the ditch. Not the smoothest ride, but it sure is exciting.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writesÂ about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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