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Beer – #921 – Weezledog – DickleDoi Imperial Ruby Ale (A Redux)

Weezledog Dikledoi a beer I’ve had before a long time ago it seems, when I rated it highly after an interesting and interactive pouring session

Anyway, enough salesman speak

This bottle is 500ml,  with 7% ABV,  which is about 210 calories a serving, and 2.76 standard drink units. At 35 IBU should be fairly nice, jsut at the bottom end of an English Bitter or Stout.

From Weezledog Brewing Company but brewed at Black Sands Brewing Company this is in the style of an Amber Ale or depending on where you read about it an “Irish Red Ale“, or the brewer says “Imperial Ruby Ale” and they do this in Auckland, New Zealand.

“Big, red and not shy on the malt, somewhat of a forgotten ingredient in many modern beers.


A huge malt base of biscuit, dark crystal and a pinch of chocolate malt provides some fruitcake-eskey notes with a hint of nutty roastiness, making for a truely unique beer.

We let the malt play front and centre for this beer, so the yeast is American, keeping it clean and allowing the NZ hops to really smash through late.

Anyway, enough salesman speak… buy it, try it, and let us know if you think it’s as good as we do. After all… It’s all about the beer.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

There is quite a rich burnt aroma on this on opening, very malt.

Surprisingly flat pour, compare my previous attempt those months ago, couldn’t raise much of a head even with a bit of an effort. but the poor is dark red with is always nice to look at.

Aroma on the glass is more towards grass hops.

It’s rich and full, and feels like a really big beer, set tingling with a lovely finish that linger a long time delivering a sweet after was. A beer with a lot of character.

There is also a certain earthiness about this that is appealing in the sense that you’ve got yourself into a beer that has gone back to basics and is properly good old fashioned in crafting and delivery.

That big mouthfeel doesn’t go away either.

A Bold beer, back to basics, but also forging a new path, this is a path you might consider travelling, it’s worth it.

oh and Dickledoi was  Brewer Mark’s toddler Ruby’s name for her favourite little toy.

There you go.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8  of its things from the thing. I like this beer, it’s big and loud and delivers a lot of of flavour in a simple package, It also seems unpolished and a little rough and lowbrow but it has been a staple of the line up for years and to me seems to be as good as when I had it ages ago, but less carbonated:-)

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJErk Beer Club beer , but it’s in all the usual places/
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes
  • Would I have another?  Yes
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this is a beer that’ll sort out the crowd and bring forth opinion and comment. It’s lovely beer that you’d be onto the second or third and then you’ll have forgotten many things and invented many stories.

Music for this:  ” Future Islands ”  and ” The Far Field ” on Spotify

Future Islands is an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland


A style without definition, amber ales range from bland, vaguelly caramelly beers to products with a fairly healthy malt and hop balance. Often the differentiation between a quality amber and an American Pale is that the amber might have more dark malt character, or a less assertive hop rate.


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