Brewed by Arkells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
NOTE: The ABV of the bottled version (not the cask) was reduced to 4.5% in 2005. A litter later the ABV was increased to 4.8% and, later still, back to 5.0% in line with the cask version. Kingsdown and 3B are parti-gyled, and the underlying recipe remained the same throughout with the ABV variations effected through liquoring down to a varying degree.
Kingsdown Ale is the strongest of our regular beers but is a brother to 3B as it comes from the same mash. It retains a strong character of its own, however, with its rich colour, ripe fruit ’nose’ and that traditional Arkell’s hopiness. You can taste the malt too, along with a bitter-sweet finish and fruit notes. ’Kingsdown’, which is named after the area of Upper Stratton where the brewery is situated, was originally brewed as a special beer to commemorate Swindon Town Football Club’s League Cup triumph in 1969 and went into regular production in 1976.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 17, 2008
Clear dark copper. Very bitter but not in an interesting way. Very faint malt and tastes filtered. Pretty dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (11392) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2008
Bottled, 500ml, pasteurised, from Queensway Co-Op, Bnbury. Copper colour with the faintest of white heads. Largely flatish with little impact and quite thin, some roasted malt notes and a little bitterness, but very bland. Disappointing,
Earlier Rating: 3/12/2005 Total Score: 3.4
Bottled, Pasteurised.
Deep brown with red hue, slight white head. Sweetish full bodied fruity beer with a slight chemical note about it. Plenty of caramel toffee notes but overall fairly decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (536) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle, 500ml. Copper colour with a small head. A floral aroma with some light fruit. Aroma is muted with pasteurised notes - rather like a Greene King brew. Taste is fairly malty with cocoa notes and floral hops with caramel. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Not actually too bad, but not particularly unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stopherbomber (111) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2007
this is a very strong tasting ale with an aftertaste that went up the back of my nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5163) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Slightly cloudy chestnut colour with a beige head, despite careful pouring; strong malty aroma; smooth and malty with a slight bitterness to finish. Rather one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4278) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Golden brown and comes in a clear bottle. No carbonation and slightly malty.Smooth and non threatening. The bottle says that it is a strong special ale. It is neither.
Earlier Rating: 12/31/2003 Total Score: 3.3
A reddish bitter with malts dominating although there are a range of other flavours present.Fruits are there and as are traces of hops.What may appear on the surface to be a run of the mill strong bitter turns out to be a complex and satisfying drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2310) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
Clear copper with a thin head. Aroma of hops. Smooth silky taste, hint of fruit. Weird after texture. Soapy?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8331) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle, Picked up by friend in Asda 22-09-06.copper coloured beer that had a sweetish aroma and was very malty and sweet in the taste, whilst a pleasant enough beer it wasn’t the most memorable I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15382) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2006
Bottled. Copper color, no carbonation and an off-white head. Sweet caramel nose. Caramel, hops, malt and hints of fruits in the flavor. Medium body. Malty sweetness and nice hopping in the finish. A lovely beer. (060720)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Light brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted caramel malt. Flavour is sweet roasted caramel.

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