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


on tap


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015
Bottle 500ml. clear glass.

[ As Arkells Kingsdown ].
ABV: 4.8%. Clear medium to light dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light toffee and cardboard. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, malt extract, caramelized malt - brown sugar. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120805]


[ As Arkells Kingsdown ].
[ Vintage 1997 ].
[ Courtesy of Scopey ]. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, plume, medera. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration, medera, plume, thin, pale malt, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20150812]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Bottled@chriso. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruity, caramelly, toffeeish and mild resiny notes. Flavour is fruity, wooden, resiny and quite bitter with some mild floral notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ManVsBeer (8666) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
It is strong in its aftertaste despite having a weak body, but what ale flavour it has is poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Amber/copper colour with a thin pale beige head. Fruity hoppy long bitter finish. I’ve said this before - I don’t want to knock some sod’s work but this isn’t for me. It wasn’t awful.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alphadelic (2164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Beer flavoured water? Weird dryness but quite sweet. Gluggable. Lightly honeyed and then again dry in the finish. Weird and stale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle from Waitrose, Cirencester. Deep copper in colour with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of sweetmalts, hedgerow fruit and some earthiness. Sweet, malty flavour with a lot more fruit and bitter hop finish. A good bottled beer - streets ahead of the Tanglefoot sampled earlier in the day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
Not bad, but nothing special. Bitter and dry, but a tad thin and fairly bland. Little hops and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1967) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Amber, copper brown. Little head. Aroma: Fruity. Pear/Orange. Taste: Nice malt, hops. Fresh. Bit fruity. Info: 500ml bottle, 29/6-2006, 133/300

   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 (13207) - 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.

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