Brewed by Joseph Holt
Style: Bitter
Manchester, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Champion Ale"
Originally brewed as a special in 1999 under the name Celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the brewery. Retired 2003. Relaunched in 2005 as 1849. Won a Gold Award at the 2005 Brewing Industry Internal Awards, after which "Champion Ale" was added to the label.
"A dark, rich and hoppy ale, brewed using only the most traditional methods."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4184) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a reasonable white head. The aroma is lightly dry and slightly toffee, and the flavour is gentlely bitter with a sweet carmel finish. Overall a very average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle, an attractive brown colour with a beige bubbly head. Aroma is fruit and malt, with a touch of toffee. An earthy malt flavour with a gravelly mouthfeel. Not so sweet for me, just a touch of bitterness. A pretty safe beer this, I could drink a few, but it isn’t very memorable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (13204) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2007
a brown coloured ale with a light fruity malty nose. a fruity bitter malt, fairly standard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (12676) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2007
500ml from Booths. Very deep chestnut colour with lasting thick beige head. Some yeast, some hop on aroma. Malt is weird because of the pasteurisation. Has decent malt, but a bit empty. Malt makes it drinkable, but still not all there

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2007
500ml bottle from sainsburys, pours a brownish colour with very little head to speak of, not much of an aroma to speak of either, caramel and some sweetness in the mouth, slight hints of citrus, grapefruit, followed by a caramel finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2006
Tried this as 1849 from a bottle.Some sharpness but generally very bland. Nice label, poor beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
scotty (1033) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2006
RETIRED???? I found this in Booths supermarket in Keswick at 99p a bottle! It’s labelled as 1849, rather than Celebration Ale, but the blurb on the label tells me it’s the same stuff. Looks pretty average, nice mlaty flavours are balanced by a light fruity bitterness.Has a pretty good lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2005
Another one out of retirement. This is the 1849 beer that went down quite well on a wet (surprise surprise!) Manchester evening. Agreeable beer with a goddeep copper colour and some typical English hop presence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (11874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Re-rate, Cape Town, 2012:Amber-brown colour. The aroma has a lot of sweetness and some phenols. Slight brown sugar note, maybe a bit fruity, and medium body. Not a particularly exciting ale.

Original rate, Manchester, 2002: Deep amnber; phenolic nose - overpowering ammonia; palate shows maple, phenols, malt, sweet molasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (18972) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2002
Sampled bottled at Ape & Apple, Manchester.
Dark amber. Some licorice aroma. Sweet and malty with a hint of plastic. Bitter, grapefruity finish.

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