Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Keg & bottle: Pasteurised.
Previously 4.5%. Previously also known as Younger’s IPA.
Production moved from Fountain to Caledonian in Dec 2004. Brand acquired by Wells & Youngs in 2011.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5288) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
Keg, Huntly. Reddish copper with a white head; sweet fruity caramel flavour, with some nuts. Pleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (18089) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2009
KEG at andersons ... Purly a tick as they had nothing worth drinking. BUT 1.85 a pint turned into 1.05 for a 1/2 !!!!... Utter crap... need i say more... ok ... crisp amber so it looked ok ... medium white head ... no nose at all !!! ... odd metalic artificial metalic hop ness... NO malt character ... just so 1d... Why Keg is so poor compaired to Cask...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2008
Keg, Glasgow. Copper colour, cottony head. Caramel and chocolate in aroma. Light chocolatey flavour, with tad toastiness along with nuts. Good balance here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Keg though i cant remember where from. Aroma is minimal(nitro head) malty and nutty. Taste is thin and tasteless, cardboardy malt character. But quite drinkable all the same i suppose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Much like the John Smith’s, but slightly better. All caramel malt taste that finishes sweet. No trace of hops. Weak and watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub (11664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Brown amber with fizzed head, highly carbonated. Thin and sharp beer with tinny, caramel notes and underlying cardboard. Some malty notes on the finish. Also had this a lot in the past as Youngers IPA which I remember as being much better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1874 (1) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2007 does not count
Weaned on this beer in The Diggers bar in Edinburgh, lovely smooth beer when kept in good condition. Cracking after taste as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
I really like McEwans 80 as opposed to 70. I have downed many a pint of this in Corstorphine at the Oak after work. good with cigs, crisps and being off work

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
On tap at the Frankenstein, Aberdeen, Scotland. Chestnut brown with a dense and lasting creamy white head of about 1 inch. Aroma dominated by heavy sweet malts: toffee, tinges of caramel, some earthiness and honey. Taste is predominantly sweet but with earthy undertones, very slight hop presence and a slight bitter finish. Slight carbonation edging on thick. A little too bold for me in the wrong places.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2683) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2007
Draught @ the Brig Inn, Trenant, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A worker’s pub, a strange mix of English and Scottish slang, not a single female in the joint besides my wife and countless rounds of McEwan’s 70/- without a need to open my wallet - I guess this could be heaven had the beer been a little better.
This one poured a tawny brown with a ruddy tinge, and bright. Head - a thick pad of cream - held well and did a ’Guinness’ down the glass. Rich, dark toffee, wood and seaweed aroma, not too clear under the bustle of the bar (Scotland’s new smoking laws made this bar mist free). Woody, strong malts in the mouth, heavy from the get-go. Smooth in the depths but annoyingly fizzy upfront. Toffee, kelp, cola, roasted, raw grains and some earthy peat quarrel on the palate not quite agreeing to balance. Finish is sweet, heavy and malty with more of the kelp and peat lingering for long afterwards. Even the lads in the pub steer clear of this because it don’t suit the pubs jovial atmosphere and quick beer turn-around. Not bad, just not that good either!!!

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