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


on tap


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
First time I had a half pint in Edinburgh..it was like dirty water. Then I had a pint in Glasgow..super-duper! It still had a watery palate, but the malts finally came through. I’d drink again, but not number one on my list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jerohen (2044) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
This was like the quadrillionth bitter a had in the few weeks i was in the UK. And i’m not even a big fan of the style... The things a ratebeerian does to boost his ratings... Anyway, smooth and malty for a bitter, but i nevertheless think i prefer the 70 shilling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5402) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear dark orange color, short creamy lasting head. Smooth, creamy and soft caramel malty bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 16, 2004
Not the beer to dine and die for. Lovely amber colour, medium head, neutral malty aroma, not much character in the palate. Not bitter at all.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2004 Total Score: 2.8
Slightly muddy brown with classic creamy head. The taste reminds English PDC bitters but without their bitterness: sweet soft maltiness only.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Glenalbyn, Inverness. Nutty. Caramel. Malt. MUCH better over the 70. Slightly heavy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bierkoning (10645) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 Tap. Slight malty aroma. Light amber color. The barmaid has some trouble pouring this beer. Rather sweet and sticky with some mango fruit. Only very slight bitter aftertaste. A bit bland and fizzy with a somewhat watery aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Glenalbyn, Inverness. Typical aroma from a scottish ale, nutty with a bit of caramel. Heavy on the malt taste. A good heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JUL 29, 2003
Copper colour, no head to talk about. Caramel and nuts in the aroma. The flavour is smooth and malty with traces of caramel liquorice, with a smoked finish. A nice Scottish Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alimcb (23) - ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2003
I can't comment on the bottled variety, but a few pints on draught in Edinburgh were enough to convice me that this is one of the best heavies available on draught in Scottish pubs. Pints of draught McEwan's 80/- are a quick and pleasant way to get drunk. On a calmer drinking session, this 80/- deserves a certain respect because frankly it's about the best pint you'll get in Scotland. Don't let the fact it's gas-powered rather than hand-pumped put you off. It's like Caffrey's Irish ale, but with an injection of depth, life and soul. I love McEwans 80 on draught!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2003
Nice head and decent lacing on this copper colored ale. A bit cloudy, but this might be due to the age of the bottle. Malty flavor that is very smooth. It was a bit pricey, but I liked it.

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