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


on tap


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4886) - 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 (808) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
malty nose, dark bronze hue, creamy head, malty, the overriding sensation is of burnt toast, roasted barley is used in the brew - this is typical of a Scottish Ale, quite a creamy texture, dryness is prominent in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2002
Bourbon amber clear under a small lasting yellow beige head and broad fine mesh lace. Faint wooded hops aroma. Medium smooth body. Light wooded bitter with drifts of sour and lighter malt flavours. I also got that hint of peach flavour as it warmed up. Soft to blandish flat cola style light caramel finish and aftertaste. Quite easy drinking and could imagine having a few in one sitting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 1, 2002
was served way too cold in an irish pub in leipzig and could barely taste a thing. but developed some pleasant stonefruit flavour as i left it by the fire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Rich and warming, malty brew but goes down easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2002
Bottled. Chestnut-brown, moderate head with good lace and a low fine carbonation almost like a cask beer. Big caramel nose, more caramel in the mouth with hints of vanilla and banana and asoft sweet chalky finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2002
I don’t know, but recently I seem to be finding beers without much to distinguish them. As has been said, ’Unspectacular.’

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