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


on tap


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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Produced for the North American market.
Production moved from Fountain to John Smiths in December 2004, then to Bedford in late 2011 following the acquisition of the McEwan’s and Younger’s brands by Wells & Youngs from Heineken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2009
Bottled. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt. Flavor is caramel, butter and not much hops

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ContemplateBeer (1826) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Aroma was kinda nutty with light hops. Appearance included a small head, and this beer was very similar to Newcastle in appearance. Flavor was kinda buttery and sweet with a negligible amount of hops. Palate was pretty much boring, as was this beer overall. Doesn’t deserve to be called an IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle: Amber colored pour with little off white head. Metallic, sweet aroma. Watery, hints of caramel, malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
Although this one was a bit watery I found it still had to typical characteristics as most Bitters. I quite enjoyed it and believe this beer is sort of underrated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle a sixer of this sub par bitter/ipa. Pours an amber body with a thin fruity body overdone caramel malt character. Finish is an overpowering strong bitter hoppy flavor that dwells in your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2008
IPA dentro do estilo proposto, com alta percepção de lúpulo. O álcool é bem inserido. Final longo e levemente amargo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Godings nose, amber body, white head. Slightly oxidized, Goldings, crystal malts, nothing special here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a head of white bubbles and copper/brown color. Aroma is medium malt-some caramel/brown sugar. Taste is dark/medium malt-some caramel/brown sugar, secondary/faint hops bite. An easy drinking beer but not much hops, so I enjoyed it but not an IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CanIHave4Beers (3684) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2008
A plesant enough bitter, with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Certinally not anything that I would be used to calling an India Pale Ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 IPA? Not even close. IPAs are one of my fav’s and this has got to be the worst one I’ve had.. This had a dark brown body, a little heavy, with a fairy thick head and a decent amount of lace. The color looks nothing like an IPA. It tastes more like a Brown Ale as well. Hops? Hardly any. Are they sure they put the right label on this? Wow. Somewhat smooth, but not a fan of the flavor at all. A scotchy malt flavor is the best way I can describe it. Or a milder version of their Scotch Ale, which I found disgusting. Maybe I’ll get it again in a year or so to see what I think then.

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