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


on tap


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RATINGS: 419   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimhilt (2559) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 The first time I drank this I was shocked - I expected a hoppy - rip your face off - IPA. It isn't anything like that - smooth, mellow and is the best IPA I have found anywhere. Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Nice clear amber color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fahrenheit81399 (21) - USA - FEB 2, 2002
loved the taste of it when i drank it the other day...of course i had just downed a can of old e high gravity...so this tasted like heaven to me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - FEB 19, 2002
Simply one of my fav’s! Delicous, great aftertaste, great ice cold or moderately cold, a bit expensive but great for seafood dinner or to chill with, did I mention they taste fantastic?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atiredblue99 (6) - huntington beach, California, USA - NOV 16, 2001 does not count
excellent, mcewans have yet to fail...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2002
Darker than normal version of an IPA. Hoppy but not to the point of curling your tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lmahony199 (52) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2001

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Nice fragrant floral aroma accompanies the deep copper color and thick head. Also, decent brussels lace decorates your glass as your stomach fills with this fine libation. The flavor is very sweet and almost port-like but not overbearing, and also had a decent mouthfeel. Overall a wonderfull beer, and one to drink slowly for appreciation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (1443) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Tastes more like an English Brown Ale along the lines of New Castle. In fact, it looks, smells, and tastes like a typical English Brown Ale. That's o.k. though, it's pretty good regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The foam is white, medium-thick and dissolves fast. The beer is quite dark amber-brown in colour. Its smell is sweet with notes of walnuts and metal. The carbon dioxide is rich but not too aggressive. The taste is sweet with some bitterness and lots of body. The dominating flavours are diacetyl-caramel and scorched bread, dried apples and some hazelnut. Aftertaste is dry and short with some distant notes of bitter almond. Yes, I consider this ale as the standard Scottish ale. Others may be more interesting, but this is they are to be measured by.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2003
This beer poured a dark amber color with a moderate head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma was somewhat sweet, but nothing too wonderful to mention. The flavor was very sweet and, although not much of an IPA, it was very very good. I really enjoyed this beer and will have it again very soon.

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