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Brewed by Ringwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ringwood, England
Serve in English pint

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unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Previously available bottle conditioned.
Brewed since 1978. Ceased being bottle conditioned after Marston took over in 2007.
Ingredients: Marris Otter malt; Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops. Fuggles added after 2007.
The name refers both to the abv, and, by reference to the Californian goldrush of 1849, to the golden colour.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
Cask conditioned, Hogshead, Marlow, BucksThis pub occupies the former high street frontage of the now gone Wethereds brewery (the rest of the brewery site is now occupied by houses). Brown, slightly soapy bitter than is average-good, and nothing to write home about.+

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5273) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2014
Dec 2002: Bottle Conditioned. This small regional bottle conditions three of it’s beers including this delicious, well rounded Fortyniner. The conditioning is spot on, resulting in a fresh, fragrant brew full of fruit and mild spice. The hops are light, delicately citric. All in all a very satisfying and very moreish ale. [3.4]
July 2003 Cask, Wetherspoon, Folkstone. The most spectacular W/Spoon I’ve yet encountered. A converted church complete with stained glass, carved wood, wrought iron staircase leading to a horse-shoe shaped balcony, carved stone figures and comfy wing backed chairs. A true cathedral to the religion of beer.
The beer is very nice as well. Served in good condition. A smooth, nutty malt body with a demerera sugar sweetness leading to a dark tang in the finish. [3.6]
Aug 2004 Cask, Royal Oak, Winchester. After a frustrating and quarellsome day we end up in a basement bar which is claimed to be the oldest place where beer has been made and sold in Britain. It’s very charming, and does sooth away the stress of the day. The beer is gently fruity and slightly salty with a soapy and musty aroma. To be honest, not that enjoyable. Indeed, all the Ringwood beers we had in Ringwood’s own area tasted a little bit salty, and not as enjoyable as usual. [2.1]
Nov 2014. Musty and salty and greasy. Some interesting malt flavours and well soaked English hops. Drinkable. Bellemoor Tavern near Southampton Common. [2.4]

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1422) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2008
Half-hazy orange, big white head. Taste oaky and fruity. Very good. Aroma of fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours honey brown with white head and lace. Smells almost entirely of caramel. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, and yeast with a faint bitter end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle - Cloudy honey brown. Off white head. Low carbonation. Smooth creamy mouth feel. Medium to full body. Sweet, malty, flowery hops. Medium bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2010
Cask @ Bon Accord. Dark golden colour, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, slightly hoppy. Flavour is caramel malts, slight hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2010
Clear copper colour with a fairly creamy head. Aromas of malt and slightly caramel. Flavours not too bittter, a hint of almond / marzipan initially. Bitter but not too much so.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1410) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2012
First tasted this in the Olde George Inn, Christchurch in August 1983. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear garnet red in colour with a thin white head. Dusty floral hops short in the aroma. Thin creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery maltloaf base with juicy sultanas. Short prickle of hops give a floral, citrus flavour to the bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty with sweet vinous fruit notes full in the mouth. A decent ESB and well recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4218) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask at the Brown Hare, Penwortham. Pours clear gold, thick foamy white head. Light malt aromas, caramel mostly. Taste is also lightly sweet, with the merest hint of hop bitterness. Creamy texture, clean finish. Nice session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (240) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
Not bad at all this. Golden brown with a white head, medium bodied with a pleasant toffee caramel taste. Not much hops flavour, but very drinkable.


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