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


on tap

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2004
Slightly clouded anber hue with a foamy white head. Floral hoppy nose. Well balanced beer with a bitter hoppy finish and a good malt back bone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2004
Mid amber colour. This is predominantly a fruity, malty brew, with some bitterness to provide decent balance and a dryish finish, again with lingering fruit. Quite full bodied. Nice, but not spectacular. Cask (handpump), Shakespeare’s Head (JDW), Kingsway, London.

   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.+

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5521) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2005
Poured from the bottle, a slightly cloudy amber/brown, the head quickly disappeared. A hoppy aroma with melon notes, nicely combined with malt. A sweet maltiness taste with a bitter finish. A bit carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1742) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2008
Half-hazy orange, big white head. Taste oaky and fruity. Very good. Aroma of fruits.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1568) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (678) - 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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