Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle; pasteurised. Also exported pasteurised in kegs.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Recipe changed from dry hopping with Target to Goldings.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops. Dry hopped with Golding hops.
Named after the Dorset Horn ram that lived in Youngs brewery stables in Wandsworth, and on which the company’s trademark is based.
“A pale brown, fruity, vinous, hoppy beer packed full of flavour. Full-bodied with an excellent balance between malt and hops.”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5016) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle at Three Kings in London. Noticeable notes of fruity malts, and some bitter hops to balance the body out. Seeing at this was a struggle to finish, I can’t see myself ever trying it again. Plus, 5% = strong? I dont think so, but it did taste stronger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1157) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
Surprisingly light character, malty with hints of spice and caramel, fairly sweet. Nice enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Used to have quite a bit of this at Gingers Ale house. Nice English ESB and nicely balanced. Serving: Bottle and tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours amber, almost copper in the glass. Nose and taste of malts, toasted malts, caramel and some hop bitterness. Rated 7/20/2000

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Ram Rod Ale--ESB--16.9 oz. Bottle. 1997-1999 Release. 5.5% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear copper color. Malty aroma with hop accents. Smooth crisp malty body with toasted flavor minimal sweetness and light texture. Fruit character develops towards end along with smooth hop spice. Sampled 5/25/1999. 2001 Release. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear thin copper red color. Light hop toasted doughy front. Rich thin London pale ale malt ESB like body. Light toasted earthy caramel doughy fruit notes. Dry mild hop end. Light white lace. Crisp. Sampled 6/22/2001.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Old bottle, best before August 2001, presumably from the Silk Shropshire Stash. Darkish amber colour. Nothing but cardboard in the aroma. Less cardboard but more tin in the flavour. Well past it. Not entirely undrinkable. Wouldn’t expect this to be a beer for aging and it wasn’t. Although I now see I rated it higher at this age than Mes did when fresh. Flagged for re-rate anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
(br-btl, rd/bk-lbl w/ S text)
gold-opaque, §head, ^co2, sour §hop fruity §bitter, ~thru

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle at The New Wheatsheaf, Borough. Given it a good 30 mins to open up. Mid brown lasting beige head. Spicy aroma. Some malt, some hop, soe yeast all on aroma. Bit of pukie malt in mouth but the spicy hop finish is decent enough. Good hop sting. Bit of syrup for a 5% beer. Thought it was stronger. Had to decant it to get rid of some of the bottled gas. Some fresh raisin. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle 50cl.
Unlear medium orange amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide malt, old celler, cardboard. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090802]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - AUG 30, 2009
A good solid Bitter. Doesn’t do anything special, but has a good balance between malt profile and hop body. Easy drinking. Would love to have this on tap.

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