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


on tap


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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle; pasteurised. Also exported pasteurised in kegs.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle @ The Britannia. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The nose is brown bread, rich toasty malts aromas, honeyed grain. The taste is slightly hot runny toffee, some caramel-covered haystack, nut bar. Mildly astringent on the finish. Medium body, this is one of those beers that drinks above its ABV. Rich, full. A nice ESB for winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5076) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
500ml bottle pours a brownish color with a finger of off-white head which leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is some dark fruits with some citrus and earthy hops. Taste is a fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a citrusy and earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A decent ESB which is easy to drink and highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
worldbeertaste (1779) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2012
Copper orange colour with a white large bubble horrible soapy lasting head. I’m sure the pasturisation is not going to be nice here. Smells of toasted malt, caramel malt and a skunky chamical cardboard staleness from the pasturisation. Medium biscuit oily body. Sweet caramel start with a soft bitter hop dry finish. Very common and average. Some honey sweetness on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redpooba (402) - Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
The label may change but the beer is always a good one. The golden hops come through without overwhelming you like an IPA, and the depth of the beer has more to offer than a simpleton.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3598) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 24, 2012
cooked vegetables, barnyard, spruce, cereal, orange, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (6670) - New York, 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 (1558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
Surprisingly light character, malty with hints of spice and caramel, fairly sweet. Nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 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 (11798) - , 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.

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