Brewed by Arkells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular.
Kingsdown Ale is the strongest of our regular beers but is a brother to 3B as it comes from the same mash. It retains a strong character of its own, however, with its rich colour, ripe fruit nose and that traditional Arkells hopiness. You can taste the malt too, along with a bitter-sweet finish and fruit notes. Kingsdown, which is named after the area of Upper Stratton where the brewery is situated, was originally brewed as a special beer to commemorate Swindon Town Football Clubs League Cup triumph in 1969 and went into regular production in 1976.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Cask handpull at Hamilton Hall, London. As Arkells Kingsdown Special Ale Strong Brew, 5%. Nice pump clip. Dark matte amber brown, still and translucent with a foamy beige head which leaves thick lacing. Aroma is bread crusts, dark wood. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is tangy dried fruits, figs and dates, demerara, resinous finish with nips of burnt honey brittle. Grew on me. A decent, full flavoured, malty traditional beer. A Swindon Town FC special beer. I used to know a fan, but he would have hated this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Jan 2011 - Dark Amber in colour. Fruity; citrus-orange, apple. Hoppy; floral and grassy hops. Malty; caramel, toffee, toasty malts. Sweet fruity malty and slightly spicy throughout. Quite tasty. Very drinkable. (2011-01-26)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Drank while on a recent business trip to England -- on cask, decent English ale. Earthy simple good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (2558) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt, caramel, some raisin and slight vanilla. Taste is similar of bready malt, caramel, raisin, highland fudge and subtle grassy hops. Medium bodied and quite a flat carbonation. A dry but fruity finish with some bitterness. A solid premium bitter, malty and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (4605) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Cask at the Webb Ellis JDW, dark amber-brown with a lacing head, malty, estery nose, sweetish and nutty, caramel and a touch of oak. Dry-bitter and woody finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vladivostok (483) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Mid-amber beer with a slight malty aroma. Flavour contains notes of bubblegum and treacle toffee and the finish is lasting and bitter. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Cask, Hamilton Hall, J D Wetherspoons, 2nd May 2015. White lacing. Copper brown and bronze appeaeance. Chestnut aroma. Kinda like an American brown and an English bitter blended. Really interesting. Taste is chestnuts, UK hops, grassy, grains, some fruity yeast esters. Dry and fruity. Ok but not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (7622) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Cask at The Dragon Inn; dark amber pour with a frothy white head, malt aroma, taste has caramel, strong malts bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (7059) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons on 28th Feb 2014. This malty brew poured a good deep reddy amber colour: on top an off-white foam that hung around. Semi-sweet malty molasses are evident from the start, both in the aroma and in the taste. The hops only arrive towards the end of each sip and then only to stop the brew being too sweet. You can choose between toffee, caramel or even dark fruits for the dominant flavour: Ill go for toffee. I like maltier beers and this suited my taste buds nicely. The depth of body and maltiness hid the alcohol very well and overall it came across as a very good beer for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (460) - - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Really excellent beer. One of the best I have tried. Lovely taste looks good and a nice smell and aftertaste. Malty with toffee and caramel tones. Classic hoppiness.Packs a nice punch, good strength and could easily drink several of these. Second tasting even better. Fruity aroma.

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