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47
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style
Brewed by Arkells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Arkell’s 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 Club’s League Cup triumph in 1969 and went into regular production in 1976.

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dynamiteninja (1890) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2017
Cask at the Ralph Fitz Randal (JDW), Richmond. Medium off white head. Amber to copper body. Masses of dialycytl, also green leaves. Bittersweet with a metallic taste and a dry finish.

3.4
theprof (1254) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Cask. Aroma has soft fruit and roasted malts. But modestly. Pours orange amber with white lace top that spreads intermittently on drinking (a long-winded way of saying broken lacing). It has a bittersweet finish and fruit notes as promised. And honest advertising is so rare these days that I added 2 to the overall score just for this. Having said that it is still solid rather than spectacular.

3.2
The_Osprey (9162) - 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.

3.2
john44 (3402) - 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)

3
GreatDane1632 (1174) - 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.

3.2
Towey1989 (3270) - 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.

3.4
BeerViking (5048) - 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.

3.4
Vladivostok (491) - 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.


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