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Brewed by Camerons (UK)
Style: Bitter
Hartlepool, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
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on tap
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional.
Latterly the brand was under the ownership of AB InBev and brewed under contract at Camerons. Axed by AN InBev in 2009 but reappeared as a Camerons seasonal "guest ale" for March to May 2013. Apparently now under the ownership of a company called Limelight Brands Limited, which has a link with Camerons through a common director.

It’s back! A North East classic now available as a guest ale throughout March and April via Camerons Brewery. Castle Eden Ale is a light, creamy golden ale with a late addition of Styrian Goldings hops giving it an interesting contrast between an initial sweet surge of flavour followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste.
See: Golden
Smell: Honey, Molasses
Taste: Sweet, Rich
Hops: Target, Stryian Goldings
Malt: Pale Ale

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2.6
quaffist (2) - - OCT 9, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2017 Production of Castle Eden has now ceased at Camerons, and the brewery at Seaham that bought the name have started to make it. The first batch (this is at the Dun Cow in Durham City) was dreadful and had to be returned, very pale and thin bodied with bitterness in the aftertaste, nothing at all like CEA. Camerons stepped in and made an “emergency” batch, but the Seaham brewery then brewed again and I never tasted that as it too was rejected. Watch this space. Update. 19th Oct 2017. The Seaham brewery made a batch that was drinkable, and CEAesque, but still not the body and still lighter in colour.

2.5
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Cask at Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham, £3.30/pint. This is a good looking copper coloured beer with a creamy, white head. The nose is none too pleasant, with skunky, damp, basement and off-notes abound. The flavour is strange at first, with boiled hop, chlorine, and sub-prime malts and a taste that can be described as neither bitter nor sweet but a distinct caramel sweetness comes through later in the finish. Maybe a bit of a grower and probably good for a session. It’s beloved in these parts but doesn’t quite do it for me.

3
danlo (3189) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Cask at the Dun Cow, Durham. Clear dark amber colour, foam white head leaving lacing and aroma of grain, rice, straw. Taste is malty, with biscuit & toffee, plus some sweetness and tea notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, biscuity earthy metallic bitter finish. Quiet OK.

3.2
uckelman (813) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
On draught at Dun Cow, Durham. Clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is some sort of middling sweet brown cake. Light body. Medium sweet, long slightly sour finish.

2.5
ManVsBeer (10928) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Cask @ Leggers Beer Festival, Dewsbury. Clear brown ale with no head. Has a deeper and darker malty aroma and taste.

2.3
gegwilson (3788) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Cask in the Chequers Micropub, Beverley. Amber with a white head. A little bit of fruity flavour and some caramel too. mostly this is thin and watery and lacks character and real flavour.

2.8
dynamiteninja (1875) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Cask at the Head of Steam, Durham. Gold to amber body with a white head. Nose is wet cardboard, red fruit, floral. Sweet. Dry finish. Soft mouthfeel. Not as good as it used to be, and actually quite a disappointment.

3.3
OllieBBommel (1531) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2012
[email protected] (1997), 50cl. Head: off-white colored foam. Color: copper. Aroma: fudge, caramel. Taste: some bitter. Palate: mild, some bitter, thin body, lasting. Overall: nice

3.1
reebtogi (6350) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
500ml can poured a pale amber color with a big white creamy head that settled with some decent lacing. Aroma is grainy with some hops. Taste is light malty sweet with an agressive hop bitterness. A decent bitter with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

2.6
tombyars (1749) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2011
First tasted this in the Bar Point, Paisley in May 1989. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thick white head. Strange metallic note in the short aroma. Creamy but thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts deliver a fiery digestive malt base with tart redcurrant fruit. Really strong metallic flavour from the tart hop resins in the long aftertaste. Almost smokey nicotine flavour from the dry tart finish. Struggle with this for a session as the astringency builds up in the mouth, drying you out.


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