Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Keg & bottle: Pasteurised.
Previously 4.5%. Previously also known as Younger’s IPA.
Production moved from Fountain to Caledonian in Dec 2004. Brand acquired by Wells & Youngs in 2011.

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1874 (1) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2007 does not count
Weaned on this beer in The Diggers bar in Edinburgh, lovely smooth beer when kept in good condition. Cracking after taste as well.

beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
I really like McEwans 80 as opposed to 70. I have downed many a pint of this in Corstorphine at the Oak after work. good with cigs, crisps and being off work

dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
On tap at the Frankenstein, Aberdeen, Scotland. Chestnut brown with a dense and lasting creamy white head of about 1 inch. Aroma dominated by heavy sweet malts: toffee, tinges of caramel, some earthiness and honey. Taste is predominantly sweet but with earthy undertones, very slight hop presence and a slight bitter finish. Slight carbonation edging on thick. A little too bold for me in the wrong places.

ALLOVATE (3086) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2007
Draught @ the Brig Inn, Trenant, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A worker’s pub, a strange mix of English and Scottish slang, not a single female in the joint besides my wife and countless rounds of McEwan’s 70/- without a need to open my wallet - I guess this could be heaven had the beer been a little better.
This one poured a tawny brown with a ruddy tinge, and bright. Head - a thick pad of cream - held well and did a ’Guinness’ down the glass. Rich, dark toffee, wood and seaweed aroma, not too clear under the bustle of the bar (Scotland’s new smoking laws made this bar mist free). Woody, strong malts in the mouth, heavy from the get-go. Smooth in the depths but annoyingly fizzy upfront. Toffee, kelp, cola, roasted, raw grains and some earthy peat quarrel on the palate not quite agreeing to balance. Finish is sweet, heavy and malty with more of the kelp and peat lingering for long afterwards. Even the lads in the pub steer clear of this because it don’t suit the pubs jovial atmosphere and quick beer turn-around. Not bad, just not that good either!!!

webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Had a half pint of this during a lunch at the foothill sof the Scottish highlands (I forget the actual place). I had been drinking the 70 Schilling a few nights before quite heavily. Very much the same except this one defintely had a stronger alchol prescence. Unfortunately, that also made it a less plesant drink. I guess if you’r elookign to get toasted, or if you at least have the right food pairings, this would be much tastier. Slightly lighter than the 70 as well in appearance.

Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2006
1/2 pint draught. Light brown colour and with a tall creamy(!) off-white head. Aroma of minty roasted mats and a little hops. Smooth mouthfeel and texture. Light gentle hop flavour and a little roasted malts. Hopping and malts seems very similiar to Kilkenny. Very soft flavours and mouthfeel. Just slightly bitter.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Chewy toffee, caramel and bready, malt forward aroma. Clear, deep burnished copper coloured body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, creamy, white head that lasts throughout and coats the glass. Mild dark malt character and leafy hops take the edge off thick, sweet, caramel maltiness with a slightly sour note and some earhty, floral character. Medium full body with moderate carbonation that fills the mouth. On draught at The Douglas Arms in Bothwell, Scotland (May-06).

fonefan (52342) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
Draught. Copper coloured beer with a thin tight white head. Some caramel and honeyish malts with a hint of ctrus. Light hop spice. Wattery.

LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
This Scottish ale has all the classic tastes of Younger’s. The slight bitter felling and the dryness, everytihng you want from this beer you get and more.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at Cooper’s, Edinburgh 29/09/2001 Amber mid brown coloured and sweet on the palate. Smooth with a hoppy malt finish. 2. Keg Handpump at Nicensleazy, Glasgow 22/06/2004 Mid brown amber coloured slightly fruity and rich on the palate. Dry lasting malt finish.

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