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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Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful copper coloured with a small head. Soft and very malty - roasted malt and sweet caramel. Low in both CO2 and bitterness. Highly drinkable. 020201

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 NCIe lager, it was really refreshing. ALthough I ahd to taste more. IT is a dark lager, but tastes like a clear one.

aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Very thin and innocuos beer. Some Astingency and diacetyl notes with a touch of dms. Wet hay and metallic nose slight malt with some burnt raisin.

Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pint: Fife Arms Hotel, Dufftown,Scotland. Slightly murky brown( some cascading effect),with a large creamy off white head The aroma is pretty subdued, due probably to this being served a tad too chilled. As it warms pleasant malts appear. Very very smooth beer the taste is of sweet malts but with chocolaty and nutty accents.Small taste of hops at the very end,. wonderful mouthfeel, exceptionally smooth. Exceptional drinkability, I had several pints..nice,

highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2005
Thin-bodied malty Scottish session ale. Poured the colour of toffee with a skinny head. The classic Scottish nose has plenty of toasted malt and nuts. The light body seems insubstantial for the abv and style. Sweet malt is the dominant flavour, with some raisins in the middle. Echoes of some of the sweeter light English stouts. A good quaffer but a little skinny. (Bottle)

Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
First time I had a half pint in Edinburgh..it was like dirty water. Then I had a pint in Glasgow..super-duper! It still had a watery palate, but the malts finally came through. I’d drink again, but not number one on my list.

jerohen (2352) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
This was like the quadrillionth bitter a had in the few weeks i was in the UK. And i’m not even a big fan of the style... The things a ratebeerian does to boost his ratings... Anyway, smooth and malty for a bitter, but i nevertheless think i prefer the 70 shilling.

caesar (7287) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear dark orange color, short creamy lasting head. Smooth, creamy and soft caramel malty bitter.

Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 16, 2004
Not the beer to dine and die for. Lovely amber colour, medium head, neutral malty aroma, not much character in the palate. Not bitter at all.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2004 Total Score: 2.8
Slightly muddy brown with classic creamy head. The taste reminds English PDC bitters but without their bitterness: sweet soft maltiness only.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Glenalbyn, Inverness. Nutty. Caramel. Malt. MUCH better over the 70. Slightly heavy.

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