Brewed by Ringwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ringwood, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Cask: Regular. Previously available bottle conditioned.
Brewed since 1978. Ceased being bottle conditioned after Marston took over in 2007.
Ingredients: Marris Otter malt; Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops. Fuggles added after 2007.
The name refers both to the abv, and, by reference to the Californian goldrush of 1849, to the golden colour.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gruberm (358) - - JUL 20, 2013
From a bottle doughy aroma from a cloudy orange brown pour. An almost clove like taste maybe. It is a surprising taste but refreshing nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

SamVimes21 (562) - - SEP 20, 2017
Cask @ Moon under Water , Wolverhampton , amber with a white head with a malty , hoppy and caramel taste leaving a aftertaste of a malty bitter with a caramel feel .

GuideDogSaint (1747) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 5, 2017
Cask half at the Coronation Hall, Surbiton. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma of toffee and malt. Toffee taste. Sweet finish with some body.

Desverger (12907) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2017
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - orange Amber pour with white head. Toasted malty and twiggy hoppy aroma and taste, light biscuity caramel notes, grassy and twiggy hoppy finish.

thejackpacker (634) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2017
Cask at the Happy Cheese, Ashurst. Very generic cask golden with a bit of a metallic background. Meh.

john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Cask. Orange colour. Very fruity (apple and citrus). Hoppy (grassy hops). Malty (caramel). Sweetish, but with a bitter citrusy edge. Dry finish. (2008)

BeardedAvenger (1116) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. It may be the smoke in the pub, but not getting any aroma. Light chestnut, thin off-white head. Malty, some sweetness, bitter in the finish. Twigs. Medium bodied, Watery with a buzz from the carbonation. Long astringent finish. Lacks oomph. Does nothing for me.

ShivanDragon (4613) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
sample from the ringwood brewery, brown/copper with a white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, biscuit, some toasted malts, Taste likewise, mild, medium sweet, medium bitterness, cold, soft carbo, weak body, long caramel finish

invinoveritas (156) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Pours a clear but deep light brown with a respectable head. Sweetness and maltiness on the nose which transfer to the taste, carried well by the thick-enough body. Some strange notes as well though (those carrots again?).

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This classic Brown Bitter develops caramel-laced biscuits with orange zest in a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear amber.
-The finish is quite juicy, sharing plenty of pear and apple fruitiness.
-Carbonation is lower than that of the average British cask beer.
-This is in the ‘Landlord’ mold, to give you an idea.

On cask at The General Havelock, Hastings.

theprof (1236) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
Cask. Pours amber with a white lace top. A modest balanced hop and biscuit malt scent (you would guess it was beer blindfolded). The taste is similarly solid rather than spectacular with enough fruit to the fore to dominate the overall taste. A decent session bitter that has its place although the prospectors have moved on.

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