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


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Occasional.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in October 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and crystal malt with Fuggle and Golding hops. Dry hopped with Target.
Pale brown, fruity, vinous, hoppy beer and packed full of flavour, Ram Rod is a good example of a medium strong beer.

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The_Osprey (8515) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
Dec 2014 - Red pump clip. Pint from cask at the Riverside, Vauxhall at a work do. Hazy orange, still, small white head. Body is medium to light, smooth, touch of carbonation. Taste is malty, dry, resin, slightly astringent, light bitterness. Average.

ManVsBeer (10806) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2010. No notes as pre-Ratebeer for me but rating transferred from the Facebook Beerseek app.

gruberm (329) - - OCT 20, 2013
Aroma is missing with a slight sawdust smell. Bitter and tart taste. Amber gold color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Half a pint of Youngs Special Brew topped off with a bottle of Youngs Ram Rod, you cant ask for more. Honestly I would and could drink this all day everyday.

Grzesiek79 (4366) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 8, 2012
floral, toast, earthy, bubblegum, cooked vegetables, amber, hazy, white foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, salty, full body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
[email protected] Arms, London. Orangeish golden colour with a mediumsized foamy head. Aroma is citrus, wood, some herbs, mild grass and some crystal malty and bready notes. Flavour is the same, but the maltyness is stronger than in the aroma. Pleasant dry palate along with hoppy bitterness in the finish.

tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2012
First tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in October 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong malty aroma with a hint of toffee and dusty wood. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a digestive biscuit base with tart metallic tang of redcurrant fruit. Hop resins deliver a dusty bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty robust and sweet with golden syrup flavour in the mouth. An excellent ESB and well recommended.

fonefan (50004) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Standing Order, 62-66 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2LR.

Clear medium to dark yellow orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, light hoppy, fruity, citrus notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20101029]

sm89walt (2073) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2010
Cask - The Crosse Keys (JDW), London. Poured with a fine though lasting off-white head and a copper coloured body with some lace on the edges. Delicate floral, grassy hop aroma as well as sweeter citrus notes. Actually, the hops on the nose got fuller & juicier as it warmed slightly. Youngs yeast evident on the tongue with a good, crisp dry grassiness. An OK length to the finish, light body, medium carbonation. Crisp, quite dry & some nice English hop character all round.

downender (8729) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol 10/11/10. Red amber with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of hedgerow fruit, caramel and slightly earthy malts. Flavour started sweet, with some orange fruit and a decent bitter finish with a touch of hop. Fine.

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