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


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle; pasteurised. Also exported pasteurised in kegs.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011. Recipe changed from dry hopping with Target to Goldings.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops. Dry hopped with Golding hops.
Named after the Dorset Horn ram that lived in Youngs brewery stables in Wandsworth, and on which the company’s trademark is based.
“A pale brown, fruity, vinous, hoppy beer packed full of flavour. Full-bodied with an excellent balance between malt and hops.”

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philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Ram Rod Ale--ESB--16.9 oz. Bottle. 1997-1999 Release. 5.5% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear copper color. Malty aroma with hop accents. Smooth crisp malty body with toasted flavor minimal sweetness and light texture. Fruit character develops towards end along with smooth hop spice. Sampled 5/25/1999. 2001 Release. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear thin copper red color. Light hop toasted doughy front. Rich thin London pale ale malt ESB like body. Light toasted earthy caramel doughy fruit notes. Dry mild hop end. Light white lace. Crisp. Sampled 6/22/2001.

chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Old bottle, best before August 2001, presumably from the Silk Shropshire Stash. Darkish amber colour. Nothing but cardboard in the aroma. Less cardboard but more tin in the flavour. Well past it. Not entirely undrinkable. Wouldn’t expect this to be a beer for aging and it wasn’t. Although I now see I rated it higher at this age than Mes did when fresh. Flagged for re-rate anyway.

SanfordBrewer (1608) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
(br-btl, rd/bk-lbl w/ S text)
gold-opaque, §head, ^co2, sour §hop fruity §bitter, ~thru

harrisoni (19159) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle at The New Wheatsheaf, Borough. Given it a good 30 mins to open up. Mid brown lasting beige head. Spicy aroma. Some malt, some hop, soe yeast all on aroma. Bit of pukie malt in mouth but the spicy hop finish is decent enough. Good hop sting. Bit of syrup for a 5% beer. Thought it was stronger. Had to decant it to get rid of some of the bottled gas. Some fresh raisin. OK.

fonefan (50637) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle 50cl.
Unlear medium orange amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide malt, old celler, cardboard. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090802]

jonno (2878) - JAPAN - AUG 30, 2009
A good solid Bitter. Doesn’t do anything special, but has a good balance between malt profile and hop body. Easy drinking. Would love to have this on tap.

mkel07 (6239) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2009
275ml bottle. Deep orange to ruby in colour, murky and hazy with no head, only a ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Strong fruity aroma of peaches and apricots with some hop undercurrents. Strong bodied with a good texture and mouthfeel and nice aftertaste.

Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 23, 2009
Not bad at all. A classic bitter style with balls. Dark apricot in colour with a very thin head. Very clear. Nose is fairly traditional but shows a slighly cooked / heavy malt note. Caramel, toffee and mild fruits drive the flavour. lots of malts here and I couldn’t really pick up much in the hop department. Late bitter kick.

gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
(Draught at Bishops Arms, Västerås)
On March 16, 2005
Clear golden to amber color, medium off-white head. Malty sweet and caramel scent. Taste is similar to the smell. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2008
Good head on misty brown pour,ample carbonation,aroma chocolate,malt,caramel.Flavour ceisp caramel,hop at first,light malt,chocolate weak,now a taste of bitter or salted cocoa.not really a winner.Finish bitter,bad.

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