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


on tap

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RATINGS: 371   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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MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle from the Queens in Primrose Hill.
Amber gold with a decent white head. Full on rusty metal aroma with some slight tobacco. Malty, lager-like flavour with some light wheaty hints. Surprising, no, startling medicinal and metallic finish. Gorgeous... no wait...

jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle poured a dark brown color with a creamy beige head. Sweet malt aroma with some hop bitterness. Good balance between the malt and hops in the flavor as well. Decent, but I would easily choose a Fuller’s ESB over this one.

AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
This was an interesting beer that changed its character as it warmed. Initially, a metallic flavor jumped out, which then gave way to a malty aura. As the beer grew warmer, a tart grape flavor predominated.

wacohoover (100) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle - Slightly brown color, medium thickness white head. I taste a good amount of hops, balanced by a smooth malty flavor. Some citrus to this, but mostly just a hoppy flavor. Spicy at the end. A good brew.

SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 12, 2008
a hazy orange/amber colored beer under a small off white head. aroma is of caramel, toast, and light hops. flavors of caramel and spicy, bitter, citrusy hops. medium bodied and moderately to sharply carbonated. good, but there are much better english bitters out there. for some reason i had a real hard time finding this beer.

RSRIZZO (1997) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Had this beer on 2/11/2003. Aroma is a light metallic malt scent. Color is a bright gold with good carbonation and thin head. Taste is thin and bitter. Starting with a light crisp body it goes down with a sharp feel. Finish is a sharp thin malt flavor, backed by a strong bitterness, followed up with a light sweetness. Overall its just to extreme (too sharp, too bitter, too crisp). Last note, best before date is Nov. 2002, it seems to be hard to find these imports while still in date.

leaparsons (10598) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Deep gold with a small head. Aromas are caramel and spices with some fruitiness. Flavours are caramel and toffee with some fruitiness. Dry on the finish. A decent malty beer.

FatPhil (16345) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
Keg Killed by kegging. Aroma neutered by nitro. Evidently this could be a good beer if they hadn’t killed it. Must try the cask version.

DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Quite a disappointing ESB. Smooth and creamy but lacks of refinement of a Fullers ESB.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Ram Rod
Date: 09/08/1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: DC

hazey amber, whispy head with a trace of lace, light sweet malt with mild floral hop aroma, good malt flavor with slight bittering hops lasting through the finish

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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