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


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Young’s brand taken over by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; whole leaf hops; yeast.
"A delightfully rich, hoppy and full-bodied ruby coloured classic ale, matured in the bottle for a fuller, fresher flavour."

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BlackHaddock (7592) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle conditioned, brown 500ml, best before 14 Sept 2007, drank Feb 2007. Poured into a straight pint sleeve glass, it looks OK, sadly the huge slightly off white head soon left, leaving behind a poor, wispy excuse of a covering. Not really ruby, but there is a red tint to the brown body of the beer. Hops, malty biscuits and not much else hit my nose, a hint of that strange mushroom aroma that some beers have, was also there, as the beer warmed up. Good bitter flavour to it, sharp, tangy and fresh tasting, a dash of citrus fruits, a spoonfull of sugar to even it out? I don’t know, it is a complexed taste, which I enjoyed. My mouth knew a beer had been in it, 5.5% isn’t too strong, but this beer carries the weight well, it feels stronger. A sourness stays at the back of your mouth for some time, retension of flavours is good. The head leaving trick apart, this was a very enjoyable beer, just what I needed, after dog sitting for my daughter.

joe19612 (3033) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle. Sweet malty aroma, nice amber copper colour with a thin white head. Plenty of hops in the taste. with a good sharp hoppy finish.

imdownthepub (15161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle conditioned, 500ml. Dark amber to brown with white head. Smooth big fruity beer with plenty of dark caramel malts, tending towards fruity sweetness there is a reasonable finishing balance with an understated hop. Good, fresh and lasting on the palate, quite a decent beer and one I will have again.

KnutAlbert (6772) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
50 cl bottle, thanks, Ian! Seriously fruity ruby ale. Sour cherries, blaccurrants, prunes. Lovely beer.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2007
500ml Bottle 30/07/2007 Large white head. Fruity aroma. Amber red smooth on the palate and fruity with a crisp and bitter lasting malt finish.

johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle. Another good one from Youngs. Strong aroma on opening and pored with a medium head. Some bitterness but tasted very much like a barley wine.So much body yet quite subtle. Excellent.

berkshirejohn (6617) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2007
500ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley. Dark amber with a loose white head; aroma of hops and stewed fruits; sweet caramel flavours with a burnt toffee finish, very dry and bitter.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled (thanks chris_o!). Amber colour, mediumsized creamy beige head. Aroma is hops, some slight barnyard and a lot of fruits. Also some nectarish sweetness. Flavour is sweet fruity, as well as dry bittering hops. Some weak caramelly hints also available. Wellbalanced but a bit boring.

TBone (18105) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled (BB 09/2007)
Hazy ruby red color, decent cloudy off-white head, lace. Lemon grassy aroma, hints of nuttyness. Fruity, yeasty, lemony flavors, hints of licorice saltyness. Toffee maltyness mixed with fruity hoppyness in this brew. Some caramel and hops in the aftertaste.

cgarvieuk (25742) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
Ruby red colouired ale, light malt nose, bit too fizzy sweet malt flavour and a fruit with a long bitter linger.,

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