Bronze - The Celt Experience

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 06-01-2011

A malty body outlined by a stern spicy bitterness. An escape to the wild. Inspired by ancient Celts brewing beer from alchemy, forged with new bronze tools.
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 33
Photo of Dentist666
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured into english pint.
Nice clear orange amber beer with solid off-white head, retention is well. Smell is rich, citrus, pine, toffee. hops, close to IPA. Taste is amazingly bitter and again close to IPA - resin, orange, zesty and herbal hops. The beer is much better than the biggest part of commercial british bitters. Very delightful!

Photo of Jetulio
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Orange bright clour beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers very persistent and lacing in the sides

Aroma... raisins and orange/tangerine, grass too. Herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable and well crafted ale, hops are present with style. To revisit. Aftertaste very long.

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB date unknown (left blank on the back label), served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: 52 IBUs, using US, NZ and UK hops.

A: pours a bright and clear amber colour, coming with a fluffy but well-lasting off-white frothy head and abundant feed of carbonation.
S: burned sugar, raisins, orangey fruitiness and a touch a cream/butter, featuring quite sweet and syrupy malt sweetness upfront with a lightly salty tail.
T: like a premium bitter, the entry has lots of ripe dark plums and dried berries like raisins on a balance with rich flavours as of lightly toasted teas and biscuity malts, followed closely by an expanding wave of spicy, earthy and mildly tannic hop bitterness which concludes each sip with a decent level of bitterness but also a rounded mouthfeel, never too harsh on the part of hop tannins. The delicate edge of Cascade/Fuggles-like hop aroma seems to linger amidst the malt aroma and spicy bitterness.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains pretty decent, full of tiny carbonation to be enjoyed on the palate without going too fizzy, which goes well enough against a medium body and a moderate flavour profile. The sweet, burned sugary notes on the nose don’t seem to render much on the palate. All in all, a decent Best Bitter with easy drinkability.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smart & nice labeled 500ml bottle brought from L´Espumossa (Barcelona). Wine glass. Orangish amber color, veiled appearance. White froth creates a close & lasting crown that leaves a thin layer on top & some lacing on sides. Crystal malt, tangerine, ripe fruit & slight herbal aromas. Toasted & fruity upfront then slight citric & earthy bitterness arises. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Funny palate. Earthy & slight resinous touches mixed with soft astringency linger into a long bitter finish. Citric aftertaste. Good job !!

Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the stubby bottle stamped 09-09-2013. Sampled on November 3, 2013 so I am two months beyond the max.

It pours a slightly hazy medium to light amber with a modest off-white head that settles back to a ring.

The aroma has a definite caramel and butterscotch quality to it with some earthy hops to balance it all out. It does have a sort of cellared feel to it too.

The body is medium and on the creamy side.

The taste is more sweet and malty than bitter although the mild bitterness does creep in on the backside.

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with a hint of an orange cast. I think it's quite attractive.

Smell: toasty malt with a little bit of a floral character. It doesn't blow me away, but it's not bad.

Taste: very malt-centric; toasty and a little bit biscuity. Actually, the biscuit kind of grows on the palate; not my favorite. Hop character is nil, but there is a bit of bitterness at the end. Not my favorite, but there is something here if you don't mind biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a pretty nice creaminess, especially for the style. I rather like it.

Overall: this beer has some elements I like and some which aren't my favorite. Still, as an interesting example of the style, it is worth a try.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 05/13.

A: Pours a hazy brownish ruby with a thin mostly white head. Quick to dissipate there is only spots of lacing.

S: Fairly malt forward, can tell age has taken a bit of a toll on this lighter beer. Perhaps a bit of oxidation with a cardboard like quality.

T: Flavor has held up alright, there is still some nice hop bitterness. Malts provide a roastiness, carmel and dark fruit character. Earthy tones to this.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Sessionable beer here that you could drink all night.

Overall not a bad beer that is worth another try fresher. Was on a discount or else not sure the organic price tag would be worth it.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly fruity malts and earthy yeast with slightly stronger aromas of herbal and floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of cereal grain and biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit/stone fruit sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of earthy yeast and stronger flavors of herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but fade fairly quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and a good representation of the style - I'm looking forward to trying some of the other offerings from this brewery. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of BeerZack
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Darkish orange and murky brown color with awesome off white creamy head that laces the glass in clumps of foam. Smells creamy, like mashmallows and vanilla custard with hints of coffee creamer and berries. Flavor is somewhat similar, but milder. There is an initial impression of sweet cream and marzipan, with the flavor building to notes of black tea and toffee and eventually chocolate on the finish. It has a balanced and persistent bitterness that keeps this beer from ever coming off sweet. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, like a Boddington's pub can, gives me the impression of a milk chocolate truffle.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a quarter finger high puffy head covering the surface and lots of thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and fruity yeast in addition to floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell but also has hints of underlying biscuit and cracker malts. It's not very bitter, but the bitterness stands out and particularly lingers through the finish given the lighter-bodied nature of this beer.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was rather easy to drink and quite flavorful for the style. I would definitely consider getting this again if I was looking for a good representation of an English Bitter.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma dominated by caramel, almost toffee malt, very light dark fruit, slightly buttery. Flavor follows with biscuit and caramel malt and mild dark fruit, finishing with pleasant low-key slightly earthy bittering hops. Like other Celt Experience ales, the earthiness seems close to peat, which fits with the malt very nicely. This brewery's ales are, as a group, some of the best and most satisfying low ABV ales I've ever tasted. Well done.

Photo of patre_tim
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with a slight cloudiness, a fine off white foam and not much head to speak of, a little visible carbonation.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, apples, very light and not much strength.

T: Very light toffee, caramel, some apple, and a very little bitterness at the end that lingers much like grapefruit pith, but certainly not strong like an American IPA. Very dull and long lasting like many English styles. English style almost hint hard water, dry grass or hay.

M: Medium somewhat metallic heaviness, little carbonation is fine and rather like a fermented fruit.

O: A nice British style beer. I like it, its refreshing, its simple and plain and traditional. Would go great with pub food.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml brown bottle, stamped "best before" May 2013, with black plastic wrapped tightly around the neck and cap, and displaying the USDA Organic seal.
Pours copper in color, hazy with a thin and irregular white head that soon settles to an irregular ring.
The aroma is full of caramel/toffee, with a background of dry grains and biscuits and a hint of fruity esters. Surprisingly exotic. The flavor is a little more mundane, with the malts coming to the fore, and enough hops to mostly tame the sweetness as well as adding a nice spicy note in the finish. Some herbal, fruity, chocolate and nutty notes
Medium-light-body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: A distinctive and flavorful beer well worth checking out.

Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thin layer of head after an aggressive pour with little retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Metallic caramel and leafy hops, traditional musty scents and wet cardboard on the finish.

T - Delivers a decent musty hop profile, along with a noticeable bitterness that lingers alongside some metallic caramel and hints of toffee and a nutty finish.

M - A tad thin and watery, could use a bit of a carbonation boost.

O - A decent english bitter that delivers a respectable flavour profile and is easy drinking. Worth a try, but unlikely something that I would seek out again.

Photo of decimator
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.5%.

A - Poured a clear copper-bronze with a 2cm white head. Head slowly reduces to an everlasting thin cap and plenty of lacing.

S - Earthy, caramel, some fruity notes.

T - Mild caramel, hint of fruit, some spiciness, bitter finish.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, creamy, crisp finish. A bit thin at times but not as flat as many other English Ales.

O - Pretty good. Easily sessionable.

Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Welsh brewer I haven't seen before. Picked up at the Beer Dispensary in Apex for under five bucks for a sweet half liter bottle. Pours an unfiltered copper color with a thin cap and a thick coating of lace. Nose is funky with yeast and noble hops predominating. Definitely an organic, earthy scent.

The first sip is a bit disappointing. Plenty of hop bitterness, but the malt is either off or nonexistent and the balance needs work. Surprisingly high level of carbonation throws me off a little as well. I suspect this would be better on tap or better on cask. Improves as it warms with more sweet malt balance and is a pretty decent example of the style. I will give these guys' other offerings a good, hard look.

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a dull copper/bronze with a a 1/2 finger white that was gone pretty quickly.Mild fruity esters in the nose along with a hint of toffee wich was more pronounced on the palate.Toffee and caramel/biscuit notes with deep fruity tones on the palate,a pretty light feel took away from some of the flavors in my opinion.For an English bitter this is almost spot on,malty and somewhat fruity with light hopping,not bad for what it is.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
4.5% ABV

I tried this beer on September 14, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a golden-copper colour with a very thin head which quickly dissipated. The aroma is sweet malt, light fruits, and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is buttery caramel, some nuts, and a good bitter finish. I liked it.

Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-named: a nice bronze colour. Moderate head that is quite sticky and clingy. Rich malts: toffee, fresh bread, light nutty, buttery hint. Very slight fruity hint from the hops.

Lightly bitter (even lemony) taste, with a definite nutty, toffee taste. Nice crisp hops, good aftertaste.

Low carbonation, nice session beer. Not too complex or exciting, but definitely one to sit down with.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle, tight black plastic around the neck and cap. Pours out a gorgeous rustic copper hue, with a tall loose fluffy white head.

Dry grains and biscuit malt on the nose, some mild fruity esters and a hint of caramel and chocolate wafer in the background.

Crisp bready and grainy malt up front in the flavour, some toasty and nutty notes, finishing with mild grassy and earthy herbal hops, although the hops build a bit more intensity into the aftertaste, picking up a spicy quality as well.

Light-bodied mouthfeel although still holds a backbone, texture is slick but fills out towards the finish, with an active yet contained amount of carbonation.

Impressive offering from this new Welsh brewery, this English Bitter hits most of the key notes (quite shy with the esters, but one doesn't really miss them in lieu of the rest), and stands well on its own even out of the context of the style. A solid beer worth checking out.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/2/12

A clear copper with some tiny particles being moved around by just a few bubbles that feed a two finger soapy head that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S some green apple with some herbal and leafy hops, a little cracker and toffee

T more fruity notes with a little spicy hops on the finish, pretty solid bitter with good balance between sweet malt and hops

M full for the color with a little bite too it, much more bubbles then was visible

O pretty solid bitter that I could drink for a while without getting bombed or board, its a good beer worth trying

I can't think of having a Welsh beer before and this is a pretty good start, sexy looking bottle and a fair price 4.50$ here in Alberta

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, attractively capped and sealed, with a BB of Feb 2013. Welsh beer for Rabbie Burns' turn on the social calendar? Why the hell not - I seem to remember the disparate Celts all being good neighbors.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber (ok, 'bronze') colour, with two fingers of puffy, pillowy off-white head, which leaves but a single arch of sudsy lace on the lee side of the glass as it all melts away. It smells quite enticing - sharp biscuity, slightly toasted malts, dark sweet raisin, mild toffee, and wet leafy, earthy hops. The taste carries through on the promise with more bready, biscuity, grainy, malt, a bit of tobacco, mild orchard fruit, some latent caramel sweetness, and pleasantly musty, earthen cellar-like hops.

The carbonation is rather more than sedate, with a wee, understated zippiness; the body a subtle medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes with a notable crisp, fruity flourish, the malt, fruit, and zingy hops still charmingly intermingled.

Siiiiggggh. What a lovely bitter - big (but not too much so - if that's even a thing) flavour, well rounded, and genuinely capable of coaxing you into that next swig before you may have otherwise considered.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light unrefined grain notes. Taste consists of dry caramel malt with unrefined grainy notes which are not really pleasant. Body is about average with good carbonation. No interesting ester or light dry hops presence or even some interesting malt profile to distinguish this beer; no brewing flaws either but not something I would wish to revisit again.

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before December 2012 (12/12?).

POurs a clear golden orange with a nice cap of offwhite head. Some semi-dense, creamy head and some nice lacing. Nose has some nice English hopping, gentle breadiness, some cracker and general sweetness. Taste has more prominent hop flavour, slightly earthy and a touch spicy, leaving some moderate bitterness behind on the palate. Gentle breads and English malt sweetness as well, with some fruity notes too. Mouthfeel is medium light, moderate carbonation and and fairly long bitter finish. Drinkability is certainly high, and this is something I could certainly revisit for the style. Quite a simple beer, nice for what it is.

Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although dedicated to the Bronze Age Celts, it's highly unlikely any of them would ever have seen a beer anything near this clear (or even this light in colour, for that matter). The body, whose colour damn well delivers on the beer's name, has a luminescence bright enough to burn. Its glossy clarity only adds to its chic luster.

While I'll happily buy every other quality about this beer, I'm selling the aroma. It is a peculiar scent. It has enough hearty grain and raisin to suggest full maltiness, which is good, but it also has a dank earthiness that smells something like wet leaves. It resembles a particularly musty and buttery bière de garde. It raises an eyebrow.

The malts are lush with a caramel sweetness. A rustic, honey and oat loaf breadiness ensues from the sip but is blunted by candied, almost grapefruit-y hops. I prolong swallowing in hopes that the flavour will last longer. But then a delicious note of melon rind sets in and I almost want to take my next sip solely for the aftertaste.

The beer has the same wholesome qualities as a country-baked multi-grain loaf. Bubbles are restrained, allowing gooey malt sweetness and honeydew-like melon flavour to linger. Both, however, turn to grain sooner or later. The beer is so refreshing that it starts to strike me as even lower in alcohol than the posted 4.5%.

My second Celt Experience was again a good one. This tiny Welsh brewery seems to make very hearty, gratifying ales out of very ordinary recipes. We can only imagine what beer was like in the Bronze Age, but if it was anything like this offering it's no wonder it became such a staple in the Celtic diet and such a popular tipple worldwide.

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Bronze from The Celt Experience
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