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Bronze - The Celt Experience

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 06-01-2011)
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colour with copper tinges and a small, but frothy white head that gets retained well and leaves moderate lacing. A fair amount of visible carbonation.

Fairly mild, but pleasant aroma. Caramel maltiness with a subtle chocolate tone. Fresh grains, raisins, flowers and a soapy quality can also be found.

Nice taste. Caramel and chocolate malts are joined by an assertive hoppy bitterness that lingers throughout the finish and a subtle buttery note with a tinge of grapefruit and pepper.

Light to medium-bodied with a high carbonation level. Definite yeasty, bread-like quality on the tongue. Dry aftertaste with an earthy quality to it.

Very drinkable and well-balanced session-style ale with a surprisingly robust taste and North American-style hop profile. Miles ahead of their golden ale in my opinion and a beer I will certainly seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 18:25:31 | More by bryehn
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:48:02 | More by biboergosum
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear copper with a small off-white head that sinks into some lacings. Lots of small bubbles in the liquid.

S: Slightly roasted malt, some caramell. Nice fruit and bitter from the hops. Red apples and faint lemon. A creamy, buttery smell to it as well.

T: Roasted malt, with some sweetness to it. Really creamy/buttery. Lots of bitter hops, but also floral that gives it a red apple vibe. Faint citric notes.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste with a little twist of cream and butter. Body is medium to full and carbonation is well balanced, rather rich but smooth. A very smooth liquid.

O: This is a well crafted English Bitter with a nice balance between the bitterness and the malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 18:29:45 | More by Evil_Pidde
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-17-2012 16:40:25 | More by galluch
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-27-2012 03:01:07 | More by Rlombardi75
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:06:32 | More by wordemupg
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came to Ontario as part of a seasonal release from the LCBO. Pours a golden colour with thick white head. Small amounts of lacing, but beautiful head retention. Smells of earthy hops with some buscuity malt. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. We seem to get a few beers of similar styles in Ontario each year and this is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:36:35 | More by kwjd
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-10-2012 21:44:39 | More by Molson2000
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish gold with a bit of chill haze. Lively carbonation and a modest cap of foam.

The aroma is mild earthiness and caramel/toffee with a bit of toastiness.

Taste is chalky, toasty with a lingering bitter finish with a light musk melon fruitiness underneath.

Medium body, nice level of carbonation.

It's not a half bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:59:20 | More by MeisterBurger
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.98/5  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 !!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 08:36:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Jetulio

Spain

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 19:06:29 | More by Jetulio
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:53:54 | More by BeerZack
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:08:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 06:15:05 | More by IronDjinn
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:17:54 | More by liamt07
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:17:13 | More by cyrenaica
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a two finger head - decent lacing and retention - bronze colour - off white head

S - malt, dark fruit, hops

T - followed the nose with caramel and floral hops notes

M - light to medium bodied with some carbonation - not overly bitter - buttery smooth

O - a decent bitter with some interesting complexity

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:44:46 | More by Stocean1
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:27:09 | More by decimator
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:55:48 | More by metter98
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:09:37 | More by biegaman
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:12:40 | More by dbrauneis
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bgibbard

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-13-2012 22:29:19 | More by bgibbard
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-21-2014 01:35:29 | More by EvanWilliams
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Troublebar

China

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2014 07:42:00 | More by Troublebar
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-15-2014 05:03:16 | More by Pens1967
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Bronze from The Celt Experience
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.