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Bleddyn 1075 - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
83
good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%


Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A commanding IPA balancing bitterness, sweetness and a grapefruit finish. An IPA to preside with you and your friends at the dinner table. King Bleddyn, most merciful of all Welsh kings. Lived and ruled until 1075 and the number of our original gravity.

(Beer added by: Sunnanek on 06-02-2011)
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Reviews by SLeffler27:
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SLeffler27

New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SRM 10-14 (honey amber) with a one-inch fluffy white head that lingers a few minutes before leaving fine lace on a Harp nonic while carbonation clings below.

Bread dough, caramel, and faint fruit are accompanied by light hop aromas, some warm butter and grapefruit.

Resin bitterness is moderate while caramel and light apricot lingers in mild finish. Warmth brings out lemongrass.

The creamy smooth texture is complimented by the medium-to-full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly higher than anticipated in this very dry beer.

This is another well-composed, relaxing summer beer. One could easily while away many hours people-watching from the front porch or enjoying the company of good friends. I imagine a cheese plate or cold shrimp with hot sauce would pair well.

The Celt Experience Brewery includes fun little history lessons on each bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:35:30 | More by SLeffler27
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-13-2014 04:10:40 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Azpittil57

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02-08-2014 00:50:15 | More by Azpittil57
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber body with big foamy white head that sticks around the edges and has a slight bald spot in the centre

Big malt nose salt crackers and bonfire toffee

Really complex taste here fruity boiled sweets backed by wholemeal toast that quickly becomes intensely bitter with yeasty tangs

Solid stuff on the MF

Fantastic ale and since it was from a supermarket superb value

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02-02-2014 21:12:01 | More by EmperorBevis
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-21-2014 18:41:43 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

.5L bottle, BB dated Nov. 2014 and USDA certified organic, served in a Belgian snifter. The label suggests an English Pale Ale but it has enough hops to warrant the English IPA designation.

Pours hazy, light honey in color, with a thin but partly durable bone-colored head.

Both the aroma and flavor are unusual. The slightly pungent aroma has clear and quite distinct contributions from sweet malts plus light grains, as well as herbal/fruity hops. In tasting, the hops are stronger and more earthy than suggested by the nose, despite the appearance of grapefruit notes there. They build quickly to a moderately strong level, then magically (OK, it's the malts) diminish, soon leaving a mild-moderate bitter, fruity and hoppy aftertaste with some underlying bisquit.

Feel: medium-thin body; medium carbonation.

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01-17-2014 00:43:40 | More by chinchill
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Bcolbert

Ireland

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-06-2014 17:45:58 | More by Bcolbert
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GarthT

Hong Kong

2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Reddish copper in the glass.

Unusual soysauce, peppery nose leading into brambles. Not what I expected.

Quite rough in the mouth, hot alcohol feel, feels unfinished.

This reminds me of Pinotage wine which is similarly rough and jammy. Perhaps it would be better on tap.

Thanks to Jeff of Hop Leaf HK for sharing this at a tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 09:33:51 | More by GarthT
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by biscuit and bready malt, slight grassy hops. Flavor of biscuit and light toasted malt, pleasant light peat smoke, light lemon citrus, finishes with a bit of citrus rind and grassy, light citrus hops. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. A very nice light English IPA with an excellent balance of malt and hops. The faint to light smokiness is well integrated. I like this, and the other Celt Experience ales very much.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:23:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

10-07-2013 02:38:41 | More by BYOFB
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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is very hoppy, grass and citrus dominate the nose.

The taste is much like the smell, the hops with some bitterness with a very slightly sweet malt backbone coming through in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and oily with medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer, I see it's listed as an English pale ale, but I would compare it more to American IPA's. My first Welsh beer and a very good start.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 17:44:38 | More by Dave1999
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2013 14:25:23 | More by Kirk
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flagmantho

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug. Best by 02.11.2014 according to the label.

Appearance: lightly golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: mildly sweet but richly flavored malt aroma. There's a little bit of smokiness and just a hint of earthy hops. I want to say the aroma is too mild, but I just love the composition.

Taste: good malty flavor, but not overly sweet. There's plenty more smokiness in the flavor than in the aroma, which I happen to really like. Not a lot of hop flavor, but plenty of bitterness. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: good body and a good carbonation yield a satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a rather impressive beer. The smokiness may not be for everyone, but I could drink tons of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 18:23:20 | More by flagmantho
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patre_tim

China

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium honey, amber, low to medium cloudiness, fine foam of yellow tinge fades fast, very low carbonation with very few fine bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Caramel, grass, slight fruitiness, stinky feet, floral, typical British ale.

T: Caramel, grass, maltiness and floral, then a swoosh of ginger ale or champagne, and a strong dull British hop bitterness that comes in and lingers in good strength for some time. Straw and hay in there too.

M: Medium heavy body, bready, low carbonation, dry finnish.

O: Delicious and flavourful British ale. Perhaps my first from Wales. Lots of bitterness in this compared to more well rounded ones in this category, but really flavourful and complex. Great bottle. Would go well with pub fries.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 13:41:08 | More by patre_tim
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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden caramel color. Smell is sweet with slight hop. Smooth biscuit flavor that has a nice malt backbone with decent bittering aftertaste. The mouth feel was thicker and more velvet like than I would expect for the style.

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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, that held nicely. Opaque, dark straw colored body.
Big lemon zest smell, some barnyard (wet grain) and honey too.
A stubborn lemon bitterness up front... refuses to cease. A bit of malt sweetness comes through. Long finish with the bitter.
Crisp and medium body. Fairly low carbonation.
An enjoyable ale with a big helping of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:10:18 | More by Fatehunter
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SFC21

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Poured out a very clear golden yellow color with a rich, creamy white head. Light toast and biscuit aromas overall; light caramel malt note. A warm, toasty flavor with little discernible hop bitterness until it shines through in the end. Flavor reminds me of biscuit or soda cracker. Smooth, buttery feel; nice combination of malt sweetness and dryness throughout.

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09-01-2012 21:50:56 | More by beergoot
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Pours nearly clear deep gold, slightly yellowish head retains as a thick lacing well.

Smells of bready malts, light pine hops, and hints of caramel.

Tastes of rich caramel barley malt with some light pine hop bite and honey sweetness. A bit of bitter citrus as well.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Tasty and drinkable, good flavor balance, but not especially unique. Definitely worth trying, though. Don't think I will remember it very well in the long run, but I will enjoy drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:25:25 | More by Cylinsier
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a goblet. The label states a "best before" date of more than a year from now.

Pours a light honey color with a slight haze under a minimal white head.

Smells of sweet cracked malts fresh out of a toaster. Warm bread crust, yellow corn, and sweet dried grass come to mind as well. Hops are definitely in the backup role, and manifest slightly heavier on the spicier side of the spectrum (as opposed to sweet and floral). They add a touch of vegetable and leafy bitterness in the aroma.

The flavor is quite nice, with the warm sweet malts front and center. There is a balancing bitterness but it doesn't overpower the nearly sweet-corn like qualities of the bready malts. Higher level of residual sugar than average for an American palate, and I like this.

The body is rather creamy but has enough carbonation and hop additions to keep it lively. A rather comforting overall feel, and one that I often crave when the weather begins to get chilly (it hasn't yet where I live).

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08-07-2012 23:34:35 | More by allforbetterbeer
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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a new addition to my local bottle shop and I purchased it because it was an organic ale that had a couple decent reviews on BA and now here's mine.

Appearance: A very light and clear golden yellow color. The head is a nice white pouring out of the bottle with about one finger high but with good retention.

Smell: Some wet hop and strong grassy aroma with notes of wheat and malt finishing with a slight metallic note.

Taste: The residual sugar definitely shows up adding a tangy quality to the hoppiness of the pale ale. Sweet caramel notes with grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel. The high concentration of unfermentable sugars is most noticed in the mouthfeel, leaving an oddly smooth finish for this style. Typically you expect Pale Ales to finish dry and crisp but this beer finishes more like a dessert with a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall I was satisfied with this beer and I would pay $5 for it again.

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06-30-2012 06:14:04 | More by TheBeerCarl
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Bleddyn 1075 from The Celt Experience
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.