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Bleddyn 1075 - The Celt Experience

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 06-02-2011

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.
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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).

Conclusion: Nicely done, though not groundbreaking. I have never had Welsh beer I don't think, so this makes a good first impression. I bet this would be lovely on cask...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had less than a hand full of Welsh beer so I was glad to find this today at Bestway here in Greensboro.Poured a clear meium golden with a nice creamy full one finger white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Mild fruity esters and sweetish biscuit malt aromas,faint leafy hops as it warms a little.What a great creamy feel to the beer just full and rich,it's the best part of the beer wich is saying something.Fruity malt and some biscuit on the palate with noticable yeasty flavors,hops are delicate but play a role in a minty green finish.This is a real nice find,well crafted with a great feel.Well done.

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ddedhed
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Glad I got to try my first Welsh beer. Solid beer that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of patre_tim
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw and lager foam that leaves lacey rings. Nose is fresh flowers and tropical fruit cocktail over cut grain.
Lean sour grain and melon up front with a touch of toffee then papaya and gooseberry hops.
Sour pineapple finish and tangy citrus linger. Soft, medium, chewy.

Another good showing for NZ hops - Nelson Sauvin and also Centennial if I had to guess. Lots of fruit with the body of a blonde (heh). Even has a bit of that super-tasty Lagunitas thing going on. I didn't realize Welsh brewing could be up to this standard.

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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

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.

An excellent malt-dominant pale ale. Rich and flavorful, well-balanced and a delight to drink.

Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of GarthT
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden with hints of red. The small white head dissipates quickly into only faint lacings.

S: Semi-sweet malt with floral hops, which gives it a solid fruityness; peaches and citirc fruits. A bit buttery.

T: Bitter and floral hops up front. Lemons, red apples and peaches. The malt is sweet and there's a buttery tone in the taste.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds moslty bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation the same. A very smooth beer, that goes down so easy.

O: Not bad, but not great either.

Photo of stcules
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very clean copper appearance, with one finger of beautiful off-white foam.
In the smell a lot of english hop, tea notes, lightly citrussy, maybe a hint of gooseberry.
In the taste the hop dominates, on a godd malty and biscuity base. Beautiful earthly notes, too.
Average body, long and hoppy aftertaste, grassy and earthly.
Good and interesting, aggressive bitterness, but well balanced.

Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Slightly hazy, amber-golden beer, greenish hue, with 2-finger smooth head. Smell of citrus, pine, pale malts, somewhat bready, all that we love in IPAs. Taste is excellent, refreshing, grapefruit, strong medicinal bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation. Robust, masculine beer, probably, a bit unbalanced between malt body and hop profile.

Photo of Jetulio
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Orange hazy  beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox(lasting a two mm film)

Aroma...   malt and herbs, cereals and fruits.  herbal aroma predominance

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

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable pale ale, not so brilliant as Bronze from same brewery, in my opinion.

Photo of charlatan
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at Wetherspoons on Greenock. Gold to amber colour with a typical 'spoons head. A sweet nose with some honey and pink grapefruit. I found very little citrus in the taste though. It had a thick syrupy feel and the first sip started sweetly but after that surprisingly big hops dominated, with a really strong leafy hop flavour lingering on the tongue in an oily finish. Very bold for an English IPA so I actually found it to be a sipper. I very much liked it, but I took it slowly.

Photo of wl0307
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 04/06/2015, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: 57 IBUs, using US, NZ, UK hops.

A: pours a bright, light golden colour, coming with a thin off-white head to last and gentle carbonation.
S: sweet flowery, peachy, citric and lychee-ish fruitiness abound upfront, backed by semi-sweet and biscuity malts with a gentle whiff of acidity vividly felt in the midst of the other more assertive elements.
T: bitter-sweet, the foretaste goes immediately flowery, grapefruity, sprigy and zesty hoppy with plentiful fruity notes to boot; gradually the bitterness catches up to render a fairly deep and yet chewy and dry aftertaste. Through out the drink, a pleasant edge of acidity is never far away, while the maltiness comes with enough weight as the backbone without interfering with the major hoppy theme, much more in line with an American take on the style than what I’d relate to an English IPA.
M&O: the carbonation level remains light and refreshing, the body is medium-plus but leaving no trace of alc. whatsoever. All in all, this is a strong hoppy ale that is as quietly exciting to the taste buds as inviting as a balanced session beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Bleddyn 1075 from The Celt Experience
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.