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Bleddyn 1075 - The Celt Experience

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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
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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3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bcolbert
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of lelepat
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

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Photo of djura
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of risenz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kaelingirl
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Bleddyn 1075 from The Celt Experience
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.