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Young's London Gold (Kew Gold) - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's London Gold (Kew Gold)Young's London Gold (Kew Gold)

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-05-2008

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a clear gold with a tight white cap which fades a bit

S_Toasted bread with a background of mild bitterness

T_Like its sibling the special the taste differs from the aroma as you get more of a bitter hop sensation over the malt qualities. Aftertaste is nicely floral and mildly sweet.

M_Lighter in body with a nice pleasing carbonation. Dry finish.

O_ Another well done beer. I think I would go Special over this but both are good

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. ABV is stated as 4.8%. Picked up from a supermarket a while back and stored in my garage. I reckon this was rebranded in time for the 2012 Olympics (it was previously known as Kew Gold). The label mentions that it is bottle conditioned.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-yellow colour with slight haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of earthy yeast, grass and faint stewed hops. Unexciting but balanced.

Tastes of light, grainy malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, earthy yeast, mild grass, faint stewed hops and a hint of cardboard in the background. Well-attenuated, with a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Aftertaste of mild earthy yeast and faint grain.

A rather bland ale, though not unpleasant. It looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are a balanced blend of earthy yeast, grass and barley. Body is light but satisfying. Drinkable, if a tad forgettable. Probably better on cask - worth trying if you stumble across it.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, slightly veiled. Almost no foam, though a decent carbonation.
In the smell a bit of hop, light, and some maltiness, light too. Earthly hop, some tea, again, quite light.
Same notes in the taste, light earthly hop, and a light orange marmelade.
Malty aftertaste, with a bit of backgorund sweetness.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handpump half-pint at the Audley in Mayfair.

A: CLear gold body (fittingly enough) under a thin layer of coarse white foam. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not great.

S: A little muted, but not bad: grassy hops, pale bready malt. SImple.

T: Generic malt sweetness, followed by some light apricot, and finally some faint bitterness. Refreshing enough, but boring.

M: Light body, low carbonation. Average.

O: This struck me as the quintessentially boring, bland Bitter. Nothing terrible, but literally nothing worth remembering. It won't kill you to order a pint, but the odds are you can find something much more interesting.


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3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl., ABV=4.8), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : golden color with a thin white head.
Smell : floral hop notes aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel flovours, with a mild bitternes in finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English bitter.

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3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with large, firm and foamy head that forms beautiful lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is vague and sweetish pale malt, floral hops.

Taste is crisp fruity bitterness, light malt with notes of honey in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. Can not get enough if this beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 300 year old stone built pub with a roaring fire , looking out of the window at a 13th century church and all's well with the world.
Glorious golden hue, not as pale as some golden beers. About a quarter to half an inch thick tight head which remained almost to the lat mouthful.Smell was promising, cask ales don't have a lot of aroma because of low carbonation. No loss because arome is stolen from the body of the beer anyway.
Taste was a little grainy, bitterish but nicely balanced with a lovely clean smack of malt right down rhe middle.Almost like eating a spoonful out of the bag. This taste was still with me as I drove home!
Mouthfeel pretty good for a 4% bitter , not thin in any way but not as full as you get with stronger beers.
Drinkability-up there with the best. Had I not had the car keys I would have asked for a few more!

NOTE!!! The cask version is 4.0% ABV, the bottles are apparently 4.8%. Not quite the same beer.

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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second beer I had when I arrived in London last week, which I ordered with a large fish and chips around 12 noon after flying on the red eye. I'm not sure how much I really like the english cask ales but for sentimental reasons and because I was in england it was just about perfect.

Dark and cloudy color with very little carbonation. More like bubbles from the hand pulling. A malty aroma and a malty flavor, but not quite as malty as some. This beer is somewhat unbalanced and not the most refreshing beverage I had but definitely worth getting. It goes great with fish and chips and just before a long nap.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber copper toned beer with an off-white head and a few laces.

The smell is malty, bread and grains, some oranges and green apples.

Nearly no sweetness, a sharp acidity like from rhubarbs, a chemical seedy bitterness.

Small carbonation, a bit watery.

It started nicely but turned out to be rather flat and watery.

On-tap at The Shakespears Head at Carnaby Street, Soho.

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2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A study in bland real ales. Wow, that was boring. Served with a small to medium cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a very clear amber. Aroma is slight malt, grain and a hint of hop. Very bland. perfect beer to sip while pondering existential questions. Body and carbonation are ok. Vague alcohol finish.

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3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned, so poured slowly into a vase shaped pint glass, two and a half months before its BBD. What little sediment there was stayed within the bottle.

Golden orange colour with not much of a head, the pour might have contributed to the poor head though?

Mild citrus aromas along with some hops esters and light malts.

Sharp, crisp and refreshing, almost lager-like in the first sip. The hops then take over and a bitterness not found in many lagers comes to the fore.

A bit lightweight in the body, lacks depth and complexity.

A Mr Average beer, not unpleasant, but not something I'll look out for again.

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Young's London Gold (Kew Gold) from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.