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

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

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%


Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-05-2008)
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sleazo

New York

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

Serving type: cask

08-05-2013 12:51:27 | More by sleazo
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 22:31:59 | More by jazzyjeff13
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stcules

Italy

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 11:42:52 | More by stcules
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: cask

06-21-2011 01:13:42 | More by woosterbill
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thierrynantes

France

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:29:25 | More by thierrynantes
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atis

Finland

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 17:14:05 | More by atis
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marquis

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: cask

01-01-2011 18:42:22 | More by marquis
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2010 18:52:34 | More by david18
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rarbring

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 15:00:47 | More by rarbring
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2010 22:40:57 | More by drpimento
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 12:28:07 | More by BlackHaddock
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vancurly

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 31/10/09

a) Clear honey gold, white foam head that sinks. the bottle states that there will be some yeast sediment, but encountered none

s) Citrus, grassy, slight metallic note. Candle wax perfume, some green apple.

f) Citrus again, floral, good & pleasant bitterness. Some stonefruit, yeasty fleshy note, supported by a quality pale maltiness.

m) Lightly creamy, touch tongue-tingly, balanced.

d) Excellent session ale. Reminds me very much of Coopers Pale Ale, but slightly sweeter.

I disagree with the temperature recommendation of 10-12C. Colder would be better. Almost lager like in grain & body, and could justify the lower temperature.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 10:06:15 | More by vancurly
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer was a pleasnt surprise. I didn't know anything about it (other than the Wells & Young reputation), but enjoyed it immensely.

Poured with with a thick, off-white head of 2 fingers, sitting atop a deep amber brew. Resembles a pale ale more than a bitter.

Unique smells coming through that suggested it would taste great, but didn't necessarily tell you how it would taste. Very unusual, but in a pleasant way.

Both the taste and mouthfeel are very refreshing. The carbonation is crisp and clean with a nice bite. Taste is on the hoppy side of things--especially for an English bitter. In fact, I tend to think this beer has been miscategorized, as it much more resembles an English pale ale or perhaps even and English IPA.

High drinkability as this was very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 17:42:43 | More by fullsweep
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brendan13

Australia

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a oranged hued golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Light fruity and minerally smell. Some faint grainy malt aroma.
T - Fruity and also floral hops, light grainy maltiness & a mineral quality just like the smell.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation. A touch more bitterness would be nice.
D - An easy drinking, decent, sessionable bitter. Probably wouldn't buy it here again but I would seek it out fresh over in London.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 13:30:21 | More by brendan13
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in London at the Social. Poured into an imperial pint it a clear amber with white head. Fairly hoppy for a bitter, lots of pepper, lemon, and earthy flavor and a long bitter aftertaste. Quite a nice change of pace from some of the blander bitters around town. Give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:57:44 | More by tempest
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid gold and hazy with a whipped foam head.Laced a litle and retained athin hed after the initial head died down.
In the bottle there was a watery metallic smell , which was a bit disconcerting , however after pouring a more floraluality was detectd .
Tastewise , this was , constrained. I take it to have Goldings hops which were lurking in the background as was a honey dew melon fruitiness. The sweetness perhaps from the fruitiness or the malt is the bakbone of this beer.
There is a fair bit happening in this beer , but it is all very moderated.
The balance of sweet and bitter is spot on .
I would think this more of a summer time ale , so needs to be on the colder side of the scale.
Perhaps sittig by the Thames next year as the english struggle against a "new" Australian Test team.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 05:21:18 | More by jarmby1711
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep gold, slight haze, nice layer of off-white spongey foam, OK head retention

Aroma: light malt, floral hops, honeydew fruitiness, iron

Flavor: medium to dryish malt backbone; grassy, lemony hop flavor with a gentle bitterness; finishes dryish with a relatively clean aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: It's nice that bottle-conditioned beers are finally catching on here. This beer is not that exciting, but at least it's real-ale-in-a-bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 15:59:29 | More by GreenCard
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased along with Young's Bitter (bottle-conditioned) at the Waitrose supermarket. This pair seems to be Wells&Youngs' new attempt at bottle-conditioning their quality ales. This one rings a bell of Young's previous "Kew Brew", by the indication of the name and the description that both are inspired by the hops grown at the Royal Botanical Garden in Kew. At 4.8%abv., bottle-conditioned in a brown glass bottle; BB 31/03/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light golden hue, the fluffy white head settles fast to a rim, on top of very light carbonation.
S: a mild aroma of lemon rind and melon comes with floral notes, a little mineral and a faint eggy edge of sulphur.
T: lightly citric and bitter-sweet foretaste, skirted by a touch of salt, sulphur, and mildly-flavoured but deep pale malts; slowly the zesty fruity hops prevail, brining more moderate bitterness of hops to enjoy. The overall taste is, to me, more like a mild German pils even.
M&D: to my best recollection this ale is somewhat different from the previous Kew Brew, which shows a more complex composition and aromatic flavour profile. This much-lighter-in-taste one, however, is certainly helped by decent bottle-conditioning and thus gets a natural, refreshing edge like a cask-conditioned ale. Not bad, but just average in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 19:45:17 | More by wl0307
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Zheka

Russian Federation

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was bought at Young's souvenir shop at Young's Brewery, Wadsworth, London in August 2006.
The beer has a very attractive golden color. The head is quite small with small bubbles. Noticeable touch of Kent's hops in nose with floral aroma. Classical bitter taste with a outstanding dominance of hops' flavours. The beer is well-balanced for English bitter. The body is medium to full. The carbonization is quite medium.
I like this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 08:47:57 | More by Zheka
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The third brew my sister brought back for me on her trip to London. 1/2L bottle marked best before 26 NOV 06 on the rear label.
Pour a perfectly clear, brilliant copper, topped with modest, large bubbled, english style head. Excellent retention, keeping a thick, large bubbled collar. Tons of lace sheeting down the glass. The scent is mostly of hops, soapy, floral and spicy, reminiscent of laundry fresh out of the dryer. Soft biscuity Maris Otter malt, very clean. The hops are oddly similar to german noble hops. It almost smells like a lager made with british malt. Unusual. The flavor opens with biscuity, grainy malt, rather light bodied and delicate on the palate. Earthy. soapy hops come through immediately, carrying the flavor. Twinkling carbonation. Mild pale malt sweetness, the hops adding modest bitterness, but contributing most of the flavor. A touch of caramel. Just a hint of darker roasted malt in the finish. A bit of wheat malt in here? Minimal, yet present wheaty sourness, with that dry smoothness. Faintly nutty. Very sessionable, lighter and easy drinking, with pleasant flavors. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 09:05:55 | More by UnionMade
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bark

Sweden

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is medium copper; the compact firm head is finger thick and there is some lacing.

The balanced, yet powerful smell is hoppy with some sweetness, fruity notes (apricots?), some exotic spices and wheat dough, lots of diacetyl.

I recognise the peculiar Young’s taste: Not too heavy but not neutral either. Some sour notes, dry malt, spicy-fruity hops, very well balanced. The long aftertaste got notes of diacetyl, apricots., light bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is mild with small bubbles.

A good and a bit different ale, but not an exceptional one.

My bottle was marked with an ABV of 5.2%

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 09:37:40 | More by bark
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putnam

Michigan

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

Young's to me is pure commercialism. But this is a good beer.

Reddish, ultra clear, amber and gold, the head disappears leaving aromas of toasted toast-bread, toast, strudel crust and hopped apple juice. The drink is a dry one. Apply malt and timed, clean, barn-raised hops make it a respectable corporate twist on a Suffolk County-like paradigm. The texture is broad and punctuated with tarry, resinous herb. The reddish fruit awkwardly offsets the fizzy structure. Buy this. The Kew is worth it and the beer is good too.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 04:03:05 | More by putnam
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Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light Orangy brown to copper colour, with a thin film of off-white head.

Nose is floral, grassy, earthy, malty, with burnt sugar, a lemony edge, and a good hop finish.

A light bitter flavour, slightly sweet, caramel, good hop/malt balance, slightly too gassy, moderate body, still holds good session habits.

A very nice beer, but it doesn't matter too much as I bought it more for the novelty than the quality of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 17:55:06 | More by Doiv
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yen157

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special edition brew made by Young’s with hops grown at Kew Gardens as a part of an exhibit. 20p from the sale of each bottle benefit the Gardens. I had this at the Buckingham Arms.

Beer poured a light copper color topped with a modest collar of foam. Grassy hop nose with a light malt presence. Body was modest as expected, with prickly carbonation making things fairly clean a crisp. A little bit of caramel and toast round out the malt and contrast the slight bitterness. The finish was a little metallic though. Decent enough beer, but I’m really glad I found it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 14:42:29 | More by yen157
Young's London Gold (Kew Gold) from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.