Ramsays Fat Lip Ale
English Ales Brewery

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #207
Ranked #44,612
3.2 | pDev: 19.06%
English Ales Brewery
California, United States
Ramsays Fat Lip AleRamsays Fat Lip Ale
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 30
Photo of GarrettB
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

July 22nd, 2015 - English Ale's ESB should be an excellent beer given the brewery's name, and indeed fits the bill. A nice toasted bread crust color, it is true to what I expect from ESB. Crispy and biscuity on the nose, it is savory and delicious, with a great carbonated palate and a nice firmness.

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Photo of Dj175280
5/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Many of the ratings for this are lower than I’d expected but everyone I’ve given this to (I’ve only had draft version) absolutely lives it. I’m in California frequently for work but have considered getting a keg sent to my house in Philly I Lillie it so much. Enjoy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wanted something small and local to where I was staying. Watery fruit punch red with a nice head and decent retention. Smells bready, with minerals and swampy English hops. Tastes is lightly toasted, English swamp tea hops, and more of that mineral-like quality.

It's fine. Kinda boring like a brewery that brews English ales called English ales brewery.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Phil's Fish Market Restaurant

A: Pours a golden orange amber with a white head that laces fairly nicely.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, some orange and grapefruit with a little lemon, backed with a nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was led to believe this was more of an amber ale, it most certainly acts like one. Quite drinkable and went quite well with my chioppino, but nothing super special.

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Photo of Mark
1.37/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Deep amber color, no head and no lace. Malty aroma with a hint of grain. Very smooth and malt based taste, a touch of hop but according to the style, not supposed to be real hoppy. Not a bad choice but not sure i would have again. Maybe I would somewhere else actually. I was hugely disappointed by the the pub I had it in.

I've had very few cask ales I didn't like, it's my preferred choice and I thought I would try this again when my local had it on cask. Color was a deep gold topped by a finger of foamy head. Awful aroma hit me hard, smelled of dirty socks. Taste was the same and thankfully I had asked only for a taste. Not impressed at all and among the worst beers I have ever had. I talked to the manager who knows us well and our love of cask. He told me that lots of customers like it so I guess it wasn't a bad cask.

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Photo of mschind
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking for something "local" while in Monterey. 12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

A- Clear light amber with a one inch head, no retention but some clinging on the sides of the glass.

S- Mild toasty malt with a whiff of hops.

T- Starts out well enough with the toasted malt flavor which quickly resolves into an unpleasant metallic twang.

M- Thin and watery.

O- Looks and smells good but that's about it. Has the potential to be a decent session beer but that odd metallic finish stops me at one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is peat and malt with a herbal hop scent smells like cardamom mostly.

Starts out mildly sweet and a little smoky with a caramel aftertaste. Little bit of acid in the malt and a mild band-aid taste, middle of the road scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Nothing English ales has made has knocked my socks off. But they also haven't sold me any drain pours yet.

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Photo of afksports
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the tap room in pebble beach. It's contract brewed and labeled Tap Room Ale, but I was told this is the eer it really is, and the descriptions fit.

With all the good beer here in CA, it's going to be hard to make it down highway one. This one won't keep me too Lon though. Malty and a touch of head with lace rim the copper clear body. The smell is sort of indistinct. Water and malts. Little hops bite at the front and back on the taste, but a thin body and lack of rich ess sort of ruins the english malts.

Definitely English hopped and Scotty feeling, it's just a basic brew that you could pass up. Especially after popping a a Pliny by the lone Cyprus

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Photo of ocmpoma
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as I remember it. I recall rather enjoying it on tap at the Baja Cantina in Carmel Valley on a hot summer day.

This bottle poured out a light amber with no head at all and only a few wisps of film. The nose matched the head -- I didn't detect anything except a hint of malt and maybe some berry... The taste was not at all bitter, just malt and a hint of caramel with a tiny bit of sour on the aftertaste.

It did have a good mouthfeel, not too light or too carbonated, just thick enough to make it quite drinkable. Overall, give it a shot if it's on tap, but I'd avoid bottles.

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Photo of opwog
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

English Ales does some local contracted beers around Carmel and Monterey, which were pretty good, so I was excited to try one of their own beers. I was not impressed with this. Malty, as expected from a Scotch Ale, but everything else from this just reminded me of an average, early home brew attempt.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Fishwife seafood restaurant out of a 12 oz. bottle into a mini-pint glass.

Pours a clear amber hue with a 1/2 finger white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. Stickiness is very minimal if anything. Not much of anything in the nose, very weak caramel malt. Some sweet bready scents as well but not much else. Taste starts off dull with a sweet caramel malt. A bit of a hop bite tingle follows. Aftertaste isn't much of anything, a watered down pale malt flavor. Light to medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Nothing really special about this beer, don't go out of your way to seek this.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours sort of a dark golden ale color with a massive snow white head that was very hard to control in the pour.
Aroma is scotish styled toasted amber malts and a hint of orange.
Mouthfeel is a little thin and the massive carbonation makes it a little unpleasant to drink.
Flavors are very much as described by the brewer...."scotish Amber Ale"....toasted full amber malts balanced to with a touch of citrus peel hops at the end helping to dry the mouth making this very drinkable.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in the singles bin at wholefoods and it looked interesting enough. My first sample from this brewery and to be honest I'm not expecting much and that usually helps.

Fundamentals were there in the pour. level good size head that leaves ring lacing throughout, clear copper color. Inviting.

Unbridled malts in the smell that go fairly unchallenged. Really smooth and drinkable. Malts get toasty as the drink rolls along. Watery mouthfeel. Easily consumed. A moderate brew that does nothing wrong. Decent.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle which has simple brass colored crown cap. Single main label wraps around 2/3rds of the bottles body. Labeled as ‘Ramsay’s Fat Lip Ale’, the label has a picture of Rolling Stone-esque pair of red lips on it. Stated strength is 5.5% A.B.V.

Appearance: Sheer copper body with a sultry looking cream colored head. Dark red light flashes when backlit. What does not stay afloat in the large head soon leaves a smattered lacing clinging to the glass sides. Covering is uniform and resilient.

Nose: Malty start, toasty and fruity. Develops a low strength butterscotch toffee nose with a rigid caramel and soft malty underbelly. Intriguing nose, hard to pigeon hole this one.

Taste: Scotch toffee and a smidgeon of caramel in the middle. Spicy finish which has a fruity aspect and a lingering Earthy wood-laden malt finish. Strangely average but very attractive in a weird kind of way!

Mouthfeel: Apart from the rather disappointing Black Prince Porter, all of the English Ales brews that I have tried to date have all had a really soft smooth carbonation which has resulted in a very attractive mouthfeel, the Ramsay’s Fat Lip Ale is no exception.

Drinkability: Smooth feel and an intriguing Scotch Amber Style profile makes for a nice change of pace. Disappeared all too quickly.

Overall: Described as a Scottish Amber Ale on the English Ales Website, somehow I like that, it’s a very accurate description of exactly what to expect from this one.

“Lip Smacking Good”

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Photo of rastaman
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[email protected] Castle, San Fransisco. Very warm. Grapeskin, apple, pear, low bitterness and quite mild, pretty dull texture. I guess you might expect a certian flat texture in an English/scottish ale, but this is more so than usual. Couldn't really get into it.

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Ramsays Fat Lip Ale from English Ales Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 30 ratings