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

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 05-05-2008

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Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
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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Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of david18
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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden clear body with splattered white head

Aroma is of brewery coppers
There is some biscuity malt but only a whiff of floral hops in the flavour

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Photo of rarbring
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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Photo of GreenCard
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of atis
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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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Doiv
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of bvlaminck
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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%

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed as an English bitter - it's a golden ale.

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a decent white head. A very easy drinking beer with good balance and some nice light bready malt flavour. Clearly designed to appeal to Britain's hoards of lager drinkers.

Good overall and recommended for the style.

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Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of yen157
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Zheka
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of UnionMade
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
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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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of drpimento
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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Young's London Gold (Kew Gold) from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 40 ratings