Young's Ram Rod
Eagle Brewery

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #25
Ranked #18,026
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light orange in color with a good-sized head that didn’t stick around long.

Smell – A faint, light, malty aroma is all I could pick up here.

Taste – The easy malt flavor comes out in the taste as well. There’s a touch of hop balance in this one, too. It has a light, fruity flavor, maybe like grapefruit or melon, that is nice to the taste buds. The very lightly toasted malt flavors sweeten up a bit for the finish.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation and harmony of ingredients gives this one a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a really easy drinker. It’s low ABV (5.0), harmonious mix, and soft touch makes this a pleasure to consume.

Comments – I thought this was well done, but off the ESB style.

Sep 02, 2003
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BierReise from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was hesitant about trying this ale but after a good outing with the Double Chocolate Stout, I thought I'd give it a try. Poured brown with a tightly compacted head wich laced the glass a little. Great english tasting ale and surprisingly well balanced. Good malt flavor and only a slight bitterness. Decidedly English in flavor and a good selection of an ale.

May 21, 2003
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tar from Bahamas

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a 1 finger thick, off-white head which diminishes rather quickly to a thin layer of medium to fine bubbles. Has a mild sweet and slightly hoppy smell. So far not a particularly impressive beer, although this begins to change a bit with the first sip, which tastes initially of sweet malt and ends nicely with a dry/bitter finish. Somewhat smooth and fairly drinkable. Nothing particularly special but a nice session beer.

Nov 19, 2003
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dmarch from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at just a random Philadelphia bar. Pours with a copper color with a white head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Aroma of Kent Golding hops. Taste is hoppy with a fair amount of astringency. The sweetness of the malts come through as well. Overall, a very solid beer and a good representation of the style.

Apr 12, 2003
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Tballz420 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a clear, dark gold colored drink, with a big, bubbly white head. Bitter hops and dark malts on the nose. As for the taste, it starts off with a nice delicious whack! of bitter english hops. Sweet malt, med to full mouth. All you need to know is english and ESB, and excellent brew. One you could drink till the sun come up.

May 01, 2004
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy orange. Big capping of yellowed foam. Fades slow to a solid skim and laces in long inky strings.

Aroma is faint of floral hops and tiny grainyness. A slight raw husk-like sweetness surfaces as it warms, but it never quite gets very nosey overall. Quite.

Taste is decent though; a simple yet giving malt profile thats semi bready and sweet with a small hint to apple and pear-like fruitness makes up the mainstay for this ESB. Very light hops dry off the finish with some floral noting and Pils-like dryness. A slight piney bitterness flaunts at the end as it begins to warm up, adding some extra depth to the finish.

Feel is slow and thin with a weakened mediumish/light body. Slow, drying finish with a slight chalkyness taking away from the bitterness.

An OK sessionable ESB. Could be worse, but could be alot better.

Mar 19, 2006
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TheDM from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a nice aroma and when poured yields a medium white head of medium bubbles and an amber color with a slight cloudiness. It has a pleasant smooth taste with only a slight after bite. It leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as it goes down. All-in-all, it was a very smooth and a nice brew to sit and drink all night long.

Jul 06, 2003
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Loki from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample a pint via Cask Conditioned taps at Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte, NC.

Poured a haze amber-yellow with a beautiful 1/4 inch head that left tremendous lacing.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar, cedar, minerals, and slight hops and floral scents.

Started with a crisp but mellow malt that led to a creamy brown sugar. There was light minerals and wood with a slight hop finish that was very pleasant. The body was medium to medium-full in texture with a smooth and creamy finish. A great beer and I can never pass up a cask-conditioned ale.

May 21, 2003
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Piper's Pub. The color was amber, with an excellent head. The smell was malty. The taste was very hoppy, but had a very good malt base to it as well. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise , could have a few more.

A good beer from Young's. Certainly a beer that I'd have a few more of , from one of the best breweries in England.

Oct 25, 2003
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RenoZymurgist from California

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thick white head subsided quickly atop a light amber ale. Aroma of esters and swee light malt. Taste is nice and hoppy at first which moves into a sweet maltyness and it then impeded by a harsh iron water flavor. It reminds me of blood a little bit and it detracts from the enjoyment of this beer a lot. Finish is very clean with no hops in the finish. I have had many better english ales though maybe i am biased towards a liking of less authentic english ales.

Oct 12, 2003
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant light copper hue, it has a medium sized head that dissipates a little too soon, although it does leave a ring that follows through. Nose is light all the way, light floral hops, light spices, light hay and herbs, light citrus. Perhaps mild would be a better term. Flavour is mild for a bitter as well, and very drinkable. Floral hops, grapefruit and herbage found in the taste. An impressive ale, but not exceptional, although looking back now, with the well blended mild characteristics I should have scored this higher. Just not bold enough for me to up the ante.

Jun 04, 2003
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WesWes from New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber color with a 1/4" frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is dry, bitter, malty, and fruity from the English ale yeast. The taste is slightly malty. It has a dry finish. The taste is weak and musty. This is similar to most English-style ales. The mouthfeel is good. It is a light bodied beer with good carbonation. It is a good drinking beer. Young's beers are all pretty decent. You almost can't go wrong.

Dec 07, 2003
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euskera from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out browish red with a small head. Taste is slightly sour, a little metallic feel to it. Some hop bitterness, but well rounded. Body is not that complex, but it remains quite drinkable. This is a once in a while beer for me; not something that I will likely keep in the fridge.

Jul 28, 2003
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beertaster13 from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice english bitter. Pours a bronzed copper with an off white head that is a pleasure to look at. Smell is of buttery toffee and light caramel malts, a nice floral hop nose. The taste is smooth and delightful, a creamy taste of milk and caramel with a buttered toast, hops are light but pleasant. Enjoyable.

Dec 13, 2005
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Stopper from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is very heady, especially for an English bitter. It's a moderately opaque orange-yellow base capped with a surprisingly generous frothy barely off-white head, which recedes pretty slowly. The hops come out to confront me before I even pick up the glass -- strong, but not pungent. On closer inspection, the aroma is a slightly spicy earthiness over a hint of sweet malt. The body is simply moderate. The initial flavor is slightly of a chewy mildly licorice-like maltiness, which is offset nicely by a comparable bitterness. Though this immediate taste is somewhat fruity, the finish comes quickly with a drying bitterness as I'm met by another full rush of, again, strong but not overpowering earthy hop character.

This is a nice representation of a special bitter, though the massive carbonation reminds me of how much I miss the myriad of cask-conditioned ales I could get in the UK. The hop character is very pronounced throughout, more so than most traditional English bitters I have come across. The overt hop presence keeps this 5.0% alcohol beer from being feeling too sweet, making it a very nice session beer.

Nov 21, 2003
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Rumrunner from California

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1Pint 9oz. bottle
A tradional english ale.
Pours a nice clear copper orange color. Decent head that fades away fast. Plenty of carbonation that stays throughout. Scent is sour fruit and hops. Slight bitterness in the smell as well.

Taste has a sour quality to it. Some malty biscuit flavors and a bit of a citrus toffee. I wish it was just a little more bitter for my taste. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and it drinks very easy.

I enjoyed this ale. It is not one I will purchase frequently though. I do have a friend who I am going to recommend this ale to.

Jul 11, 2003
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soper2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another value pick-up. I consider myself a Young's appreciater and this does not leave me wanting more. Pours a light orange with a slight tinge of gold. A 2 finger head subsides to a small foam cap. Pleasant albeit weak aromas of toffee and caramel provide a sweet nose. Taste is well balanced starting off with toffee notes before fading into the slightest hop bitterness. Nice and malty this one is. Superbly drinkable and enjoyable. Will be picking this one up again.

Mar 27, 2005
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked how this one started off for me. It poured a clear coppery color with a big bubbly off-white head. The head faded rather quickly to a thin ring with small amounts of lacing. I noted lots of carbonation.
I could smell this one from a foot away! I didn't even have to get my snoot close. I caught a fruity/spicy smell immediately with an underlying scent of tea (!?).
The taste was slightly fruity at the start with a caramel toffee background which transitioned to an almost buttery finish with an earthy, bitter aftertaste.
The feel was rather light, dry, and tingly on the tongue.
Overall, not too bad for the style. Easily drinkable and pretty tasty.

Jul 08, 2003
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 12, 2020
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Time to start the new year off with watching a little football and drinking some beers. This one begins my day. Pours a yellow orange color with a small fizzy head. Smell is kinda sweet and earthy. Taste begins really nice and reminds me a little of Fuller's ESB but after a few sips it really falls apart. There's a bready flavor and some earthy, spicy hops but both are overshadowed by this candy corn tasting sweetness that really gets cloying. There's seems to be some diacetyl here as well. Shit, this was good at first but now I can barely finish it! I think 12 oz would have been enough.

Jan 01, 2005
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Mustard from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; "best before end" warning notched on the back label's bottom periphery; purchased from the SM Trader Joe's on Pico and 34th for $1.99.

Appearance: Light amber hue; very good clarity; sudsy, three-fingered head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; good head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of sweet malt and maple syrup with a touch of spice thrown in.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the nose might lead you to expect; very well balanced; lightly malty upfront with notes of toffee and caramel; a tad spicy; finish is appropriately bitter in a woody, herbal sort of way; quite buttery with an ever so faint sour quality; fruity esters abound; medium bodied with a crisp, lively mouthfeel.

Notes: Excellent ESB.

Dec 01, 2003
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HappyHourHero from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The top of the foamy light tan colored head pocks as it fades to a thin film. Clear, liquid copper colored beer with no sign of carbonation. Aroma of crisp grassy hops and a pinch of grain. Light bodied, easy drinking beer. Mild flavored beer, fresh grasyy hops, caramel malt, smooth bitterness takes over into the finish. An easy drinking ESB, nothing else really stands out.

Jun 18, 2004
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thechaacster from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with two fingers of foamy tan head. Really attractive beer. Smell is of sweet, caramel malt, with a bit of herbal character. Big caramel malt sweetness up front, with a little bit of fruity and buttery characteristics. Hop bite is strong and herbal, but not unbalanced or unpleasant in the least. Some have called the hop flavor tea-like, and I can definitely see that. Mouthfeel is slightly metallic at the finish. Really delicious English ale, fully deserving of its reputation. A quintessential bitter and a good session beer.

Jul 11, 2005
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper. A lot of orange in it. Nice head. Thick lacing stays for a while.

Smell: hops at first. Muted bitter notes after that.

Taste: I don't think this beer is classified properly. I think this is a normal bitter. Not enough hops for an ESB. The classification would definitely affect my ratings here. As a bitter, very good. ESB, not so good. Buttery notes without much biscuit tastes. Their Special London Ale seems to be their equivalent of their ESB, and this would be a step down from this.

Mouthfeel: very creamy.

Drinkability: Good session bitter.

Jul 06, 2005
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Zapsincl from England

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only problem with this beer is getting hold of it.
The only place I could see to buy it was direct from Marston's.
A lovely beer especially mixed with Young's London Special.

Jan 28, 2021
Young's Ram Rod from Eagle Brewery
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