Young's Ram Rod | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Ram RodYoung's Ram Rod

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

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 131
Reviews by ghostwalker:
Photo of ghostwalker
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle serving. Best before May 05. Oops, I should read these in the store more often.

Coppery color, 1 finger of white head.

Mild malt nose, some slight hops aroma, too.

Biscuity malt up front. Tastes a little similar to Fuller's ESB with that apple bite in the hop finish. It's tasty, but a little sharper/stronger flavor would be good too.

Mouthfeel is oily but crisp bitters with a lingering creaminess.

Drinkability is high. I like this style a lot for a session beer. As with other ESBs, if they were more available/cheaper here in the US, I would drink them more. As it is, I find it hard to come back from the beer store without at least one.

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Photo of oberon
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great smooth ale,very traditional.Just so easy to drink.Youngs is a great traditional ale brewer one of the best in the world.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1pt 0.9fl oz) English brown bottle.

Appearance: Tawny, hazy orange with a thin off-white lace.

Smell: Mildly fruity and some hop in the nose.

Taste: Nice mellow malty palate with a building bitter sharpness that is amplified by the brews carbonation. Finishes slightly salty with a tea-like hops flavour. Really dry brew, all the way through.

Notes: An really nice bitter. True to style ... we almost forgot what a real English bitter tasted like.

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Photo of Todd
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Elephant & Castle, Boston, MA ...

Bright copper in colour with a thin, laced, tight and creamy white head.

Smooth upfront with a semi-coarse leafy hop feel. Dry and astringent characters follow. This bitter is slightly malty (more so as it warms) with wood, bitter tea flavours and a background fruity flavour. The wood flavours embed themselves in the roof of the mouth, along with notes of earth. Thin tea-like floral finish.

A tasty and traditional bitter that would also make for a nice session beer. Nice find on tap.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Elephant & Castle, Boston, MA

Aged copper colour with a very mild chill haze, creamy tiny bubbled lace sticks well to the sides of the glass. Big buttery, fruity and hop aromas. Very smooth with a moderate carboantion and slightly chewy mouth feel. Flavours of buttery diacetyl, ripe fruit, malt sweetness push up against a stright-up hop bitterness that does a good job of keeping things in balance. Finishes with a lingering steely caramel malt sweetness and faint buttery tones.

A damn fine ale and I am very glad to find a place that has it on tap.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, burnished orange amber body with a small beige head that quickly disappears and leaves minimal lace.
Aroma is restrained, with fruity and floral notes and some crisp bready maltiness.
Mouthfeel has lively carbonation and a light medium body.
Taste has a nice apple and pear fruitiness and a delicate, crisp hops bitterness. Very nice taste, but doesn't seem like an ESB.
Ideal for a session ale, and a topnotch English bitter.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Larger bottle sampled, with freshness dating notched on the rear of the label. Pours light slightly orangy amber. White head, minimal lacing. Nose is slightly musty/funky and also has hints of malt. This is a nicely balanced ale, try to get a fresh sample and enjoy its understated Britishness. Notes of caramel, bready/yeasty malt, minerally and smooth in the lingering finish. Wont do much for over hopped beer lovers (as I consider myself) but its a pleasant respite and a quaffable enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Byeast
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured with a fair amount of carbonation sticking to the glass , rusty copper tone , with basicially no head , just some larger offwhite bubbles.

Smell: A honeyish malt aroma with a bit of light fruitiness and a bit of herbal hop.

Taste: Nice bisquity / bready malt with honey , some diacetyl , very light fruity tastes , the balancing bitter hop is herbal and tea-like , the taste is very well balanced and mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable brew , i could quaff this baby all night long. The flavors are very pleasant , yet mellow ; begging for another BIG sip.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy tan color with decent head and excellent lacing. The aroma was big on malt with slight hop undertones. The hops came through in the flavor however, but they were well balanced by the malt. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and this is an excellent beer. It is only slightly beat out by Fullers ESB, but a damn good beer in its own right.

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Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour, eggshell white head, a little more lively colorwise, nice. Slight fruity nose.

Sweet taste, slight pinprick of hop mouthfeel to this one, I'd guess something tame like Saaz, glacier, noble. Carbonation is ample. Have no idea why this says strong ale on the label. Caramel is slight, in fact, everything is slight, this is a pretty easy drinker, english wood feel to it as it gets warmer, with tea leaves.

Didn't really taste that bitter, nor was it strong. I enjoyed it, but the label seemed to mislead me, but its probably just the traditional vs. the last 15 years digression.

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Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with a pale 1/2 inch head that leaves some nice lacy bits after a minute. A little sweetened orange to the rather subdued aroma, could have been sassier but this is a mild ESB at 5 % ABV...Malt dominates but hops are distinct enough to lend prickliness to the tongue and close. Light-bodied but a nice sense of light brown sugar and a candied fruit sense mid-mouth. Not a huge flavor statement in this one, but good balance, pouring qualitities, and taste profile. Solid, but not spectacular, for style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Forms with a copper orange body and a frivilous fluffy cream tinted thicket of foam on top that begins to dwindle leaving even specks of lace as it empties. Aroma: Caramel sweetness with floral hops in the aroma very nice not in your face or anything just completely harmonizes is so nice. Taste: Upfront the creamy sweet malt profile is entwined with the hop bitterness, definitely one of the better English ales I have had in awhile blends flavors so well. Mouthfeel: Medium a little on the lighter side of the spectrum but carbonation is dead on making each sip nice as the next. Drinkability: Overall I enjoy this beer but again I wanna try these samplings on cask that would be an experience I'm sure.

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Photo of brewQ
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice bronze hue, not highly charged, the head quickly falls.

The initial hop boquet fades quickly- leaving a slightly vegetal aroma.
The taste is pleasant enough- rounded hops and malt presence.

Great drinkability and low gas make it ideal for sessions.
Maybe not Young's best but a very nice beer.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Young's Ram Rod Premium Ale.
1 pint bottle.

Appearance- caramel orange/ red with an incredibly thick white head that holds together nicely.
Smell- a slight floral hop aroma, also malt.
Taste- a light floral hop and malt combo. nice. a slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- a decent Ale that wasn't quite up to par with Young's other offerings. My bottle DID say best before end of Jan. 2004. So this could have handicapped it slightly. Regardless Young's makes awesome beers!!!

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Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light blurry orange bodied with a creamy eggshell topping that reduces to a skim before deciding to stay around.
Nose features buttery bread and leafy English hops. Pleasant enough, but a bit hollow.
Taste arrives with a dry English toffee sweetness. Phantoms of red apples and pears lurk in the distance. Nutty. Diacetyl builds gradually and mingles with crusty breads. Intriguing perks of liquorice. Yeast brings nuance, via milky sour fruit pudding. The middle stays doughty and bready, but becomes lightly sweeter, a la caramel cookies. Hopping takes the fore for the later stages and is coupled with a mineral sensation. East Kent Goldings add earthy and leafy qualities with pangs of metal. Mildly bitter, but well balanced.
The body bulks up as this sits. Travels northwards of medium. Firm, with medium-low carbonation.
Good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely hopped, honey and fruity and peppermint and grapefruit. A nice mead-like dark golden colour. Went well with my crew's fish and veggie stew. Smooth and a pleasant drink, bitterness there but understated and sweetened down. Unusual and something we could have again frequently.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear, deep-amber body capped by a dense & creamy, very light-tan head that holds well and leaves some thin lace. The aroma is gently malty, softly fruity and lightly hoppy without being real specific about anything. The body is light with a gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor, like the aroma, offers broad strokes rather than detail with a somewhat rich malt that's only lightly caramel in character, a supple fruitiness, some woody notes and a leafy hop flavor that's backed by solidly supportive bitterness. Finishes with a short lingering composite of the above characteristics. Nicely balanced! The great thing about this beer is that it pack so much into so little - light but compelling. Highly drinkable! Best served at cellar temperature (or just below) to reveal its complete character. An excellent English session beer althought the alcohol is just slightly high at 5.0%. Recommended.

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Photo of sfprint
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

review from oct 20th, 2011, exp 3/29/12
A: Riding the line of orange and brown. Minor rising carbonation. short head, fairly transparent.
S: Apricot, but overall not very fragrant.
T: Moderate bitterness, in the direction of an IPA, mild orange. apricotish fruit, black tea/unsweetened tea. Nice
M: Very mild carbonation and dry. a hair astringent.
O: I do like this one but not very drinkable. Not outstanding.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice beige colored head over deep golden liquid, very clear too. The nose is lightly malty, with some grassy hop aroma smelled. The taste is biscuity malt, Maris Otter, the back label states. Some caramel like sweetness also, followed by mildly bitter hoppiness. Finishes on the dry side with hop bitterness lasting til the end. A very easy to drink bitter.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has supremely well balanced malt and hops flavours, nothing really leaps out and grabs me particularily but if this stuff was cheaper or somewhere near me on tap I could sink this stuff like nobodys business. Many other reviewers have complained about a lack of bitterness, I really don't know enough about beer styles to comment on this but drinking it as a person inexperienced with british ales its probably the best i've had so far.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was exposed to this ale in England. I bought it b/c I liked the name and this was before my "off the beaten path" brew adventure started. Wow, what a pretty coppery color. It looked just like the shiney 2 pence piece I received in change. I wish I had noted that but my sis did! Initially, it a had a BIG offwhite head that went away kind of quicky and settled into one of those ones that leaves a white webby thing on the inside of the glass I picked up a big caramelly/malt smell from this one. No hop scent at all. I wonder how different this is on cask??
I really liked this from the first sip the initial sweet flavor is VERY gradually replaced by a little hop bitterness but not overpowering. This one is more subtle...which makes it pretty easy drinking, really. All in all I liked it. Would I buy it again? Only after I try it on cask... if they even it put it on cask anywhere...

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Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherry-tinted bronze hue, very small and underdeveloped white head, spare bubbly retention, no lace. A crisp malty nose, notes of hops, slight fruitiness… a clean aroma with minimal depth, but it is still inviting. Any of the afore mentioned “flaws” are all forget upon the first sip… oh yeah, lovely palate… surprisingly sharp bitterness that slices quickly through the tongue, the gash is quickly engulfed with a lightly caramel malt and fruity hints, sweetness. Faintly earthy. Pleasant finish, the excellent balance continues, nice lingering hoppy influence. Superbly drinkable, it is easy to see why this beer is a classic. Ram Rod is a damn nice ESB, recommended.

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Young's Ram Rod from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 182 ratings