The Celt Experience is a newer brewery based out of Caerphilly, Wales. They’re part of the new craft beer revival/movement in the British Isles. Founded in 2007, they have a wide range of traditional and experimental beers. Their Bleddyn 1075, named after a powerful Welsh king, is called a Pale Ale on their bottle or an IPA on their website. The website is quite well done, although I might prefer a little more reading material. You can find a great video of brewery folk talking about their beers in proper Welsh. If you’re a fan of linguistics, like I am, it’s worth the visit just for that.
The beer itself is made from 95% organic ingredients, including some organic hops. The hops are mix of “Atlantic” (which I assume are traditional English hops) and New Zealand hops. The beer carries the USDA Organic certification.
Appearance: Pale straw gold with a touch of haze. Off white head with good retention.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, mossy hop notes.
Taste: Crisp with a woodsy finish. A bit of citrus zest and grapefruit. There’s also a bit of light honey malt character present.
Overall Impression: The hops are really nicely presented in this beer. You can definitely tell there’s a mix of woodsy English hops and tropical New Zealand hops. Call it a Pale Ale or IPA, it’s a good beer. The balance is outstanding as is wonderful hop character. Worth the effort to find.
Availability: Limited US distribution. Imported by Ararat Imports (Check their website for a lit of states that carry this beer).
Notes: I’d like to thank Paul Arnold/oubykh for the use of his photograph for this review. You can read his blog and view his great photography at Blood, Stout and Tears.