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Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask: Regular.
Introduced in 2004 as a summer seasonal in East Anglia and London; became a regular beer from February 2006.
Ingredients: Pale malt. Columbus and Chinook hops; Columbus in the copper and Chinook in the cask.
A golden bitter suffused with the aromas of a grapefruit grove. The massive citrus attack will burst on your palate allowing all the flavours of the imported New World hops to deliver their fruity bitterness. Adnams is “Exploring” new ground by sourcing interesting new hops from the USA.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1135) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
Cask in the Windsor Castle, W8. A middle amber/copper coloured bitter, this is a light bodied ale with some summer session potential. Definitely a different hopping than the rest of the Adnams stable, with more of a citric feel, but it was a little more peach or mandarin than the promised grapefruit, and it felt a little artificially sweet to me, missing the real juicy potential of these hops. Decent enough for a change.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - JUN 11, 2012
Tasted cask at Bucks Head, Camden, London on 18 May 2012. Rich yellow color with smallish white foamy head, low carbonation, hoppy taste, medium finish. Nice ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
August Bank Holiday 2006, Sole Bay Inn, across the green from the brewery. Served in the new Adnams, tall pint glass (don’t like them). Paler than the normal bitter, but a lot darker than Regatta, a kind of light brown, with a rusty blonde thrown in. It looks good. Aroma of malt and fruits, but the table next to me have fish and chips delivered (good but expensive), so unable to assertain which fruits were coming to the fore! Good bitter taste and after taste, better than some 4.3% I could mention. Not heavy to the mouth, but there is body to it, I drank it in large gulps, I would have had another, but I was on a mission, so couldn’t. Reading a few of the other reviews, it would appear some were disappointed, that is a shame, because drinking it in Southwold is a joy. I just hope the unimpressed get another chance to try it, and it is more true to its normal self.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (740) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Pint at the Bucks Head in Camden, London. Golden yellow with a dense white head. Grapefruit and cinder toffee in the aroma, and the grapefruit is the predominant flavour. Soft carbonation, and creamy mouth feel. A great refresher after trolling round Camden Market. I considered adding the pub to places, but it only had three fairly common real ales. However judging by this, they keep a good pint, and the sandwiches were nice too. Pity about the barmaid with the memory of a goldfish though.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
worldbeertaste (1597) - AUSTRIA - APR 4, 2012
Light golden yellow with a light orange tint abd a thin frothy white head. Smells of malt, corn, citrus hops and a light biscuit. Medium, thin slightly frothy body. Taste of sweet corn, caramel and fruit with a sourbitter hop grass finish. Some citrus and apple. Not bad but I didn’t get very excited.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
Cask at Blue Boar, Billericay. Pours a glorious light amber with a bright golden edge and a thin white head. Good lacing down the glass. Zesty lemon and oily grapefruit peel aromas play around the nose. Light and smooth over the tongue. There is more of the slightly oily grapefruit in the taste which fills the mouth before lemon zests bursts through with a soft creaminess too, and becomes more apparent further down the glass. The grapefruit in the finish has a little coriander seed orange flavour which balances it well. A beer that majors on grapefruit peel, it is a wonderful accompaniment to a spicy noodle dish with a citrus smoothness that invigorates, smooths and lightly cuts through the palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
A - wheat with light citrus and melon A - mid gold with frothy head T - light sweet P - mid O - decent

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2290) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2012
Cask at the Royal Oak, Brentford. Deep gold with a lasting mid-coarse white head. Nice citrus-and-fruit hoppy nose. Initial malty and faintly sweet body expands with dry and peachy-floral-bitter hops and a touch of dried grass, before a dry grapefruity finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1243) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Light malthoppy aroma. White head hazy golden . Nice fullbodied taste. Med bitter med sweetness . Medium body. Nice drinkable stuff. Hope that app works

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Tasted this in the Courtyard, Earls Court, London. Cask handpump dispense. Cloudy straw in colour with a tight thin white head. Tart lemon drops in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Citric overtones to the pale malt base with lemon peel, fresh cut grass and gooseberry notes coming through. Peppery hops add a resiny bite to the aftertaste. Finish is sweet and dry. Another decent addition to the Adnams portfolio.


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