Brewed by Adnams
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Southwold, England


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Adnams Topaz Gold ’A pale golden ale’ Tasting notes & ingredients A pale golden ale at 4.0% abv with soft apricot and lychee notes, medium body and bitterness but with a crisp finish. Brewed with two Australian hop varieties – Summer, a relative newcomer, and Topaz, which has been around for a few years. What’s the story? Topaz Gold is inspired by one of Fergus’ visits to the hop merchants where he ran into an Australian hop supplier. The hop variety Topaz has been found to have a lot of wonderful flavours so we use it much later in the brewing process so we can extract very small amounts of bitterness and lots of flavour. Want to know more? Topaz was initially developed because a small amount can add a lot of bitterness, reducing the amount of hops needed in a beer. It’s perfect to be enjoyed alongside spicy Thai and Indian food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12692) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Cask at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose is straw, bready tones, light citric. Taste comprises bready malts, light spice, lemon rind, grass. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. A thoroughly whelming affair.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sad24 (210) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
At the five bells in Wrentham, golden, nice enough but fairly average taste with nothing really jumping out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (3934) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Copper pour, white head, nose is peach, taste is peach, citrus for sure but light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (2084) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Aroma: average bread, grain and cereal malts. Appearance: cloudy yellow, small frothy white head. Taste: light sweet and bitter. Palate: light body, flat carbonation, light bitter short finish. Overall: sweet palate after some bitters, not bad, some tropical fruit as well. Pint at the GBBF 2014, Kensington.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1679) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Cask at the Bishop Blaize, Richmond. Gold body. White head. Tropical fruit. Sour with some bitterness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (807) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 15, 2014
Cask at the Whispering Moon, Wallington. Golden brown with a thin white head. Hop aroma with some peach. Weak and watery, short bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask-conditioned at the Grove, Ealing, 29/6/2014. Straw coloured, with a thin, white, head. Citrus hops, some tropical fruits, creamy malts and a dryish finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeermole (14) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Nice floral hop character with grapefruit and peaches thrown in for good measure. Just a hint of malt. Clean and bitter, followed by just the right amount of astringency. Distinctive grainy after-palate. Good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2014
Small coarse offwhite head. Slightly hazy yellow body. Citric spicy grape aroma with cedar wood notes. Dry resiny dusty peach taste with oily wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, flat mouthfeel. Dryish dusty strawy resiny aftertaste with freshly sawn wood notes. This is excellent. (0.237l cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6900) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
(Cask at Holborn Whippet, Holborn, London, 19 Nov 2013) Golden amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with orange peel, apricots and crystal malt. Malty, fruity taste with notes of apricots, orange peel, soft toasty malt and a light resiny bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with balanced sweetness. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Quite nice.

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