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


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.

JKaranka's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JKaranka (46) - Cardiff, - NOV 22, 2012
Aroma slightly fruity, mainly grape and some citrus, but dominated by a wine-like and slightly alcoholic hint. Appearance is great, a dark gold that doesn’t reach copper, looks refreshing when poured with its small white head. Taste is slightly disappointing, there isn’t much in terms of malt, it’s light, and some of the fruit is gone leaving a flavour that is reminiscent of diluted cheap red wine or wine yeast. Even a tad vinegary. There is however a nice balanced and clean bitterness left after the flavours are gone. On the palate it is light. Overall it looks and smells better than it tastes. Maybe it wasn’t well kept or I’m just not a fan of Topaz hops for aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2014
cask@Charlies, Copenhagen - golden pour with white head. Fruity and floral hoppy aroma and taste, grassy, lemongrass, straw, some light bready malts. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
Cask at Charlies. Clear golden colored with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of hops and grass. Fruity flavor of hops and grass with notes of pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (8667) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (96) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, 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 (2539) - 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 (1069) - 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 (1508) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, 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 (293) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - 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 (6290) - 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 (12) - 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.

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