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.

JKaranka's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JKaranka (50) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Adnams Topaz Gold ].
Clear medium orange - amber yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, light hoppy, light yeasty, earthy, sharp. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, pale malt, straw, UK yeast notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20140812]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1916) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
part of my 2013 backlog, and tried at the 2013 peterborough beer festival. Pale golden colour with a white head. Fruity, hop and pine flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at The Flag, Watford on 28 Sep 2012. Poured a very hazy golden colour, with a dish water white head. Aroma of flat malt, slight funk and tropical fruits. Soft fruit flavour, with some grass and tepid hop bitterness. Finish was very funky, with apples and cooked fruit. Not good, but in fairness The Flag is a sh*theap of a pub that can’t keep beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6341) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Cask at the Grosvenor. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light tropical fruit aromas, grape maybe. Taste is sweet, very light bitterness, a tad unbalanced. Light body, thin finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3926) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2014
On cask at the Grosvenor. Appearance - golden with a slight haze and a big head. Nose - oranges just a hint of toffee and biscuits. Taste - more oranges and again biscuits sitting subtly in the background. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - nice ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
niquillis (1789) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2014
On cask at Hudson Bay (JDW), Forest Gate, London. Pours golden with white head. Ridiculously sweet, must have been on the turn (I hope it was!). Couldn’t drink it. Hopefully I’ll see it again in a proper pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (13379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014, London. Golden beer with an ok head. Grassy aroma, bready, hay, floral, some citrus. Citrus flavor, floral, grass, bready notes. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (3882) - 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 (23510) - 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.

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