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Arbor Beech Blonde

Brewed by Arbor
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Originally intended as a summer beer, we decided to brew this one all year as it went down so well. Starting with low colour Maris Otter and wheat malts in the mash, we then add a small percentage of cara malt to add body and impart a slightly sweet caramel taste. During the boil we use three very different hops to produce the complex flavour and aroma. The result is a premium blonde ale packed with flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ryansson (3) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Chester Beer and Wine. I’m surprised this beer hasn’t pulled a higher rating. Aromas of kiwi, gooseberry and pale fruits that pull right into the taste and more with good sweet malts followed by a laid back bitter. A well hopped nicely balanced ale juicy and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swjoduk (51) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Cask at Crossways Inn. Deep golden colour. V citrus hoppyness on the nose. Lemony citrus taste with lager/wheat type malt. Would be a good one to convert lager heads

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydian1 (1103) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 4, 2014
568ml bottle (exp 30/4/15) from Southville Deli, Bristol. A superior golden ale with heaps of fresh tropical fruity hops on the nose and tongue on top of the smooth cereal malts. Lovely smooth sessionable palate with very well balanced malt and hop flavour profile. Medium body with low carbonation. Pours hazy blonde with a fluffy stable off white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5289) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 29, 2014
Cask stillage at the Birmingham CAMRA festival 2014. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a bubbly white head. The aroma is citrus, mango, malt, light hop. The flavour is light bitter with a soft gorgeous zesty fruit light spice palate and a short bitter finish. My first beer at the fest and this could probably be the best too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3319) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear amber, thin bubbly cream head, floral, fruity aroma, good lacing, sweet fizzy berry fruits flavour, easy to drink, rather unusual

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leebotton (270) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
Where: Brewers Droop, Bristol
How: Bottle (end dated: 30/04/15)
Blood alc: 47mg/l

Apparently one of Arbor’s beers from the ’early days’ (I wonder if it was once brewed using the very kit I use these days?) A simple recipe with some wheat and Cascade + Motueka hops - a respectable US/New World combo. Dry hopped with Cascade - you can tell, but the aroma contains distinctive tropical notes from the NZ Motueka too. Aromatic impression for me is fruity flannels. There’s a tiny bit of pine going on there and some caramel / toffee-esque malt aromas as well. It smells good! The head is long lasting, white and that which has splashed onto my hands smells of cookies with the subtlest hint of ginger now that it’s dried (good). The beer is a little hazy but that’s fine with me - it’s amber otherwise.
The flavour is bitter, which overpowers the aromatics somewhat in my opinion, again we’ve got the tropical flannels (I often think hops taste like flannels but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing - and if you want to taste any flannel, a tropical one would surely be high up on your list). There’s also a bit of earthy spiciness going on beside the kind of subtle but undeniable flavour of the raw grain. This beer has all the watermarks one comes to expect of Arbor, the relatively high bitterness, fairly big, significant flavour, notable grain essences and a indescribable uniqueness. Carbonation is good - a little gripping and general mouthfeel is grainy / medium dry
It’s also nice to see that they were able to hire the 420chan girl for a photoshoot for their earlier packaging. She BL(EECH)ed her hair?! I get it...!

=78% Good Work!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours clear amber, nose is pine, and toffee, taste is dry, pine, bitter, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2619) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Arbor Tap Takeover. Keg@barton arms, birmingham. Hazy golden beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Taste ismango, citrus hops a little tangerine and malts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (3899) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Keg at The Barton; cloudy amber pour with a frothy white head, aroma has subdued tropical hop, taste has orange, light pine, biscuits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1532) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
On cask at Coach and Horses, Dronfield - Golden yellow body with frothy, white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of grapefruit, lemon and grass. Fruity, hoppy taste with lemon, grapefruit, grass and a nice fresh bitterness in the finish. Medium body, some caramel sweetness at the end. Nice one this.

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