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Brewed by Arran
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Isle of Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in 500ml pasteurised and filtered bottle. Also available in 330ml bottles as "ab Blonde" .
"Nose: Floral hop and new mown grass aroma.
Palate: Citric fruit with a well balanced finish with good hop character.
Comments: A pale golden beer, clear tasting in a continental style."


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Had this in 2001 on a trip to Scotland and remember being underwhelmed by it, especially considering all the other wonderful cask conditioned ales I had on that trip. Seems like this style was not quite right for Scotland. Saw it in my liquor store the other day and thought I’d give it another try. Pale golden color. Light malty nose, very little hops. Fizzy carbonation, tight white head, not unlike that of an Amercan macro. Taste is of lightly roasted malt. Some fruity notes, subtle hops. This is not a bad beer, but coming from Scotland, it seems to be a beer brewed as a "training wheel" beer. I guess they have those wherever you go. Not bad, not great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaymobrown (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Pine needle nose. That was nice. Very dry beer. A bit of bitter; a tad of tart; miniscule malt; light looking. Not much going on.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (692) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the mother in law from a trip to Scotland. Thanks Mum! Ok, colour is relatively deep yellow, not quite amber, but deep golden. Bubbly sustained but thin white head. Frothy. Nice spicy / floral aroma, well hopped and very very deep. Flavour has a fairly nice balance and depth, with an initial spicy and full bodied and yet muted taste with a slightly bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (2070) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
Clear golden color, no head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is bitter, grainy and sweet. Nothing special. (tnx caesar)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2004
Straw-gold in color with a solid creamy head. Hoppy and fruit notes in the aroma. Taste is sweet and lightly bitter. Medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle. Small white head and fine-large sized bubbles that completely dissipated. Very little carbonation, somewhat hazy, and a pale yellow hue. Malty, hoppy and somewhat of a skunky aroma. Acidic, sour, tart, malt and hop flavor. Tingly palate and light bodied with very sparse lacing. I was not impressed with this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear golden color, no head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is bitter, grainy and sweet. Nothing special.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Brewtopia 2004: Light hazy straw with a thiin white head. Aroma has yeast and oranges, soft mouthfeel, a bit watery, ends a bit bland.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Handsome, hazy, deep golden ale with a large, frothy, white head... diminishes to a lasting creamy head with cool cirrus lacework. The soapy, fruity aroma is interesting with a hint of mint and light perfume. Moderately bitter flavor that is, otherwise, fairly nondescript. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Short, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2004
Poisonous orange colour accompanied by small hissing head. The beer is very herbal and spicy with deep malty background. A bucket of hop flowers in the end.


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