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


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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Golden color, middle head. Sour and fruity aroma. Taste, fruity, bitter and malty, sweet finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Not a bad wheat - very dry, and no obvious traditional wheat spicing (coriander, orange peel), but fresh and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34236) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
A slightly hazy orange beer with a beutiful white head. The aroma is very spicy and flowery, with notes of elderflowers. The flavor is sweet and very spicy - again elderflowers shines thru - the end is dry both from the spices and hops. A very refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Crystal clear, straw yellow color, with finely fluffy, if soft and evanscent, head of foam. Aroma is largely clean, even vacant, except for a significant outpouring of lemon zest. Nice texture, good play on the tongue, but this affair is all lightness. body is minimal, as is taste, mostly citric zing, with small hop content, little malt, beyond the most perfuntory part. Crisp and dry, ultimately. A sweetness shows now and again, but it’s mostly light and lemony all the way through. i believe that this one is miscategorized again, for there’s nothing like a Scottish Ale in it, in fact, the label never mentions "ale", only "beer", and beer it is, some sort of lager...if it’s an ale I’m missing something in my understanding of the term.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottled.This beer is most memorable to me as the ale served at Jamie Oliver’s bar/restaurant in Old Street, Fifteen. Repurchased for this rate its better now then I ever remember it at Jamie’s bar. Yellow/bullion gold colour. Fine rising condition but no forming head. Musk, elderflower and banana aroma. Subtle juicy musk flavours. The full range of Arran beers has been available from The Bottle Shop, Pitfield.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Poured from the bottle an oat straw color with a whiter head. The aroma was honey, fruit and earth. The flavor was of candied orange, biscuit, malt and spicy and earthy hops. Who would have thought a Scottish bitter?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
500 ml bottle. Very fruity and spicy aroma, honeyish malts. Slightly sweet but balanced by nice floral and spicy hops. A bit of toffee as well. Very good. Appearance left something to be desired. No head at all, but a nice golden colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Pale gold in color with a white head. Aroma of earth and big yeast fruit. Flavor shows biscuity and light caramel malts combining well in this easy drinking ale. Great balance of malt and acidity. There is a winey, dry note (possibly from hard water) in the finish. A great lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 This poured a nice golden color but was somewhat flat. No true head ever developed. The aroma was promising, mildly malty with a floral hop scent. However, the taste was fairly dull, having little of the richness, the full mouth-feel that I expect from Scottish ales. Perhaps mine was a bad bottle.

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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.

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