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


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Cask; Regular.
Delicate floral hop aroma. A subtle, well balanced finish with good character. A pale golden beer, clear tasting, in a continental style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2008
Cask. Toby Jug, Glasgow. Golden orange color with a white head. Aroma: Floral, berries, grass, citrus. Flavor: Fruity, citric and toasted, nutty malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
From cask at Babbity bowster. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Mild hoppy and slight spiced aroma. Sweet malty and fruity hops flavoured with a light spice note. Decent bitterness into the finish. Fruity hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8343) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2008
Gravity. Half pint. Amber-blonde body. Almost no head. Light aroma of malts and hops. Flavour has got a rounded sweet hoppy profile. Quite well bodied (London Drinker BF, early afternoon session 12.03.2008).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (991) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Tasting notes from 2003 Harbury Beer Festival. Pale gold with white head. Cereal, grass, and mild hop floral aroma. Wife noted mild alcohol notes. Mild nuts, citrus, and mild sweet malt balance. Lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2007
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes. Gold with a white head. Grassy meadow aroma, rather pleasant. Hoppy taste with biscuity malt and a little sweetness. Light bitter finish. Undemanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St ’Spoons. My god, how many times have I given those exact same numbers to English beers? Utterly standard in everyway. Pale blonde with a slight bubbly head. Malt and hops in the nose with some faint grapefruit. Malty and nutty flavour with a slight bitterness in the finish. It’s beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2007
From cask, A very nice golden ale with a nice and rounded hoppy moderately bitter beer. I had about 7 pints before I drove home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
Cask@Battersea Beer Festival. Lightly hoppy, with and interesting dusty mouthfeel. Some nice floral hop notes exist throughout. Citric and fresh, i thought this was pretty decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2007
Gravity Cask @ Battersea Beer Festival. Musty tangy hops with some fruit. ALmost farty. Drinkable despite unpleasant aroma. Benegit of the doubt given as I recall the bottled version had a much fresher hop character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A circle of foam surounds the deep gold.
-Quiet malt sweetness and styleless hoppiness comprise the forgettable aroma.
-Honeyed maltiness and leafy, citrusy hops are well-balanced.
-The smooth maltiness and languid carbonation encourage high levels of drinkability.

What if you dig deeper?
-The wooden, leafy hop bitterness is appreciated.
-Malt sweetness is more important than the hops’ apport.
-There is nothing wrong here, but there is nothing special either; this is just a decent blond ale.

On cask the Halfway House, Edinburgh.

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