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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (968) - 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 (7119) - 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 (2472) - 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 (7677) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
Cask : Battersea Beer festival. Fresh tasting gold beer with nice balance. Not the style I was expecting the the regon, very nice non the less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2005
Cask Stillage at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Liverpool 22/02/2001 Unfortunately a bit past it’s sell by date and very flat when sampled. The aftertaste was at least agreeable though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Trafalgar, Greenwich.Arran are a fairly remote new Scottish brewery that have had some success with the bottled Arran Blonde, a lager style golden beer. This cask version occasionally turns up as a guest in various pubs but hasn’t yet completely established itself due to serving problems - something that the lower abv golden lager ales are also subject to, but really shouldn’t be happening to a 5% beer. The main problem is that the wheat proportion of some of these lager ales is so high that unless served very cool (almost chilled) a cereal flavour from the wheat can dominate so that it can be like drinking wheatgerm.

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