Brewed by Black Isle
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A true pale ale. The full body and rich gold colour comes from a blend of wheat, pale ale and crystal malts. It’s floral and lime citrus nose is created by the extensive use of carefully selected New World aroma hops. The final stage of dry hopping then produces a rich berry flavour for a big refreshing, satisfying brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8084) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 28, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 05/2013
Aroma is sweetish with caramel, some biscuits and fruity hops. Also hints of vanilla. Flavour is sweetish with vanilla, caramel, biscuits, fruity hops. Nice, although a bit too sweet. A hybrid of English Pale Ale and Golden Ale – I wonder why this is ’Traditional’?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9380) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2012
33 cl bottle. BBE 05/2013.
Pours clear copper color with a huge foamy head. Aroma of british hops, fruits, caramel, biscuits and nuts. Flavor of mild malts, biscuits, nutty notes, dry hay, mild lemon notes and some nettle and goose berry hints. Very dry and mildly bitter palate. The hops don’t quite work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2012
Light hop aroma on the nose which is faintly floral with a hint of a belgium yeast. Nice malty body with a metallic and citrus start which fades quickly to a delicate hop bitterness which remains with the fairly oily mouthfeel. Easy drinking and nicely balanced, if a little lacking character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7316) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2012
Medium offwhite head. Clear amber body with light carbonation. Deep caramelly malty aroma with strawy earthy funky notes, with traces of peas. Dry-sweet earthy caramelly taste with pea notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry earthy peas aftertaste with strawy smoky caramelly notes. Nice, but a bit bland in the taste. (0.33l bottle, Systembolaget, Nordstan, Göteborg.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2235) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Crunchy nut cornflake nose, steeped caramel body with a lasting slight white head. Clean hoppy slalom on the palate with a hungry finish. The big difference from the organic larger is a spicey slight nutmeg tickle. A very moreish beer on all counts. (Keg, Nobles, Edinburgh)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (2369) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at Nobles. Golden amber. Light hops, light malt. It’s triumph is its lack of character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10707) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
330 ml bottle. From Malmö, Sweden.
Clear amber colour with small white head. Caramel malt sweetness, floral and fruity hops, rosebuds and mild bitterness in aroma. Bitterish floral hops and malt in flavour. OK Pale Ale. Aftertaste is more malty than hoppy even though there’s hoppiness in flavour. And it’s organic. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
27th January 2012
Bottle shared by the Kernel crew. Cheers guys! Clear amber beer, little white head. Light palate, a little dry and a little crisp. Lots of toffee caramel malt, ok balance of mild marmalade orange hops. Dry lagerish finish. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4459) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle at home. Clear dark amber with an off-white ehad, nice lacings. Aroma medium malty (caramel) anh hoppy (flowery). Flavor medium sweet, light bitter. Medium body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle from the Black Isle Brewery
Golden orange....clear...minimal white bubbly head
Aroma of hay... dry grassy hops....some spicy hops....golden malts
Taste of sweetish golden malts...grassy hay hops....some nutty tasting hops.....bit of light citrus hops underneath...lots of flavour here
Palate - Medium carb....texture a bit oily. Finish as main flavour with a lingering nutty-like grassy hop hay bitterness.
Overall - I think this beer is more hoppy than when I tried it a couple of years ago where there was more orangey sweet malts (as I remember). Should have tried it on keg when I was at the York Tap - I reckon it will be better.

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