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


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RATINGS: 238   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5089) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden body with a small white head. Aroma is peachy tones of hops and pine, with hints of syrup and apricot. Wonderfully fruity aroma which heightens my anticipations for the first sip. And I am not disappointed! Mellow grassy hop tones with oranges, loads of peaches and fruit-syrupy sweetness balanced finely throughout the smooth palate and the layers of hop. Hints of flowers. A very, very nice Scottish surprise; this is a hidden gem IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 17, 2011
Golden blonde with floral, caramel and lemon notes in the aroma. Quite pithy but also sweet with an unplacable but not unpleasant vegetal note near the finish, which is also quite sherbety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rand (1460) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle 33o ml from Le Tonneau Verre - Yverdon (CH). Beer coulour of fire, cream and fleeting foam. Very aromatic malt and hops. The taste is bittersweet, at first toffy then dominant of hops. Tasted cool. Not very complex but notes of toffy, citrus and grass. Milder as it warms, refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (2049) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget Sweden. short beige head. Light clowdy amber color. Small piny aroma with hard roasted cara malt. The caramell is present in the taste with a clean bitterness. Not much sweetness and a finebody for a pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (3922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2011
26-NOV-2011, bottle @home, courtesy of Henrik. Cloudy orange, low beige head. Fruity, ripe fruits. Hoppy but more in an english fruity way rather than in a very bitter way. A bit flat. Fine sweet IPA:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (3024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 Aroma: Clean aroma of fruity hops and cut grass.

Appearance: Clear amber body. Medium carbonation. Small, off-white head that gradually fades but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and peach flavours. Very hoppy and slightly peppery.

Palate: Medium body with a slick, oily texture. Average carbonation.

Overall: A delicious, fruity pale ale. In my opinion, one of Scotland’s best, most underrated beers. Reminds me of a more tangy, spicy version of the brilliant Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. In my experience, it’s tastier in keg than in bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14738) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle, 5.6%. Dusty aroma, some orangey hops. Cloudy orange colour, a bit dirty looking with bubbles sticking to the (clean) glass. Small stable frothy chalk white head. The flavour starts off with a good clean bitterness. Fruity malt and hop notes, citric and refreshing. Quite flavourful for a Scottish beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (3056) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2011
Amber with a medium white head. Grassy and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit and bitterness. Medium body with a nice balanced, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2011
[keg at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Not tried Goldeneye on keg before, realised I hadn’t actually rated it at all. Pale amber pour, with a thin off-white head. Sweet, malty nose once the beer has warmed a little. Plenty of fruit in evidence on the nose, as well. Citrus and pine on the flavour, before the malt arrives – good balance, and a good, lingering finish [09112011]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (11367) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle from Deeside Drink Emporium, Banchory. It pours golden yellow, with a thin white head. The nose is sulphur, sweet malt, orange citrus fruit, honey, pear and apple. The taste is sweet orange, tangy marmalade, peach, nectarine, sulphur, honey, alcohol warmth, dough and hay, with a dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Not bad.

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