harrisoni (12065) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle from Tesco. Quite clearly this is copper coloured, so not sure why it is called Golden. Thin off white head. Nice white flesh fruit aroma. Apple and peach are distinguishable. Bit of fartyness as well. Bit thin and tinny in mouth with too much carbonation. Shame this is pasteurised and too carbonated, because it could have been a good bitter. Finish has some tingly hop and more orchard fruit, but frankly I canít get over that mouthfeel and the metallic deadness
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looked very nice with a decent head. The first thing I noticed in the aroma was a curious scent of lemonade powder followed by some malt. Not too much fizz. Felt quite good in the mouth. The taste was slightly sour, and there was enough bitterness to satisfy.
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From A Bottle.Dark orange in colour,large frothy head,a bit sour aroma,apple and wood flavour,thin.
leaparsons (7483) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a large head. Aromas are sweet, fruity and pine hops. Some sulphur, too. Flavours are sweet pine hops with bitterness to follow. Malty with sulphur in the background. Some fruit. Good stuff.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - SEP 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden colour, fizzy foamy head. Rich bready and yeasty smell, leafy, hoppy and yeasty aroma. Mild bitterness. A lovely session ale.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Orangey colour, with smallish white head. Malty, citrus with some toffee. A hint of fruit. A bit watery, a slightly hoppy, bitter finish.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pretty thin, i suppose, but i actually thought the flavour was alright. Bready, lemony, some toffee. Hops were a bit green. But it wasnít that bad, tasted fresh, even though it was from the bottle (pasteurised).
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
More copper-bronze than golden really. Big fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Bready malt and home-brew yeast in the aroma. Sweetish fruit candy too. The mouthfeel is rather watery. The flavour is dry, citric and bitter, but also a little dusty. Lasting lemon finish. There are lots of fragments of interest here, but nothing comes over very strongly and all the elements are not knitted together that well. 500ml bottle from Tesco (not bottle conditioned)/
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Fruity aromas citrusy and peach with dusty hops. Dry with plenty of bitterness. Over-carbonated. Pleasant aromas but slightly fleeting and subdued.
SilkTork (5011) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 March, 2004 Pasteurised bottle. BBE Oct 04. Orange amber colour with light foam head. co2 aroma with some biscuit. Soft mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture, just passes through the mouth like damp cotton-wool - shudder! Neutral palate with an edge toward dry, moving toward dry in the finish. Toffee notes, and a dark, orange tangyness, plus a healthy hint of apple in the finish. Thereís good things in this beer, but it all amounts to nothing special. Despite the slight carbonation this is a beer devoid of life. [2.1]
Dec, 2006 Boiled sweets flavour of a pasteurised beer. Slight metallic notes. Faint orange flavoured toffee. The malt is characterless or bland or smooth or clean, depending on your viewpoint. The hops are dry and firm. Mostly drinkable, but not a pleasing beer. [2.1]
Aug, 2008 As Tesco Golden Ale Orange bronze caramel colour. Initially fairly pleasing, clean, dry orange tinged malt with a pleasing nip of bittering Goldings, some aspects start to grate. There is a boiled sweets taste which experience tells is due to the pasteurising process not the addition of sugar, which despite what Paul Ambler says on bottlebeer.co.uk, doesnít add to the flavour, merely gives the beer a certain lightness as itís a cheap and nasty source of alcohol. Crisply carbonated. Leaves a dirty taste in the mouth. This is cheap, nasty brewing, and it shows. [2.4]
July, 2012 500ml dark glass bottle from Morrisons. Cidery, apply notes - perhaps from the sugar. Dryish, slightly puckering in the finish - perhaps from the sugar. Boiled sweets. Soft toffee malt. Muddy hops emerging late in the finish and lingering with a modest pleasantness. This is drinkable, and has some plus points, but the negative points bring it way down. [2.3]