Brewed by Brains
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available in 500ml (pastuerised) bottles.
NOTE: Only ratings for the bottled version should be entered here; the cask version has a separate listing.
SA Gold is a full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden ale, brewed at the home of the famous Brains SA in Wales. Careful use of Target hops creates a satisfying bitterness, perfectly balanced by vibrant citrus aromas and complex hop flavours from late-hopping using Cascade and Styrian Goldings. A deliciously satisfying and refreshing pint!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
500ml clear bottle, filtered. "Refreshingly Hoppy Ale" it says, but this is a blonde ale geared more to the lager drinkers than the APA drinkers. It presents as a lager with an indifferent pale malt, slightly greasy and grainy, but otherwise not there. Some mild dry bittering in the finish leaving a powdery taste is mostly what the hops give you, though there is some lemon and citric notes present. The SA name is just branding - it has nothing in common with that beer. Not good. It’s drinkable, but only just. And the clear glass means you get a whiff of light struck hops when you open the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
eastkenttom (121) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Not a fan. Has a synthetic aftertaste, that gets more apparent as it warms, the further down the bottle you get. Not an awful beer but wouldn’t buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Hoppy aroma. Golden honey colour. Clear as a bell. Sharp tasting. Hoppy aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (745) - - NOV 1, 2014
Golden-coloured ale with a white head. Aroma is not very strong, and the taste is quite malty with a light bitterness from the hops. Pleasant taste, with hints of citrus and herbs. Flavoursome and highly drinkable, but just a little thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6356) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pale orange, small white head. Drank socially without taking notes - numbers only rating. Malty, soft bitterness, a bit meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mrappz (1) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
Disappointed by the lack of taste to this beer. Tasted like any generic lager

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stout4stout (31) - neath, WALES - SEP 1, 2014
A spectacular beer. I have tried can & bottle, can is far better. Deeply satisfying hoppy ale. As good as it gets from a can I think!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (6470) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Klassisch Goldenes mit McTapps geteilt. Mild und leicht hopfig mit nur einer ganz wenig gefilterten Seele. Etwas dünn, jedoch auch mit Zitrusfrüchten im HIntergrund. Wässriger Schluss jedoch angenehme Trinkbarkeit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys in Folkestone. Pours out in a deep golden colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of hops and straw with some caramel hints. Taste of mild hops, straw, light malt, barley, flowers and herbs. Mild and thin finish with some light unpleasant acid hints. Drinkable, yet nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
citrus, golden, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, . its not bad at all quite refreshing after you get through the froth on top .

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