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


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RATINGS: 124   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16248) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. A clear, dark golden beer with a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is bisctuity malty, with resiny, citrusy hops and some toffee-like hints. It’s a bit heavy on the carbonation, dry and medium bodied, with flavors of bitterness, biscuity malts and citrus peel. Rather bitter finish. A beer that doesn’t impress me in any way, but it’s sure drinkable. 120623

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
saxo (16072) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt, notes of butter, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (14138) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle, 4.7%. Clear deep golden/amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, hops, little bread and a little vegetable. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, hops, little bread, little citrus and medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
Pours dark golden with a white head. Aroma is malt, pine, grass and earthy notes. Flavour is malt, pine, grass, light flower and fruity notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (7650) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a golden colour with a white small head. Pungent aroma of Styrian Goldings, English toffee and honey. Flavour is, surprise surprise, overly dominated by Goldings, with some tangy bitter hops, flowers and some toffee again. Light bodied, slick and somewhat oily mouthfeel (because of Goldings) and a malty, slightly bitter finish. I don’t like Goldings, yet I’m still drinking this. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2817) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012
Bright orange gold with irregularly sized bubbles and a depleting, sudsy white head. Bready, starchy and oddly yeasty nose with just a little caramelised lemon conserve sweetness. Gassy and watery thin on the palate. A sharp, weedy hop backend is outstanding atop some sunny toasted grain flavours. Moderately bitter with a rubbery aftertaste that thankfully fades quickly. Subtle honey-like sweetness saves it from the monotone as it warms. The mouthfeel becoming more and more soapy as it goes too. A disappointing Blonde Ale. Nothing works!! (50cL, Budgen’s, Withycombe Village, Exmouth, Devon)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (5989) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
light caramel and fruit aroma,yellow,clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8224) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Golden coloured and clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is hoppy, herbs and grass. Flavor starts light sweet and finish moderate to heavy bitter. Dry texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (12677) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. average light bitter fnish. watery palate. boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3637) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2012
Sampled from 0.5l bottle @ Ølfestival København 2012. A near clear straw-golden one with a small and quickly sidesticking just off-white head. The aroma is light hoppy, some acidity also. Citrus and malts. Not extreme. It has a thin and almost watery texture and it’s average carbonated. Feels at first light sweet in the mouth but the hops kicks in after a while and makes is somewhat fruity. More citrus and perhaps some peachy tones here as well. Ends light mouthdrying in a lasting finish. Not bad! 10.05.2012

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