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

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3591) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle at Ølfestival 2012. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and hops with skunky notes. Fruity flavour of caramel and hops with skunky notes. Hoppy finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11902) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
DØE. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, light grainy and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 100512

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
50 cl bottle. Pours clear amdngolden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and loght grassy,crisp hoppy and loght bitter. Citrusy and grassy too. Bitter and dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13799) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle. Mild green apple aroma. Clear golden colour. Small head. The flavour is mildly grainy, but not unpleasant. Has a little citric note, probably from the hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Fruity and lightly citrusy nose. Medium body, fruity and lightly sulphurous with a dry finish. Pleasant and easy going. 110512

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
Feb 2008: from BA. You’re Welsh and you know you are! Clear 500ml bottle, poured into a straight sided sleeve pint glass. Light, pale golden in colour with not much head to start with, no head after about a minute. Clear and lager like, without the bubbles rising through the body. What smell? A hint of yeast, a fart of hops? Srangely it also has a sweet aroma to it, but can’t put my mind to what it is. Oh dear, not a lot going for this beer, dry tasting and boring. The label claims it is refeshingly hoppy, well I can’t find any hoppiness at all. Target hops in the brew, late hopped with Cascade and Styrian Goldings, again according to the label. Fizzy and uninteresting, this is a nothing beer and i can’t think what the brewer is trying to do here. The normal SA is a wonderful beer, this is far from that. If this is a typical American Blonde Ale (which I doubt) I’ll not be having another one in this life.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (2438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2012
Pours clear golden with a low head. Aroma is pretty weak, mostly malts. Flavor is malts, hop and some alcohol. Quite nice.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (977) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle. Golden pour with white head that sticks around nicely. Pretty skunky on the nose (quite possibly helped by the clear bottle) with a hint of malt underneath. There’s also a distinct lemon Pledge note. About the same on the palate but not as skunky.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (800) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
I could have sworn I had already rated this, but anyway. 500ml bottle from Waitrose served cool. Golden ale with a dense but receding white head. Floral aroma, tangy citrus flavour. Particularly good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I had the impression that there had been some careful tastings and adjustings of the recipe before unleashing it on the public. Sometimes I think brewers listen to market research too much, and respond accordingly. I’d love to think someone followed their heart and palate in this case, lovely beer.


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