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

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
Feb 2008: from BA. Youíre 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 canít 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 canít 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 canít 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) Iíll 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 (2908) - 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 (981) - 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. Thereís 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 (894) - 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. Iíd love to think someone followed their heart and palate in this case, lovely beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1051) - ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a pale gold with a decent white head. Fresh and zesty, erring on the sweeter side. Thereís a nice balance of bitters and there a medium dry bittersweet finish which makes this a really nice drinkable beer. Nothing magical, but satisfying and pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
superflyguy (430) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
decent supermarket bottle. pleasent hoppy aroma, sweet malty taste. good bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle. Pale golden pour and the nose is lovely. Soft spicy hoppiness with a bit of orange peel. Quite leafy and a little bit herbal/spicy as well. Softly herbal and a little bit of light leathery character. Nice and spicy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Old Rating. Bottle. Golden with a white head. A fresh, hoppy golden ale with a medium bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
bottle, hoppy and fruit aroma, golden, clear, white foam, frothy, medium bitterness, light sweetness, nice bitter stard and slow bitter end with malty sweetness,medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, very good beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1070) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy burnt gold, with a smallish white head, which, whilst it does not last all that well, does leave good lace. The nose blends sweet biscuit malt characteristics with strongly floral hops aromas. A brief initial burst of citrus is soon replaced by smooth biscuit malt. This is turn is replaced by powerful floral hops. More biscuit notes return, along with butter and spice, in the finish. This is a pretty straightforward beer. It is overwhelmingly similar to standard Brains SA, just more strongly hopped and refreshing. Hardly surprising, since it is essentially more strongly hopped SA. A decent summer session ale.


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