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


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RATINGS: 122   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 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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1081) - Sydney, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle from the Cromwell Sainsburys. Pours light amber with a 3 finger creamy off-white head. Aroma of ripe light stone fruits over mild caramel with a hint of spice. Starts rather malty, but some fruit and bitter come out, turning it quite satisfactory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2011
Good smell. Golden color. Sour bitter, bitter++. After taste is sweet and made me think straws.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaghana (5096) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle 50cl. A clear golden ale with low head. Nose is orange like. A medium sweet to low beer with a dry finish, bitter with a hopy aroma more on lemony / orange side. Malt side is low and boring, a basic ale not complex at all, very disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a clear golden liquid with a medium and consistent white head that diminishes but leaves a nice lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops, as well as citron. It is very refreshing, with a hoppy character and little malt presence. There might be some ripe banana hint. It is a little sweet and tart, being basically bitter but less than an IPA. Softly carbonated, it ends very dry and leaves a pleasant non-astringent hoppy aftertaste. It feels a little watery in the mouth, though. Cool beer for summer; very nice and refreshing flavour. Also good presentation (bottle and crown cap).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear, amber-gold with a fading, white head. Sugary nose with doughy malts and some sharp, leafy hops. Pretty sweet flavor, grainy, some hints of alcohol, mild, basic bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp, bready finish, faintly sticky leaf and straw bitters. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3111) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours gold with a large head. Aroma is grapefruit, orange and pale malt. Taste is grapefruit and pale malt to start, bitter citrus finish. Good level of carbonation but a bit of a thin ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undercurrent25 (1783) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
Very nice golden ale, nice colour and well hopped, possibly the perfect summer beer

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