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Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Aviemore, Scotland

bottled
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Note. Only ratings for the pasteurized bottled version should go here. There is separate entry for the cask version


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (330) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
AROMA: grapefruit, citrus fruits APPEARANCE: pale, clear, minimal head, TASTE: lightly bitter, lightly sour, PALATE: light body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter OVERALL: not special, taste is ok.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (930) - SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle (500ml):
A great fruity smell to begin with along with some strong hops and there is a very noticeable elderflower aroma, background notes of pine too.
Crystal clear, golden amber with a large and foamy head & some nice lacing.
Some elderflower from the nose along with a background wheat taste and some hops and pine. I could also detect some good fruity flavours and citrus towards the end. A good tasting beer.
Light to medium bodied and as expected this one is smooth with moderate carbonation and has a crisp, bitter finish.

This beer has been one of the best, if not the best of this style of beer I have reviewed thus far. It has been a very pleasant surprise and a great drinking experience thus far. Certainly a beer I will try to pick up again in the future, and for once a beer that I might have to actively seek out on cask.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
50cl, exclusive Scottish brew, with elderflowers, from Bierzwerg Greven, not complex brew, malty/floral and slightly fruity/bitter, easy to drink, balanced, clear, small head, simple brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
A stalwart in my cellar, floral grassy aromas with a clear golden appearance. Lemons and assorted citrus flavours with a lingering bitterness, nicely balanced. An all time favourite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
A - floral and citrus A - light gold with frothy head T - light sweet and sour with hoppy bitter P - thin and soft O - decent

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2397) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Pale gold with a white head that lasts OK. Aroma of oranges, elderflowers, light honey. Taste has a little honey and lots of citrus - orange and lemon - some spices. Pretty dry and pleasantly bitter. The pastuerisation is not much of a distraction with this one, perhaps because the carbonation and straightforward crispness suit it. Refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2031) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2011
Crisp golden ale with good hop character and caramel, but dry maltbody.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle from Dobbies. Buttered dishcloth, shortbread aroma outshone by Oakham Citra. Pale with a scant white foam. Lean pine and butteriness; lurking licked envelope and papery evergreen notes. Scratchy finish; husk, bitter linger. Some soda emptiness, vanilla, grass and English woods. Lacks much of the character of the cask version.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Fresh and crisp beer with quite a lot of carbonation. The hobs are dominating the taste without gettin too flowery or strong. The aftertaste withers quickly away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (2937) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle. Golden, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, fruitiness, citrus hoppyness and faint caramel. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish fruity flavor, citrus hoppyness and faint caramel. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, caramel and citrus hoppyness, faint caramel. Nicely hopped, fruity golden ale.


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