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


on tap


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Note. Only ratings for the pasteurized bottled version should go here. There is separate entry for the cask version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3428) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2012
Aroma: Fresh lemon and grapefruit. Grassy scent.

Appearance: Clear golden body. Small, lasting white head. Very lively carbonation. Slight lacing.

Taste: Very sharp, citrusy taste. Dry, woody finish.

Palate: Light, watery texture. Fizzy carbonation.

Overall: Ugly packaging, beautiful beer. Crisp, light and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (377) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1424) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - 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

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3504) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (3323) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2011
Crisp golden ale with good hop character and caramel, but dry maltbody.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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.

   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.

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