Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Pasteurised bottle and can. Also sold bottled (filtered) as Organic Premium Ale for the Co-op.
Golden Promise was the World's first truly Organic Beer. By pioneering the use of Single Varietal Organic hop flowers from Kent and combining them with organically grown Scottish malted barley, yeast and water, we have created a unique and flavoursome beer; Fire Brewed in Britain's last remaining open coppers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1152) - SCOTLAND - MAY 21, 2005
Good looking orange/gold, firm white head lasts very well...nice lacework too! Big fruity (grapefruit??) nose, well hopped! Caramel/malty aromas add to the overall balance. Good medium bodied palate, citrus hops and well balanced sweet malt burst onto the tongue, and fade slowly. A smooth rounded brew, fine stuff, we’ll have to see if S&N maintain the quality of this and the other Caledonian beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2002
delicious, silky stuff that gets better with each sip. it’s a very bright yellow, with not much carbonation or head, but decent lacing. flavours are like a pilsener/ale hybrid: the buttery, honeyed sweetness of the very pale malt reminds me a lot of a good german pils, while a hint of liquorice and grapefruit in the finish mingles well with the firm hop bite. not the most arrestingly flavourful beer you’ll ever have, but distinctive and refreshing nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 7, 2002
First waft seemed almost skunky, but odor disipated quickly. Looks beautiful, rich yellow pushing into amber (Davefromchicago, you did not drink the Golden Promise). Hits you almost like a pils, but the hops, and a bready quality let you know otherwise (had some choice cask homebrews recently that were very similar). Not overly bitter, well balanced, still, its lacking distinctive character. Wouldn’t turn it down, and worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11974) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2000

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2818) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2002
Full-bodied. Roasted flavour. Dry, hazelnutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
pours with a full, frothy head. red/straw color, very clear. aroma=light malt, pretty estery, heavy on the floral/fruity side but balanced nicely with some piercing spice. palate = fuller than i expected. taste = tight bitterness, like an esb, slowly rounded by malt traces, which is given body by compote like fruitiness. all said a very well balanced and fairly complex pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1234) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2001
A well made beer, to be sure. I had no real complaints about it, but I would rather have had a Pete’s Wicked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2002
Yellow color, almost no head. Mild flavor and slight bitterness. Really good for a lighter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2005
Proof that ’organic’ does not equal ’taste-free’. This is a smooth, malty ale in the Scottish style with lots of fruit in the middle and a quenching finish. It has a pale gold body and poured with a small white head. Light, malted barley aroma. Creamy body and very flavoursome - malt and fruity notes. I suspect this is one of those ales that you either love or hate. Count me in the first camp. (Bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ano1ridesthe19 (23) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
This was a great true organic beer with the sediment still around in the bottom of the bottle. It reminded me of Newcastle from time to time. Nice sweet taste, very easy to drink in a 500ml bottle.

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