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


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Bottled, Occasional;
Start with malted barley grown in the fields of Scotland where wind and rain meet a strong brewing tradition. Then hops lend that full flavor and distinctive fragrant aroma of well-hopped beers. Then, add in the fact that the ingredients are organic. Notice the golden color and signature clean, crisp taste of this world-class pale ale. The fine pale ale in this beer is not only recognized as one of the finest organic ales in the world, it is also vegan friendly. Slainte!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
50cl bottle, thanks peregrinari. Medium white head atop lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, grain, vegetal. Taste is medium sweet, earthy, peach, light grain, vegetal. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, Cincy. Poured clear golden color with large white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate grainy and small malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable session brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9275) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
16.9 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Glen Allen, VA. Pours a golden-copper color with a medium head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is very corny with some grainy and grassy influence as well. Taste is very sweet with honey, bread, slightly bitter hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Pale golden pour with a thick, sticky white head. The nose is quite crackery with a little bit of light orange peel. There is a really nice marmalade-like sweetness. A kiss of earthy hoppiness with a lingering cologne-like spiciness. Nice balance with a touch of soft fruitiness mingling with the crackery sweetness. I quite like this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMan1113VR (7881) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours with an average sized off-white head, over a clear deep gold body. Head fades in about 45 seconds, leaving little lace on the side of the glass. Aroma of corn, sugar, bread, grain and soil. Not much character, but not real off-aromas either. Taste is dirt, honey, bread with a somewhat bitter finish. Fizzy and dryish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7147) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with a big frothy white head. Aroma is sweet cereal, faint fruit. Flavours of cereal, hay, cooked peaches, and a little earthy/dried-leafy edge. Low bitterness. Reading my words, this doesn’t sound like it would be appealing, but it was actually quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle shared by peregrinari: Transparent deep golden with a frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of semi-sweet toasty pale malt with some grassy English hops and light oxidation. Starts with a lightly sugary sweetness and some grassy hop bitterness before a drier, thin finish. Pretty bland, but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Bready, malty aroma with light grass and light woodsiness. Caramel and malt flavor with grass and light earth. Medium bodied. Caramel and light earth lingers with some light woodsiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   I remember buying this at a Trader Joes years ago.   Vibrant amber, fairly clear, thing frothy white head, spotty lacing, light carbonation.   Musty barnish aged hop aroma... very dusty, with hints of overcooked vegetable.   Flavorwise its not much of a Pale Ale... site says a Golden which I could see.   Has some chicken coup like flavors that are off putting.   This one has faded a bit.   Not real bad, but the malt aspect of this seems a little earthy.   I see that parts of this, or all, are organic.   Hmmm.. I think I waited too long on this one.   The nose is a little more wonky then the flavor.   The backside is smooth, and actually fairly clean.   I can see this being much better had it I had it earlier.   Meh...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s; Poured a bronzed copper color, with just a quick fizzle of carbonation. The aroma is somewhat funky, grassy perhaps. It drinks with a soda-like mouthfeel, tightly bubbly. Not much of a strong character to describe, just a moderately malty flavor and a acidic grassiness over the top. (#3494, 2/13/2009)

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