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


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask; Originally a Regular beer. Relegated to a monthly special for May 2009. Rereleased 2012 as "golden XPA" at 4.3% ABV
A pale golden beer with a citrus hop aroma, a full malty flavour and a clean bittersweet finish.
Hops: Northdown, Cascade (original recipe also included Hallertau Hersbrucker)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6426-20140701] Cask. Mild grassy aroma. Slightly hazy, pale yellow brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter lemony grass grains flavour. Medium body. Good, refreshing. (7-/4/7/4/14) 3.6
(@ Merchant Bar, Portree, Scotland)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (4008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Cask. Pours golden, nose is light citrus, sweet toffee, taste is quite similar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
2014-07-01. Lightly hazy dark yellow body nice creamy white head and lace. 3+ Aroma is mild, light pale malt. Flavour fairly mild, lightly bitter throughout, lemony touches. Smooth average to light bodied palate seems to suit it but just a touch more carbonation would suit me. Milder than my preference but refreshingly quaffable after a walk. Cask as Golden XPA at The Merchant Bar, Portree.

"What brewery makes the Golden?"
"These are cask ales!"
"Yes, thanks. What *brewery* makes the Golden?"
"This one is made on Skye and this one is from a brewery in Edinburgh."
(Pause...) "... A pint of the Golden please."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (4442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Cask at The Standing Order. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light citrus aromas, lemon, bread. Taste is more of the same. Didn’t expect much, but was OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2014
On cask at the Standing Order. Appearance - lemon golden with a proportionate head. Nose - lemon and flowers. Taste - custard and lemon meringue pie. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall -one of Caledonian ’ s better efforts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Sat in The Leather Smithy, Sutton. Lovely surroundings, not sure about the beer. Looks gold with a thin bright white head. Aroma is fruity hops, some pine, caramel, not bad. Flavour is your usual fruity hops and caramel, just a bit boring for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Light straw colour, slightly spicy hop. Light, vaguely fruity with slightly juicy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (1514) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Cask in the Mill, Stokesley. Golden with a white head. A bit more flavoursome than I was expecting. Citrusy at first before a little caramel malt on the finish. Drinkable, bit not one to seek out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1208) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Cask at Stone Loach Market Deeping. Light copper colour, with fine white head. Fairly acidic taste, but the beer probably wasn’t at its best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1649) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Cask at the Hour Glass, High Wycombe. Pours a vivid clear gold with a thick white head. Noticeable hops up front were a surprise - floral notes followed by a lively, fresh citrus flavour - but there’s a creamy mouthfeel, giving a beer that is at the same time crisp and refreshing yet smooth and easy-drinking. Honey lingers for a while afterwards. Pleasantly surprised by this one; it’s a really good UK-style golden ale that doesn’t pander to the APA style.

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