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


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (985) - SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2016
Golden beer, white head, sweet citrusy hop, a dash of malt and a slightly creamy feel to it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it but nor would I be rushing back for another. It’s just a standard, pleasant enough golden ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2016
Cask at The John Duck, Durham, £2.75/pint. Golden-amber beer with a fair-sized, off-white head. The aroma is sweetish and fruity. There’s much of the same in the taste which has some light floral hop and the pretty sweet yeast character that seems common to all Caledonian beers. There are also some grainy cereal tones and biscuity malts that lead into a mid-dry finish. Perfectly drinkable but dull really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (17454) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Draft at GBBF 2013, day 4 - London. Pours perfectly clear, bright gold with a fine, creamy white head. Lightly tangy lemon in the aroma, some hay. Light sweet flavor with moderate citrus tang, slight pale bread, straw. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, with more subtly tangy lemon, mellow pale bready malts, kisses of bitter straw. A nice enough golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Desverger (6941) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
Cask@Lord Northbrook, Lee, London - pours golden with a white head. Aroma and taste is grassy and light floral hoppy, hay, straw, some citric fruit, sweet bready pale malts, medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (2723) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Cask at the Lord Northbrook, Lee. Gold pour with a white head. Citrus and light malt nose. Lots of bitter citrus fruit in the flavour with slight acidic edge. Malt laden finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Giochaurand (349) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Draught. Pours clear golden with medium creamy head. Aroma is malts and english. Palate is soft malty with a hint of bitterness. A bit too watery aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CraftBeerNick (1718) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Cask at Globe, Borough Market, 9th March 15. Standard, dull mass produced ale, nothing to say on this one

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24430) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Cask. Golden colour, not too much head. Aroma is fruity, floral, mild saltwater and suplhur along with some resin and that’s about it- Flavour is fruity, floral, citrusy and quite bready to it. Mild sulphury notes in the flavour too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - 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 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Cask. Pours golden, nose is light citrus, sweet toffee, taste is quite similar.

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