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

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   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)


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (11779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Light straw colour, slightly spicy hop. Light, vaguely fruity with slightly juicy hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (620) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mr_Pink_152 (267) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1445) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1389) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Cask conditioned at the Town Hall Hotel, Richmond, Yorks. Been avoiding this presumed mediocrity for a while, but was pleasantly surprised. Lots of zesty hops, citrus and tangerine. Some American, some British. Tangy and bitter. Dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7517) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2013
draught at the anchor Sidmouth. Hazyb golden colour, mid-sized white head. Malty base, pleasantly hopy with a citrusy touch.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. It pours clear golden yellow with a small white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, light sulphur and grainy. The taste is smooth, tangy citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grainy, earth, dough and metallic edge with a dry finish. Very so-so...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the Four Horseshoes, Chobham, 27/07/13. Badged as ’Golden XPA’. Clear golden with a moderately sized white head that retains well. Nose is orange sherbet, floral hops, summer fruits. Taste comprises light hops, vanilla essence, perfumed notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light bitterness in the finish. Pleasant enough and inoffensive GB.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnycritch (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013 does not count
Best golden ale I’ve ever had - 4.3 is a good strength. Perfectly balanced hops and malt finish

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1157) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Badly let down by a thin, watery, palate. Few standout flavours, vaguely malty with a little hop bitterness in the finish. Boring beer.


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