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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1660) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1626) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8338) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (7860) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10521) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1418) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thomat (2222) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2013
On tap. Hazy golsen with a small white head. Fruity and flowery notes. Fruit, malt and acid bitterness. Medium body with a bitter / sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (786) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2013
Pint the The Last Post JDW in Paisley. Light golden colour with some head. Quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4367) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
Two hand-pulled pints in ’The Barley’, a modern refurbished pub in Newport, Shropshire on 27 Apr 2013. Light golden body with an off-white head which started off thin and got thinner by the second. No huge aroma: a blend of biscuity malts and floral hops almost cancelled each other out. The taste was fairly bland I’m afraid: some malt semi-sweetness and a hop content that tried to add some bitterness, but overall it didn’t do it for me, even though I had two pints, just to make sure. Mildly citrus towards the end of each sip, but nothing strong or robust about the beer at all. Mid-bodied and OK as a session beer I suppose, just lacked the umph I’d have liked.

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