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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kavu (2543) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2013
1/2 pint from cask @ Albion. Pours clear golden with a low creamy head. Aroma is malts. Flavor is malts with some hops. Very simple. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobroman (526) - Torun, POLAND - APR 2, 2013
Cask. Not so good aroma, maybe cask was open for too long. Golden colour with long-lasting head. Not very intensive bitternes in taste with well balanced biscuit sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4909) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Golden with no head. Has an ordinary malty aroma but also tasty biscuit notes within its flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (3504) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Cask @ Clockwork Beer Co. Rich golden amber colour, good foamy head. Mild cereal resin malt aroma. Corn resin grain flavour. Citrus aftertaste. Average golden ale.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
undercurrent25 (1546) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
This beer had a nasy aroma of stale farts, Iím unsure what causes this as Iíve had it with a few beers, maybe itís a type of hop or malt which causes it. The rest of beer was fine, taste was medium bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
[cask at the Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh] Pour is clear as a bell, large fluffy white head. Looks very inviting. Aroma is faintly sweet and musty, like hay in a loft after a long summer. The taste, surprisingly, is similar. Backed up by that trademark caramelised sweetspot flavour I just donít get on with, the whole thing finishes just too sweet for my taste [31012013]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1210) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
Pint at the Allied Arms in Reading. Amber golden, a light cloudy, good bubbly head. Light, dry, biscuit, hint of currant. Tastes fairly good. Aroma very faint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mr_h (3230) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Cask by handpump at The Three Judges, Glasgow - clear golden, bubbly white head, musty vegetable aroma and flavour, no strong flavours, not to my taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1425) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Tasted this in The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in August 2006. Cask, handpump dispense. Clean fresh floral notes long in the nose. Zesty refreshing mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale biscuit malts in the base with citric fruit notes of lemon, grapefruit, lime and goosberry. Dusty floral hops combine well with the fruity malt to give a juicy aftertaste. Finish has a citric zest of grapefruit. A pleasant summer session blond ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6877) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2010
Cask at the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Golden color with a slight copper tint. Malty aroma with chocolate and a bit of hops. Biscuity, malty flavor, some fruit, ok hopping. Slightly earthy, caramel. Dry, long-lasting, hoppy finish. Good stuff.

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