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


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RATINGS: 90   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 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 (1555) - 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 (2800) - 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 (915) - 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 (5188) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kavu (3291) - 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 (687) - 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
ManVsBeer (6461) - 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 (3975) - 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 (1699) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
This beer had a nasy aroma of stale farts, I’m unsure what causes this as I’ve had it with a few beers, maybe it’s a type of hop or malt which causes it. The rest of beer was fine, taste was medium bitter

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