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


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RATINGS: 93   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2009
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Mid gold, flat. Raw grain aroma. Immediate ginger in the mouth. Little to no carbonation. Finish is sweet, hoppy, and gingery. Simple but very tasty. Needs some carbonation though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle @ Peckham’s Beer Festival. Light golden colour, whte head. Aroma is grainy. Flavour has caramel malts, some fruits. Fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5901) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2009
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Golden straw colour with a dense creamy white head; pleasantly malty aroma; citrus flavour with sweet cereal grains; rounded bitter finish with some grapefruit. A refreshing pleasant summer pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 13, 2015 1)Cask, Hinckley Spoons. Bright gold speckled with lace. Nose swinging between butteriness and resiny fresh hop, pollen and tea. Darjeeling, lemon and passion fruit citrus over a buttery biscuit background. Somehow the combination really holds together well. Unexpectedly fresh hoppy treat. 2) Cally xpa Couple of pints, some pub in Henley with Baz and Decks. Crushed biscuit s, tangerine and cream softness. pleasant throwaway stuff with hints of green herb. Nose of satsuma and red apple. 736313.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgiskOlklub (1035) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
Cask at The Warf, Aalborg. Spare rocky white haed with spare lacing. Clear flat light yellow body. Average malt aroma of grain and hay. Hop aroma of grass and citrus.Light body, thin texture and flat carbonation. Bitter finish. Moderate sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (15098) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Cask at Charlies. Clear yellow - white head. Grape, peppery, light malty, sweetness, fruity, grassy, smooth body, freshness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Light light unclear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, toasted, damp-stained, buttery notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. (150608)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4614) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Cask@Peterborough Beer Festival, 2008. Golden beer with a very mildy dry aroma. The flavour is bitter, dry and hopped. Overall a nice hopped beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8630) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Cask. LOow but long lasting very creamy off-white head. Clear yello body. Mild and fruity aroma flavor with a bit of honey and not much hops bitterness. Low carbonation, long sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Clear gold with a small white head. Creamy and drinkable without much of a hefty flavour to get in the way. Inoffensive session beer.

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