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

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End Harrow during their Autumn beer fest on october. A nice golden beer with a lovely crisp bite, honey notes and a refreshing well balance flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2008
Cask at Ensign Ewart, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Pours an amber beer with egg white head. Spicy cream nose. Taste of yeast, honey, hops and lots of grapefruit. Quite nice at the beginning but becomes bitter and cloying near the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
(Cask at Bree Louise, Euston, London, 1 Dec 2007) Pale copper colour with frothy, white head. Malty nose with notes of citrus, toffee, floral hops and hints of butter. Fruity, malty taste with peaches, citrus and floral hops in the finish. Faint traces of butterscotch. Decent, but hardly exciting.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Cask, Blackfriars, Inverness. Light copper, persistent fine white head. Lots of jammy tropical fruit aroma, slightly overripe and interesting. Flavor has lots of fruity appricot sweetness, but needs a little something...that’s just not there. Comes across as a bit flabby. Some promising aspects, but doesn’t quite make something cohesive.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (16895) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2007
Cask @ Volunteer Arms, GBBF 2007. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Fruity malty and hoppy aroma. Sweet malty hoppy flavor. Dry malty finish with a bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2007
Cask at ’The Silk Mill’, Derby 08-09-07 A nice golden beer with a lovely crisp bite, honey notes once again noted in the second of my golden beers in this pub, nice beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2007
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Clear golden colour. Smooth, almost buttery behind a grassy, bitter surface. Papery dry. Lots of bitterness here. Long finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19626) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2007
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Clear golden. Sweet, soapy and fruity. Mildly buttery with a straight forward lagerlike flavour profile. Finished with medium bitterness. Flawless, but lacks substance.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2007
Cask conditioned at The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Golden colour. Hoppy aroma with notes of malt vinegar. Flavour a little above average, with moderate hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
(RBESG 2007, Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh) Golden color, small head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Fruits and hops in flavor as well, grapes and some citric notes.


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