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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10771) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
Cask conditioned at The Bell, Banbury, Oxon. Gold with white head. I thought that this was a little over the top, flavourwise. There is a strong apricot and citric lemon flavour throughout, very hoppy with quite a thin base. There is a little bitterness later on with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4945) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2007
Cask@The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Clear amber colour, stable and creamy head. Nice fruity hoppiness. Good raisins and toffee flavours. Well-balanced. Good for a quality-filled session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
cask. golden color. slight hops in aroma. taste is malt blendend with hops. nice and fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Pale golden ale, with a fruity nose, fruity hoppyness with a light bitter linger, nicly balanced... again smithies ale house edinburgh ... slightly clowded yellow ... light fruity citric hop ... very fruity quite well balanced ... little sharp ... lots of juicyness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29957) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2007
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. A golden beer with a thin light orange head. The aroma is sweet malty a bit on the light side. The flavor is sweet and rather malty with light notes of caramel, leading to a lightly bitter end. A bit boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2006
Cask Conditioned, at the Black Jug, Horsham, UK. Absolutely lovely pint. Golden full bodied beer, juicy beige head. Slowish to settle, the beer just looked a peach from the get-go. Rich hoppy aroma, back up by deep, fullbodied hoppy flavour. Queue up for it if you see it about.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5297) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
JDW, Eastbourne. A very lagerish golden ale. Very clean with lager hops and a touch of citric. Apart from the citric pine notes this is like a standard pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 23, 2006
Cask, The Criterion, St Andrews. Nice clear orangey gold colour, thin off-white head. Aroma is grassy, hoppy, some cinnamon and some toffee notes. Flavour is grassy notes, oranges, bags of hops. Biscuity notes. Dry at the end, but easy to drink. Not a fan of light ales, but this didn’t go down too badly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (8401) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Cask, The Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Hazy orange/gold with a dense off-white head. Aromas are fresh and hoppy with spiced oranges, metal and some caramel. Flavours are fruity with slightly sour spiced oranges. Spritzy and slightly hoppy. Some floral notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
Cask (handpump) at GBBF, Day 2, August 2006. Blondish amber colour with a creamy head. A distinctly handsome beer. Light hop character in the flavour but nothing too distinctive (6/4/6/3/11 = 3.0). AND AGAIN - Cask (handpump), Penderels Oak (JDW), Holborn, London, October 2006. Gold colour with a decent white head. The aroma has a strangely toffee-ish element that was a bit odd for a pale beer. Otherwise citric. More citrus in the flavour. A fresh, crisp beer that drank nicely. Just a bit weird on the nose.

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