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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12623) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Yellow with a big and lasting white head with some lace. grassy and floral hop aroma, plus some caramel malt. Sweet with a harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2501) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
Cask at GBBF 2007. Poured a golden colour with a thick white head. The beer is sweet and very hoppy wiyh a light body and a godd aroma. The beer has a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10028) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
Cask (Clachaig Inn, Glencoe): Impressive sweet-fruity and very aromatic-hoppy nose; deep golden, small, persistent fluffy foam; solid, mainly dry bitter flavour, light bodied; short, fruity, bitter and aromatic finish. Good.........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2007
Good golden colour with a decent head. Hoppy, perfumed aromas. Dry but not very bitter with a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mountainforest (131) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Tasted at the 2007 Beer Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Amber colour. Floral hop. Refreshing, bitter-sweet and delightfully hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2007
Half pint pulled at the (JDW) Railway, a clear amber/gold with a foamy off-white head. A good flowery malt aroma with some stone fruit. Dry and grainy palate, malt dominating, with a bitter finish. Got smoother and brought out some fruit through the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2007
Strange citrus and toasted malt aroma. Powerfull hops. A combination that is not to my personal liking. I much prefer their 80/ and Deucers. A queer combo of the two beers. Rubbish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2007
Cask conditioned at the Star, Bath 11/5/07. Golden coloured with slight white head. The most prominent thing about XPA was the aroma, which was huge. This was buttery with a hint of caramel, and reminded me of some Franconian kellerbiers. The flavour was more subdued, with citrussy hops and a malty finish. Unusual and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (12918) - 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 (5175) - 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.

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