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


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RATINGS: 96   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)

Quinten's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, - MAR 17, 2010
At the bierkoning in Amsterdam, golden, medium head, lots of citrus like lime and grapefruit, very little hops and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2275) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body. Aroma is fruits and grain. Taste is lemon bitterness with grainy sweet. Texture is soft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeardedAvenger (264) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2016
Cask at The Churchill, Battersea. 05/08/16. Jesus! Another beer that’s perfectly drinkable, but may as well be flavoured water. Zero aroma. Medium amber. Flat. Light bodied. Sweet. Saccharine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as Caledonian Golden XPA. Pale amber, still and clear with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is musty, wort, carpet, muddled malt sugars, light honey. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is sugary malt, some hobnob, little resinous hops but not really bitter at all. Drinks fine to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AJL1980 (51) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Pint from the cavendish Arms in Cartmel, Cumbria. Lemon on the nose, some floral notes. Expected more flavour, tastes like a session ale, drinkable enough but expected more from its XPA status.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (1121) - SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2016
Golden beer, white head, sweet citrusy hop, a dash of malt and a slightly creamy feel to it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it but nor would I be rushing back for another. It’s just a standard, pleasant enough golden ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2016
Cask at The John Duck, Durham, £2.75/pint. Golden-amber beer with a fair-sized, off-white head. The aroma is sweetish and fruity. There’s much of the same in the taste which has some light floral hop and the pretty sweet yeast character that seems common to all Caledonian beers. There are also some grainy cereal tones and biscuity malts that lead into a mid-dry finish. Perfectly drinkable but dull really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Draft at GBBF 2013, day 4 - London. Pours perfectly clear, bright gold with a fine, creamy white head. Lightly tangy lemon in the aroma, some hay. Light sweet flavor with moderate citrus tang, slight pale bread, straw. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, with more subtly tangy lemon, mellow pale bready malts, kisses of bitter straw. A nice enough golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Desverger (8735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
Cask@Lord Northbrook, Lee, London - pours golden with a white head. Aroma and taste is grassy and light floral hoppy, hay, straw, some citric fruit, sweet bready pale malts, medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (2878) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Cask at the Lord Northbrook, Lee. Gold pour with a white head. Citrus and light malt nose. Lots of bitter citrus fruit in the flavour with slight acidic edge. Malt laden finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Giochaurand (436) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Draught. Pours clear golden with medium creamy head. Aroma is malts and english. Palate is soft malty with a hint of bitterness. A bit too watery aftertaste.

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