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

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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)


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnycritch (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013 does not count
Best golden ale I’ve ever had - 4.3 is a good strength. Perfectly balanced hops and malt finish

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 02/08/2006 Floral and hop aromas. Golden coloured hoppy and slightly pale with a hint of dryness in a crisp and slightly creamy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6526) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (748) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2013
Pint the The Last Post JDW in Paisley. Light golden colour with some head. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6426-20140701] Cask. Mild grassy aroma. Slightly hazy, pale yellow brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter lemony grass grains flavour. Medium body. Good, refreshing. (7-/4/7/4/14) 3.6
(@ Merchant Bar, Portree, Scotland)

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mountainforest (130) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Tasted at the 2007 Beer Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Amber colour. Floral hop. Refreshing, bitter-sweet and delightfully hoppy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7698) - 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.


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