chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, - NOV 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Cask (handpump) at GBBF, August 2006. Deep gold colour. Surprising levels of dry malt in the aroma. More on the flavour. Dry and light but there wasnít enough hop character to liven things up. Overall impression was worthy but dull. I thought the condition not great but others who tried it at the same time scored it quite highly. Re-rate when the opportunity arises.
Earlier Rating: 9/17/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Cask (handpump) at Penderelís Oak (JDW), Holborn, London, July 2005. As Cotleigh Golden Eagle. I was convined I had rated this before, so I only did brief notes and a score so that I could re-rate if necessary. Turned out I hadnít rated it. Anyway, this is avery fine example of a golden ale. Clean, mid gold colour. Floral hops and juicy fruit in abundance in the aroma. Grapefruit and a clean hoppy bite on the palate. Crisp and refreshing. Not big on complexity but certainly hits the spot.
Combined score (making allowance for dubious condition in one rating)
AWS9 (447) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Solid light brown appearance. Mildly fruity aroma. Some sugar and caramel notes. Overall smooth malty bitter. Not too much to say, but pretty solid nonetheless.
rondphoto (1269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Sergioís in Louisville. Cloudy medium amber with a thin head cover, bands and dots of lace. Sweet malt with biscuits and honey, maybe a little of fresh-cut hay. Taste grows to a carbonated bitter finish before turning slightly sour as it fades. This is a decent brew, especially for 4.2%, but it doesnít have a lot of body, and is a little thin and watery in the finish.
Patrickctenchi (2516) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy light orange-amber with a thick, light tan head.
Aroma has a touch of sour malt, fruit.
Taste is creamy, light caramel, apple, pear, peach.
Very nice and smooth.
tampierre (567) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask ; Devon ; UK ; Caramel,floral and fruit aroma ; Golden color with smaller head ; Lighter sweet and medium bitter taste ; Lighter body ; Pleasant bitter.
asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweet and herbal aroma with fresh sweet base malt and a touch of hay, fresh fruit; peach. Hazy dark gold under a bubbly white top and lace. Quite sweet flavour--almost underattenuated--with diacetyl butterscotch and some sugar, but pleasantly sweet. Medium body, low carbonation, moderately clean finish.
daniele (4507) - ITALY - JUL 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
oro buona schiuma piuttosto persitente leggero malto crosta di pane un tocco citricxo non molto amara piuttosto morbida e beverina
fiulijn (13070) - MalmŲ, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Wellington, Birmingham
Golden to light amber color; creamy head. Very light aroma of apples and bread. Smooth mouthfeel, but the flavor is quite poor, with strange apple traces; ordinary bitterness; probably the beer is off.
mansquito (2882) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 500ml ($1.50): Pours a hazy light orange colour with a white head. Aroma is malty mostly with some hops up in there, but not that great. Nice English swill bitter. Easy to drink. Not very bitter. Mostly malty and stuff.
Martin243 (623) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle served cold. Golden, slightly hazy, the pour formed a white head, which quickly disappeared, leaving minimal lacing. Honey in the aroma, and in the flavour, but unpleasantly tempered by cardboard, old hay, and paracetmol. Hops barely noticeable, thin watery palate, flat carbonation. Judging by the previous rate, this must be better on draught.
If Iím going to be absolutely fair, the flavour improved as it warmed, but the palate became cloying, which didnít improve the overall experience.
BlackHaddock (2939) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The day after I review the bottle: I walk into my local and itís on a cask hand pull, what a lovely surprise. A pint was poured for me into a UK sleeve.
The same amber/orangey body, clear and bright, old gold colour as the bottle. Again an impressive snow white head which produced some, lacing and head throughout the tasting.
The smell was, like the bottled one, itís weakest part and although there were hop and malt esters they didnít excite or bother the nose at all.
The last paragraph is almost the same as my bottle review: really liked the mouthfeel and taste, good blend of ingredients to produce a fine beer. A mixed bag of flavours, some sweet malty molasses, but no honey: the hops came behind the sweet molasses in the taste stakes but not far behind: this is nicely balanced and easy to drink.
500ml Bottle, best before 17 Oct 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 4 Nov 2011.
Amber/orangey body, clear and bright, old gold in colour if you want to stay in golden mood as per the beers name. On top an impressive snow white head of some substance, lacing and head throughout the review. Couldnít get the whole bottle into the glass because of the head size, makes a change for a UK bottled bitter.
I struggled to find any of the hops in the smell, the malts didnít fair to well either, this isnít a heavy smelling brew. I suppose some citrusy notes could be found as the beer warmed, but otherwise it was the beers weakest point.
Really liked the mouthfeel and taste, good blend of ingredients to produce a fine beer. A mixed bag of flavours, some sweet malty molasses, not sure I traced any honey: itís mentioned on the rear label, sweetness yes, honey, no. The hops come second in the taste stakes but not far behind the malts: this is nicely balanced and easy to drink.