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Dark Star Hylder Blonde

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Seasonal - July to September.
Originally a monthly special in July 2008.

Delicate Downland Elderflower
A delicate and lightly hopped beer with the fresh fruitiness of South Down’s elderflowers which are added after the boil to preserve their delicate aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeevan (196) - SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Cask at Stockbridge tap. Pours quite pale with a thinnish white head. Big malt aroma and Nobel hops. Very much an Elderflower experience on the taste, nicely mixed in with the bitterness of the hops and malt backbone. The Elderflower aint light here in my opinion. Double floral delight. Interesting and enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
witthatsbier (431) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
cask @ Raven GLASGOW, POURS Pale yellow with white head Taste is fruity mildly bitter with long dry fruity finish a nice session bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4326) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2014
Dark golden colour with soapy head. Slight tartness. Green apples. Strong hop bitterness. No elderflower detected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (2413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Aroma: elderflower, sweet, some light grain. Appearance: slightly hazy, pale gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: medium body, sweets continue, intense elderflower. Overall: this is not my cup of tea, too much elderflower. Pint at The Willow Walk, Victoria.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4032) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at The Raven, Glasgow - clear golden, thin off-white head, pale malty, light citrus aroma, good lacing, creamy malty, some citrus, good carbonation, prolonged malty aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2014
Cask (Black Door, Helsinki)
Looks great - it might be pale, a straw colour, but that spongy head is beautiful, and persistent too. Nice little noble hop aroma, quite grassy, fairly bitter. Ditto in the taste, lots of herbal hops, but a gentle soft maltiness behind that, just delicately sweet. There’s some elderflower there too, and just a little bit of plastickiness, but in a central-european way that I like. Finish is a little resiny and bitter. Good use of noble hops in a pale ale, has plenty of Czech character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Cask @ Leggers Beer Festival, Dewsbury. Golden with a small head. Lots of hop and malt but there’s a mild fruitiness with the elderflower more prominent in its lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (6542) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Cask at craft clerko. Golden colour with a lasting loose white head. Aroma is nice fresh earthy heather, straw and berry hop. Flavour is earthy, straw, English yeast esters with a hint of cara sweetness. Palate is medium light, moderate carbonation. Firm slightly rough bitterness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (2389) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Cask in the Sun Hotel, Lancaster. Golden with a white head. Pretty fruity with citrus and tea. Quite a dry finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Light gold, thin head. Aroma is elderflower, tangerine and honey. Heavily floral, slightly sticky, tasty twist on a summer ale.

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