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Dark Star Hylder Blonde

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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2834) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 8, 2016
Cask @ Sheffield Tap, Sheffield [030916]
Straw colour, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma of elderflower, light pale malt, soft spicy herebal, quite like Cairngorm Trade Winds
Taste of light pale sweet malts, elderflower, bit spicy, elderflower is a bit too intense
Palate - Medium thin body, little oily. Finish is lots of elderflower
Overall - OK, but too floral for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7836) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 2, 2016
Gravity cask at the Land Rover Beer Festival 2016. Poured a light straw colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is yeast, grassy nettle hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a big yeast, grassy hop, light pepper spice, citrus palate. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1766) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 2, 2016
Handpump at Rake in London. Bright golden color tick and creamy foam. Nose: very grassy, a bit floral. Nice. Mouth: crisp tea feel, grass again, dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjsint (2374) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2016
Cask at the Flying Pig, Cambridge. Golden, clear, a bit of white head and lots of lacing. Light elderflower, grass, melted butter. Sweet and slightly floral taste with a slightly more bitter and medicinal finish. More elderflower in the aftertaste. Not great I am afraid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonb5 (508) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
Pint at the Willow Walk JDW. A: Golden, small head, slightly hazy, left lots of lacing around the side of the glass. S: Floral, slight elderflower presence, some Fuggles hop. T: Slightly sour apples, earthy Fuggles hop made itself noticed. M: Smooth, not massively carbonated, medium body. O: A crisp, subtle summer beer. Very well made by a brewery that doesn’t make a habit of letting you down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (2056) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Cask @ Oliver Twist. Slightly hazy golden, large, long lasting, white head, good lacing. Fruity aroma, elderflower dominates. Soft, velvety mouthfeel. Pleasant elderflower taste, fruity and mild floral.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6065) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Cask at the Prince Arthur (JDW), Fleet. Pale amber with a loose soapy-looking white head; elderflower aroma with a hint of citrus; soft and chalky in the mouth with a light floral taste; then softly bitter with some hedgerow fruit to finish. Light and refreshing, and a change from citrusy summer ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Cask @ The Three Fishes, Shrewsbury. Pours clear gold, minimal white head. Grassy hop aroma. Taste is a standard smooth blonde, no detectable elderflower unfortunately but a nice floral noble hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17797) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2016
Cask @ Akkurat. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and light elderflowers. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 250716

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (9536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Cask at Thomson’s. Pours clear pale gold with a thin white head. Aromas of light hay, grassy, faint elderflower. Taste is more of the same. Thin finish.

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