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


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4696) - 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 (13611) - 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 (8496) - 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 (8934) - 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 (3132) - 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 (15490) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Cask at the Claret, Addiscombe. It pours clear golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is sweet doughy, floral, grass, spice and toast. The taste is crisp, bitter, elderflower, grass, earth, dough and touch of pepper with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Crisp and quaffable. A rather nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5001) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 7, 2013
Cask@colston yard, Bristol
Pale blonde, lacing white head. Gently floral elderflower aroma, fairly sweet shortcake malt with earthy elderflower, very light bodied, perfect quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
Good head, refreshing beer with big hints of pine, lemon and grass, leading to a dry finish. Quite smooth in the palate. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Cask at The Cock Tavern. Pours a gold colour with a thin white head. Very light slightly floral aroma. Light body, not much carbonation. It's a little watery, elderflower comes through solidly, followed by a lemon citrus bitterness. A bit dull. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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